About Us

We are the Episcopal Church in Northern California; we are members of the Anglican Communion and members of Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic church.

Our Vision

Our Identity

A family of congregations in Northern California following Jesus Christ in the Anglican way as part of The Episcopal Church; we are partners with God in God’s mission here and throughout the world. 

Our Mission

The Mission of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is to make disciples, raise up saints and transform communities for Christ in Northern California.

Making Disciples, Raising Up Saints and Transforming Communities for Christ in Northern California

Governance

Direction

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is lead by The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair, with support and guidance from our Board of Trustees, and the Standing Committee.

Meet Bishop Megan

The Right Reverend Megan M. Traquair

916-442-6918
BishopMegan@norcalepiscopal.org

The Right Reverend Megan M. Traquair was ordained and consecrated the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on June 29, 2019 at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA. Her election took place at a Special Electing Convention on February 9, 2019 at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park, CA. 

Bishop Megan is an active follower of Jesus Christ and was raised in Santa Barbara when it was a sleepy town, graduated from Pomona College in Claremont and received her MDiv at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, IL. Ordained in 1992 in the Diocese of Los Angeles she has led congregations in Tucson, towns near South Bend and Indianapolis, and Los Angeles. 

When she was Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, she ran all aspects of clergy Transition (deployment). She coached clergy and congregations in conflict resolution and lead strategic planning. She has mentored locally-raised Hispanic clergy and supported the Hispanic Program Group in the diocese. She was a key developer of a non-profit management program for clergy: “Best Skills – Best Churches – What Seminary Didn’t Teach You.” By popular demand it was expanded to include lay leaders and ecumenical leaders. 

Serving churches both in rural and urban areas, Megan has an enduring interest in church growth and the active formation of disciples. She values preaching and good liturgy which speaks to the people and strengthens us for engaging with Jesus and serving the world. 

Her interests include gardening, genealogy, hiking and history. Her husband Philip is a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have been partners and best friends as well as parents. They have two children: Hannah who teaches high school in Tucson, and Benjamin, who is an engineer in Colorado. 

You may contact Bishop Megan at BishopMegan@norcalepiscopal.org. 

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Meet the Office of the Bishop Staff

Leadership

Other Diocesan Leaders

Chair
Indigenous Ministries
The Rev. Canon
Ernestina Campbell
Co-Chair
Commission on Intercultural Ministries
Miriam Casey

President

Episcopal Community Services

The Rev. Canon
Beatryce Clark

Dean

Capital Deanery

The Very Rev.
Rik Rasmussen

Dean

Russian River Deanery

The Very Rev.
Ed Howell
Archdeacon
The Ven.
Pam Gossard
Archdeacon
The Ven.
Margaret Grayden
Dean
Sierra Deanery
The Very Rev.
Matt Warren
Vice President
Board of Trustees
The Rev.
Bradley Helmuth
Chancellor
Barbara Jewell

Pathways
Shelby Larkey

Co-Chair
Commission on Ministry
Linda Maxwell

Diocesan Treasurer
John Nykamp

Dean
Wingfield Deanery
The Very Rev.
Perry Polk

Pathways
Elizabeth Potts

Dean
Semper Virens Deanery
The Very Rev.
Sara Potter

Dean
Central Deanery

The Very Rev.
Rick Laughman

President
Standing Committee

Leta Parks 

Co-Chair
Commission on Ministry
The Rev.
Katherine Sefton

 Health Ministries
Susan Wahlstrom

Secretary to Convention
The Rev.
Matthew Warren

Cathedral Dean
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
The Very Rev. Matthew Woodward

Dean
Alta Deanery
The Very Rev.
Richard Yale

Co-Chair
Commission on Intercultural Ministries
Lynn Zender

Deaneries

Community

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California stretches across 26 counties, from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra Nevada that forms our eastern boundary, and from the Northern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Oregon Coast. The churches in our diocese are grouped geographically into seven regional deaneries.

Dean: The Very Rev. Sara Potter

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1675 Chester Ave.
Arcata, CA 95521
stalbansarcata.org

phone: 707.822.4102
email: revsara@stalbansarcata.org

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Christ Church, Eureka
St. Alban’s, Arcata
St. Francis, Fortuna
St. Paul’s, Crescent City

Dean: The Very Rev. Ed Howell

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
9000 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
stpatrickskenwood.org

phone: 707.833.4228
email: edhowell@sonic.net

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Good Shepherd, Cloverdale
St. Michael and All Angels, Ft. Bragg
St. Paul’s, Healdsburg
Shepherd by the Sea, Gualala
St. Patrick’s, Kenwood
St. John’s, Lakeport
St. Andrew’s, Monte Rio
St. John’s, Petaluma
Incarnation, Santa Rosa
St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol
Holy Trinity, Ukiah
St. Francis, Willits

