Cleland Kinloch Nelson

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Cleland Kinloch Nelson (born 1852 and died February 12, 1917) was the Third Bishop of the U.S. state of Georgia and the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Nelson was the 160th bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA).

Life[edit]

The Rt. Rev. Cleland K. Nelson

He was born in 1852. He served as rector of Church of the Nativity in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the time of his election. He was consecrated as Bishop on February 24, 1892 in St. Lukes' Church, Atlanta. Nelson served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia until its split into two dioceses in 1907 when he became the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

As Bishop, Nelson challenged the Diocese of Georgia to grow and from 1893–1906, the diocese went from 88 missions to 108 missions with the 6,292 communicants of 1893 swelling to 9,229 by 1906.[1] During that same time period, sixty-two church buildings were built. The Diocese of Atlanta (northwestern Georgia) was set apart from the Diocese of Georgia in 1907 with Nelson serving as its first Bishop. At the time of the separation, the newly divided Diocese of Georgia consisted of 24 churches with the Diocese of Atlanta being created with 28 churches and missions.[2] He died February 12, 1917 at the age of 65. He had served as a bishop for 25 years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Episcopal Church in Georgia 1733-1957, by Henry Thompson Malone published by The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta, 1960
  2. ^ The Episcopal Church in Georgia 1733-1957, by Henry Thompson Malone published by The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta, 1960

Sources[edit]

  • The Episcopal Church in Georgia 1733-1957, by Henry Thompson Malone published by The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta, 1960