Board of Directors
The Directors are the official governing body of the College for Bishops, overseeing all matters of the College, including structure, finances, programs and curriculum. This group of appointed bishops and leaders from around the Church assesses past performance and plans for the future.
The Most Rev'd Michael B. Curry, President
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.
The Rt Rev'd Dr. J. Neil Alexander, vice-President
Bishop J. Neil Alexander has been Dean, Professor of Liturgy, and Charles Quintard Professor of Theology at Sewanee since 2012. From 2001 to 2012 he was Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Atlanta. Prior to serving as Bishop of Atlanta, he was the Norma and Olin Mills Professor of Divinity in the School of Theology of the University of the South, the Trinity Church Professor of Liturgics and Preaching at The General Seminary in New York, and has taught at Wilfrid Laurier, Yale, Drew, and Emory universities.
The Rt Rev'd Larry R. Benfield, Secretary, Diocese of Arkansas
Larry R. Benfield was elected as the thirteenth bishop of Arkansas on November 11, 2006. He was ordained and consecrated as diocesan bishop on January 6, 2007, in Little Rock.
Bishop Benfield was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, on July 28, 1955. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a degree in agricultural economics, and subsequently graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
After a career in commercial banking in Houston, Texas, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1990.
He was ordained both to the transitional diaconate and the priesthood in the diocese of Texas. From 1990 to 1992 he served as the Episcopal chaplain at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. He then went to serve as curate at St. Mark’s Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and he has remained in the state ever since 1992.
Following time as both the curate and then interim rector at St. Mark’s, he left there in 1996 to serve as the interim rector at St. Luke’s Church in Hot Springs. In 1998 he went to work in the diocese of Arkansas office as executive for planned giving and later as canon for administration.
In 2001 he accepted a call to become the rector of Christ Church in Little Rock, he position he still holds concurrently with being bishop of the diocese. While at Christ Church he redeveloped that downtown congregation, a parish that dates back to its founding by Bishop Leonidas Polk in 1839.
Bishop Benfield has served as chair of the diocese’s standing committee, vice president of the diocesan executive council, coordinator for college work, and a member of the diocesan board of trustees. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Anglican Theological Review and as chair of the General Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Church.
Mr. Leslie G. Callahan III, Treasurer
Leslie G. Callahan, III (Les) is the President of First Colony Financial Corporation, a commercial real estate leasing, property management and development firm founded in 1982 and based in Atlanta. Les is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and the University of Pennsylvania, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Political Science (urban planning) in 1972. Les and his wife Barbara reside in Sandy Springs. They have two adult daughters, Anne and Erin.
The Rt Rev'd F. Clayton Matthews, Managing Director
Clay is the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development and Managing Director of the College for Bishops. Bishop Matthews was ordained in 1973 and consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Virginia in 1993 after having served as Canon to the Ordinary for 8 years. He served previously in Atlanta as a school chaplain, in North Carolina as an assistant and in Virginia as rector of a church. He received his B.A. from Hampton Sydney College, his M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and his D.D. from Virginia Theological Seminary.
The Rt Rev'd J. Scott Barker, Diocese of Nebraska
The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker is a life-long Episcopalian, born and raised in Nebraska. He received his BA in Religious Studies from Yale College in 1985, and attended seminary at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (MDIV - 1992).
He was ordained a priest in 1992 and served as Assistant to the Dean, later Canon Vicar, at Trinity Cathedral in Omaha. At Trinity he was particularly involved in youth, young adult and outreach ministries. Beginning in 1996, he served as Rector of Church of the Resurrection also in Omaha, where he helped restore the church from mission to parish status and founded a residential discernment community for young adults known as Resurrection House.
In 2002 Barker was called to be Rector of Christ Church in Warwick, NY. During his tenure, Christ Church grew from a pastoral to a program sized parish. Accomplishments included the addition of two new worship services, the hiring of a full-time assisting priest, the establishment of TV and web-based church video ministries and the founding of a church-based community youth choir. He additionally chaired the Congregational Development Commission of the Diocese of New York.
In 2011 Barker was elected as the 11th Bishop of Nebraska, returning home to begin that ministry in the autumn of that year. In this new chapter, he helps to care for 53 mostly small church communities scattered over 77,000 square miles of beautiful if sometimes lonely landscape. Barker serves on the Board of Directors of the College for Bishops, as a member of the Planning Committee for House of Bishop’s Meetings, and as a member of General Convention’s Program, Budget and Finance Committee.
He has been married to his college sweetheart Annie for 25 years. They have two young adult children and Lola the Labrador.
