Friday, October 4, 2013, marked the 10th anniversary of the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. as bishop. Bishop High was former canon for pastoral ministries and the diocesan liaison to St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital when he was elected bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, June 7, 2003, at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He was consecrated on October 4, 2003 at Camp Allen.
He was elected and instituted as the third provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth at the 30th Diocesan Convention in November, 2012.
Prior to becoming Canon for Pastoral Ministries, Bishop High served in parish ministry for 32 years. A native of Houston, Bishop High graduated from Bellaire High School; University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was elected to represent the diocese as a deputy at General Convention on eight occasions and was named Waco humanitarian of the year. High and his wife Pat have been married for 49 years and have three children and six grandchildren.