|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1934|
New Castle County
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2008|
The Rt. Rev. Ronald H. Haines, 73, The Seventh Bishop, retired, of The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, who served as a bold agent of change throughout the Church as well as the steward of strong fiscal development and policy.
Bishop Haines was a tireless advocate for the ordination of women priests and defender of gender equality in the church. He worked to make the church and its leadership welcoming to people of all sexual orientations. Regarding racism as one of the greatest sins of modern America, he confronted it with passion. He maintained, nevertheless, that spiritual discernment could be achieved through the struggles and controversies surrounding contemporary issues. He listened as a pastor to those who disagreed with him, believing that people of good will and shared faith may differ but remain in communion with each other.
Haines served as the Diocesan Bishop of Washington from 1990 until retiring in 2000.
Prior to becoming the Diocesan Bishop, Haines was elected Suffragan Bishop in 1986 and served in that role until the sudden death of then Bishop John Walker. Before coming to Washington, Bishop Haines served in the Diocese of Western North Carolina from 1968 to 1989, first as the Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, North Carolina and then as the Bishop's Deputy of that Diocese where he was responsible for congregational development, clergy deployment, program and budget.
He also was one of the founders of the Virginia and Carolina's Small Church Conference. For over 30 years, he was active in small church ministries, fostering overseas partnerships especially in Central America and Africa.
Upon his retirement, Haines moved to Lancaster County where he became involved in serving the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, first as interim leader of St. John's Episcopal Church, then as Priest-in-Charge of St. James Episcopal Church, both in the City of Lancaster. For the past three years, he was the Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manheim. He also was active assisting the Bishop of this Diocese and the Bishop and Diocese of Delaware with Episcopal duties of confirmation and ordination. He was well known as a friend and mentor of many area lay and ordained leaders of the church. In his retirement, the Bishop also became an avid runner, participating in many local races and half-marathons as well as a biker who traveled throughout the roads of Lancaster County and the South of France.
Bishop Haines came to the ordained ministry by way of a ten-year career in engineering. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware School of Engineering and The Mercer School of Theology (NY). He holds the M.Div and STM degrees from The General Seminary in New York as well as honorary doctorate degrees both from General Seminary and The Virginia Episcopal Seminary where he also served as Trustee along with many other organizations.
Bishop Haines was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.
In 1956, Haines married Mary T. Terrell.
A memorial service was held at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM, the Rt. Rev. Jane Dixon, retired Suffragan Bishop of Washington, celebrant and The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter, Bishop of Central Pennsylvania and the former Dean of the Washington Cathedral, Preacher.
Washington National Cathedral
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Created by: Jonathan Sammons
Record added: Mar 26, 2008
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