Trinity, Sonoma

Dean: The Very Rev. Perry W. Polk

Grace Episcopal Church
1405 Kentucky St
FairfieldCA 94533-4715
gracechurchfairfield.org

phone: 707-425-4481
email: revperrypolk@gmail.com

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St. Paul’s, Benicia
St. Luke’s, Calistoga
St. Martin’s, Davis
Grace Church, Fairfield
St. Mary’s, Napa
St. Brigid’s, Rio Vista
Grace, St. Helena
Epiphany, Vacaville
Ascension, Vallejo
St. Luke’s, Woodland

Dean: The Very Rev. Richard Yale

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
234 Floral Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
stjohnschico.org

phone: 530.321.9847
email: rbyale@att.net

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St. Michael’s, Anderson
St. John’s, Chico
St. Andrew’s, Corning
St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta
St. Nicholas, Paradise
St. Peter’s, Red Bluff
All Saints, Redding
Holy Trinity, Willows

Dean: The Very Rev. Matt Warren

Christ the King
545 Lawrence St
Quincy, CA 95971
christthekingquincy.org

phone: 530.283.0254
email: rev.mattwarren@gmail.com

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St. Michael’s, Alturas
St. Luke’s, Auburn
Emmanuel, Grass Valley
Holy Spirit, Lake Almanor
Holy Trinity, Nevada City
Christ the King, Quincy
Good Shepherd, Susanville
St. Nicholas’, Tahoe City

Dean: The Very Rev. Rik Rasmussen

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

1430 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

stpaulssacramento.org

phone:  916.446.2620
email: rik.rasmussen@att.net

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Faith, Cameron Park
St. Michael’s, Carmichael
St. George’s, Carmichael
St. Mary’s, Elk Grove
Trinity, Folsom
St. Luke’s, Galt
Our Savior, Placerville
St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
All Saint’s, Sacramento
St. Matthew’s, Sacramento
St. Paul’s, Sacramento
Trinity, Sutter Creek

Dean: The Very Rev. Rick Laughman

St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church
556 N George Washington Blvd
Yuba City, CA 95993

stjamesyubacity.com

phone: 530.673.1790
email:laughman1728@yahoo.com

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St. Stephen’s, Colusa
St. Andrew’s, Antelope
St. Timothy’s, Gridley
St. James’, Lincoln
St. John’s, Marysville
St. Paul’s, Oroville
St. Augustine, Rocklin
St. John’s, Roseville
Grace, Wheatland
St. James’, Yuba City

Clergy

Diocesan Clergy are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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Do you need to contact a clergy person? Please send an email to communications@norcalepiscopal.org or call 916-442-6918 for assistance.

Adair, Maryly

Adams, Bill

Aidnik, Aileen

Allagree, Harry

Allen, Doyle Dietz

Allen, Mark

Alves, David

Anderson, Megan

Arack, Mara

Armstrong, Liz

Armstrong, Susan

Arthur, Anne

Auelua, Roy

Backlund, Michael

Baker, Andrea

Baker, Brian

Bakewell, Grant

Beal, Stephen

Beatty, Anne

Beisner, The Rt. Rev. Barry

Benesh, Jimi

Bingham, John

Blumenstock, Robert

Boeger, Dan

Boeger, Mary

Borgeson, Phina

Bowers, Marvin

Brannon, Stephen

Brown, Gary

Bruce, Todd

Bruneau, Betsy

Cafferata, Gail

Callison, Don

Campbell, Tina

Carpenter, Stephen

Cavanagh, David

Chacon, Frank

Chapman, Tansy

Christianssen, Paul

Churchill, Gregg

Clader, Linda Lee

Clark, Cookie

Clarke, Anne

Claugus, Mary

Clemons, David

Clinehens, Harold

Cohen, David

Colbert, Paul

Cole, Lisa

Coloma, Restituto

Cornils, Cal

Cornell, Charles

Cram, Norman

Cunningham, Geri

Davidson-Methot, David

Davis, Rodney

Day, John

Denney, Robin

Dolan, Pamela

Duff, Eric

Duffty, Bryan

Duncan, John

Eckstein, Carol

Edwards, Nancy

Elliott, James

Englund, David

Fay, Delia

Fisher, Margaret

Fisher, Mary

Forte, Jeanne

Foxworth, George

Freeman, Karen

Gaines, Beth

Garnier, Maryellen

Gartin, Tom

Genato, Anny

Goshert, Mary

Gossard, Pam

Grayden, Margaret

Gray-Reneberg, Jeri

Green, Daniel

Guthrie, Suzanne

Haggenjos, Babette

Haggenjos, Cliff

Hallisey, Ann

Harris, John

Hart, Donnalee

Hauck, Mary

Hefti, Bill

Heidel, John

Helmuth, Bradley

Hess, Ray

Higgins, Pamela

Holben, Larry

Holder, Arthur

Honnold, Sandy

Hopner, Kathy

Howell, David

Howell, Ed

Hubbell, Sally

Hughes, Jocelynn

Hummel, Virginia

Hunt, George

Jackson-Essiem, Erika

Johnson, Richard

Jones, Derek

Kellermann, Seth

Kempster, Pat

Kendrick, Bart

Kerrick, Mike

King, Karen

King, L.A.

