Meet the Bishop Ordinary

The Right Rev’d Robert Todd Giffin, DD, UE, is the Bishop Ordinary of the DMA. He is the Rector of St. Chad's Anglican Church, San Antonio, Texas, and Secretary of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of America, where he serves on the Provincial Council. He was consecrated a Bishop on October 6, 2012, at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew the Evangelist in Merrillville, Indiana. On May 25, 2014, he was appointed by Bishop Maternus Kapinga as Ecumenical Canon of the Pro-Cathedral in Kwambe, Diocese of Ruvuma, Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT). He is a cradle Anglican, having been baptized at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, McLean, Virginia in April of 1971. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin. On October 5, 2019, he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree (Honoris Causa) from Saint Andrew's Theological College and Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is married to the former Norma Jean Bustamante of San Antonio, Texas. Norma Jean serves on the Provincial Council of the Anglican Province of America, as President of the House of Laity of the Anglican Province of America, and is employed by Chiesi USA as a Senior Hospital Sales Representative. They are the parents of three children: Catherine Elizabeth, Maria Christina, and William Royall Giffin. They reside in San Antonio, Texas.

In July of 2006, Bishop Giffin was honored by HM Queen Elizabeth II when he was made a Member (MStJ) of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, a British order of chivalry (www.saintjohn.org). He has since been promoted to the rank of Officer (OStJ). Bishop Giffin is also a Hereditary Cavaleiro of the Portuguese Royal House (CHCR), Knight Commander of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Vicosa (KCVV), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Portuguese Royal House (GCCM), and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro (GCDO).

He is a Freeman of the City of London, a member of The Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America, The Pilgrims of the United States, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders, London, England. 

Bishop Giffin is armigerous, having been granted a coat of arms in November 2013 by the Chief Herald of Ireland, and matriculated by the Lord Lyon King of Arms by Interlocutor on 3 September 2020. He is a member of the Society of Scottish Armigers. His grant of arms may be viewed here: http://www.armorial-register.com/arms-ie/giffin-r-arms.html

Bishop Giffin’s family originates in Ayrshire, Scotland, and he has deep maternal ancestry in New York. He has long been an officer and member of many hereditary societies, including: The Society of the Cincinnati, Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York, Dutch Settlers Society of Albany, General Society of Colonial Wars, Aztec Club of 1847, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York, Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America, Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, General Society Sons of the Revolution, Huguenot Society of America, Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, Order of the Indian Wars of the United States, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and the Order of Lafayette. 

Bishop Giffin may be contacted by phone at (210) 573-9860 or by email at bishop.giffin@gmail.com