11th Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee
John Crawford Bauerschmidt was elected the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee on October 28, 2006, and was consecrated on January 27, 2007. In addition to his service as Diocesan and as a member of the House of Bishops, Bishop Bauerschmidt serves as Episcopal co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue in the United States. He has served since 2007 on the House of Bishops’ Theology Committee.
Bishop Bauerschmidt was born in 1959, and was brought up and attended school in Columbia, South Carolina. He received an A.B. degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1981, and then attended the General Theological Seminary in New York, from which he graduated in 1984 as Master of Divinity.
In 1986 Bishop Bauerschmidt married Caroline Barnard Pearce of New York, New York. They have three children: William, born in 1991; Henry, born in 1994; and Caroline, born in 1997.
In 1987 Bishop Bauerschmidt matriculated at Oxford University, England, from which he received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996. While a doctoral student, Bishop Bauerschmidt was also a Priest Librarian of Pusey House, an Anglican chaplaincy to the University community.
In 1992 he was called as rector of Christ Church, Albemarle, in the Diocese of North Carolina. During his time in North Carolina, he also served on the Ecumenical Commission of the diocese, for several years as chair. In 1997 he was called as rector of Christ Church, Covington, in the Diocese of Louisiana. While there he served on the board of trustees of Christ Episcopal School, the parish’s parochial school, and also on the board of directors of Christwood, an affiliated continuing care retirement community. From 2003 to 2005 he was president of the Christwood board. He served on the executive board of the Diocese of Louisiana, and for two years was the president of the Standing Committee of the diocese. Bishop Bauerschmidt also taught in the Diocesan School for Ministry and was a clerical deputy to the 2006 General Convention.
Bishop Bauerschmidt has a professional interest in theology and an amateur love of history, in particular the history of ideas. In addition to these, he reads widely, especially fiction, reportage, and travel literature. He has written a number of articles and book reviews. He is a dedicated scale modeler.