Bishop Update | Prince Singh Nomination

People of Eastern and Western Michigan,

With excitement, we announce the nomination of the Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, Ph.D. to serve as Bishop Provisional of The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan.

For more on the background of the canons around the selection of a bishop provisional and our own interviewing and selection process, we invite you to read the announcement and update sent last week. 

Bishop Singh comes to us with energy and enthusiasm for the work we have to do together as dioceses. For his fourteen years as the bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Rochester, Bishop Singh’s tenure was marked by three core priorities: relational welcome, nurturing and growing the beloved community; servant leadership, empowering lay and clergy leaders for the work of the church; and spiritual stewardship, considering spiritual and material resources with an eye on sustainability, generosity, and invitation.

The Rt. Rev. Prince Singh offers a word of greeting to the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan. 

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Bishop Singh, born and raised in India, received degrees from Madras Christian College and Union Biblical Seminary before his ordination in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion) in 1990. He served several congregations in rural South India before further study in practical theology at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (1994), Princeton Seminary (1995), and Drew University, where he received a Ph.D. in Religion and Society (2005). Before his election in Rochester, Bishop Singh served two congregations in the Diocese of Newark. Bishop Singh’s churchwide leadership includes membership in Bishops United Against Gun Violence, the House of Bishops theology committee, as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Theology of Social Justice, and as a coach for the College for Bishops. He has also served on a number of boards, including the Board of Directors for Episcopal Senior Life, the Board of Trustees for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Hobart William Smith Colleges, and on the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development. He announced his resignation from the Diocese of Rochester in September.

If elected during Saturday’s joint session of convention, Bishop Singh would begin his time with us sometime early in the new year following his departure from his current diocese. Joining our other shared staff members, Bishop Singh would serve both Eastern and Western Michigan on a full-time basis for a period of up to 3-5 years. He would relocate to Michigan during that time.

A series of Zoom Meet & Greets will take place between now and convention late this month. All in our dioceses are encouraged to attend and especially those delegates and clergy who will take part in the voting process. Please use the provided links to RSVP for your particular Meet and Greet with Bishop Singh. We invite you to share this invitation broadly within your congregations.

All information about the upcoming Diocesan Convention is available on the diocesan websites at and All business sessions, as well as other offerings, will be livestreamed to the diocesan Facebook pages.

Yours in Christ,

The Standing Committee of Eastern Michigan 

Janet Huff Worvie, President
St. John’s, Otter Lake

The Rev. Brian Chace, Vice Pres.
Ret., West Branch

Gary Grinn
St. Paul’s, Gladwin

Barb Ilkka, Secretary
St. John’s, Saginaw

The Rev. Deacon Anna Leigh Kubbe
Holy Family, Blue Water

The Rev. Nancy Mayhew
St. Alban’s, Bay City

The Standing Committee of Western Michigan 

The Rev. Dr. Randall R. Warren, Pr.
St. Luke’s, Kalamazoo

Martha Bartlett, Secretary
St. James, Pentwater

The Rev. Jodi Baron
St. Philip’s, Beulah & Holy Trinity, Manistee

David Croal
St. Mark’s, Coldwater

Anne Davidson
St. Mark’s, Coldwater

The Rev. BJ Heyboer, Vice Pres.
St. Mark’s, Newaygo

The Rev. Diane M. Pike
Southwest MI Episcopal Covenant

Carole Redwine
St. Philip’s, Grand Rapids