Our Bishops

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates

Bishop Gates is the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. 

He is a Massachusetts native and graduate of Middlebury College.  Prior to seminary he was a Russian language translator, researcher and intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, including a tour of duty at the State Department.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988.  

He served congregations in the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts and Chicago prior to his call to Ohio in 2004.  He was the rector of St. Paul's Church in Cleveland Heights until his election as bishop in 2014. Bishop Gates was ordained and consecrated a bishop on Sept. 13, 2014.

Bishop Gates is currently on the board of the Anglican Theological Review.  He serves on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on World Mission, and is a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. 

He and his spouse, Patricia J. Harvey, have two adult sons.

Read Bishop Gates's full bio here

Find his blog at https://bishopalangates.net and follow him on Instagram: @massbishopxvi.

The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

Bishop Gayle Harris The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris

Bishop Harris was ordained and consecrated a bishop in January 2003, and serves as a suffragan (assisting) bishop alongside the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates.

A native of Cleveland, she graduated from Lewis and Clark College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, which awarded her an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2002.  She was ordained to the priesthood in 1982, and served parishes in the dioceses of Newark, Washington (D.C.) and Rochester (New York) prior to her consecration as bishop.

She currently chairs the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee and is the convenor of the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Investment Group and is on the Task Force on the Theology of Money.

In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is on the board of the Old North Church Foundation and serves as vice president of Episcopal City Mission.  She is the past president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

Read Bishop Harris's full bio here.