The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal
Bishop Breidenthal was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of the late Leslie T. and Ruth Veach Breidenthal. He was raised in Europe and the Midwest until his family settled in Eugene, Oregon. He attended high school as a theater major at the Interlochen Arts Academy, then went on to earn a B.A. from Portland State University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Victoria. He received his M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981.
Ordinary: An ancient term used to refer to a diocesan bishop
Ordained a deacon in 1981 and a priest in 1982, he has pastored or assisted congregations in Oregon, Oxford, England and New York, as well as serving as a high school chaplain. He studied at Oxford University as an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, where he received a PhD. in theology. From 1992 through 2001 he was the John Henry Hobart Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. He then served as Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University from 2002 to 2007.
He was elected ninth bishop of Southern Ohio in November 2006 and consecrated on April 28, 2007.
The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr.
Bishop Price was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1965, a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1968, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marshall University in 1974 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from General in 1995. He was ordained a deacon and priest in West Virginia in 1968 and served in that diocese for 26 years, as a curate, a vicar, a college chaplain at Marshall University (which included the time of the Marshall airplane crash), and as a rector ten years in Parkersburg and ten years in Wheeling.
A suffragan bishop is a bishop who is assigned responsibilities to support a diocesan bishop. A suffragan bishop is elected by a convention but does not automatically succeed the diocesan bishop. However, a suffragan’s office does continue in the diocese until he or she chooses to retire.
Bishop Price was elected Bishop Suffragan of Southern Ohio in 1994 and oversaw an auxiliary office (The Bishop’s Center) in Columbus for eighteen years. In 2009 he was elected Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and moved there while continuing to serve part-time as suffragan in Southern Ohio. (In 2008 the then-bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh defected to the Anglican Church in North America, taking half of the congregations and two thirds of the clergy in the diocese with him. Bishop Price’s task was to rebuild the diocese, recruit and ordain more clergy, rebuild fellowship and trust and work with dedicated laity, many who were new to leadership positions.)
In 2012 he retired from both positions and he and his wife returned to their home in Hilliard, Ohio. In 2015 Bishop Breidenthal asked that he serve part time as an assisting bishop in Southern Ohio. In that capacity he makes 20+ visitations a year. 2019 marked his 25th year as a bishop.
The Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna “Nedi” Rivera
Bishop Rivera is one of three daughters born to a Puerto Rican father and an Anglo mother; her father, the late Rt. Rev. Victor Manuel Rivera, was third bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Growing up in an English-speaking household, Bishop Rivera worked hard to become conversant in Spanish so she also could celebrate and preach in that language.
Bishop Rivera was elected as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Olympia in 2004. She was elected as Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon at a special diocesan convention in May 2009, following the 2007 resignation of their bishop diocesan.
An assistant bishop is appointed by the diocesan bishop, and their office ends when the ordinary who appointed them leaves office.
Bishop Rivera is the first Latina bishop and the 12th woman bishop in The Episcopal Church. Before she was elected Olympia’s first suffragan, she was rector for 10 years of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Ordained to the priesthood in 1979, Bishop Rivera has served parishes in both the Diocese of California and the Diocese of El Camino Real. She earned an M.Div and a D.D. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif.
After retiring to Cincinnati to be closer to family, Bishop Rivera accepted an invitation to serve as an assisting bishop in Southern Ohio in 2010.