Bishop John-David Schofield struck an urgent tone when he urged his Fresno-based San Joaquin diocese to defect from the Episcopal Church.
“God’s timing is essential,” he said before the overwhelming vote December 8 to cut ties with the American denomination and align with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. “Delayed obedience in scripture is seen as disobedience when opportunities and blessings are lost.”
But the historic action—San Joaquin is the first diocese to secede from the Episcopal Church and align with an overseas province—was a long time coming, Episcopalians say, and may take even longer to finally resolve. The dioceses of Fort Worth, Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are also close to leaving the denomination.