John Shelby Spong (American Bishop) Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Education, Family, Marriage, Children, Career, Net worth, Salary, Social Media

John Shelby
John Shelby

John Shelby Bio

An American retired bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Shelby Spong served as the Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, from 1979 to 2000. Originally published in 1998 in The Voice, the newsletter of the Diocese of Newark, his “Twelve Points for Reform” garnered attention.

Shelby’s age and birthday

John Shelby Spong, originally born as John Shelby “Jack” Sponge on June 16, 1931, hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. He identifies with American ethnicity.

John’s height and weight

John stands at a height of 1.7 meters and weighs approximately 70 kilograms.

Shelby  Educational background

John received his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952. He furthered his studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 1955. Over the course of his career, John has been honored with honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both the Virginia Theological Seminary and Saint Paul’s College in Virginia, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania.

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John Shelby Family

Details regarding John’s parents or siblings remain undisclosed to the public, as he has opted to keep this aspect of his personal life private.

John Shelby’s Wife and children

John entered into marriage with Christine Mary Sponge, with whom he shares five children.

Shelby Career

Throughout his career, John served as rector at various churches, including St. Joseph’s Church in Durham, North Carolina, from 1955 to 1957; Calvary Parish in Tarboro, North Carolina, from 1957 to 1965; St. John’s Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, from 1965 to 1969; and St. Paul’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, from 1969 to 1976. He also held visiting positions and delivered lectures at prominent American theological institutions, notably at Harvard Divinity School. Retiring in 2000, John, as a retired bishop, remains a member of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops. During his tenure as Bishop of Newark, confirmed communicants in the diocese decreased significantly, from 44,423 in 1978 to 23,073 in 1996.

John Shelby’s Net worth and salary

John Shelby Spong’s net worth or net income is estimated to range between $1 million and $7 million. He has accumulated this wealth primarily from his career as a bishop.

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