The Rt Rev'd Mark A. Bourlakas, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Consecrated the 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia on July 20, 2013, Bishop Bourlakas comes to Southwestern Virginia from Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as dean. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2012 from the School of Theology at University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; and a Master of Divinity from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 1997. Before becoming dean of Christ Church Cathedral in 2007, he served parishes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He enjoys painting, walking, playing basketball, and watching auto racing. Bishop Mark is married to Martha and they have three daughters.
The Rev Marian D. Fortner, Trinity, Hattiesburg, MS
Currently serving as the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the past nine years, the Reverend Marian Dulaney Fortner brings twenty-two years of general experience in the ordained ministry, as well as her time as an active lay person during her twelve years of practicing law in Mississippi. Serving churches ranging from under 30 to over 400 on a Sunday morning, as well as two thriving Episcopal schools in Mississippi and Arizona, has given her a deep regard for the wide range of faith communities in The Episcopal Church. She currently serves on the Task Force for Racial Reconciliation, as an Examining Chaplain in scripture for seminarians, and as Vice President of the Executive Committee for her diocese. She earned her undergraduate and and law degrees from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and her Masters of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York in 1996. She and her husband, Tom, recently became proud grandparents of their daughter Alley’s son, William.
The Rt Rev'd Duncan M. Gray III, Diocese of Mississippi, resigned
Duncan Montgomery Gray, III is the ninth Bishop of Mississippi, resigned. He was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Mississippi in February of 2000 and was consecrated in June of that same year. Gray became the diocesan bishop in 2003 after Marble's retirement.
He has served on the National Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, the Standing Commission on Evangelism and Domestic Mission and the Episcopal Church’s Court of Review. He was twice a member of the Joint Committee for the Nomination of the Presiding Bishop and a founding director of the Gathering of Leaders. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the College for Bishops. As bishop, Gray led the diocese into an ever deepening understanding of a vision of "One Church in Mission: Inviting, Transforming, Reconciling."
He has a particular interest in development of different models of leadership to address the challenges of the church in a post-modern era and a strong commitment to global mission in Panama, Honduras, South Sudan, and Uganda.
The Rt Rev'd Mary Gray-Reeves, Diocese of El Camino Real
Bishop Mary was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the College of St. John the Evangelist in New Zealand in 1994. She was ordained in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles to the diaconate in 1994, the priesthood in 1995 and to the episcopate in 2007 in the diocese of El Camino Real.
As a priest, +Mary served as assistant rector in two parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles before accepting the call to be rector of St. Margaret’s in Miami Lakes, Florida, in December 1998. Following six years of service as rector she joined the staff of the Diocese of Southeast Florida as Archdeacon for Deployment. In November 2007 Gray-Reeves was elected as the third bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real.
Bishop Mary authored the book Unearthing My Religion and co-authored The Hospitality of God with Michael Perham. These publications and her involvement in supporting strong leadership in all orders of church ministry reflect her passion for making the Christian faith relevant in today’s complex world. Gray-Reeves was instrumental in forming Beautiful Authority, a network gathering for young women clergy, and is a participant in The Gathering of Leaders, also designed to encourage, energize and empower clergy leadership. She serves on various committees and boards of The Episcopal Church, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Gray-Reeves has supported the strengthening of Anglican communion partnerships through various opportunities provided by the triad partnership between El Camino Real, Gloucester and Western Tanganyika, including the Indaba process.
Bishop Mary was widowed in June 2014 following a long marriage to Michael Reeves. She is the mother of Katie and Dorian.
The Rev'd Marcus G. Halley, St. Paul's, Minneapolis, MN
The Rt Rev'd Herman Hollerith, IV- Diocese of Southern Virginia
Bishop Hollerith was consecrated as the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia in February 2009. He has served as Rector of Bruton, Parish, Williamsburg, Virginia and Rector of Prince George Winyah, Georgetown, South Carolina. He holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science from Denison University. Bishop Hollerith was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 and was elected bishop on September 27, 2008.
The Rev'd Martha J. Horne, Diocese of Virginia
The Most Rev'd Colin R. Johnson
Colin Johnson is the Diocesan Bishop of Toronto and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Ordained in 1978, he was elected Suffragan Bishop in 2003, Diocesan Bishop in 2004 and Metropolitan in 2009. He serves on the Council of General Synod, chairs the Commission on Theological Education for the Anglican Communion (TEAC), and participates in the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba and Intentional Listening Project. A passionate advocate for social justice, he has particular interest in liturgical theology, organizational process, and new church development.
The Rev'd Canon Elise B. Johnstone
Elise has served as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Lexington since 2014. Previously, she served in the parishes of Holy Trinity, Georgetown and Good Shepherd, Lexington, both in the Diocese of Lexington. She is a 2005 graduate of the General Theological Seminary and a 1997 graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at the University of the South School of Theology in Liturgy. She serves on the Episcopal-Presbyterian Ecumenical Dialogue. She enjoys reading, walking, ballet, and theatre. She is married to Ryan and they are the parents of Walter.
