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REBECCA STEVENSON He's not your usual bishop.
William Williams, Paul Reeves, W Vercoe and William Williams again - adorned in mitre, some with cope, they look out from a wall at the Diocese of Waiapu's head office.
A photograph of David Rice will join these men of God after he is installed as Bishop of Waiapu today.
The American stands 1.93m, chased a career as an athlete before turning to the cloth and will kit-out the bishop-mobile with his road bike, running shoes and fishing rod.
He jokingly calls himself a "native American hillbilly", hailing from the Apalacian mountains in North Carolina.
An athletics scholarship took the gridiron player to college as a quarterback, where he earned two degrees - religion and history.
The Rev Rice got his calling to God early in life, he says.
The Bishop-elect comes to Waiapu after six years as Dean of Dunedin.
He doesn't call his new job a step-up, and admits he doesn't yet know what the job of Bishop will entail - he does, however, have goals for his tenure.
The 47-year-old says he will not be 'poster boy' for the Anglican Church, only showing up for significant events.
He plans to be a very public person, meeting the people of Waiapu face-to-face, informally and formally.
"I will be getting out there," he says, " building relationships so I know the people I am confirming and ordaining, and allowing them to know me."
This Bishop's car will be his base as he travels across the large geographical area the diocese covers - Bay of Plenty, the East Coast, Hawke's Bay.
"It is an extremely interesting diocese," he muses.
It's not only the geography but the diversity of the population, both bringing unique challenges.
The Bishop's role is to be a unifying force for the diocese, offering pastoral care to church leaders, to the parish and to even those "who may not darken the doors of our churches".
Maintaining Waiapu's mass of social services will keep him busy.
"It's making sure no one is alone, no one is hungry or goes without. The work is pretty exhaustive.
There is nothing else like Waiapu, that does what Waiapu does, anywhere in the country."
The Rev Rice has some personal goals - to see his son's soccer games, his daughter's singing performances and to have as many date nights with his wife Tracy as possible.
He says he wonders how he came to be a bishop and is excited and nervous about his installation today.
"I saw a photo of my soon to be predecessor being ordained.
The other Bishops and Archbishop are laying their hands on him. My heart just started thumping," he says.
Once the sacraments and ceremony is complete he will take a seat in the cathedral, or bishop's chair. David Rice will become The Rt Rev David Rice, Bishop of Waiapu.