Local Priest Appointed Canon Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of WV | Lifestyles

CHARLESTON — The Most Reverend Chad Slater has been appointed Canon Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.

Slater, a native of Ripley, Jackson County, has served as rector of Christ Church, Bluefield, since 2013, and dean of the New Southern Deanery of Episcopal Churches in West Virginia since 2020.

Slater attended Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, after working in the oil and gas rental business for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has served in parish ministry for the past nearly nine years. Reverend Slater has served on various boards and commissions throughout the state, including the West Virginia Council of Churches and the governing bodies of the Episcopal Church. He was twice elected to the national gathering of the Episcopal Church, the General Convention. From 2018 to early 2019, Reverend Slater served as acting director of the Highland Educational Project in McDowell County. In addition to that, Reverend Slater regularly spends time each summer at the diocesan summer camp, Peterkin Camp and Conference Center in Romney, leading youth programs.

While leading Bluefield Parish, Reverend Slater was involved in various community organizations and projects. These include serving as president of the local ministerial association, serving as chaplain at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, providing pastoral oversight of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, and serving to the Bluefield Town Planning Commission.

“I am extremely happy to welcome Father Chad to this position within the diocese,” said the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. “He brings a passion and a love for the church. I am grateful that he accepts this call to serve our church in this way. His gifts of vision, creativity and joy are just what we need right now.

“It’s bittersweet for me and my family. We know this is what God calls us to next, but it’s sad to leave a place we’ve loved, served and lived in for so long. Me and all my family are looking forward to this new adventure.

Reverend Slater will continue to serve at Christ Church until it transitions in early 2022. He and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to Benjamin and Emma Slater.

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