By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church will welcome Bishop Stacy F. Sauls as its guest preacher on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Bishop Stacy F. Sauls is the chief operating officer for the Episcopal Church, a post he has held since September 2011. As COO, he oversees the staff of the Episcopal Church in New York City as well as offices in Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Sauls also coordinates the work of the church’s mission program, communication, finance and administration duties while assisting the presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her role as chief executive officer. He is an ex-officio member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and an active member of the board of Episcopal Relief & Development.
Bishop Sauls’ first career was in law, and he is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC and the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a corporate lawyer, most notably with the law department of Delta Air Lines. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Ecclesiastical Law Society (United Kingdom).
After discerning a call to ordained ministry, Sauls attended and was graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a priest in 1989. He has served parishes in the Dioceses of Atlanta and Georgia. He was elected the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Lexington in 2000.
General Theological Seminary presented him with a DD honoris causa in 2001, as did the University of the South in 2002. He also earned a master’s degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University in 2009.
Sauls has authored numerous articles, pamphlets and presentations, and has served as a spokesperson in media interviews such as the BBC during the 2008 Lambeth Conference.
He is currently a member of the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development and is co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Philippines Covenant. He is also active with mission projects in Japan.