The organ music, the sheer numbers of people, the celebration seemed almost too big for the tiny historic church building to contain. Parishioners and friends of all religious stripes were saying goodbye to Rev. William “Chip” Stokes, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
After 14 years at St. Paul’s, Stokes was named last month to become the 12th Bishop of New Jersey, a diocese that encompasses the southern two thirds of that state. Stokes assumes his new position this summer and will be ordained Nov. 2.
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