Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota

Diocese of North Dakota

Diœcesis Dakotensis Septentrionalis
CountryUnited States
TerritoryNorth Dakota, Clay County, Minnesota
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VI
Congregations18 (2021)
Members2,236 (2021)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedOctober 11, 1883 (As Missionary District of North Dakota)
September 24, 1971 (As Diocese of North Dakota)
CathedralGethsemane Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopSede Vacante
Keith Bernard Whitmore (Assisting Bishop)
Location of the Diocese of North Dakota
Location of the Diocese of North Dakota
Gethsemane Cathedral, Fargo

The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the state of North Dakota plus Clay County, Minnesota. It has 19 congregations in North Dakota and one in Moorhead, Minnesota. It is in Province VI and its cathedral, Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, is in Fargo, as are the diocesan offices.[1]

The most recent diocesan bishop, Michael G. Smith, retired on May 1, 2019,[2] and was subsequently named an assisting bishop in the Diocese of Dallas.[3] He is an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.[4]

In August 2019, Keith Whitmore, a retired Bishop of Eau Claire, was named assisting bishop in North Dakota.[5] In February 2021, Thomas C. Ely, a retired Bishop of Vermont, was elected bishop provisional.[6]

List of bishops[edit]

The bishops of the diocese have been:[7]

  1. William D. Walker, 1883–1896
  2. Samuel Cook Edsall, 1899–1901
  3. Cameron D. Mann, 1902–1913
  4. John Poyntz Tyler, 1914–1931
  5. Frederick B. Bartlett, 1931–1935
  6. Douglass H. Atwill, 1937–1951
  7. Richard R. Emery, 1951–1964
  8. George T. Masuda, 1965–1979
  9. Harold A. Hopkins Jr., 1980–1988
  10. Andrew H. Fairfield, 1989–2003
  11. Michael G. Smith, 2004–2019
  12. Thomas C. Ely, Provisional Bishop, 2021-

* Keith Whitmore, Assisting Bishop, 2019-[8]


All Saint's, Minot
All Saint's, Valley City
Church of the Advent, Devils Lake
Church of the Cross, Selfridge
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lakota
Gethsemane Cathedral, Fargo
Grace Church, Jamestown
St. Gabriel's Camp, Solen
St. George's Episcopal Memorial Church, Bismarck
St. James’, Cannon Ball
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church (Moorhead, Minnesota)
St. John's, Dickinson
St. Luke's, Fort Yates
Sts. Mary and Mark, Oakes
St. Michaels and All Angel's, Cartwright
St. Paul's, Grand Forks
St. Paul's, White Shield
St. Peter's, Walhalla
St. Peter's, Williston
St. Stephen's, Fargo
St. Sylvan's, Dunseith
St. Thomas, Fort Totten

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Episcopal Church online directory". Archived from the original on 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ https://ndepiscopal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/A-DDTF-Final-Report-to-Convention-1.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "Our Staff | Episcopal Diocese of Dallas".
  4. ^ "Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota bishop's page". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  5. ^ https://ndepiscopal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/asst.bp_.announcement.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "BISHOP PROVISIONAL Elected – the Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely – Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota". Archived from the original on 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  7. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2004, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 300
  8. ^ "Bishops of North Dakota".

Further reading[edit]

  • God giveth the increase; the history of the Episcopal Church in North Dakota, Robert P Wilkins and Wynona H Wilkins

External links[edit]

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