I am writing in response to a letter dated October 16, 2010 from my friend and colleague, the Rt. Rev. Jerry A. Lamb, Bishop of San Joaquin, and the Standing Committee of that diocese, concerning consent to the episcopal election of the Rev. Daniel H. Martins as Bishop of Springfield.
I have known Fr. Martins since 1994, when he and I both served as rectors in the Diocese of San Joaquin. We shared our lives in a clergy support group until I left for this diocese in early 2000; and in 2007 I asked him to consider the possibility of discerning a call to St. Anne's Church, Warsaw, in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.
He entered discernment in large part because the situation in the Diocese of San Joaquin had become intolerable, and its drift away from the Episcopal Church was soon to be irrevocable. Northern Indiana has been both a safe haven for him, and a place where he could exercise his superb leadership skills for the benefit of our beloved church. Among other things, he has served on our General Convention deputation, and as a member of the diocesan Standing Committee.