On Saturday, December 7, the Rev. Allen K. Shin (GTS Class of 1996, STM 2001) was declared the bishop suffragan-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of New York at a special election held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Shin, who is currently rector of St. John’s Church, Huntington, New York, was elected by a majority of the active clergy delegates and by a majority of the lay delegates who participated in the election. The new bishop suffragan will work alongside and under the direction of the 16th Bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche.
“Alan is a great leader of the Church,” praised the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, President and Dean of The General Theological Seminary. “Many recognized him as such on Saturday. General is proud to send forth its beloved son into the wider Church, well prepared 17 years ago on this very Close.”
Shin was one of five candidates nominated in early October by the Committee to Elect a Bishop, which began its work following the call for the election of a suffragan by Bishop Dietsche’s predecessor as diocesan, Bishop Mark S. Sisk (GTS Class of 1967) at the diocese’s annual convention in November 2012.
The bishop suffragan-elect must now receive the consent of a majority of the diocesan bishops of The Episcopal Church and also of the standing committees of the Church’s dioceses, before being consecrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 17, 2014.