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Rev. William J. Cox III

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Independent Business Owner

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Local Address:  Houston , Texas , United States
1000 Progress Place
Concord , North Carolina 28025
United States

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Employment History

  • House Attorney
    Anglican Communion
  • Chancellor
    Anglican Communion
  • Bishop
  • Warehouse Manager
    Carbonics, inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Anglican Communion
  • Board Member
    SITGM Women
  • Board Member
    American Central Gas Technologies Inc
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NewsInfo, 1 Feb 2007 [cached]
Rev. William J. Cox served as ordaining bishop and celebrant for the Eucharist that followed the ordination.
Three ministerial candidates were ordained to the diaconate.
Rev. William J. Cox
Rev. William J. Cox, 86, is a casualty of the growing rift in the Episcopal Church over biblical authority and the ordination of gay clergy.
Cox, who lives in Tulsa, was facing an Episcopal church trial on charges that he violated church law by ordaining two Anglican priests and a deacon in Kansas without the permission of the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas, among other charges.
His resignation leaves the status of the trial in question.
Cox said if the trial is held, he will not participate.
The Rev. Jan Nunley of the Episcopal News Service said the policy of the national church is not to comment on ecclesiastical trials.
Last week, Cox was accepted as a retired assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Argentina, Province of the Southern Cone.
That diocese, and some in Africa, have been accepting ecclesiastical authority over American churches and
Cox, who served as assistant bishop of Oklahoma from 1980 until his retirement in 1988, is well-known in the area as a speaker and leader of healing seminars held in a variety of denominations.
He fell out of favor with the Episcopal leadership in Oklahoma in recent years by aligning himself with conservative Episcopalians who are leaving the church in the wake of the Robinson consecration.
"The church today is not the church I was ordained in 50 years ago, because of its revisionism and its lack of orthodox theology," Cox said."It has abandoned biblical faith and practice."
Cox said he did not resign solely because of the pending trial, but that the trial was "the straw that broke the camel's back."
Cox's current trouble with the church began about two years ago when he was contacted by Anglican Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, primate of the Province of the Church of Uganda.
Orombi had assumed authority over the former Christ Church Episcopal in Overland Park, Kan., when it left the Episcopal Church.He asked Cox to ordain two priests and a deacon there, so Orombi would not have to make the trip from Africa.
Cox agreed to do the ordinations.
The bishop of the Diocese of Kansas, the Rt.
Cox performed the ordinations in June 2005.
"If I had it to do over again, I would do the same thing," he said.
Cox said he has ministered all over the world, in numerous denominations, and it has never before been a problem.
Attorney Wicks Stephens represents Cox and also serves as house attorney for the Anglican Communion Network, a group of churches and individuals who are leaving the Episcopal Church and aligning themselves with Anglicans worldwide.
Stephens said complaints were brought against Cox by the bishops of Oklahoma and Kansas.
In the DIOCESE OF OKLAHOMA, Bishop William Cox, 86, a retired Oklahoma bishop who was charged with violating church law by ordaining two Anglican priests, resigned from the Episcopal House of Bishops and was accepted into the Anglican Diocese of Argentina.He may now avoid a canonical trial because he has left the TEC.
"I don't want a fight amongst ..., 30 Mar 2007 [cached]
"I don't want a fight amongst Christians," Bishop Cox told The Living Church."I don't hold a grudge against [Oklahoma] Bishop [Robert] Moody or [Kansas] Bishop [Dean] Wolfe for bringing charges against me.
"I would hope this transfer will enable me to be of service to congregations in this country that have already affiliated with the Southern Cone, but that decision will be up Archbishop [Gregory] Venables."
Bishop Cox, who served as Bishop Suffragan of Maryland from 1972 to 1980 and assistant Bishop of Oklahoma, 1980-1988, said there are three congregations under the oversight of the Southern Cone in Tulsa, where he lives with his wife, Betty.There are around five others in Texas and several more Southern Cone congregations in California.
Wicks Stevens, who is Bishop Cox's lawyer, received formal notification of the presentment charges from the Presiding Bishop's office earlier this week.Bishop Cox said he wants to remain in active ministry and be a member of the Anglican Communion.Both of those would be put in jeopardy if he went through a trial and was deposed, which Bishop Cox said was likely since he did not think it would be possible for him to receive a fair trial in an ecclesiastical court of The Episcopal Church.
"At the request of another Anglican primate, I tried to minister to Episcopalians who had been made outcasts by their church," he said.
R. Wicks Stephens II, chancellor for ..., 20 Feb 2007 [cached]
R. Wicks Stephens II, chancellor for the Anglican Communion Network, and legal counsel to Bishop William J. Cox, recently challenged the defamation of Bishop Cox.
Noting the significant canonical failures in the purported deposition of Bishop Cox, "demand is hereby made that you right the wrong by which you have defamed Bishop Cox by immediately withdrawing your pronouncement," he stated.
Bishop Cox and Bishop John-David Schofield were both purportedly deposed during The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops meeting March 12.
