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About Bishop Child

The Rt. Rev. C. Judson Child was the seventh bishop of Atlanta.

Charles Judson Child Jr. was born April 25, 1923, to the Rev. Charles Judson and Alice Sylvia Child in North Bergen, New Jersey. He received both bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

In 1948 he was ordained priest in the Diocese of Newark and served there for 20 years before being called in 1967 to serve as canon pastor at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. After 11 years in that position, Child was elected suffragan bishop of Atlanta and, in 1983, was elected diocesan bishop. He led the Diocese of Atlanta until his retirement in 1989. He died in 2004.

In the speech which nominated him for bishop, June 25, 1983, the Rev. Franklin C. Ferguson noted, "I am sure that I speak for many of us when I make the observation that a marvelous charisma of Judson Child is that his humor is never alien to the holy, and his sense of the holy is never alien to his sense of humor."

In his address to Diocesan Council, January 30, 1987, in All Saints' Church, Atlanta, Bishop Child observed, "We are people with a story and that story is the Gospel of Jesus Christ who for us and our salvation came down from heaven and joined us in our pilgrimage."