The Rt. Rev. Dean Elliott Wolfe, D.D., ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, will be in residence at The School of Theology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 12. There will be a reception for him on Oct. 8 at 4:15 p.m. in the Hamilton Hall foyer.
Wolfe is the vice president of the House of Bishops, chair of the House of Bishops Planning Committee, delegate to the World Council of Churches, and member of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice, The Joint Committee for Planning and Arrangements for General Convention, and the Pastoral Development Committee. He also serves as a coaching bishop, faculty member and member of the Board of Directors for the College for Bishops.
Within the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, he is a member of the boards of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, Episcopal Community Services in Kansas City, Episcopal Social Services in Wichita, and Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence. Over the past decade he has focused on innovative diocesan leadership and the creative use of parish resources. He initiated an ambitious plan to expand local education for lay and clergy leaders, which has resulted in the creation of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, a unique collaboration of the Dioceses of Kansas, West Missouri, Nebraska, and Western Kansas.
He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio (B.A. in political science and religion, 1987) and Virginia Theological Seminary (master of divinity degree, 1992; doctor of divinity degree, Honoris Causa, 2004).
He is married to Ellen Frantz-Wolfe, a mother, businesswoman and active community and church volunteer. They have a son, William, who studies philosophy and political science at Sewanee.