Mary Gray-Reeves

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The Right Reverend
Mary Gray-Reeves
III Bishop of El Camino Real
Church Episcopal Church (United States)
Diocese El Camino Real
Successor Incumbent
Consecration November 20, 2007
by Katharine Jefferts Schori
Personal details
Born (1962-07-05) July 5, 1962 (age 54)[1]
Coral Gables, Florida Florida
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Spouse Michael Reeves (d. 2014)

Mary Gray-Reeves (born July 5, 1962) became the first woman Episcopal diocesan bishop in California on November 10, 2007, when she was ordained and consecrated the third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real at services in Saratoga.[2] She had formerly been the archdeacon for deployment in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mary Gray-Reeves was born in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1962 and grew up in the Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove, where she attended St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. After high school, she attended California State University, Fullerton, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1987. After her decision to seek holy orders, she and her husband, Michael Reeves, went to New Zealand because she could attend theological school at St John's College, Auckland, while he could attend to his business which involved much travel in the western Pacific. In 1994 she graduated from St John's and received the equivalent of the American Master of Divinity degree.[3]


After she and her husband returned to California, she was ordained deacon and then priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. After being assistant rector of two churches in that diocese, she and her husband returned to the Miami area where she became rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Miami Lakes. After six years at St. Margaret's she was appointed archdeacon for deployment for the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.[3] On June 16, 2007, the Diocese of El Camino Real at convention in Monterey elected Mary Gray-Reeves its third bishop.[4]

At the 2008 meeting of the Lambeth Conferences of the Anglican Communion, Bishops Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real, Michael Perham of Gloucester, and Gerard Mpango of Western Tanganyika formed a partnership of their dioceses. This successful companion diocese[5] relationship has resulted in an annual round of visits between the bishops and delegations to each other's home countries and the 2011 book The Hospitality of God[6] by Mary Gray-Reeves and Michael Perham. On 30 June 2010, the three bishops wrote a joint letter[7] to Rowan Williams, then Archbishop of Canterbury, about what they were learning. In 2010, Bishop Sadock Makaya succeeded Bishop Gerard Mpango in the partnership.


Mary Gray-Reeves and her late husband, Michael Reeves, have two teen-aged children, Katherine and Dorian.[3]

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