The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. He was consecrated by the Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori on September 28, 2013.
Bishop Hougland, who grew up Roman Catholic, was called to holy orders after a brief career in the corporate world. He attended Sewanee School of Theology and was ordained a priest in 1998. He served congregations from 1998 to 2013 before his election as bishop. He and his wife, Dana, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
He believes in developing a personal rule of life, patterning his own life after the Rule of St. Benedict, which includes prayer, study, and daily reflection on scripture.