Meet the Bishop Ordinary

The Rt. Rev. Robert Todd Giffin, 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. On March 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. 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. They are the parents of three children: Catherine Elizabeth, Maria Christina, and William Royall Giffin. They reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Bishop Giffin has extensive Texas ancestry, and is a life member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He is a past Deputy Chaplain General of the General Society of Colonial Wars and the current Governor of the Texas Society. In addition, he is the current President of the Texas Society, Sons of the Revolution. 

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 a Hereditary Cavaleiro (Knight) of the Portuguese Royal House (CHCR), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ (GCEG), Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai’i (KCRC), and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Portuguese Royal House (GCCM).

He is an Honorary Admiral of the Texas Navy, Colonel of the Militia, State of Alabama, Colonel and Aide-de-Camp, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Sagamore of the Wabash, State of Indiana, and an Arkansas Traveler. 

He is a life member of the Royal Scots Club (www.royalscotsclub.com) in Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of Club Giraud in San Antonio, and a life member of The Austin Club, Austin, Texas. Bishop Giffin is armigerous, having been granted a coat of arms in November 2013 by the Chief Herald of Ireland. His grant of arms may be viewed here: http://www.armorial-register.com/arms-ie/giffin-r-arms.html

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