The Rev. Canon Michael Penfield, Vicar General of the Convocation of the West
Bio courtesy of Bishop Mott, from our September 2016 Newsletter :
Mike grew up in Maryland, of English and Sicilian parentage, in the Roman Catholic faith. He has two sisters and one brother. He has achieved both an undergraduate college degree and a law degree. After practicing law for a number of years, he decided that it was not a fulfilling profession for him, and became a grade school teacher instead. He is currently employed as a teacher in the San Jose school system, where he is currently living.
Sometime in the 1990’s, Mike found St. Luke’s Chapel in Los Altos Hills, and the Anglican Way. He became an active member of the parish, and was ordained a deacon near the turn of the century. Founded in 1963, St. Luke’s is one of the oldest Anglican parishes in the country, and by far the oldest in our former Diocese. By 2001, the current rector retired and Mike was ordained priest at St. Luke’s on May 18, 2001, by the Rt. Rev. John Lindenauer. Bishop Mott was ordained right beside him that day. They were part of the newly formed Christian Episcopal Church, one of a myriad of small “continuing” churches.
In 2003, Father Penfield, Bishop Mott and their parishes, along with three other parishes, joined with the Diocese of the West of the Anglican Province of America under Bishop Boyce, doubling the size of the Diocese. In 2008/2009 we all came together into the ACNA and REC, when the former was founded. Mike served as rector at St. Luke’s until March 2015. In the Diocese, he served at various times as an examining Chaplain, on the Standing Committee, Chancellor, and as Dean for California and Nevada, and was honored with the title of Canon.
The Right Rev. Richard Lipka, Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints
Bishop Rich Lipka has served the Missionary Diocese of All Saints as a Bishop since December 2009, first as Suffragan Bishop and then beginning in 2021 as Bishop Ordinary. Prior to being admitted to the College of Bishops of ACNA, he had served since January 1, 2004 as Bishop of the Diocese of Delmarva. Previously, he served 8 years as the ICCEC’s bishop for the Diocese of the Hawaiian Islands and American Territories in the Pacific.
Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1966, Bp. Lipka has served parishes in Maryland and Hawaii, first as a Roman Catholic, then (after 1971) in the Episcopal Church; he was in the ICCEC from 1994-2004. His consecration to the episcopate took place August 4, 1995, in Honolulu.
Bp. Lipka was educated at St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, Mich., and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has done graduate studies at St. Mary’s Seminary (Baltimore, Md.), Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland. In addition to his seminary degrees, he holds a Master’s Degree in clinical social work and is a diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Within ACNA, he is part of the College of Bishops and serves on the Ecumenical Task Force, within which he is a member of the OCA Dialogue, and chair of the PNCC Dialogue.
Bp. Lipka is noted for his preaching and teaching skills, particularly for teaching practical application of the Word of God to daily living, and for his wealth of knowledge about the historic worship of the Church.
Bp. Lipka and his wife, Susan, have four adult children, seven grandsons, and one granddaughter, “surprise” Elizabeth.
The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz, Bishop-Emeritus of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints
Baptized at St. Stephen’s-McKeesport in 1946, Bishop Ilgenfritz has served working with troubled teenagers in Kansas, enrolled in Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 1981, was ordained to the priesthood in 1986, and has served at parishes and youth related ministries before returning to Pennsylvania to be Rector at Charleroi.
The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz is a national Anglo-Catholic leader and a youth advocate having served in five states. Bishop Ilgenfritz has been active in Forward in Faith North America since 1999. In 2002 he was nominated by the FiFNA Assembly with the request for his being made a bishop for those affiliated with the Anglo-Catholic organization. His nomination was again affirmed by the FiFNA Assembly of 2007 as the Common Cause Partnership was beginning to form what would become the new province of the Anglican Church in North America. Fr. Ilgenfritz has served as Chaplain at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada, and the Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society.
Bishop Ilgenfritz has the distinct privilege of being the first Bishop consecrated for the Anglican Church in North America. On August 22nd, 2009, the Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, as Chief Consecrator, along with Bishops, Jack Leo Iker, (Fort Worth) Keith Ackerman, (Retired Quincy) Edward MacBurney, (Assisting Forth Worth) William Wantland, (Retired Eau Claire) acted as co-consecrators. Thirteen Bishops participated in the apostolic laying on of hands in the historic ceremony.
The Rt. Rev William Ilgenfritz (1946), and his wife, Lois, have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
The Rt Rev. Winfield Mott became the second diocesan bishop of the Diocese of the West upon the retirement of Bishop Richard Boyce November 30, 2011. He lives in Columbus, New Mexico and served the parishes in Deming and Silver City, NM from 2000 until becoming the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of the West. He also is a member of the ACNA Ecumenical Relations Task Force and the ACNA Immigration Task Force. From 2011-2013, he served as Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest .
In April 2016, the diocese transitioned to a convocation in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, at which point Bishop Mott became Vicar General of the Convocation of the West. Bishop Mott retired as Vicar General on August 31, 2016.
Bishop Mott grew up in Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota, received an M.Div. from Wartburg Seminary and an M.A from the University of North Dakota (with a history major and Scandinavian language minor). He also did post-graduate study at the University of Lund, Sweden. He served for a decade in campus and parish ministry in the Lutheran Church, and taught history, homilectics and liturgiology. He has had a management career in health care administration, human resources, transportation and as assistant to a cabinet minister in Manitoba and has been an elected official on a school board, city council and fire district. He is married to Micki (née Campbell) and has four adult children and seven grandchildren.
The Rt. Rev. Richard Boyce was the bishop-retired of the Diocese of the West. In 2008, Boyce arranged for the then-APA diocese to affiliate with the Reformed Episcopal Church. To that point, the APA and REC had been in full communion, but Boyce sought for the Diocese of the West to have full participation in the Common Cause Partnership that led to the creation of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009. The Diocese of the West was the only diocese of the Continuing Anglican Movement to join the ACNA. Bishop Boyce is remembered in the May 2020 Newsletter .