Ray Sutton

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The Most Reverend
Ray Sutton
Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church
Church Reformed Episcopal Church, Anglican Church in North America
Diocese Diocese of Mid-America
In office 1999-present
Consecration 1999
by Leonard W. Riches

Ray R. Sutton is an American Anglican bishop. He was bishop coadjutor in the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church, since 1999, a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America, in 2009. He is also Rector of the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas, president and Professor of Scripture and Theology at Cranmer Theological House in Houston, Texas, and headmaster of Holy Communion Christian Academy (formerly Bent Tree Episcopal School).[1] Sutton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to Dallas at age thirteen.

He is currently head of the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Anglican Church of North America.[2]

He took over the leadership of the REC and the Diocese of Mid-America on 24 November 2016 upon the death of the Most Rev. Royal U. Grote, Jr., on a provisional level, with his installation taking place on 15 June 2017..[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas. They have seven children and three grandchildren.



Church of the Holy Communion in North Dallas, Texas. Seat of Bishop Ray Sutton.

Sutton served in parish ministry from 1976 until 1991. He was a co-pastor with James B. Jordan of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas, which was a prominent church in the Christian Reconstructionist movement. Other members included Gary North and David Chilton. The church belonged to the Westminster Presbyterian Church of the Association of Reformation Churches in America. North praised Sutton for uncovering that Meredith G. Kline's five-point covenant model applied to the whole Bible, and that it applies to three covenant institutions of family, state and church.[6][7][8]

Tyler, Texas also hosted the Institute for Christian Economics which published North, Gary DeMar and numerous others.

Sutton served as Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia from 1991 until 1995; and Dean and Professor of Theology at Cranmer Theological House in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1995 until 2001. Since the Synod of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of Mid America in February 2013, he is once again the president of Cranmer Theological House based in the Houston area. Cranmer House also supports a satellite campus in Dallas at Sutton's parish, The Church of the Holy Communion (The DMA Pro Cathedral).

Sutton was ordained a bishop coadjutor of the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1999 and arrived at the Church of the Holy Communion in 2001.


Sutton has authored several theology works:


  • Sutton, Ray R. "Covenantal Evil." Covenant Renewal 2 (1988) 4.
  • Sutton, Ray R. "Oath and Symbol." Covenant Renewal 3 (1989) 4: 1–4.
  • Sutton, Ray R. "Clothing and Calling." in The Reconstruction of the Church. Christianity and Civilization Vol 4. ed. James B. Jordan. Tyler, Texas: Geneva Ministries, (1985).
  • Sutton, Ray R. "The Saturday Night Church and the Liturgical Nature of Man." in The Reconstruction of the Church. Christianity and Civilization Vol 4. ed. James B. Jordan. Tyler, Texas: Geneva Ministries, (1985).
  • Ray R. Sutton, "The Church as a Shadow Government," Christianity and Civilization III: Tactics of Christian Resistance, Geneva Divinity School, (1983).
  • Ray Sutton, "The Baptist Failure", Christianity & Civilization, James B. Jordan, ed., Geneva Divinity School, (1982).


  • What is Anglicanism?, Latimer Press (2004), by Mark F.M. Clavier, co-edited by Dr. Ray Sutton and Dr. Peter C. Moore.