The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
It is my joy to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. My responsibilities include oversight of the 45 congregations of the Episcopal Church throughout the State of Vermont. I work with a talented group of clergy and lay leaders who are part of the diocesan Ministry Support Team to support our congregations and our many local and global ministries. I also am privileged to work with lay and ordained leaders throughout Vermont who share in the governance and mission of the Episcopal Church in Vermont and beyond.
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The Rt. Rev. Thomas, C. Ely Biography
Thomas Clark Ely, born on December 14, 1951 in Norwalk, Connecticut, was ordained and consecrated the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont on April 28, 2001. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of Connecticut in 1980. A 1975 cum laude graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Bishop Ely received his Master of Divinity degree in 1980 from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The University of the South awarded Bishop Ely an honorary Doctorate in 2003.
Prior to being elected to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, Bishop Ely served as Missioner of the Greater Hartford (Connecticut) Regional Ministry for 10 years and was key to its formation. From 1985-1991, he served as Director of Youth Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and was Executive Director of Camp Washington. From 1980 to 1985 he served as Assistant Missioner of the Middlesex Area Cluster Ministry in Connecticut.
Current professional associations include the Vermont Ecumenical Council, Vermont Interfaith Action, Cristosal Foundation Board of Directors (supporting Human Rights work in El Salvador) and The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage. Ministry areas of special interest and expertise include ministry development, regional ministry, environmental justice, youth ministry, camp and conference center ministry, and youth suicide prevention.
Bishop Ely is President of the Rock Point Board, the Rock Point School Trustees, and a Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. He is a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence and has served for many years as a Peer Coach in the House of Bishops. In addition to his El Salvador involvement, Bishop Ely’s global mission connections include South Sudan, Israel/Palestine, Kids4Peace and Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Special areas of interest and study are human dignity, peace and reconciliation, economic justice and GLBTQ issues.
Thomas married Martha Ann (Wiggins) in 1976. They have two daughters and three granddaughters. He enjoys golf, cycling, kayaking, the theatre and listening to audio books while driving.