The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

The Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and former dean of Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral.

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Dwight Baxter, AHC, is the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and the 1,010 in succession in the Episcopal Church. He was elected as bishop coadjutor on July 22, 2006, and consecrated on October 22, 2006. Bishop Baxter's good friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the sermon.

Directly before being elected Baxter spent two and a half years serving as the rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A third generation clergyman, he was dean of Washington National Cathedral from 1991 to 2003 and served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Protestant Episcopal Church Foundation. Before becoming dean of the of Cathedral, Baxter served as the administrative dean and associate professor of Pastoral Theology and Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seminary dean and associate professor of Church and Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and chaplain and professor of Religious Studies at St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Baxter has also served at other parishes in Pa and Va.

Baxter, a Harrisburg native, he is the oldest of three sons (Rev Charles Wayne Baxter and Larry Baxter) to the Late Elder Belgium N. Baxter and Augusta Baxter.

He is married to Mary Ellen Baxter (Walker) and from this union they have two children David and Timika Baxter, and two foster children, John Harmon Thadbrean Dowling. They also have 9 grandchildren: Joshua Harmon, Jerena Harmon, and Justin Harmon (John); Shaquan Dowling, Zaire Dowling, Malachi Dowling, and Zion Dowling (Thadbrean); and Tyler Tyson and Geoff Trotter (Timika).

He graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1976 with honors and prizes in homiletics and Christology and earned a Doctor of Ministry there in 1985. Baxter has also studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Warren Deem Management Institute at the Columbia University Executive Center. Baxter has received numerous other honors from colleges, universities and seminaries including being named an honorary alumnus at the Episcopal Divinity School 1991, and receiving seven honorary doctorates including one from Elizabethtown College when he was their commencement speaker in May of 2004.

Baxter is an associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, chaplain of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Other Memberships include Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Cosmos Club of Washington, and a life member of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the NAACP. He is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the Vietnam Cross of Gallenty with Palm and the Combat Medic's Badge.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter

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Easter: The Manifestation of Undefeated Love

Sunday April 07, 1996
Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter calls us to celebrate renewed faith, hope, and a sense of inner peace knowing that our faith has enlivened by the love of God, which endures forever.

What a Christian Community Can Offer a Polarized Society

Sunday March 03, 1996
Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter tells us that we have the incredible oportunity to live as Christian witness to a more excellent way in which to deal  differences in a polarized society.

Can the Salt of the Earth Be Preserved?

Sunday February 04, 1996
Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter reminds us that we are the salt of the earth and as such we are called by God tp preserve the quality of righteousness in creation by working for healing and wholeness.