The Rt. Rev’d E. Mark Stevenson is the 14th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He was elected on June 4, 2022, at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, and was ordained and consecrated on December 3, 2022, at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond. More than 35 bishops from around the United States, England, Tanzania and Ghana joined in the laying on of hands along with Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, Chief Consecrator.
Bishop Stevenson is focused on centering his ministry – and that of the Diocese of Virginia – on the teaching and love of Jesus. Central to that is an emphasis on truth telling and reckoning as we address issues of systemic racism; life-giving formation as followers of Jesus; and transparency and accountability as we interact with each other as the family of God.
Prior to his ministry in the Diocese of Virginia, Bishop Stevenson served as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within The Episcopal Church. In this role he was the principal liaison between Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the House of Bishops, the various dioceses, and many of the governing bodies of The Episcopal Church. Before being called to that role in September 2018, he was the Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, leading a dedicated team in executing a national program of refugee resettlement. Previously, he served as Domestic Poverty Missioner for The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Stevenson served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana from August 2005 until September 2013. Following hurricane Katrina, he worked closely with local, regional, national, and international leaders and groups to put into place the processes for effective relief and other ministry. He was the Rector in two parishes: the Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida. His time at both churches focused on developing ministries with youth and revitalizing ministries of stewardship, Christian education, and community outreach.
Bishop Stevenson and his wife of twenty-seven years, Joy, reside in Richmond with their Border Collie, Franklin.