Bishop Lewis to go on medical leave for six months

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis announced on Mar. 4, during the “State of the Church” address that focused on General Conference 2019, that she will be on medical leave for six months. In late December 2018, Bishop Lewis underwent a hip surgery and then had an additional surgery in January. This made her unable to attend General Conference in St. Louis from Feb. 23-26. 

Lewis shared she will have to undergo two additional surgeries due to ongoing complications related to her original hip surgery; the first is scheduled for this Thursday. The medical leave is at the strong recommendation of her doctors.

“To take six months off will be hard, but I have got to get well,” Lewis said. 

In Lewis’ absence, an interim bishop will be assigned to oversee the Virginia Annual Conference. The process to find this interim bishop has already started. 

The Rev. Tom Berlin and Mrs. Martha Stokes, chairs of the Committee on Episcopacy, shared more about this process and how Bishop David Graves, College of Bishops President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction, is overseeing this process. 

Update: Bishop Peter Weaver has been named interim bishop. Click here for details.




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