A Short History of the Diocese of the Mid-South

In the early 1990’s the Diocese of the Southeast came into being under the leadership of Archbishop Dale Howard of Jacksonville, FL. As new churches continued to be planted, it was determined that Georgia and Alabama had grown sufficiently to be classified as Missionary Dioceses. In 1997, Canon Missioner John W. Holloway was consecrated to serve as the missionary bishop to Georgia.

Within a short period of time, Georgia became a full diocese and Bishop Holloway was installed as the Bishop Ordinary with his church, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Thomaston, GA, being designated as the diocesan cathedral. Alabama would also become a separate diocese as would both the Carolinas and Florida. In time, Tennessee and Georgia would be united and designated as the Diocese of the Mid-South and the Southeast Diocese would be reclassified as the Archdiocese of the Southeast.

In 2007, Bishop Holloway suffered a massive stroke and the administration of the Diocese of the Mid-South was temporally assumed by Archbishop Charles W. Jones of Selma, AL. In November 2007, Canon David Epps was elected and installed as a bishop and was assigned as the Auxiliary Bishop, under Archbishop Jones, to serve the Diocese of the Mid-South. As the months passed, it became clear that Bishop Holloway would not be able to resume his duties and, in June 2008, Bishop Epps was installed as the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Mid-South with his church, Christ the King, Sharpsburg, GA, being designated as the new diocesan cathedral. Bishop Holloway was medically retired and named as Bishop Emeritus. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 59.

The diocese continues to serve the clergy and congregation within its borders and actively participates in the ministry and activities of the Archdiocese and both the national and global church.