Clifton Daniel (bishop)

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Clifton Daniel, 3rd (or III; called Dan;[1] (born July 4, 1947), Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a bishop in the Episcopal Church. He has served the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Ordination history of
Clifton Daniel
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Edmond L. Browning
Date of consecration 1996
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Clifton Daniel as principal consecrator
John C. Bauerschmidt 2007
Dabney Tyler Smith 2007
Mark Lawrence 2008
Gregory Brewer 2012


Daniel attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education. He earned his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Virginia Theological Seminary in 1997 and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1998.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Daniel was ordained to the diaconate in June 1972, and then to the priesthood in April 1973. In 1996 he was elected and consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. With the death of B. Sidney Sanders, he became the diocesan bishop on June 5, 1997. He served the diocese until 2013, when he became provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.[2] After the consecration of Daniel Gutierrez in 2016, Daniel was named interim dean of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Daniel was married to Anne William Miller from 1978 to 2017.[4] The couple have three daughters; Margaret Daniel Pickron (husband, Norman Pickron), Elizabeth Daniel Zajac (husband, Jared Zajac), and Charlotte Holloman Daniel.


  1. ^ The Living Church (archive): East Carolina Elects Bishop Coadjutor (Accessed 13 February 2016)
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania convention affirms Clifton Daniel as bishop provisional". Episcopal News Service. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  3. ^ "News - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine". Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Death Notice for Anne Miller Daniel". Retrieved 2017-12-08. 


Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
B. Sidney Sanders
Bishop of East Carolina
Succeeded by
Robert Skirving
Preceded by
Charles Bennison
16th Bishop of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by