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The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Thirteenth Bishop of Virginia
The Rev. Deacon Ed Jones, editor
Ed Keithly, digital editor (@EGKDioVa)
Nancy Chafin, print editor

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The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Thirteenth Bishop of Virginia

Bishop Johnston leads one of the largest dioceses of the Episcopal Church, with oversight of more than 450 clergy and some 80,000 parishioners in 180 congregations. While he expresses discomfort with the current labels in today’s Episcopal Church, Bishop Johnston is a vocal centrist, although he freely admits to being “on the Left” for the personal and societal questions besetting the Church, while standing “on the Right” for Anglicanism’s life and present concerns. Holding such positions simultaneously is testament to his commitment to a preeminent theology of community in the Church’s life—a community in which our commitment is to one another in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than to like-mindedness in our own associations.

Center Aisle takes its lead from Bishop Johnston’s commitment to a shared life in Jesus Christ, believing that the Church does itself a disservice when it simply seeks to find the palatable solution between two parties; instead, we are at our best when we engage in vigorous discourse while remembering that we are called to share the same feast. In that spirit, the “center” we are called to is not the midpoint of a line between extremes, but the center of a circle–the core of faith that unites us at the foot of the cross.

The Rev. Deacon Ed Jones, editor

Ed Jones has served as editor of Center Aisle since 2000. Between stints editing Center Aisle, he serves as secretary and chief of staff of the Diocese of Virginia. He joined diocesan staff in March 2013 after a 40-year career at the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.  Ed is a vocational deacon serving at St. Mary’s, Colonial Beach. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ed and his wife, Peggy, live in Fredericksburg.

Ed Keithly, digital editor

This is Ed Keithly’s second time at General Convention, and first time as Center Aisle’s managing editor. Ed serves the Diocese of Virginia as deputy director of transition ministry, working with churches in search and managing the ordination process. He joins Center Aisle after founding and managing The View from the Mountain, the blog for Shrine Mont Camps, the Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2010 with a B.A. in English. He lives in Richmond, Virginia. You can follow Ed on Twitter as @EGKDioVa or @centeraisle for news, updates, and conversation.

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