Archdeacon Appointed for Oklahoma

Archdeacon Appointed for Oklahoma

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Poulson has appointed the Rev. Bert Bibens Deacon at Trinity, Tulsa, as Archdeacon for the diocese. 

Written by Bishop Poulson

I am delighted to appoint the Reverend Bert Bibens, Deacon at Trinity, Tulsa, as Archdeacon for the diocese. This is a voluntary position, and a three year term.

What is an archdeacon?

The role of archdeacon is ancient, existing since at least 370. Originally, it was a deacon or priest appointed by the Bishop to tend to some aspects of the clergy and areas of administration. In the Anglican tradition, it has become common for the Archdeacon to help the Bishop especially in matters related to deacons. Traditionally, the title associated with an Archdeacon is “The Venerable.”

In our case, Archdeacon Bert will work with me and with the newly formed Council on Deacons to promote and support the ministry of permanent deacons, and develop resources for their ongoing formation.

About this new role, Archdeacon Bert says, “I'm so pleased and honored to serve our Diocese and its deacons in this way! This is a very exciting opportunity to improve communication between the deacons, who are spread far and wide across our state. In addition, I will be sharing the story of the diaconate with all of our parishioners so that we might better recruit future servant ministers and enhance the training of these valuable human assets in our midst. Since our last Archdeacon, Eleanor Hill, I have dreamt of this position being resurrected. I hope and pray that over the next three years of my term, you will feel that my service and intentions lived up to your trust in me!”

Bert has been a part of the Oklahoma community since 1967. He is a dedicated Episcopalian and has been involved with several parishes, including St. John's and St. Michael's in Norman, All Souls' in OKC, and Trinity in Tulsa. Bert and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1985 and have three wonderful adult children - Robert, Michael, and Emily - and a granddaughter named Hattie.

Bert has been actively involved in various roles within the Diocese, including serving as the Chaplain/Administrator at Holland Hall for 30 years. He also played a pivotal role as the creator and first director of the New Hope Camp at St. Crispin's, which caters to children of state inmates. Additionally, he has contributed as the President of Oklahoma's Commission on Episcopal Schools and as Co-Chair of our Diocesan Bishop Search Committee from 2006 to 2007.

He will be available to visit congregations, by invitation, to talk about the ministry of deacons. He can be contacted at bertbibens@gmail.com.

Please welcome Archdeacon Bert to his new ministry.

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