Bishop Neil Lebhar
The Right Reverend Neil G. Lebhar has been the first bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) since his consecration in 2010.
He was called as rector of Church of the Redeemer in 1988.
He and his wife Marcia were married in 1971. They have two daughters and a son. Sarah and her husband Jon Hall have two children, Benjamin and Miriam. Jon graduated from Trinity School for Ministry. Sarah is a professor for Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville. They are planting a congregation in Tallahassee. Katie and Paul Black were married in 2007and have one son, Asa, and one daughter, Anna Merrill. Katie teaches high school theater in Jacksonville. Peter and Naomi Lebhar were married in 2013. Peter graduated from Florida State University and is now a staff member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship there. Neil and Marcia also have a married foster daughter, Dawn Thompson, who has two sons and a daughter.
His first parish ministry was at a church in New London, Connecticut . He then served as Assistant Rector at Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia from 1979 until his call to Redeemer.
Prior to ordained ministry, he served as Field Director of the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS), a ministry to private school students. He came to faith in Christ through the ministry of FOCUS.
He currently chairs the Anglican Unity Task Force, and serves on the board of CMJ/USA and on the local advisory board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. CMJ is a Jewish roots and outreach ministry which his wife Marcia previously directed. Neil and Marcia have led countless groups to study in the land of Israel. CMJ-Israel hosted the first GAFCON meeting.
Bishop Lebhar served as vice-chairman of the Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade in 2000. More recently he became a part of the ACNA Catechism Task Force, joining Drs. Jack Gabig, James I. Packer, Joel Scrandrett and others who worked long and hard to create a new catechism for the 21st century. Bishop Lebhar also serves on the Anglican Unity Task Force.
He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1972 and holds masters degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1976) and Virginia Theological Seminary (1978).
Bishop Lebhar loves the Lord, his family, and his calling to lead in Biblical renewal, worship, outreach and fellowship.