Bishop-elect Kristin Uffelman White was elected 10th Bishop of Southern Ohio on September 20, 2023. She will be ordained as bishop on February 17, 2024 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.
Bishop-elect White has served as canon to the ordinary for congregational development and leadership in the neighboring Diocese of Indianapolis since 2018. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Prineville, Oregon. She served Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest and St. Augustine’s, Wilmette, both in the northern suburbs of Chicago, before joining the bishop’s staff in Indianapolis. She is a trainer and director in the College for Congregational Development, a church-based leadership training program, and served in various diocesan roles during her time in the Diocese of Chicago.
Before earning a master of divinity degree at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Bishop-elect White was a high school English teacher in Oregon. She also holds an associate’s degree from Cottey College, a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University and a master of arts in teaching from Willamette University. She and her husband, John, are parents of an adult daughter, Katherine Grace, who lives in Germany.
Bishop-elect White will succeed Bishop George Wayne Smith, who has served as Southern Ohio’s bishop provisional since 2021.