St. John’s Episcopal Church in Worthington, OH is one of 80 congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio includes the cities of Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Marietta and Portsmouth.
The bishop of Southern Ohio is The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, D. Phil. Bishop
Breidenthal brings a passion for civic involvement, strong lay leadership and ministry and Biblical preaching. A noted author, he has written about the issues of same-sex unions, what constitutes a Christian household and how to raise ethical children. His books include Sacred Unions: A New Guide to Life-Long Commitment, published in 2006, and Christian Households: The Sanctification of Nearness, published in 1997.
Prior to his election as Bishop of Southern Ohio in 2006, Bishop Breidenthal served as the dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. Ordained to the priesthood in 1982, Bishop Breidenthal brings a strong intellectual and academic background to the diocese. Before moving to Princeton, he served for nearly a decade as the John Henry Hobart Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was a senior chaplain at Harvard School in California and an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow in Oxford, England. He also has served in two parishes in Oregon and assisted at a congregation in New York City.
The Diocese of Southern Ohio is a diverse group in every demographic category, from age and ethnicity to income and sexual orientation. See a map of the diocese. The diocesan offices are at 412 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
The diocese was officially founded in 1875, when the state was divided into two jurisdictions of the Episcopal Church. But the first congregation, St. John’s, Worthington, began worship in 1804. (Read more about the history of the diocese)