On February 5, 2000, Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. He was seated as the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese on November 4, 2000. Bishop Gibbs resigned (retired) effective January 1, 2020.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1987, Bishop Gibbs served congregations in the Dioceses of Chicago and Central New York, and was serving as Rector of St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati, when he was elected bishop in October 1999. During his tenure, Bishop Gibbs served on the Boards of several not-for-profits as well as the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. Although retired, Bishop Gibbs still serves the House of Bishops as Chair of the Committee on Dispatch of Business, which oversees the smooth flow of General Convention legislation into and out of the House of Bishops. Now, Bishop Gibbs and his wife, Karlah, have returned to Southern Ohio to enjoy their retirement among fellow Buckeyes!!! “Living in that state up north for 20 years was a difficult desert experience for die-hard Buckeyes.”
Bishop Gibbs graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, MD. He attended St. Mary’s University & Seminary (Baltimore) and Towson State University (Towson, MD), receiving a B.A. in business administration. He received his M.Div. and the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.
Bishop Gibbs was born and raised “inside the beltway” in Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Karlah Jeanne Ambrose, and is the stepfather of two and grandfather of two.