John Shelby Spong

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The Right Reverend

John Shelby Spong

D.D., L.H.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Newark
Bishop John Shelby Spong portrait 2006.png
Spong in 2006
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ProvinceProvince 2
In office1979–2000
PredecessorGeorge Rath
SuccessorJohn P. Croneberger
OrdinationDecember 1955
by Edwin A. Penick
ConsecrationJune 12, 1976
by John Allin
Personal details
Born(1931-06-16)June 16, 1931
Charlotte, North Carolina
DiedSeptember 12, 2021(2021-09-12) (aged 90)
Newark, New Jersey
ParentsJohn Shelby Spong & Doolie Boyce Griffith
SpouseJoan Lydia Ketner (m. 1952, d. 1988)
Christine Mary Bridger (m. 1990)
Previous postCoadjutor Bishop of Newark (1976-1979)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Virginia Theological Seminary

John Shelby "Jack" Spong (June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021) was an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark, New Jersey. He was a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author.[1]

In September 2016, Spong suffered a stroke.[2] He died on September 12, 2021 at his home in Newark, New Jersey at the age of 90.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Interview. ABC Radio Australia, June 17, 2001
  2. "Former Newark Episcopal bishop Spong suffers stroke".
  3. John Shelby Spong, liberal Episcopal bishop, dies at age 90

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