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Rev. John B. Lipscomb

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Spiritual Director

Phone: (813) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.org
Local Address:  Florida , United States
Bethany Retreat Center

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.A.
    University of North Carolina , Asheville
  • Doctor of Ministry Degree
    Graduate Theological Foundation
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John Bailey Lipscomb was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida at a special convention held on September 23, 1995, in Punta Gorda, Florida.He was consecrated on February 24, 1996, at the Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.On September 27, 1997, he was instituted as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, in July 1950, Bishop Lipscomb completed his primary and secondary education in the public schools of Jacksonville, Florida.He received his B.A. from University of North Carolina, Asheville; his Masters-in-Divinity degree from the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Ind., and is a Fellow of the Foundation.He has pursued continuing education in a variety of fields including evangelism, church growth and management.
Ordained deacon in 1974, and priest in 1975 in the Diocese of Florida, Bishop Lipscomb served congregations in the Dioceses of Florida, Upper South Carolina, Louisiana, and Western Louisiana.
At the time of his election he was the rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Dean of the Lake Charles Convocation.Bishop Lipscomb complimented 21 years of active parish work through ministry to the dioceses in which he served.In Florida he was a member of the diocesan liturgical and renewal commissions.In Upper South Carolina he served as the diocesan spiritual director for the Cursillo movement, evangelism and renewal officer, and as a member of the Standing Committee.In the Dioceses of Louisiana and Western Louisiana he served at various times as dean of several convocations and as an ex-officio member of the Executive Council.During his tenure in Western Louisiana, Bishop Lipscomb was a teaching fellow in New Testament for the Bishop's School for Ministry and a member of the Commission on Ministry.Bishop Lipscomb was elected a trustee for the University of the South from Western Louisiana.He also served the Episcopal Church as a reader for the General Ordination Examinations.
In 1974 Bishop Lipscomb was awarded the American Bible Society Award for the public interpretation of the Scriptures.As a chaplain of the Louisiana National Guard, Bishop Lipscomb served on active duty during Operation Desert Shield.His community ministry included service on numerous volunteer boards and agencies including work in community mental health, ministry to victims of domestic violence and as a chaplain to those suffering from chemical dependency.During his tenure in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Baton Rouge Area Food Bank, Urban Ministry Coalition, and Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues.
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Rev. John B. Lipscomb, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, who voted against the confirmation of the Rev. V.
"I feel empty and my heart is broken," wrote Lipscomb, who asked that his letter be read Aug. 10 in every congregation in the diocese.He added he "will not accept into the ordination process those who are living in an intimate relationship outside the covenant of marriage."
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For others, I think, there is a sense that this is something they have thought is a direction the Church should head in," said Father John Lipscomb, a former Episcopalian bishop who entered the Catholic Church five years ago with his wife of 44 years.
"I think people see this as something very positive in the life of the Church," said Father Lipscomb, 62, the spiritual director of the Bethany Retreat Center in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Father Lipscomb is one of about 70 married Catholic priests in the United States.
Father Lipscomb, the son of a Baptist minister, said he struggled with the direction that his church had taken, and noted that one presiding bishop essentially denied the unique saving role of Jesus Christ.
"I realized I could no longer stay in the Episcopal Church," said Father Lipscomb, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.
"I had to find a place where I could live out my Christian faith with a degree of integrity," he said. He entered the Catholic Church with his wife, Marcie, in December 2007 and was ordained a Catholic priest two years later.
"There is no question the children who live in the parsonage feel themselves living in a glass bowl," Father John Lipscomb said. "Their parents, especially their father, are very much public people, but then again, I don't think in many ways it's any different from the dynamics of any children who have to cope with having parents in the public eye. "I think oftentimes the children put a larger burden on themselves than what is actually being placed on them by others," Father Lipscomb said.
Father Lipscomb's wife had also known of her husband's interior struggles, and also eventually made the same decision and entered the Catholic Church with her husband.
"My decision was a personal decision I had to make, without any sense that she was going to make a similar decision," Father Lipscomb said. "One day, she shared with me that she had prayerfully considered the same question, and that she felt she had to make the same decision, that the Lord was calling her to the Catholic Church as well.
"In many ways, her decision was my confirmation regarding the rightness of the decision," Father Lipscomb said.
Having sustained a marriage across four decades and raised two children, Father Lipscomb said, are invaluable experiences he can bring when counseling people.
"At the same time, I think many of the lessons we learn within the domestic church are also lessons we've learned within the larger Church," he said.
"I knew there were times where there were tensions within the family unit because his work had to take precedence over things the family wanted to take part in," Father Lipscomb said.
Father Lipscomb noted that Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew, talks about those who become like eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven.
"The Lord does call and equip many for the celibate life so that they can pursue the priestly ministry," Father Lipscomb noted.
There were early concerns that married priests would encounter jealousy and resentment from their celibate counterparts, but Father Sullins and Father Lipscomb said they have been treated generously by other priests.
"I feel, in fact, very grateful for the kindness and reception we've had both from the clergy and the laity in the diocese," Father Lipscomb said.
Father Lipscomb - who also recently became the parochial vicar at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz, Fla. - said he understands that allowing married priests will raise questions in the Church, especially given the shortage of priestly vocations, but he believes the celibate priesthood will continue.
"I don't see [the provision] as making a radical change in the Holy See's understanding of celibacy as a norm for the life of the Church and for the life of the priest," Father Lipscomb said.
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