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For People Welcomes Bishop Doug Scharf

Apr 21, 2023

For People with Bishop Rob Wright Hosts a Conversatin with Bishop Doug Sharf

Resurrection in Eastertide

Bishop Wright is in Ghana with 15 pilgrims of the Diocese of Atlanta with our companion diocese, The Diocese of Cape Coast. Over the next two weeks, we will share the space of For People with special guests.

In this episode, Melissa has a conversation with Bishop Doug Scharf of The Diocese of Southwest Florida. They discuss how he sees the resurrection, what is emerging in Christianity, and what might be emerging with the faithful in the diocese Bishop Scharf serves.

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The Rt. Rev. Douglas Frederick Scharf was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida on April 2, 2022. He was ordained and consecrated as a bishop on September 24, 2022, in Sarasota, Fla. He will be seated as the sixth bishop of the diocese on December 10, 2022, at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg.

Prior to his 2022 election, Bishop Scharf was the Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School in Tequesta, FL since January 2017. A thriving congregation, Good Shepherd includes more than 500 active members and a vibrant, fully accredited early childhood program and elementary school of 140 students. He served as rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church (October 2007 – 2016) in Valrico, FL. He also served as associate rector of Church of the Holy Spirit (June 2004 – October 2007) in Osprey, FL.

Bishop Scharf earned a B.A. in English from Florida Gulf Coast University (2002); an M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary (2004); and a D. Min. from Emory University, Candler School of Theology (2018) with a concentration in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation.