The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island

Nicholas Knisely was elected to be the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island in June of 2012, and was ordained Bishop on November 17th, 2012.

Bishop Knisely was born and raised in Pennsylvania and met his wife Karen while they were both students at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. Later, as a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he decided to leave behind his studies of Physics and Astronomy and was sent to Yale/Berkeley Divinity School to study for the priesthood. He completed his Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the diaconate in Delaware in 1991, then to the priesthood in 1992. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, also from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Bishop Knisely previously served as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, and as Dean of the Cathedral in Phoenix Arizona. He has been active in a number of ministries with particular focus in the areas of homelessness, communications, college and youth, finance, and ecumenical relations. He taught Physics and Astronomy for nearly seven years at Lehigh University while he was serving in Bethlehem PA. He was the first chair of the General Convention Standing Commission on Communications and Technology and was part of the Moravian-Episcopal Dialog that drew up the full communion agreement between the two denominations. Karen and Nicholas Knisely have been married for 30 years and have an adult daughter named Kenney.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely

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Bishop Nicholas Knisely: Lighten Our Darkness, Lord Jesus

Tuesday December 03, 2019
Bishop Nicholas Knisely says the tension between the Isaiah and Matthew texts for Advent 2 is palpable—Isaiah speaks of new life, healing, and restoration. But in Matthew, John the Baptist boldly calls the people to repent—which really doesn’t fit our cultural experience of this season.

Quantum Physics and the Nature of Eternity - Faith & Science Series Part 4

Tuesday October 13, 2015
Bishop Nick Knisely says, in the light of our understanding of time and space, quantum physics, and reality, God's timelessness--which is in evidence throughout the Bible--may be beyond a finite creature's comprehension. Nevertheless there is a reason and a purpose to everything God does.