The Episcopal Church in Colorado

Diocese of Colorado

Diœcesis Coloratensis
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VI
Coordinates39°44′16″N 104°58′39″W / 39.73778°N 104.97750°W / 39.73778; -104.97750
Congregations93 (2022)
Members19,816 (2022)
DenominationThe Episcopal Church
EstablishedJune 9, 1887
CathedralSt John's Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopKimberly Lucas
Location of The Episcopal Church in Colorado
Location of The Episcopal Church in Colorado

The Diocese of Colorado is the diocese of the Episcopal Church which covers all of Colorado. It is in Province VI. Its cathedral, Saint John's Cathedral, Denver, is located in Denver, along with its offices. John Franklin Spalding was the first bishop of the diocese. Kimberly "Kym" Lucas is the current bishop.[1]

Saint John's Cathedral


Colorado was part of the Missionary District of the Northwest from 1859 until 1865, when the Missionary District of Colorado and Parts Adjacent was established. On October 4, 1866, the House of Bishops changed the Missionary District of Colorado and Parts Adjacent to include Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, while Montana and Idaho were detached from Colorado. On October 30, 1874, the district was once more changed, this time as the Missionary District of Colorado with jurisdiction in Wyoming, while New Mexico was detached from Colorado. It was on October 15, 1883, that the Missionary District of Colorado was established, after which Wyoming was made a created into a separate missionary district. The Missionary District became the Diocese of Colorado on June 9, 1887.[2]

Congregations by region[edit]

The Episcopal Church in Colorado is divided into five regions – the Northwestern, Southwestern, Sangre de Cristo, High Plains, and Front Range:

Front Range[edit]

High Plains[edit]


Sangre de Cristo[edit]


List of bishops[edit]

Missionary bishops over Colorado
From Until Incumbent Notes
1865 1873 George Maxwell Randall (November 23, 1810, Warren, RI – September 28, 1873, Denver, CO); missionary bishop over Colorado and adjacent areas including Montana (until 1867), Idaho (until 1867), Wyoming and New Mexico (from 1867); died in office.
1873 1886 John Franklin Spalding (August 25, 1828, Belgrade, ME – March 9, 1902, Erie, PA); missionary bishop over Colorado and adjacent areas including New Mexico (until 1881) and Wyoming (until 1886); became first Bishop of Colorado
Bishops of Colorado
1886 1902 John Franklin Spalding Hitherto missionary bishop in Colorado; Western Colorado split off in 1892; died in office.
1902 1918 Charles Sanford Olmsted (February 8, 1853, Olmstedville, NY – October 21, 1918); previously coadjutor since 1902; died in office.
1918 1938 Irving P. Johnson Irving Peake Johnson (1866–1947); previously coadjutor since 1917.
1938 1949 Fred Ingley Frederick "Fred" Ingley (November 20, 1878, Staffordshire, United Kingdom – ?); previously coadjutor since 1921.
1949 1955 Harold L. Bowen Harold Linwood Bowen; previously coadjutor since 1947.
1955 1969 Joseph S. Minnis Joseph Summerville Minnis (born 1903/4); forcibly deposed and banished from the diocese and state, 24 September 1968.
1958 1960 Daniel Corrigan, suffragan bishop Daniel "Dan" N. Corrigan (October 25, 1900, Rochester, MN – September 21, 1994)
1969 1973 Edwin B. Thayer Edwin Burton Thayer (February 7, 1905 – October 8, 1989, Denver); previously coadjutor since 1960.
1973 1990 William Frey William Carl "Bill" Frey (born February 26, 1930, Waco, TX); previously bishop in charge, Honduras.
1981 1988 William H. Wolfrum, suffragan bishop William Harvey "Dub" Wolfrum (January 16, 1926 – November 24, 2007, Fort Collins, CO); became interim Bishop of Navajoland.
1987 2006 William Davidson, assistant bishop William "Bill" Davidson (July 20, 1919, Miles City, MT – May 8, 2006, Loveland, CO); retired Bishop of Western Kansas; previously assistant in Ohio.
1991 2004 William Jerry Winterrowd William Jerry Winterrowd, called Jerry (born July 24, 1938, Shreveport, LA); retired January 2004.
2004 2019 Robert O'Neill Robert John "Rob" O'Neill; previously coadjutor since 2003.
2019 present Kimberly Lucas


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2004, Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, p. 153.
  2. ^ "Colorado, Diocese of", The Episcopal Church. Retrieved on 11 January 2021.

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