[Oakland Tribune] 16 Oct 2008--The bishop and I have known each other since we were children, and classmates, in Menlo Park. I still remember bobbing for apples, and only getting wet, at his 10th birthday party.
He was David Schofield then, but now he's John-David Schofield, having added another first name through his rise in the Episcopal Church to his current title as Bishop of San Joaquin.
The deposed Bishop of San Joaquin.
At least, that's how the U.S. church voted in March when its House of Bishops ousted Schofield as head of his Fresno-based diocese and replaced him with Bishop Jerry Lamb.
But it's possible to be deposed and not lose power, at least in the Episcopal Church. Schofield continues to sermonize throughout his vast diocese, which stretches from just below Sacramento to just above Los Angeles.
"That has never changed," he said Friday of his bishop's role. "I am doing just fine."