The Bishop Suffragan for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will be consecrated today in a ceremony at Caldwell Auditorium.
Before Fisher was ordained in 2004, he served as chief financial officer for Hand Benefits & Trust, Inc., in Houston. It’s experience that has helped him in ministry, he said.
“It helps me connect with people in their daily lives,” he said.
While Fisher was rector of St. Alban’s, the church experienced an unprecedented 85 percent growth, according to a written release.
Fisher believes the Episcopal Church today faces many of the same problems that all churches face, he said: declining membership and aging buildings. But he was quick to add that he was excited about a trend he’s noticed: people living out their faith in places other than a church building.
“I see new life in churches that’s really an ancient way of doing things,” he said.
It’s a perspective that led him to start untraditional endeavors, such as a successful Bible Study class at a local pub in Waco.
Episcopal bishops are elected by a combination of clergy and lay people from throughout the diocese. Fisher was “nervous” throughout the election process, he said.
“Bishops’ elections never turn out how you expect, which shows you that the Holy Spirit is at work,” he said.
Fisher sees his role as Bishop Sufferagan as one of a unifier and encourager for the diocese, he said.
“Most of the time, bishops are thought of as a hammer, but we’re really here to encourage unity,” he said.
The liturgy will take place at 11 a.m. at Caldwell Auditorium. The public is invited. Fisher also will preach at Christ Church at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.