Bishop Council Nedd II of the Chesapeake and Northeast in the Episcopal Missionary Church and rector of St. Alban's Anglican Church, Pine Grove Mills has been named the third presiding bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church.
Nedd succeeds Bishop William Millsaps of Monteagle, Tenn., as the presiding bishop of the traditional Anglican jurisdiction.
The EMC's general synod was held Oct. 22 at Christ Church Cathedral in Monteagle. Bishops, clergy and lay delegates of the jurisdiction from across the United States met to elect the new presiding bishop and to conduct other church business.
Nedd will continue to serve as the bishop of the Chesapeake and the Northeast.
He was involved in the public policy arena in a variety of capacities, including serving as a senior legislative staff member for three members of Congress.
Nedd has frequently commented on public policy, social and theological issues and has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, NBC, MTV, Fox News.
He is married to Rebecca Donahue-Nedd of Patton. They split their time between their homes in Harrisburg and Monroeville.
The EMC is one of several continuing churches in the Anglican tradition.
The jurisdiction was formed in 1992 when a split occurred in the Episcopal Church USA over the ordination of women to the priesthood. The EMC is among those Anglican churches in the United States, Canada, Australia, Africa and elsewhere that continue to maintain the traditional male priesthood and use traditional language in its liturgical services.
In 2006, the EMC became a member jurisdiction of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas under the patronage of Archbishop Gregory Venables, primate of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone
At its meeting in Monteagle, the general synod also voted to continue dialogue leading to a full union between the EMC in the United States and the Episcopal Missionary Church of South Africa.