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Bishop, Author, Speaker

Jake Owensby

Jake Owensby is the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana and the twenty-sixth Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South.

The most recent of his six books is Looking for God in Messy Places (Abingdon). He is currently working on a manuscript about discipleship in the contemporary world.

Before attending the School of Theology at Sewanee, Jake earned a PhD at Emory University and was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Jacksonville University. He taught the history of philosophy and wrote about human consciousness and theories of meaning and understanding.

Jake and his wife Joy have been married since 1983. They have three adult children, three young grandchildren, and a very affectionate rescue dog named Gracie.

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