Kevin D. Nichols ordained 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem – Episcopal News Service
[Episcopal News Service] Rev. Kevin D. Nichols was ordained and ordained the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem on Saturday, September 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Almost 600 people attended the festive dedicatory service, at which Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, preached. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Pastor Michael B. Curry, led the service as the main pond.
Nichols will sit in the Church of the Nativity on October 12 for the Diocese’s annual meeting.
During the ordination service, Nichols was presented with a pectoral cross designed by Curtis Drestch, professor at Muhlenberg College. The cross, a symbol of the office of bishop, is made of stainless steel and recognizes the region’s history as a center of coal mining and steel making.
Nichols was elected bishop on April 28th. Prior to his election, he was Chief Operating Officer and Canon of Mission Resources for the Diocese of New Hampshire, a position he has held since 2014. Nichols was formerly President of the New Hampshire Diocese Standing Committee and a member of the Church-wide Task Force on Redesigning the Episcopal Church.
A former Roman Catholic priest who received his Masters of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Baltimore, he was elected to the episcopal priesthood in 1999 and was rector of St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield, New Hampshire and St. Andrew’s in Hopkinton , New Hampshire. He is married to Patti, a licensed clinical social worker. They have four grown children: Graham, Lindsay, Bryan and Keaton and three grandchildren.
Nichols succeeds Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, who has been provisional bishop since March 2014.
The Diocese of Bethlehem has more than 9,000 bishops in 58 wards in northeast and central east Pennsylvania.