Alan Scarfe (bishop)

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Alan Scarfe

IX Bishop of Iowa
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In officeApril 5, 2003 – Present
PredecessorC. Christopher Epting
OrdinationDecember, 1986
ConsecrationApril 5, 2003
by Rt. Rev. James Jelinek
Personal details
Born(1950-05-03)May 3, 1950
Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Alan Scarfe (born May 3, 1950) is a bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. He is the ninth and current bishop of the Diocese of Iowa since 2003.


Early life & Ministry[edit]

Bishop Scarfe was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He earned a Master of Arts degree in theology from Oxford University, England in 1972. He completed post-graduate studies at the Romanian Orthodox Institute in Bucharest, Romania in 1975.

On August 23, 1975, he married his wife Donna and they have four children. Prior to his studies for the priesthood he was the chief executive officer of Keston College USA, which is an independent research institution advocating freedom of religion in communist countries. He was also a lecturer at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.[1]

In 1986 he received a master's degree in sacred theology from the General Theological Seminary.[1] He was ordained a deacon in February 1986 and a priest in December of the same year.[2] After ordination he served St. Columba’s Church in Camarillo, California. He was serving as the rector of St. Barnabas Church in Los Angeles when he was elected bishop. He also served on various boards and committees for the Diocese of Los Angeles while he was involved in parochial ministry.[3]

Bishop of Iowa[edit]

Alan Scarfe was elected the ninth Bishop of Iowa at a special diocesan convention in November 2002 and was consecrated in Des Moines on April 5, 2003, by Bishops James Jelinek, C. Christopher Epting and Gayle Elizabeth Harris. He was seated at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the following day. Bishop Scarfe is the 983rd Episcopal bishop consecrated in the United States. From 2006 to 2009 Bishop Scarfe served on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for the Episcopal Church.[2]

As Bishop Scarfe participated in the 2011 consecration of Bishop Joseph Scott Barker of Nebraska.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography: Bishop Alan Scarfe". Archived from the original on 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  2. ^ a b Crew, Louie. "Statistics on Alan Scarfe". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  3. ^ Horton, Loren N. (2003). The Beautiful Heritage: A History of the Diocese of Iowa. Des Moines: Diocese of Iowa. p. 132.