North Texans Remain Episcopal reports that secessionist bishop +Jack Iker of the Dio. of Fort Worth has exonerated the Rev. Kenneth W. MacKenzie, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Wichita Falls, TX, despite repeated claims of pastoral neglect, lying, and blighted leadership. The bishop, however, directed the priest to return to regular pastoral counseling and psychotherapy under his supervision.
Bp. Iker also fired five of the parish's vestry members and a long-time, trusted treasurer. Ordered off the vestry were a EYC sponsor and lay reader, a former Junior Warden, a former lay reader, lay Eucharistic visitor and ECW chair, a 50+ year member of All Saints, and a woman who has done every volunteer job at the church except junior warden at least twice. The treasurer had served in his role at the parish for 36 years and has been unanimously elected treasurer year after year at the Parish's annual meeting. With these firings, the bishop reduced the size of the vestry by one-half.
Four of the five dismissed vestry members had taken leadership roles in North Texans Remain Episcopal.