Bishop William H. Love
IX Bishop of Albany (2007-present)
A cradle Episcopalian and native of Texas (born August 14, 1957), the Rt. Rev. William H. Love (then 1Lt. Love) moved to up-state New York in the fall of 1982, complements of Uncle Sam. He served in the United States Air Force as an Air Intelligence Officer stationed at Plattsburgh AFB in Plattsburgh, NY from 1982-1986. At the rank of captain, he resigned his commission in order to enter the ordination process in the Diocese of Albany.
Graduating from Nashotah House Seminary (Wisconsin), with a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1991, Bill was ordained Deacon by Bishop David Ball at the Cathedral of All Saints (Albany) on the Feast of St. Alban, June 22, 1991. He served as the Dean’s Vicar at the Cathedral until shortly after his ordination as a priest on March 28, 1992. On May 1, 1992, Fr. Love became the Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Lake Luzerne, where he proudly served for 14 years until being elected on the 4th ballot as bishop coadjutor of Albany on March 25, 2006. Consecrated on September 16, 2006 at the New York State Convention Center in Albany, Bishop Love served as bishop coadjutor for approximately 5 months before being installed as the 9th Bishop of Albany at the Cathedral of All Saints on Sunday, February 4, 2007. He is the 1007 bishop consecrated in The Episcopal Church and the last bishop to be consecrated by The Most Rev. Frank Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Theologically conservative and orthodox in his faith, Bishop Love firmly believes in the authority of Holy Scripture as the living Word of God. He describes himself as Anglo Catholic, Evangelical and Charismatic, committed to the Great Commandment and Great Commission. A strong believer in the healing power of Jesus Christ, Bishop Love is very involved in the Christian healing prayer ministry. His constant prayer is to be a channel of God’s love and mercy and healing grace in this broken and hurting world in which we live. He has served on several short term mission trips to Uganda, Bolivia, Peru, South Sudan, Northern Malawi, and Haiti, as well as visits to the Diocese of the Arctic and the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland.
Bishop Love is a founding member of the Communion Partner Bishops, (a small group of theologically conservative and orthodox bishops in The Episcopal Church) dedicated to working with and remaining in communion with all bishops of the Anglican Communion. He greatly values the special friendships he has with the bishops, clergy and people throughout the world-wide Anglican Communion.
.Bill and his wife Karen (a retired USAF Colonel and current high school math teacher) were married October 22, 1983. They are richly blessed with two adult children and their spouses: Chris and his wife Lauren, and Catie and her husband Doug Jones, in addition to four grandchildren – Peter, Caleb, Nora and Alister. Personal hobbies include: hiking, kayaking, photography, and travel enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.