Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fernandina Beach Parish Priest Is Moving Up; the Rector Is Heading to East Tennessee, Will Take over as New Bishop

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fernandina Beach Parish Priest Is Moving Up; the Rector Is Heading to East Tennessee, Will Take over as New Bishop

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Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY

The Rev. George D. Young III will be changing hats soon, from that of a parish priest to the much bigger kind worn by religious higher-ups.

Young, the rector at St. Peter's in Fernandina Beach, was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee on Saturday. That means he'll be donning the mitre, purple shirt and tons of new responsibilities that come with leading a diocese.

In 14 years at the Nassau County parish, Young demonstrated the talent needed for the job, said his current boss, the Right Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard.

"I saw his skills and gifts were a perfect match for the needs of East Tennessee," said Howard, bishop of the Jacksonville-based Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

Young, 55, oversaw the growth of St. Peter's facilities and opened them for use to the wider community. The parish's budget is three times bigger than before his tenure and its average Sunday attendance has doubled to about 300.

But it's not just business sense that Young brings to the table, Howard said.

"He's a creative pastor, a good worship leader and will bring the depth of spirituality that they're hungry for in East Tennessee."

Young spoke to The Times-Union on Tuesday about his election. Here's some of what he had to say.

HOW DO YOU LOOK IN THE PURPLE?

(Laughs) That remains to be seen. I have thus far avoided wearing purple.

WHY DID YOU PURSUE THE OPPORTUNITY?

It actually started back in July. My bishop, John Howard, nominated me. That's how the process goes. ... He knew the diocese a little bit and thought I would be a good fit. I said "thank you," and I had to pray about it. They are on the young side, a diocese for only about 25 years. They are energetic and healthy and I was attracted to the possibility of being bishop in that diocese. ... But it's not like I had made a decision to be a bishop and looked around to do that.

What part of the job do you look forward to?

Spreading some enthusiasm in the church. …

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