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Leland William Frederick Stark (September 5, 1907 – May 8, 1986) was sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, serving from 1958 to 1974.

The Right Reverend

Leland Stark

Bishop of Newark
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1958-1973
PredecessorBenjamin Martin Washburn
SuccessorGeorge Rath
OrdinationDecember 1935
ConsecrationJune 9, 1953
by Henry Knox Sherrill
Personal details
Born(1907-09-05)September 5, 1907
Evanston, Illinois, United States
DiedMay 8, 1986(1986-05-08) (aged 78)
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
SpousePhyllis Anderson
Previous postCoadjutor Bishop of Newark (1953-1958)

Early life and educationEdit

Stark was born on September 5, 1907, in Evanston, Illinois. He was reared as a Lutheran however as he grew up he became an agnostic. He studied at the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1932. While at Gustavus Adolphus he rekindled the faith and did some reaching in the Lutheran Church during his junior and senior year. He studied at Chicago Theological Seminary after which he continued his studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 1935 and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity in 1953. [1]


Stark was ordained deacon in June 1935 and priest that December. From 1935 to 1940 he served in a number of parishes in Minnesota until being appointed Dean of Calvary Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1940. On October 10, 1948, he became rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.. In 1952 he served as deputy to the General Convention.


Stark was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Newark in 1953 and was consecrated on June 9 by Presiding Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill in Trinity Cathedral, Newark, New Jersey. He succeeded as diocesan in 1958. As bishop he was involved in international peace committees and hence had to travel to countries in Africa and to Vietnam.

In 1967, Stark was involved in a controversy with the Governor of New Jersey Richard J. Hughes for letting a national four day black power conference to take place in the Cathedral house of the diocese. He retired in 1973 and moved to Verona, New Jersey. He died on May 8, 1986, in Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey.


Stark was married to Phyllis Anderson and together had two sons.


  1. ^ "Newark Consecration". The Living Church. 126 (25): 9. June 21, 1953.

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