Episcopal Diocese of Delaware

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Diocese of Delaware
Ecclesiastical province Province III
Congregations 37
Members 10,418
Rite Episcopal
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright
Location of the Diocese of Delaware
Location of the Diocese of Delaware

The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware is one of 108 dioceses making up the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. It consists of 38 congregations or Parishes in an area the same as the State of Delaware. The diocese is led by a bishop and staff and provides episcopal supervision and some administrative assistance for its parishes.

The current bishop, the tenth Bishop of Delaware, is the Right Reverend Wayne Wright, who was consecrated bishop June 20, 1998, and succeeded the Rt. Rev. C. Cabell Tennis upon the latter's retirement. The diocesan offices were located for many years at the Cathedral Church of Saint John, in Wilmington, Delaware. The cathedral closed in 2012, and the offices moved to Saint Albans Church in 2014.


The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware dates its foundation to 1785, the first time a delegation was sent representing the diocese to the General Convention. The Rev. Charles Wharton presided over the first state convention on September 26, 1786, at which it was decided to form a wholly separate diocese from that of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania or the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, but under the episcopal supervision of the Bishop of Pennsylvania. It is one of the nine original Dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops over Delaware
From Until Incumbent Notes
1787 1828 William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania Resigned Delaware only, retaining Pennsylvania; also Presiding Bishop, 1789 and from 1795.
1828 1841 Henry U. Onderdonk, Provisional Bishop of Delaware Also coadjutor bishop of Pennsylvania until 1836; also Bishop of Pennsylvania from 1836; resigned Delaware only, retaining Pennsylvania.
Bishops of Delaware
1841 1887 Alfred Lee Installed October 12, 1841; also Presiding Bishop from 1884; died in office.
1888 1907 Leighton Coleman Installed October 18, 1888; died in office.
1908 1919 Frederick Joseph Kinsman Installed October 28, 1908; resigned October 1919 and became a Roman Catholic.
1920 1938 Philip Cook (July 4, 1875, Kansas City, MO – March 25, 1938, Wilmington, DE); elected May 12 and consecrated October 14, 1920; died in office.
1939 1954 Arthur R. McKinstry Arthur Raymond McKinstry (1894, Greeley, KS – December 25, 1991, Wilmington, DE); elected November 15, 1938 and consecrated February 17, 1939; retired December 31, 1954.
1955 1968 J. Brooke Mosley John Brooke Mosley (called Brooke; October 18, 1915, Philadelphia, PA – March 4, 1988, New York, NY); elected coadjutor June 29 and consecrated October 28, 1953; installed as diocesan January 16, 1955; resigned October 1, 1968.
1968 1974 William H. Mead William Henry Mead (1921 – February 25, 1974); elected June 28, consecrated and installed November 15, 1968; died in office.
1975 1985 William Clark William Hawley Clark (May 10, 1919 – March 7, 1997); elected January 24, consecrated May 16 and installed May 18, 1975; retired December 31, 1985.
1986 Quintin E. Primo, Jr., interim bishop Quintin Ebenezer Primo, Junior (July 1, 1913, Freedom Grove, GA – January 14, 1998, Hockessin, DE); previously suffragan bishop of Chicago; interim bishop only, January 1 – November 8, 1986.
1986 1997 Cabell Tennis Calvin Cabell Tennis (born October 24, 1932); elected June 14, consecrated November 8 and installed November 9, 1986; retired December 31, 1997; later assistant bishop in Spokane.
1998 present Wayne Wright Wayne Parker Wright; elected February 28, consecrated June 20 and installed June 21, 1998.


This list includes all the active parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware and the historical parishes will gradually be added.

