The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., was elected and instituted as the third provisional of our diocese at the 30th Diocesan Convention in November, 2012. He retired as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in the spring of 2012.
“I have a longer deeper connection with the diocese,” he said. “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 October 4, 2003, at Camp Allen.
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 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.
Bishop High is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Indeed, he is so well known for this that when he retired, the Skeet Range at Camp Allen in the Diocese of Texas was renamed the Bishop High Skeet Range.
Bishop High’s wife, Pat, died on March 4, 2015. They had been married for more than 50 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
In addition to a home in Fort Worth, Bishop High has a “river house” in Brazoria on the San Bernard River. He continues to oversee the chaplains to the retired clergy and clergy spouses for the Diocese of Texas and is on the board of St.Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
The Bishop’s Visitations and Work Around the Diocese
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.