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The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls is chief operating officer of The Episcopal Church, headquartered in New York, NY. For 11 years he served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, KY.

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Bishop Stacy F. Sauls is the Chief Operating Officer for The Episcopal Church, a post he has held  since September 1, 2011.  As such, he oversees the Domestic and Foreign Mission Society staff, numbering near 150, in offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA, Miami, FL and other locales throughout the country.

As COO, his responsibilities include coordinating the work of the Episcopal Church's mission program, communication, finance and administration offices while assisting the Presiding Bishop in her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Church.

Sauls was elected sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington in 2000. While Bishop of Lexington, Sauls guided the Diocese to address issues and needs of the poor, especially in Appalachia, through education, healthcare, youth work and housing initiatives.  Under his leadership, the Reading Camp program was established to help children from Appalachia in need of intensive remedial reading work. The program has been replicated in many other settings across the country and has spread to South Africa, Cameroon, and Liberia.

He developed and initiated the Network for Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Development which placed nine newly ordained priests into congregations in the Dioceses in an intentional and intensive training and support program

Prior to his election as Bishop of Lexington, he was rector of St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta GA, and had previously served as rector of St. Thomas, Savannah GA, and assistant at St. George's Griffin, GA.

Before his ordination in 1988, he practiced law as a corporate lawyer, most notably with the law department of Delta Air Lines. 

Sauls and his wife Ginger, a special education teacher, are the parents of two adult sons.



Sauls is a summa cum laude graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and was chosen as a member of the Order of the Coif before entering a judicial clerkship in Atlanta.

He is a 1988 graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and was ordained the same year.

He earned a masters degree in canon law from Cardiff University in Wales, in 2009.  General Theological seminary awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity in 2001 as did the University of the South in 2002, where he serves as a trustee.



Sauls is a member of the Episcopal Church House of Bishops, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the boards of Episcopal Relief & Development and the Kiyosato Education Experiment Project (KEEP) in Japan, and is President of the American Committee for KEEP.  He previously served on the Budgetary Funding Task Force, the Standing Commission on World Mission, the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, and was co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Philippines Covenant.  He also previously served as an elected member of Executive Council.

He was a member of the Board of Forward Movement Publications, and served on the Episcopal Media Center Board. 

He is a member of the State Bar of George, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Ecclesiastical Law Society (United Kingdom).


Latest Content by The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls

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The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls: The Intended Casualty

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)


I find myself wondering many things in the days following the terrible attacks in Paris this weekend. 

I wonder who would bring a fake Syrian passport to their suicide bombing attack. Perhaps it was poor planning, but this doesn't seem like a poorly planned operation to me.

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Stacy Sauls: Happy Valentine's Day

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)


I may be a bishop in The Episcopal Church, but I grew up as a Methodist. My Methodist background notwithstanding, it was only many years later that I became acquainted with Wesleyans. Not Methodists, Wesleyans. One of my wife Ginger's grandmothers and some of her relatives were Wesleyans. There was a strong little Wesleyan church in Whitmire, the little town in South Carolina where Ginger grew up. Wesleyans are a small denomination, but you can find Wesleyans around in other places. Upstate New York is a stronghold for them.

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Other Recent Content by The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls

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January 21, 2015

Bishop Stacy Sauls: As a Child of the South

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

It is right and good that we pause to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of what would have been his 86th birthday this week. It is fitting that we rededicate ourselves to the work he so faithfully pursued, which might be understood as freedom for black Americans. As a white child of the South, though, I see it as bigger than that.
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December 09, 2014

Stacy Sauls: A Call to Self-Examination and Prayer

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

Now we find ourselves in the aftermath of the Staten Island grand jury decision. I struggle to find the words to express myself that go beyond a rant at a gross injustice. I struggle to find something spiritually helpful in his senseless loss of life.
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July 15, 2014

Stacy Sauls: Reduced to Tears

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

At the moment hundreds of children from Central America are risking a long, dangerous trip without adults to come to the United States to escape oppressive poverty, violence, and exploitation. They are receiving a mixed welcome, sometimes with compassion and sometimes with hostility. St. Paul's words seem relevant to me.
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January 10, 2014

Bishop Stacy Sauls: Back in the Box

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

Every year, Christmas disrupts our lives and shatters our routines. It breaks into our normal patterns and turns them upside down. It is not too different, I suppose, than the first Christmas.
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July 29, 2013

Bishop Stacy Sauls: What Are We Going to Do About It?

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

One of the things I believe is true in light of the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman is that law has about brought us about as far as it is able. This is the reality that inspired me to want to be a priest.
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July 16, 2013

Bishop Stacy Sauls: Have We Learned Anything at All? 10 Questions Unanswered by the George Zimmerman Verdict

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

A Florida jury has now rendered its verdict on the question of whether George Zimmerman is legally guilty for killing Trayvon Marin. I cannot answer the question of whether or not theirs was the right decision.... My hope is that now that the trial is over we can turn our attention to asking the right questions.
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June 30, 2013

The Cranky Jesus

The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls (TEC)

Bishop Stacy Sauls explores Luke 9:51-62 and discovers a Jesus we can relate to, and shows us that nothing that matters is accomplished without effort--and sometimes frustration--and so we must keep our eyes on the goal set before us.