The Rt Rev'd W. Nicholas Knisely, Diocese of Rhode Island
Bishop Knisely was born and raised in Pennsylvania and met his wife Karen while they were both students at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. Later, as a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he decided to leave behind his studies of Physics and Astronomy and was sent to Yale/Berkeley Divinity School to study for the priesthood. He completed his Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the diaconate in Delaware in 1991, then to the priesthood in 1992. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, also from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Bishop Knisely previously served as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, and as Dean of the Cathedral in Phoenix Arizona. He has been active in a number of ministries with particular focus in the areas of homelessness, communications, college and youth, finance, and ecumenical relations. He taught Physics and Astronomy for nearly seven years at Lehigh University while he was serving in Bethlehem PA. He was the first chair of the General Convention Standing Commission on Communications and Technology and was part of the Moravian-Episcopal Dialog that drew up the full communion agreement between the two denominations. Karen and Nicholas Knisely have been married for 30 years and have an adult daughter named Kenney.
Ms. Marguerite M. Lloyd, Esq, Diocese of Tennesee
Canon Mary M. MacGregor
The Rt Rev'd Prince G. Singh, Diocese of Rochester
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Prince G. Singh serves as the Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, New York. Bishop Singh was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, and Union Biblical Seminary, both in India. He was ordained a priest in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion) in 1990 and served congregations in rural South India. Bishop Singh holds postgraduate degrees in Practical Theology from Union Theological Seminary, Virginia (1994), from Princeton Seminary (1995), and a Ph.D. from Drew University in Religion and Society (2005). In 2011, Bishop Singh wasawarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City. He served in the Diocese of Newark as Associate Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown New Jersey (1997-2000), and as Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, New Jersey, from 2000 until his election as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester in February 2008.
Bishop Singh is a member of the Board of Trustees of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, a member of the Board of Directors of Episcopal SeniorLife Communities in Rochester, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He serves The Episcopal Church as a member of Bishops Working for a Just World, Standing Commission on Social Justice and Public Policy, Disciplinary Board for Bishops, Episcopal Relief & Development, The Episcopal Evangelism Society; The College of Bishops Board and peer coach; Trustee, Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion; and is Bishop’s Visitor and an associate of the Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham, New Jersey.
In January 2015, Bishop Singh attended an interfaith pilgrimage in the Holy Land, along with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. In February 2015, he participated in an Episcopal Relief & Development pilgrimage to Ghana. He currently teaches Anglican Theology & Ethics at Bexley Hall - Seabury Western Federation. Bishop Singh has been married to Dr. Roja Singh since 1991. They have two sons.
Mr. Lee Davis Thames
Graduating from the University of Mississippi with both a BA and a JD with high honors, Lee Davis Thames served in the U.S. Army, both Active and Reserve. A graduate of the Army Infantry School, the 101st Airborne Division’s Air Assault School, and others, he held several commands. He is a Distinguished Member, 502nd Infantry Regiment, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and other decorations. He retired as a Brigadier General.
As an attorney in civilian life, he tried over 300 civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts in 21different states and additional cases in 10 foreign countries. Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, some of his litigation victories have been included among the top ten in the United States. For a number of years, he served as Lay Assessor (legal advisor) for the House of Bishops’ Court of Appeals for the Trial of a Bishop.
Active in his local congregation, the Diocese of Mississippi, and The Episcopal Church, he is an EFM graduate from Sewanee, and served one semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. In the Diocese of Mississippi, he has served multiple terms on its Standing Committee and its Executive Committee, Chair of its Mission Strategy Committee and as Chair of the Search Committee for the 10th Bishop of Mississippi. A deputy to several General Conventions he has chaired a legislative committees and has served on General Convention’s interim commissions on peace and on small congregation ministry. He now serves on General Convention’s Task Force on the Episcopacy.
The Rt Rev'd Dean E. Wolfe, St. Bartholomew's, New York, NY
The Right Reverend Dean Elliott Wolfe, D.D. is the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, founded in 1859. He oversees 44 congregations, two campus ministry centers and one secondary school. Bishop Wolfe became the diocesan bishop on January 1, 2004.
Bishop Wolfe is a Vice President of the House of Bishops, Chair of the House of Bishops Planning Committee, delegate to the World Council of Churches, and member of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice, the Joint Committee for Planning and Arrangements for General Convention, and the Pastoral Development Committee. He also serves as a coaching bishop, faculty member and member of the Board of Directors for the College for Bishops.