The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. Rayford High, recently retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (view a quick video of Bishop High here), was elected and instituted as the third provisional bishop of our diocese at the 30th Diocesan Convention in November, 2012.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by the fact that the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth would ask me to be their provisional bishop,” Bishop High said. “I am thrilled and I am excited about it and I look forward to working with laity and clergy of the diocese. I’m really grateful for the laity of the church. And Pat and I are excited about being in Fort Worth, about moving there in January. Pat goes with me on visitations — she’s part of the team.
“I have a longer deeper connection with the diocese,” he added. “I did my first year of college at TCU and went to Trinity as a person who grew up in Diocese of Texas and they embraced me. Their chaplain looked after me through Canterbury House. It was the beginning of a new spiritual level of growth for me.”
Bishop High was former canon for pastoral ministries and the diocesan liaison to St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital when he was elected bishop suffragan, June 7, 2003 at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He was consecrated on October 4, 2003 at Camp Allen.
“I am excited for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Bishop High brings a wealth of talent and experience to our leadership. He is a gifted pastor who will shepherd us through this critical stage in our life together. I am confident that the people of the diocese will enjoy getting to know him and will benefit greatly from his ministry,” said the Rev. David Madison, president of the Standing Committee.
Bishop High and his wife Pat live in Lake Jackson. He oversees the chaplains to the retired clergy and clergy spouses for the Diocese of Texas and is continuing on the board of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Formerly he oversaw congregations in the Northeast, San Jacinto and Southeast Convocations. This includes Beaumont, Jasper, Liberty, Orange, Port Arthur and Port Neches in addition to Silsbee and Woodville as well as the area of east Texas from Jefferson to Lufkin, Longview and Henderson areas. In addition to his Episcopal visitations (and confirmations) Bishop High was Executive for Pastoral Ministries, overseeing the pastoral care of clergy and their families as well as renewal and prison ministries.
Prior to becoming Canon for Pastoral Ministries, Bishop High served in parish ministry for 32 years, most recently as rector of St. Paul’s, Waco. 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 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They are building a home in Fort Worth and will be moving to Fort Worth in early 2013 when it is completed.
The Bishop’s Visitations and Work Around the Diocese
The bishop’s calendar shows his public schedule, including visits to congregations.
When the bishop visits your congregation, please use this helpful planning and followup information for the bishop’s visit.
Bishop High enjoys his work with our people and our churches! If you’d like to view photos of Bishop High around the diocese, click here.