The Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg retired as Provisional Bishop in South Carolina in 2016. He was elected at a special Diocesan convention in January 2013. This was called to reorganize the diocese after a breakaway group of clergy announced that it had left the Episcopal Church. Under vonRosenberg’s leadership twenty-two churches remain part of the Episcopal Church and eight new mission churches have since formed and are officially recognized by the Episcopal Church of South Carolina and the Anglican Communion.
vonRosenberg graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a BA in 1969. He earned his master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1974. Early in his episcopate, the University of the South’s School of Theology awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity. Ordained as a priest in 1975, he served as rector/vicar of four small churches in and around Belhaven, N.C. He was vicar and rector of churches in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina from 1976 until 1989. For many years he served in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, as rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood and later as Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the Bishop) of that diocese from 1989-1994. Later he accepted a call to be rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington, N.C.
As Third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee from February 1999 until his retirement in June 2011, he oversaw an area of 34 counties in Tennessee and three in North Georgia, with 45 congregations and five worshiping communities and nearly 16,000 active members. Bishop vonRosenberg served in the House of Bishops, and ex officio on the board of trustees of the University of the South. He was also was elected to the university’s board of regents.