1931 – Born in Charlotte, North Carolina. John Shelby Spong, scholar, author and bishop, is the most published member of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
1952 – Bishop Spong was educated in the public schools of Charlotte, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1955 – He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia.
– He served as rector of St. Joseph’s Church in Durham, North Carolina.
1957 – He was the rector of Calvary Parish, Tarboro, North Carolina.
1965 – The rector of St. John’s Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
1969 – The rector of St. Paul’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
1973 – Elected by General Convention to a six-year term on the Executive Council, the highest governing body of the Episcopal Church, other than the General Convention.
1976 – He was consecrated bishop on June 12th.
1986 – Under Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, he was appointed to serve on the Standing Commission on Human Affairs and Health.
1991 – He was elected the Quatercentenary Scholar at Emmanuel College of Cambridge University.
1993 – He was a guest lecturer at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.