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Huntsville priest elected as new suffragan bishop

A Huntsville priest, the Rev. John McKee “Kee” Sloan, 51, is the newly elected suffragan, or assistant, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Sloan is currently rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Huntsville. He previously has served churches in Grenada, West Point and Olive Branch, all in Mississippi, and was chaplain at The University of Mississippi.

“I realize the importance of trusting God, and I am humbled to have been called,” Sloan said following his election Sunday in Birmingham.

He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and The University of the South, Sewanee. Sloan replaces the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, who was elected bishop of the Diocese of California.

Sloan’s installation will be Jan. 12 at Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham. The diocese has 91 parishes with 36,000 members in a region encompassing the northern two-thirds of the state. The Rt. Rev. Henry Parsley Jr. is bishop.

Melanie Smith

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