Knuth, Charlie

Knutsen, Jamie

Knutson, Randy

Kuehn, Craig

Harris, Christy

Lamb, Jerry

Laughman, Rick

Lawler, Karen

Lawrence, Amy

Leach, Alex

Leigh-Taylor, Christine

Leonetti, Stephen

Levensaler, Kurt

Lewis, Ernie

Liem, Jenni

London, Daniel

Long, Cindy

Lueckert, Diana

Lynn, Connor

Mackenzie, James

Maloney, Linda

Mangels, John

McAulay, Rod

McClain, William

McCloghrie, Lesley

McDonald, Tim

McIlmoyl, William

McKeever, Anne

McManus, Christie

McNair, Kent

McNeely, Virginia

Mertz, Annie

Monnot, Michael

Moore, Margaret

Moore, Pamela

Moore, Patricia

Morris, John

Myers, Jeanette

Napoliello, Susan

Nixon, Barbara

Olsen, Bob

Olson, Mack

Owren, David

Park, Patricia

Parker, Mark

Phillippi, Bob

Phillips, Kevin

Pierson, Anne

Plucker, Susan

Polk, Perry

Poole, Charles

Potter, Sara

Powell, Anne

Powell, David

Powell, Lewis

Quinney, Sarah

Rasmussen, Rik

Rebholtz, Brian

Reeve, Susan

Reichel, Sonya

Reinheimer, Philip

Reynolds, Bettye

Richardson, Jim

Rico, Bayani

Rines, Charles

Rodgers, Peter

Rontani, Aidan

Rontani, Willia

Ross, Donna

Ross, Patricia

Rouse, Charles

Schively, Joh

Scott, Bob

Seal, Christopher

Sefton, Kate

Shaver, Stephen

Shewmaker, David

Shortes, Stephen

Siegfriedt, Karen

Sigler, James

Slakey, Anne

Smith, Anne

Snibbe, Jane

Streufert, Nancy

Stevenson, Richard

Stuart, Toni

Sullivan, Ann

Symons, Eric

Taggart, Mary

Taylor, Tom

Thomas, Jim

Thompson, Peggy

Townsend, James

Turner, Diana

Wakelee, Julie

Warwick-Sabino, Debra

Vafis, John

Vaughan, Jesse

Vice, Julie

Vincent, Libby

Walker, Lynell

Wallace, Kathryn

Warren, Matt

Watson, Wendy

Whitten, Roy

Woods, Cindy

Yale, Richard

Zoesch, Ronald

Zuniga, Amy

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History of the Diocese

Our Story

Before the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California was established, several congregations within our diocese that existed at the time were under the jurisdiction of the Rev. William Ingraham Kip, the first priest of the Episcopal Church to be consecrated for work in California in October of 1853.

Paul’s, Sacramento (originally named Grace, Sacramento), was one of the first congregations Rev. Kip visited when he arrived in California. In 1854, after Benicia was removed as the capital of California, Rev. Kip helped organize the congregation of St. Paul’s there. In 1855-1861, congregations gathered in Marysville, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, Folsom, Petaluma, Napa and Placerville. Due to the Civil War, the next parish was not created until 1867 in Vallejo, followed by a church in Eureka in 1871 and Santa Rosa in 1873. By 1874, sixteen priests served the thirteen established parishes in the far-flung North California region. 

After twenty years of leading Anglicans across the vast geographical area of California, which comprised one tenth of the United States at that time, Rev. Kip requested that the General Convention of 1874 create a missionary jurisdiction and consecrate a bishop to share the responsibilities of the northern part of his diocese. One given the approval from the larger Church, the California diocese “split” to create the Missionary Jurisdiction of Northern California, an area that comprised twenty-four counties and 52,564 miles, with a population of over 200,000, of which about 2,400 were indigenous peoples. In addition, the first missionary bishop over the jurisdiction was consecrated in April of 1875, the Rt. Rev. John Henry Ducachet Wingfield. Thirty-six years later, in 1910, the congregations within the Missionary Jurisdiction officially became a diocese under the episcopate of the first diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Hall Moreland.

Our Bishops

Eight bishops have served our diocese since its beginning. Click on their names to read more about them. 

  1. John H. D. Wingfield (1874-1898)* 
  2. William Hall Moreland (1898-1932) 
  3. Archie William Noel Porter (1933-1957)
  4. Clarence Rupert Haden Jr. (1957-1978) 
  5. John Lester Thompson III (1978-1992) 
  6. Jerry Alban Lamb (1991-2007) 
  7. Barry Leigh Beisner (2006-2019) 
  8. Megan McClure Traquair (2019-present)
    Learn more about Bishop Megan here.

*Bishop Wingfield was elected as a missionary bishop but never became bishop diocesan.