Well that was exciting

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.

 Newly elected Bishop Ruben Saenz first realizes he has been elected.

Newly elected Bishop Ruben Saenz first realizes he has been elected.

 Bishop Saenz embraces colleague and friend Abel Vega

Bishop Saenz embraces colleague and friend Abel Vega

 Bishop Mike McKee pins an episcopal pin to Bishop Saenz.

Bishop Mike McKee pins an episcopal pin to Bishop Saenz.