Tenth Bishop of Georgia
Born and raised near the Ohio River, Scott Anson Benhase went to DePauw University. After college, he spent a year as a missionary of the Episcopal Church in Honduras. During that time, he was discerning a vocation to ordained ministry with his bishop, Edward Jones of Indianapolis. In 1980, he was accepted as a postulant and entered Virginia Theological Seminary. He married Kelly Jones on May 12, 1984, eight weeks after his ordination to the priesthood.
After two years as a curate at Trinity Church, Indianapolis, he accepted a call to be Rector of St Paul’s, East Cleveland, an urban parish in one of the poorest communities in the country. He spent five years there helping the parish transition from a predominantly white parish to a predominantly black one. In 1990, Bishop Benhase was called to be Vicar of Trinity, Charlottesville, an historic black church that discerned a call to become an integrated community to witness next door to Mr. Jefferson’s University. Benhase accepted a call to St Philip’s Church in Durham, North Carolina, the mother church of Durham. In 2006, Bishop Benhase accepted a call to be Rector of St Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC, the parish church next to the National Cathedral.
He was elected Bishop of Georgia in September of 2009 and consecrated as the 10th Bishop of Georgia on January 23, 2010. Benhase’s major initiative is the Campaign for Congregational Development, a capital campaign raising funds to enhance capacity in congregational growth and development, clergy and lay leader development, and leadership formation of youth and young adults.