Edward S. Little II

The Right Reverend

Edward Stuart Little II

Bishop of Northern Indiana
ChurchEpiscopal Church
DioceseNorthern Indiana
ElectedNovember 5, 1999
In office2000–2016
PredecessorFrancis Campbell Gray
SuccessorDouglas Sparks
OrdinationDecember 18, 1971
by James W. Montgomery
ConsecrationApril 30, 2000
by Arthur Benjamin Williams Jr.
Personal details
Born (1947-01-29) January 29, 1947 (age 76)
Sylvia Gardner
(m. 1968)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina

Edward Stuart Little II (born January 29, 1947) was elected seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana on November 5, 1999, and consecrated on March 18, 2000, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. He was seated in the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, on April 30, 2000. He has announced his retirement on June 30, 2016.[1]


Bishop Edward S. Little II was born in New York City on January 29, 1947, and attended schools in Manhattan and in Norwalk, Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1968, his Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1971, and was ordained deacon and priest that year in the Diocese of Chicago. Following his consecration, Bishop Little was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Seabury-Western.[2]

Bishop Little served two parishes as an assistant—St. Matthew's, Evanston, Illinois, and St. Michael's, Anaheim, California—and then moved in 1975 to St. Joseph's Church, Buena Park, California, to become its vicar and later its first rector. In 1986, Bishop Little was called to All Saints Church, Bakersfield, California, where he served as rector until his election to the episcopate. He has authored two books; Ears to Hear and Joy in Disguise.[3]

He is currently a member of Communion Partners, an Episcopalian group which opposed the 77th General Episcopal Convention's decision to authorize the blessing of same-sex marriages in 2012.[4] The measure to allow the blessing of same-sex unions won by a 111–41 vote with 3 abstentions.[5]

Family life[edit]

Bishop Little married the former Sylvia Gardner on March 22, 1968, in Palm Desert, California. They met at the University of Southern California in 1964.


  1. ^ "Northern Indiana: Bishop Ed Little will resign in 2016", Episcopal News Service, 27 March 2015. Retrieved on 27 October 2020.
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  3. ^ "Edward Stuart Little II, Seventh Bishop", EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NORTHERN INDIANA ARCHIVES. Retrieved on 27 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2015-06-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "+Little on Same-sex Blessings", The Living Church, 1 August 2012. Retrieved on 27 October 2020.


  • Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005, revised edition, New York: Church Publishing, p. 547.
  • Little, Edward S. (2003). Ears to Hear. ISBN 9780819219398
  • Little, Edward S. (2009). Joy In Disguise . ISBN 9780819223289
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by Seventh Bishop of Northern Indiana
2000 – 2016
Succeeded by