Episcopal Diocese of Nevada

Diocese of Nevada
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VIII
HeadquartersLas Vegas, Nevada
Coordinates36°01′03″N 115°07′02″W / 36.01740590°N 115.11717300°W / 36.01740590; -115.11717300
Congregations29 (2022)
Members4,098 (2022)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedApril 14, 1971
CathedralTrinity Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopElizabeth Bonforte Gardner
Location of the Diocese of Nevada
Location of the Diocese of Nevada

The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the USA which comprises the entire State of Nevada. The eleventh and current bishop of the Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner, was ordained and consecrated by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at Christ Church Episcopal in Las Vegas on March 5, 2022.[1][2] On October 8, 2021, the Reverend Gardner was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.[3]

The cathedral in this diocese is Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and is located in Reno. It was designated in December 2016.

In 1971, Nevada achieved separate diocesan status. Under the leadership of diocesan bishop Wesley Frensdorff, who served from 1972 to 1985, Nevada became a leader in the concept of Total Ministry, the "ministry of all the baptized," in which laity and clergy have an equal share in ministry.[4]

The ninth bishop of Nevada, the Right Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, was elected the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 2006 General Convention, becoming the first female primate in the Anglican Communion.

The Diocese works to be faithfully engaged in civic society with people of all faiths through Nevadans for the Common Good, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, the Nevada Faith and Justice Alliance, Communities in Schools, All Our Children, Bread for the World and other groups working for justice and mercy.



These are the bishops who have served the region now known as the state of Nevada:[4]


See also



  1. ^ "Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner consecrated 11th bishop of Nevada". Diocese of Nevada: Episcopal News Service. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  2. ^ Jimmy, Romo (2022-03-05). "Episcopal Church consecrates Gardner as bishop for Nevada". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner elected bishop of Nevada". Episcopal News Service. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Bishops of the Diocese of Nevada". The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Retrieved 14 February 2022.