Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Requiescit in Pace

James A. Kelsey, Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan

From Episcopal News Service:

Jim Kelsey was born and baptized in 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in New York City, spent summers in Vermont, and moved there for Junior High School and Senior High. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1974, then attended General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he met and married Mary Cruse from West Des Moines, Iowa.

Jim graduated from seminary in 1977, and he and Mary moved to Vermont where they served for eight years. All three of their children, Nathan, Lydia, and Amos, were born there. In 1985, the Kelseys moved to Oklahoma, where Jim served for our years as Canon Missioner for Cluster Ministries. In 1989, he was called to the Diocese of Northern Michigan, where he served for ten years as Ministry Development Coordinator before being elected bishop in 1999.

Kelsey, 54, was killed in a road accident June 3, while returning to Marquette from a parish visitation. The accident, which remains under investigation by the Michigan State Police, occurred along what is known as the Seney Stretch in Alger County, about two miles east of Shingleton, Michigan on Highway M-28.

Rest in peace, Bishop Kelsey.

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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