The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)

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).


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The Cranky Jesus

Tuesday June 25, 2013
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.

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The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls: The Intended Casualty

Thursday November 19, 2015
Could it be that the intended casualties go far beyond the victims in France? For one, could it be that the intended casualties of the terrorists are the hundreds of thousands of children, women, and men fleeing them in their own homelands?

Stacy Sauls: Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday February 14, 2015
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.

Bishop Stacy Sauls: As a Child of the South

Wednesday January 21, 2015
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.

Stacy Sauls: A Call to Self-Examination and Prayer

Tuesday December 09, 2014
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.

Stacy Sauls: Reduced to Tears

Tuesday July 15, 2014
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.

Bishop Stacy Sauls: Back in the Box

Friday January 10, 2014
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.

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

Monday July 29, 2013
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.

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

Tuesday July 16, 2013
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.