EASTON -- A 48-year-old rector from Blacksburg, Va., was elected the ninth bishop of the 124-year-old Episcopal Diocese of Easton.
The Rev. Martin G. Townsend, of Christ Church in Blacksburg, was chosen to succeed the Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, 63, as bishop for all nine counties of the Eastern Shore. Father Townsend was elected by vote of clergy and laymen from 41 Shore parishes in a Special Convention of the Diocese held at Trinity Cathedral in Easton Saturday.
Father Townsend finished first among six candidates in a series of three ballots. A fourth vote was taken to make the choice unanimous.