It didn't take long for the jurisdiction to elect the first of three bishops. On the third ballot, Rio Texas' own Ruben Saenz was elected as a United Methodist Bishop. It was an exciting moment, first of all, because the body elected a bishop so quickly. Second, it was exciting because Bishop Saenz has been a clergy member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference and, previously, the Rio Grande Annual Conference. He has also been my boss at the Mission Vitality Center and has become a good friend.
More information later but here are some pictures from the moments after the election, starting with a shot of the moment he realized he had been elected.