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The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA which was formed on December 20, 1895, when the Missionary District of Northern Texas was granted diocesan status at the denomination's General Convention the preceding October. Alexander Charles Garrett, who had served as the first bishop of the Missionary District of Northern Texas, remained as bishop of the new diocese. The diocese began with thirteen parishes.

Diocese of Dallas
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VII
Congregations69 (2018)
Members31,733 (2017)
CathedralCathedral Church of Saint Matthew
Current leadership
BishopGeorge R. Sumner
Location of the Diocese of Dallas
Location of the Diocese of Dallas
The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, next to the Diocesan House.

The Missionary District of Northern Texas was formed when a portion of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas was divided on February 2, 1875. Garrett named the oldest church in the district, which was Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, as his cathedral church and Dallas as his see. Saint Matthew's has remained the cathedral church of the bishop since that time. Garrett served until his death in 1924.

There are more than seventy parishes and schools in the diocese. The diocese is involved in many national and international missionary outreach programs. The principal offices of the diocese are at the Diocesan House, which is, along with the cathedral church, located on the former site of Saint Mary's Episcopal College for Women. The diocese divided in 1983, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth was formed from the division.

The influence of the Anglican realignmentEdit

The Dioceses of Dallas along with the Diocese of Western Louisiana are opposed to the ordination of gay clergy but have chosen to stay within the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Dallas approved, at its 2006 Diocesan Convention, an amendment to the Diocesan constitution that it would break with the Episcopal Church only if that body were no longer part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.[1] A vast majority of the Diocese of Fort Worth, on the other hand, voted to break away from the Episcopal Church in 2008. Additionally, several conservative parishes, including Christ Church, Plano, purchased their properties from the Diocese of Dallas and are now aligned with Anglican bodies other than the Episcopal Church.

The Diocesan House of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Texas.

Election of George R. Sumner, VII Bishop of DallasEdit

James M. Stanton announced in May 2013 that he would retire as the VI Bishop of Dallas, effective 31 May 2014. Following Stanton's retirement, Paul E. Lambert, elected on 29 March 2008 as bishop suffragan,[2] served as bishop pro-tempore.

On Saturday, 16 May 2015, the Diocese held a "Special Convention for the Election of the VII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas". At this convention, George R. Sumner, then principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto was duly elected to be VII Episcopal Bishop of Dallas. Sumner was elected with 77 clergy votes out of 138 cast; and 107 lay votes out of 193. He was consecrated on November 14, 2015.

List of bishopsEdit

Missionary and diocesan bishopsEdit

Missionary Bishops of Northern Texas
From Until Incumbent Notes
1874 1895 Alexander Charles Garrett (1832, Ireland - February 18, 1924, Dallas TX); Became diocesan Bishop of Dallas.
Bishops of Dallas
From Until Incumbent Notes
1895 1924 Alexander Charles Garrett (1832, Ireland - February 18, 1924, Dallas TX); became Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 1923; died while holding both offices.
1924 1945 Harry T. Moore Harry Tunis Moore (October 4, 1874, Delavan, WI – October 6, 1955); previously coadjutor since 1917.
1945 1970 C. Avery Mason Charles Avery Mason (died early 1970); died in office.
1970 1983 A. Donald Davies Translated to Fort Worth.
1983 1992 Donis D. Patterson Donis Dean Patterson (April 27, 1930, Holmesville, OH – February 3, 2006, Orlando, FL)
1993 2014 James M. Stanton James Monte Stanton (born October 29, 1946, Atchison, KS)
2015 George R. Sumner George Robinson Sumner, Jr. (born February 19, 1955)

Suffragan and assistant bishopsEdit

Suffragan and assistant bishops
From Until Incumbent Notes
1950 1954 Frank Burrill, suffragan bishop
1954 1962 Joseph M. Harte, suffragan bishop John Joseph Meakin Harte (July 28, 1914, Springfield, OH – December 19, 1999, Phoenix, AZ); became Bishop of Arizona.
1962 1975 Theodore H. McCrea, suffragan bishop Theodore Harper McCrea (Mar. 27, 1908 - Sep. 22, 1986)
1966 1973 William Paul Barnds, suffragan bishop (August 5, 1904, Sweet Springs, MO – January 23, 1973, Fort Worth, TX); died in office.
1976 1986 Robert Terwilliger, suffragan bishop Robert Elwin Terwilliger (Aug 28 1917 - June 3, 1991, Hurst, TX, aged 73)
1999 2002 D. Bruce MacPherson, suffragan bishop David Bruce MacPherson (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada); became Bishop of Western Louisiana.
2004 2007 Stephen H. Jecko, assistant bishop Retired Bishop of Florida.
2008 2016 Paul E. Lambert, suffragan bishop Paul Emil Lambert (born May 19, 1950, Reno, NV) retired May 2016[3]


  1. ^ "DALLAS: Conservative Bishops Not Leaving The Episcopal Church - Virtueonline – The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism".
  2. ^ "Dallas elects Paul Lambert as bishop suffragan" Archived 2008-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Episcopal News Service, March 29, 2008
  3. ^ "Bishop Paul Lambert's Retirement - Episcopal Diocese of Dallas".


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