The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo,
Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
visited Ascension on
Sunday January 15th, 2012
Bishop Andrew Waldo made his first official visitation to Church of the Ascension. Bishop Waldo was the celebrant and preacher at both services. He will meet with parishioners from 9:15 to 10:15 in the Parish Hall for an open forum. Following the 10:30 service, Bishop Waldo and Deacon Ennis Whiddon were our guests at the luncheon.
The Rev. W. Andrew Waldo was elected eighth bishop of Upper South Carolina on December 12, 2009, and consecrated at Christ Church, Greenville, South Carolina, on May 22, 2010.
Bishop Waldo was born in Douglas, Georgia, on July 17, 1953, and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, the second of six children in an Episcopal clergy family. He received his M.Div. from Sewanee, M. Mus. from the New England Conservatory of Music, and B.A. from Whittier College. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate (June 1988) and to the priesthood (April 1989) in the Diocese of New Hampshire. Prior to his election as bishop of Upper South Carolina, Bishop Waldo served from 1994 until February 2010, as rector of Trinity Church, Excelsior, Minnesota. Under his leadership the church experienced significant growth in membership, program offerings, and social and outreach ministries, and children and youth were fully incorporated into the life, worship, and ministry of the parish. Bishop Waldo also served as curate of Grace Church, Manchester, New Hampshire (1988-1990), and rector of St. Mark’s, LaGrange, Georgia (1990-1994). His service in three dioceses included membership on the Bishop's Task Force on Economic Justice, the Liturgy and Music Commission (in two dioceses), the Youth Advisory Committee, the Board of Examining Chaplains, Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and the Constitution and Canons Committee. On the national level, he served on the Spiritual Faculty of CREDO (2004-2009), a national clergy wellness initiative of the Church Pension Group. Before entering Holy Orders, Bishop Waldo, whose graduate studies in music focused on choral conducting and the recorder, was the director of the Early Music Program at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Longy he founded and conducted a choir specializing in sixteenth-century music and coached early music instrumental ensembles. He also performed throughout the United States as an ensemble musician and soloist, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City and with the Boston Camerata, an internationally known performing ensemble.
Bishop Waldo is married to Minnesota native Mary Halverson Waldo, a freelance performer and teacher of flute and recorder and one of three Suzuki Recorder Method teacher trainers in the world. The Waldos have three sons Jonathan (married to Amber Houck Waldo); James; and Benjamin. Bishop Waldo's recreational interests include biking, music, history, and model trains.
Thank you to Kelly Davidson for the photography!