The Kentucky Annual Conference is pleased to announce that Bishop Leonard Fairley has been assigned as the new bishop of the Louisville Episcopal Area. The Louisville Episcopal Area is comprised of the Kentucky and Red Bird Annual Conferences.
Bishop Fairley will follow Bishop Davis who is retiring at the end of August. Episcopal assignments begin September 1.
Bishop Fairley was nominated by the North Carolina Conference and was elected July 13, 2016 on the seventh ballot during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Bishop Fairley has served the North Carolina Conference since 1984 and his most recent appointment was serving as the District Superintendent of the Capital District. The Capital District is the largest district in the North Carolina Annual Conference.
Bishop Fairley graduated from Pfeiffer College and Duke University's School of Divinity. He served at St. Peters in Hamlet, NC and Soapstone in Raleigh before becoming the Rockingham District Superintendent. After serving as a District Superintendent for seven years he returned to the local church in 2012 as Lead Pastor at Saint Francis in Cary, NC.
Bishop Fairley has served on numerous boards and agencies in the North Carolina conference including:
Conference Vitalization Consultant
Chair of Congregational Development
Task Force on Lay Academy
Vice Chair of Conference Finance & Administration
Vice-Chair of Conference Board of Church and Society
NC Conference Transition Team
Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
NC Conference Episcopacy Committee
General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
He has also participated in Mission Work Teams in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Zimbabwe, Haiti and the Appalachia Service Project.
Bishop Fairley has published a book of poetry, “Who Shall Hear My Voice.” He also was a contributing writer to “The Day the Earth Moved Haiti: From Havoc to Healing.”
He was married to his lifelong soulmate, Priscilla Ann Russell, before she died in 2013. He has two adult children, son Joshua Fairley and daughter, Elizabeth Galbreath. He is also the proud grandfather of three grandchildren.
Fairley will become one of 13 active bishops serving the Episcopal areas of the 15 annual conferences that make up the Southeastern Jurisdiction.