Bishop Shannon Johnston announced today the upcoming departure of the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, Canon to the Ordinary. His last day will be May 11. Wingo has accepted a call to become the long-term Interim Rector of the Church of the Ascension, Knoxville, in the Diocese of East Tennessee.
Wingo has served as Canon since 2012. He has been responsible for assisting and supporting the Bishop in areas of episcopal ministry, including disciplinary matters, congregational development and the discernment process.
"Pat Wingo has done a remarkable job in his role as Canon to the Ordinary," said Bishop Johnston. "He is a gifted preacher, as I noted last year when he gave one of the best homilies at an ordination service I have ever witnessed. He also has a heart for reconciliation, as he has demonstrated in the difficult work he has done regarding the disciplinary procedures of the Church."
Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff echoed Bishop Johnston's sentiments adding, "I am deeply grateful to Pat for all he has done and been among us. His wisdom, gentleness and commitment to working collegially have been real gifts to the Diocese. I will miss him both professionally and personally, and wish him every blessing as he returns to his first love - parish ministry."
Prior to joining the Diocese of Virginia, Wingo was the Transition Ministry and Congregational Development Officer in the Diocese of Alabama. Before that, he served as a rector in parish ministry for 15 years.
"I am sorry to see him leave, but Pat's return to parish ministry will in itself be a great gift to our Church. It is, I believe, his first love," added Bishop Johnston.
The move to Knoxville will also allow Wingo and his wife, the Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, rector of Emmanuel, Brookhill (Richmond), to live closer to their children and parents.
Interim Canon to the Ordinary Named
Bishop Johnston will conduct a national search for Wingo's replacement. The Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick, former Assistant Bishop of the Diocese, will step in, on a part-time basis, to perform the Canon to the Ordinary's duties in the interim.
"Bishop Ted's return to diocesan service just five months after his retirement is a testament to his continuing commitment to our life together," said Bishop Johnston. "Ted's experience, deep knowledge of our staff and Diocese, and his personal gifts will be critical to filling the gap, and will give us the time and 'space' to conduct a nationwide, full search for a new permanent Canon."