The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a welcoming, Christ-centered community of congregations committed to nurturing the ministries of the laity, deacons, priest and bishop. We strive to be transparent in all we do and accountable to God, one another and the wider church.
We cover about 24 counties in North Central Texas, with the majority of our congregations centered in the Fort Worth/Arlington. Mid-Cities, and Keller area. Our diocese has been rebuilding since we reorganized in 2009 following the departure of a former bishop and several other leaders from The Episcopal Church.
The diocese came into being in 1983 after the General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved its creation from the western half of the large Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. The founding bishop was A. Donald Davies, who left his post as Bishop of Dallas to head the new diocese. He was succeeded by Bishops Clarence Pope and Jack L. Iker.
In November, 2008, Bishop Iker and several other diocesan leaders left The Episcopal Church. In February, 2009, the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori called a Special Convention of the Diocesan Convention at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. The Rt. Rev. Edwin “Ted” Gulick, Jr., Bishop of Kentucky, was chosen as provisional bishop and other vacant diocesan offices were filled. Bishop Gulick was succeeded by the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, who was in turn, succeeded by the Rt. Rev. Rayford B, High Jr., who was elected and installed as the third provisional bishop of Fort Worth at the 30th Diocesan Convention November 2-3, 2012, in Stephenville, TX.
In the spring of 2015, Bishop High announced his intention to retire on July 31. A special meeting of Convention was held on May 16 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, and the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, bishop of Northwest Texas, was elected and installed as the fourth provisional bishop of Fort Worth. He officially took office on August 1, 2015.