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Steven Charleston (born February 15, 1949) is a retired American Episcopal bishop and academic. He was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska from 1991 to 1996, and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, from 1999 to 2008.[1]

Steven Charleston
Bishop of Alaska
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedOctober 6, 1990
In office1991–1996
PredecessorGeorge Clinton Harris
SuccessorMark MacDonald
Other postsDean of Episcopal Divinity School (1999–2008)
OrdinationMarch 1983
ConsecrationMarch 23, 1991
by Edmond L. Browning
Personal details
Born (1949-02-15) February 15, 1949 (age 70)
Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
SpouseSusan Flora Shettles
Alma materTrinity College, Connecticut
Episcopal Divinity School

Early life and educationEdit

Charleston was born and grew up in Oklahoma and is a Native American of the Choctaw people. In 1971 he received a bachelor's degree in Religion from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a master's degree in Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in 1976.[1]

Ordained ministryEdit

He later worked in Native American ministries and held various teaching positions.[1]

In 1999, following the divisions exposed by the previous year's Lambeth Conference, he was the author of the Cambridge Accord: an attempt to reach agreement on at least the human rights of homosexual people, notwithstanding controversy within the Anglican Communion about the churches' views of homosexuality.[2]

As of 2017 Charleston was adjunct professor of Native American ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology, based at Oklahoma City University.[3] Via the web at the same time he described himself as a "Native American elder, author, and retired Episcopal bishop", and maintained a public presence through his Facebook page of daily spiritual reflections.[4] He has self-published several volumes of these reflections, plus two novels of a planned trilogy, through his company Red Moon Publications.[5]


  • Charleston, Steven (1994). Good News From Native America: The Words and Witness of Bishop Steven Charleston. ASIN B00A5WP3IC.
  • Charleston, Steven (2014). Good News: A Scriptural Path to Reconciliation. Forward Movement. ISBN 978-0880283816.
  • Charleston, Steven; Robinson, Elaine (2015). Coming Full Circle: Constructing Native Christian Theology. Fortress Press. ISBN 978-1451487985.
  • Charleston, Steven (2015). The Four Vision Quests of Jesus. Morehouse Publishing. ISBN 978-0819231734.
  • Self-published annual collections of Charleston's daily reflections:
  • Self-published novels:


  1. ^ a b c "The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston". Day1. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ "The Cambridge Accord". Worldwide Faith News archives. 7 October 1999. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Native American Ministries". Saint Paul School of Theology. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Steven Charleston". Facebook. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Meet the Author". Red Moon Publications. Retrieved 9 March 2017.