Most Rev. Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, was chief consecrator on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Hope Church, for the Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf’s consecration service. Roaf is the Fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. (Lisa Buser/Special to The Daily Memphian). Featured Image
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – The stained-glass ceiling has shattered, as Reverend Phoebe Roaf is poised to step into the shoes of retiring Bishop Don Johnson.
“The fact that in a couple of days I am about to be the fourth bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, that is surreal,” Roaf smiled.
The composed, but joyful Pine Bluff native, who insists you call her by her first name, is no stranger to the road less traveled. She sat down exclusively with WMC Action News 5’s Kontji Anthony just days before she becomes the first female and first African-American bishop to be ordained, consecrated and seated by the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee Saturday.