Two of the four nominees for the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church have ties to Berkeley. The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Berkeley.
Prior to his election as bishop in 2010, Bishop Douglas was the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He has been active in the wider Episcopal Church as a member of The Executive Council, Chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, and founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, graduated from Berkeley in 1978. Prior to his election as bishop in 2000, Bishop Curry served as a parish priest in North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland. He is also chairman of the board of Episcopal Relief & Development.