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 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. Bishop Gates was ordained and consecrated a bishop on Sept. 13, 2014. 

He served congregations in the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts and Chicago prior to his call to Ohio in 2004.  He served as the rector of St. Paul's Church in Cleveland Heights until his election as bishop in 2014. 

Bishop Gates participated in the Episcopal Church's 2015 General Convention, serving on the Committee on Social Justice and United States Policy, and is a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

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

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.

She is the past vice chair of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Directors of CREDO (a national resource program fostering Episcopal Church clergy leadership and wellness) and the Steering Committee of Bishops Working for a Just World.  She currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee and the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Investment Group.  In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is vice president of Episcopal City Mission.  She also is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and currently serves on its Working Board and Advisory Board.

A native of Cleveland, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Diocese of Newark. Prior to her consecration as bishop, she served most recently as rector of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church in Rochester, N.Y., where she was also an adjunct professor at Colgate Rochester Divinity School.