After four meetings of the elective synod and 11 ballots, which all ended in stalemate, the choice for the next Anglican Bishop of Barbados has been handed to the House of Bishops.
During a heated meeting at the Christ Church Parish Church this evening neither the Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels, Dr Jeffrey Gibson, nor the Rector of St George Parish Church, Reverend John Rogers, secured the required two-thirds support among the clergy and laity to fill the position of head of Barbados’ largest religious denomination.
Faced with the alternatives of either having a select committee make the decision or setting another date for another round of votes, the quorum opted to take the decision out of local hands altogether. It is therefore unlikely that either Gibson, 61, or Rogers, 45, would be chosen.
The development also opens up the possibility of there being a non-Barbadian Bishop of the local Anglican church.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Canon Wayne Isaacs explained that it took only one round of voting tonight for members to come to the conclusion that no clear winner would emerge.
“After the first ballot nobody received the required votes, then the synod adopted a motion to send it to the House of Bishops to make the appointment,” he said, adding that “I don’t think either of the two candidates would be eligible because normally they [The House of Bishops] will not chose anybody that was nominated before”.
Isaacs, who revealed that 152 persons were present for tonight’s vote, also contended that the development should not be seen as disunity within the church but rather God’s will being carried out by the church.
“I see it from the perspective that God’s will be done in every situation. So, I don’t feel dejected by it because we have been praying for it for a long time and I think we have to accept it as God’s plan for us at this time.
“I don’t think it says anything bad about the church because it is all part of the process of electing a Bishop. There are different options and this just happens to be the option that the diocese chose,” he stressed.
While the actual breakdown of the vote was not divulged, Isaacs revealed that just as it was in the previous votes, the laity showed an overwhelming preference for the younger Rogers, while the clergy strongly supported the more senior Gibson.