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. 

Latest From the Bishop

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.
Mary Claugus

Dean

Russian River Deanery

The Very Rev.
Daniel Currie Green

Archdeacon

The Ven.
Pam Gossard

Archdeacon

The Ven.
Margaret Grayden

Dean
Sierra Deanery

The Very Rev. Canon
Mary Hauck

Vice President
Board of Trustees

The Rev.
Bradley Helmuth

Chancellor

Barbara Jewell

Communications Consultant

Cheryl Tofsrud

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.
Sarah Quinney

President
Standing Committee

Jim Sargent

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. Mary’s, Ferndale
St. Paul’s, Crescent City
Sts. Martha and Mary, Trinidad

Dean: The Very Rev. Daniel Currie Green

St. John’s Episcopal Church
40 Fifth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
saintjohnsepiscopalpetaluma.org

phone: 707.762.8872
email: rector.episcopal.petaluma@gmail.com

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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
Trinity, Sonoma
Holy Trinity, Ukiah
St. Francis, Willits

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. Canon Mary Hauck

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
235 S.Church St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
emmanuelgv.org

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
201 Nevada St.
Nevada City, CA 95959
trinitync.net

phone: 530.273.7876
email: canonhauck@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. Sarah Quinney

St. James’ Episcopal Church
479 L St.
Lincoln, CA 95648
stjameslincoln.org

phone: 916.792.2908
email: sqmusictherapy@gmail.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.

Questions?

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
McMillin, Andrea
McNair, Kent
McNeely, Virginia
Mertz, Annie
Monnot, Betsey
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, Raymond
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, William
Ross, Donna
Ross, Patricia
Rouse, Charles

Wakelee, Julie
Warwick-Sabino, Debra
Schively, John
Scott, Bob
Seal, Christopher
Sefton, Kate
Shaver, Stephen
Sheldon, Carren
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
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.