About me

Bishop Gregory Godsey was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on June 21, 1979, to a Roman Catholic family. They traveled from church to church as a child, experiencing the various expressions of the Christian faith first hand.

By 1999, Bishop Godsey was finding it hard to reconcile the ridged and hard line of the Roman Catholic Church toward the LGBTQIA+ community and women.

They also began to find it hard to accept that a church denomination such as the Roman Catholic Church could sit on such great wealth and yet, turn a blind eye to the suffering and poor in our city streets. Much was made of their small works of charity, but they could do so much more to help those in need. It was in the midst of this, that Bishop Godsey sought ordination in a different type of Catholic Church.

In the Old Catholic Church, Bishop Godsey found a welcoming and loving environment. A place where they could live out their calling, be who God made them to be, and serve those most in need in our city streets. For the past 25 years, Bishop Godsey has been a tireless advocate for the rights of all people, the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and for the rights of the poor and homeless.

COVID-19 Comes

When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, Bishop Godsey answered the call to help those in desperate need. They signed up to help as a hospital chaplain at Augusta University Medical Center, working as much as 16 hours a day, 6–7 days a week in the COVID MICU. Caring for those most in need does not stop just because the risk is high. Rather, it calls us to greater service to those around us.

The Next Chapter

After the initial wave of COVID was over, Bishop Godsey decided to return to college to get their degree in Clinical Psychology. Having seen the damage caused by COVID on people’s mental health, they felt it was important to help the community as best they can.

My time at USCA has been very eventful and I have learned a lot from my professors and fellow students. The experience of college as a non-traditional and older student has been one of tremendous ups and downs. As an older student I take the learning process much more seriously than I did as a younger person.