Bishops and Dioceses

Diocese of the Atlantic States

John E. Upham, Jr.

The Diocese of the Atlantic States consists of parishes in Illinois, Washington, DC, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

The Diocesan Ordinary is the Right Reverend Dr. John E. Upham, Jr.

The Right Reverend Dr. John E. Upham, Jr., was installed as Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Atlantic States of the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK) in services at All Saints Anglican Church in Bolingbrook, IL, by The Most Rev. Frederick G. Morrison, Archbishop of the APCK and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Southwestern States. Bp. Upham was previously consecrated Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Atlantic States at Saint Peter's Pro-Cathedral in Oakland on August 15, 2012. In addition to his duties as Bishop Ordinary, Bp. Upham also serves as Rector of St. George’s, Raleigh, NC, and as Priest-in-Charge at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Lady Lake, Florida.

Bp. Upham grew up in Raleigh, was baptized at Hayes-Barton United Methodist Church, and was confirmed at St. Mark’s Anglican Church by the late James Pollard Clark, Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern States, APCK. Bp. Upham holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Performance (Voice and Organ) and a Master of Education (Counseling) from Campbell University, an M.Div. and a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary and a Doctor of Canon Law degree from St. Andrew’s.

Bp. Upham served in music and music education positions in churches and religious schools from 1979 to 1990, when he entered Duke University Divinity School to study for the ordained ministry. Bp. Upham was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Clark on August, 21st, 1999. Bp. Upham served St. Mark’s Anglican Church as Rector and held the post of Academic Counselor and Director of Choral Music at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.  In December, 2001, he was called to be Rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in Raleigh.  As St. George’s grew, Fr. Upham retired from teaching in 2004 and has devoted his life to full-time ministry.

Bp. Upham is married to the former Elizabeth (Madge) Buchanan. They have four children and four grand-children.

Diocese of the Southwestern States

Frank Brulc

The Diocese of the Southwestern States consists of parishes in Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Diocesan Ordinary is the Right Reverend Frank Walter Brulc.

The Right Reverend Frank W. Brulc was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Southwestern States at Saint Peter's Pro-Cathedral in Oakland on August 15, 2012. The chief consecrator was the Most Reverend James E. Provence, assisted by the Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, the Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, and the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul.

Bishop Brulc is currently the Rector of All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Rector of St Nicholas Anglican Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bishop Brulc is a graduate of St. Joseph of Arimathea Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree. Formerly, he had experience in the business and information systems world.

Bishop Brulc is married to Kathleen, an Assistant Principal at San Miguel Middle School of Tulsa. They have one daughter Audra, age twenty-one.

Bishop Brulc serves as Chairman of the Bishop’s Standing Committee and Director of Postulants and Ordinands.  In 2013 he established an online formations course of study for Postulants, newly ordained Deacons and Priests of the DSWS via Skype. Bishop Brulc takes a very personal interest in the selection and training of candidates for the Sacred Ministry. He was previously appointed Canon to the Ordinary by the Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison.

Diocese of the Western States

Donald M. Ashman

The Diocese of the Western States consists of parishes in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and British Colombia.

The Diocesan Bishop is the Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman. Bishop Ashman was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese on August 15, 2012 by the Most Reverend James E. Provence, the Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, the [then] Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, and the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul. Bishop Ashman was elected Diocesan on April 22, 2016 and enthroned by the Most Reverend Frederick G. Morrison the following day.

Bishop Ashman was born in Los Angeles and raised in Burbank, California. He graduated from Glendale College, California State University at Long Beach with a degree in History (1970) and did graduate work in Classics at the University of California at Los Angeles where he also earned his teaching credential.  Since 1973, he has taught Latin, Greek and Advanced Placement History at Hoover High School in Glendale. Four times he has taken students to Europe and was for many years active in the Junior Classical League.

In 1974, he was welcomed into the Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Robert B. Gooden at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Glendale, California and three years later began his studies for the sacred ministry. He was ordained a deacon on Ember Wednesday in Advent, 1980, and a priest on the Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1,1983, by the then Right Reverend Robert S. Morse. The following year he became Rector of the Church of Our Saviour and the Holy Apostles in Los Angeles and Glendale. In 1985, Father Ashman began a continuing thirty year ministry at the Hollenbeck Home in Boyle Heights; and in 1987 he founded the Church of Our Saviour, Santa Barbara. Bishop Ashman loved his annual youth camping/fishing trips to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the White Mountains of Arizona. He has also served on the Board of Examining Chaplains and the Standing Committee. As Diocesan, the bishop continues to serve as Rector of Our Saviour and the Holy Apostles; and still assists at the Church of Our Saviour, Santa Barbara.

Bishop Ashman married Ellen Kent Springer in 1971 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale and they have two married children, Erin and Matthew, and two grandsons, Sean and Patrick. The bishop loves to fish in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, ride trains with his wife and get away to Morro Bay.

Founding Bishop

Robert S Morse

The Most Reverend Robert Sherwood Morse
Deaceased Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Christ the King

On January 28, 1978, in Denver, Colorado, Father Morse was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Christ the King. The Rt. Rev. Albert A Chambers, retired Episcopal Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, was chief consecrator who acted to preserve the apostolic succession and the American Episcopate. When the Diocese expanded it was reorganized into four dioceses as the Anglican Province of Christ the King and Bishop Morse was elected Archbishop of the Province.

Archbishop Morse retired as Archbishop of the Province on January 25, 2008. He departed this life to be with his Lord on May 28, 2015.

Bishop Emeritus

Wiygul

 

The Rt. Rev. Dr. William C. Wiygul
Retired Diocesan Ordinary of the Southern States

The Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern States in 2004. The chief consecrator was Archbishop Robert S. Morse.

Bishop Wiygul was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. in medical clinical microbiology from the University of Tennessee. Later, he attended St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley, California.

Bishop Wiygul and his wife, Beth, are longtime residents of Montevallo, where the bishop is Rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter. Prior to his election to the episcopate, Bishop Wiygul also served as administrator of the Diocese of the Southern States and secretary of the College of Bishops.

Bishop Wiygul retired as Diocesan Ordinary of the Southern States in May, 2011.