Kent County[edit]

Founded Name address town Rector status closed
1703 Christ Church, Dover South State and Water Street Dover The Rev. Celeste O. Cox Rector
1704 Christ Church, Milford 200 Church Street Milford The Rev. James L. White Rector
1889 St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Bridgeville, Delaware) 114 Delaware Avenue Bridgeville supply
1868 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Camden Old North Road at West St. Camden The Rev. John J. Desaulniers Pastor
1740 St. Peter's Church, Smyrna 22 North Union Street Smyrna The Rev. Donna Jean Kiessling Rector
1868 St. Stephen's Church 190 Raughley Hill Road Harrington The Rev. John Wright in charge

New Castle County[edit]

Founded Name address town Rector status closed
1851 Church of the Ascension 3717 Philadelphia Pike Claymont The Rev. Edward Godden Interim Rector
1855 Calvary Church, Hillcrest 304 Lore Avenue
Brandywine Hundred
Wilmington The Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson Interim Rector
1855 Cathedral Church of St. John Concord Avenue & Market Street Wilmington The V. Rev. William B. Lane Dean 2012
1848 Christ Church, Christiana Hundred Buck Road at Route 100
Christiana Hundred
Greenville The Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk Rector
1848 Christ Church, Delaware City 222 Clinton Street Delaware City The Rev. Arlene Favreau-Pysher Pastor
1836 Grace Church, Brandywine Hundred 4900 Concord Pike
Brandywine Hundred
Wilmington The Rev. Emily Gibson Interim Rector
1884 Immanuel Church, Highlands 2400 West 17th Street Wilmington The Rev. Kim Capwell Rector
1689 Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green 2nd and Harmony Streets New Castle The Rev. Christopher Paul Keene Rector
1952 Church of the Nativity 206 Sykes Road, Manor Park New Castle The Rev. Harry Sorenson Supply
1958 St. Albans Church, Brandywine Hundred 913 Wilson Road
Brandywine Hundred
Wilmington Supply
Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew 719 Shipley Street Wilmington The Rev. David Andrews Rector
1705 St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware) 15 E. Green Street Middletown The Rev. John Stonesifer Interim Rector
1890 St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 2800 Duncan Road
Mill Creek Hundred
Wilmington The Rev. John B. Pumphrey Interim Rector
1954 St. David’s Episcopal Church
Web Site
2320 Grubb Road
Brandywine Hundred
Wilmington The Rev. Brad Hinton Rector
1714 St. James Episcopal Church, Mill Creek (Stanton, Delaware) 2106 St. James Church Road
Stanton, Mill Creek Hundred
Wilmington The Rev. James Bimbi Rector
1855 St. James Church, Newport 2 South Augustine Street
Wilmington The Rev. Sarah L. J. Nelson Rector
1964 St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church 10 Old Newark Road
White Clay Hundred
Newark The Rev. Elizabeth Masterson Rector
1842 St. Thomas's Parish 276 South College Avenue Newark The Rev. Paul Gennett Rector
1830 Trinity Parish 1108 N. Adams Street (at Delaware Avenue) Wilmington The Rev. Patricia A. Downing Rector
1791 Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes) 606 Church Street Wilmington The Rev. Patricia A. Downing Rector

Sussex County[edit]

Founded Name address town Rector status closed
1886 All Saints’ Church, Delmar Tenth and Grove Streets Delmar The Rev. Ken Athey Pastor
1892 All Saints’ Church 18 Olive Avenue Rehoboth Beach The Rev. Max Wolf Rector
1771 Christ Church Broad Creek Laurel The Rev. Howard Backus Rector
St. George's Chapel Beaver Dam Road
Indian River Hundred
Milton The Rev. Max Wolf Rector
1728 St. John the Baptist Church 307 Federal Street Milton The Rev. John Barton Pastor
1835 St. Luke's Church 202 North Street Seaford supply
1848 St. Mark's Church State and Ellis Streets Millsboro The Rev. David J. Archibald Rector
1940 St. Martha’s Episcopal Church Maplewood & Pennsylvania Avenue Bethany Beach The Rev. Mary Allen Rector
1947 St. Martin’s in the Field Church 75 West Church Street Selbyville The Rev. David J. Archibald Rector
1868 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Pine and Academy Streets Georgetown The Rev. Joseph Rushton Rector
1708 St. Peter's Episcopal Church Second and Market Streets Lewes The Rev. Jeffrey A. Ross Rector
1834 St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 600 South Central Avenue Laurel The Rev. Howard Backus Rector


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