The Episcopal Church's Canons state that a majority of "the whole number of Bishops entitled to vote," is required to depose a bishop for the charge brought against Bishop Cox.
Rev. William J. Cox, a Bishop in Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church
As I began to think and pray about who I would invite to lead the first retreat for which I would have responsibility, one name came immediately to mind: Bishop Cox!
The Rt.Rev. William J. Cox was Suffragan Bishop of Maryland from 1972-1980, when he resigned to become Assistant Bishop of Oklahoma, the position in which he served until his retirement in 1988.I first heard Bishop Cox as a Lenten series speaker at Calvary Church, Memphis, nearly 30 years ago.Calvary was a moderate to liberal Episcopal parish—some might say it was an unlikely place for someone as well known as Bishops Cox was in Episcopal "renewal" circles to be preaching.But that was Bishop Cox—he would preach the Gospel wherever he could gain a hearing.Winsome, endearing, compelling—he continues to be much-loved by Episcopalians across the theological spectrum.
While a bishop in both Maryland and Oklahoma, Bishop Cox became a much sought-after speaker, preacher, and conductor of retreats.He and his wife Betty were active in Episcopal Renewal Ministies (now Acts 29), the Order of St. Luke; and Bishop Cox also served as Chaplain to the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.
Stocky, bald, wearing round glasses with his eyes appearing large through lenses as thick as Coke bottle bottoms, it is easy to imagine one is talking with the Apostle Paul when speaking with Bishop Cox.His voice is both warm and rich, and conveys genuine love and appreciation for everyone with whom he speaks.If an article were ever written explaining what it means to be a godly bishop, it would be incomplete if it were not illustrated by the example of Bishop Cox.
Even though technically in retirement, Bishop Cox has continued an active ministry.Now age 87, he has been the Episcopal Church's oldest living bishop.It is so hard to envision him as anything but a bishop that one is surprised to hear of his early military service and that he became a civilian pilot after he was in his sixties.
Today, the Episcopal Church's House of Bishop, acting on the recommendation of Presiding Bishop ☠Katharine Jefferts Schori, voted to depose Bishop William Cox.
What had Bishop Cox done that led to his deposition?In June 2005, Bishop Cox ordained two priests and a deacon at Christ Church in Overland Park, Kansas, after he was asked to do so by the Primate of Uganda, the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi.The following month, Bishop Cox returned to Christ Church and led a service of confirmation.
In April 2005, Christ Church agreed to pay the Diocese of Kansas $1 million over the next 10 years as part of a separation agreement which allowed the congregation to retain its property, and for the clergy to be relieved of their canonical obligations to The Episcopal Church.Christ Church and its clergy subsequently affiliated with the Province of Uganda.
It is important to note that Bishop Cox did not perform acts in any congregation of the Diocese of Kansas without the Bishop of Kansas' permission.He minstered to a congregation that had left the Diocese of Kansas and had been received into the Province of Uganda.Bishop Cox, as an Anglican Bishop, ministered at the request of an overseas Anglican bishop (in this case the Archbishop and Primate of Uganda) to a congregation that was under his jurisdiction.
In 2006, two bishops—the Rt.
Rev. Robert Moody, Bishop of Oklahoma—presented then Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold with charges that Bishop Cox had violated the Canons of the Episcopal Church.
"I don't want a fight amongst Christians," Bishop Cox told The Living Church on 3/30/07.
[Many of us who have been ordained a lot less longer than Bishop Cox can say "Amen" to that!]
"I would hope this transfer [to the Southern Cone] will enable me to be of service to congregations in this country that have already affiliated with the Southern Cone, but that decision will be up Archbishop [Gregory] Venables."
Bishop Cox is now listed as Acting Provincial Assistant Bishop of the Southern Cone, and he remains a bishop in Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church.He has earned the undying love and admiration of many, many of God's people—and our prayers will continue to be with him.God bless you, Bishop Cox!
Rev. William Jackson Cox, retired Bishop Suffragan of Maryland.Before the action was taken, both bishops had come under the care of another province of the Anglican Communion, rendering the action of the House of Bishops a symbolic, but essentially meaningless, gesture.
"This is a bit like saying 'you can't quit, you're fired!'" said the Rev. Canon Daryl Fenton, Chief Operating Officer for the Network."It will have no practical effect on the ministry of these two godly leaders, but instead makes crystal clear the scorched earth policy that the current leadership of The Episcopal Church intends to prosecute against those who can not in good conscience follow them out of the Christian mainstream."
"There is no question that both Bishop Cox and Bishop Schofield remain bishops in the Anglican Communion and will continue in ministry.
Rev. William J. Cox served as ordaining bishop and celebrant for the Eucharist that followed the ordination.
Three ministerial candidates were ordained to the diaconate.
Board of Directors | Stand in the Gap Ministries, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
Bishop William Cox
The Rev. William J. Cox did his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati and George Washington University. He graduated Virginia Theological Seminary in June of 1957 and was ordained Deacon July 6, 1957, then Priest March 21, 1958. He was consecrated Bishop the 16th of December 1972.
American Central Gas Technologies, Inc., 27 Mar 2004 [cached]
Bishop William J. Cox - Assistant Bishop of Texas, Tulsa, OK
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