Bishop-elect Fairley Assigned To Kentucky

July 15, 2016
The Rev. Leonard Fairley was assigned to serve as bishop of the Louisville Episcopal Area. The Louisville Episcopal Area is comprised of the Kentucky and Red Bird Annual Conferences. Episcopal assignments begin September 1.

Bishop-elect Fairley was the episcopal nominee from the North Carolina conference. He was elected Wednesday afternoon, July 13, on the seventh ballot.

Fairley had been the superintendent of the Capital District in the North Carolina conference since 2015. As the Capital District superintendent, Fairley was responsible for 96 churches and 134 pastors in a geographic area that includes Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Smithfield, Benson, Goldsboro, Knightdale and Wendell.

Bishop-elect Fairley wants the people of the Kentucky Conference to know that he “believes in possibilities and living in the promise.” He considers himself a leader in the mold of Joshua and Caleb, “leaders who see the promise land and believe that God has given it to them.”  He feels that the people of the Kentucky and Red Bird conferences can be an “unstoppable force for the Kingdom of God.”

In addition to being a strong man of God, Fairley also has a creative side. He 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.

A welcome reception for Fairley and his daughter was held at the Lambuth Inn. 

Fairley will become one of 13 active bishops serving the Episcopal areas of the 15 annual conferences that make up the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

Watch the livestream of Bishop Fairley’s consecration service at 10 am EDT Friday, July 15th: