Still no decision on a new Anglican Bishop for Barbados.
The Elective Synod of the Church failed for the third time tonight to select a leader.
As was the case on the previous occasions, members of the House of Laity threw their support behind the Rector of St George Parish Church, 45-year-old John Rogers, the younger of the two candidates nominated, while priests who make up the House of Clergy, maintained their support for the Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael’s and All Angels, 61-year-old Dr Jeffrey Gibson.
Neither of the candidates was able to garner the requisite two-thirds majority at the end of two rounds of voting which began at 5:30 p.m. at the Ivan Harewood Centre of the Christ Church Parish Church.
In the first round, 30 members of the clergy and 59 members of the laity cast their ballots for Rogers while 43 members of the clergy and 23 members of the laity threw their support behind Gibson. The second round of voting did not yield much difference as Gibson was able to pull just one clergy vote from Rogers.
Diocesan administrator Canon Wayne Isaacs, who chaired the proceedings which wrapped up 10 p.m. told reporters that the vote was adjourned until a date to be announced.
He also explained that the church had until August 28 to make a decision before the Bishops of the West Indies make the choice for Barbados. Isaacs dismissed the notion that the issue of selecting a bishop had become contentious, explaining that is was simply a matter of the process running its full course.