Members of the relatively small Orthodox Church in America, frustrated with its scandal-tainted leadership, voted for change last month by promoting the youngest and newest bishop in its ranks.
Bishop Jonah, 49, born James Paffhausen in Chicago, Illinois, will also be the first convert to become the OCA’s metropolitan. He converted from the Episcopal Church to Orthodoxy 30 years ago while studying at the University of California, San Diego. Jonah has been an Orthodox priest for more than a dozen years but a bishop for only a few weeks. Elected bishop of Fort Worth and auxiliary bishop of the South on September 4, he was formally consecrated on November 1.