The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, elected in 2008. Previously he served as Canon Pastor of the Washington National Cathedral and Director of its Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage.
Bishop Sutton is a frequent leader of retreats and conferences on spirituality, nonviolence, the environment and reconciliation. He co-founded Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW), an ecumenical network of individuals and faith communities committed to the daily practice of Centering Prayer. In addition to publishing several articles on prayer, spirituality and justice, he’s a contributor to the books, The Diversity of Centering Prayer, and Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Challenging the Epidemic of Gun Violence.
Bishop Sutton has written about and been recognized as a thought leader on the issues of racial reconciliation and reparations, testifying on Capitol Hill with author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Danny Glover, economist Julianne Malveaux and others for Congressional Bill HR40 that calls for the establishment of a national bipartisan commission to study and make recommendations for addressing reparations as a restitution for the over 350 years of slavery and racial discrimination of African Americans. He has since lectured and spoken for the benefits that reparations can bring for American society before NPR, Fox News, the Chautauqua Institution and other public forums.
He has served on the boards of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Maryland Green Jobs Initiative, and Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He was named by the Center for American Progress in 2014 as one of “14 faith leaders to watch”.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Bishop Sutton graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI), attended Western Theological Seminary earning his Master of Divinity, and completed Anglican studies at the University of the South, School of Theology (Sewanee, TN). He has served as a pastor of the Covenant Community Church in inner city Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and did graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. A former professor of homiletics and liturgics at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey and at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN, Bishop Sutton has also served as Chaplain of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey; adjunct professor of preaching at the General Theological Seminary (New York City); vicar of St. Michael’s Church in (Trenton, NJ); priest-in-charge of St. Margaret’s and St. Mary’s parishes (Washington, DC); and associate rector for mission and spirituality at St. Columba’s Church (Washington, DC).
Bishop Sutton is married to Sonya Subbayya Sutton, an internationally-recognized pianist, organist and choral director. They have four adult children and stepchildren.
The Right Rev. Robert Ihloff, 13th Bishop of Maryland, serves as assisting bishop to the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, our diocesan bishop. We are excited to welcome Bishop Ihloff back into service in the Diocese of Maryland. He will serve as second bishop in an appropriate ecclesiastical capacity, as staff liaison to Commission on Ministry, as primary bishop for western Maryland, and as staff liaison for the small church movement. He will visit congregations on Sundays to celebrate, preach and confirm as well as performing other episcopal functions, such as ordinations, seasonal confirmations, and celebrations of new ministry.
Many of you knew or worked with Bishop Ihloff in his capacity as Bishop Diocesan of Maryland from 1995 – 2007 and many of you will be meeting him for the first time. Born and raised in central Connecticut, Bishop Ihloff was ordained a deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968. Before becoming Bishop of Maryland, he served parishes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. As Bishop of Maryland, he worked extensively on congregational renewal, social justice issues, Christian formation, and the development of our diocesan camp and conference center at Claggett.
From 2002 to 2009, Bishop Ihloff served as president of Province III (13 dioceses in the mid-Atlantic area including Virginia). In that role, he served as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice for two presiding bishops. From 1996 to 2009, he was a member of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops. Bishop Ihloff has served as a trustee of Virginia Theological Seminary and a on the board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.
Bishop Ihloff served as co-chair of the Urban and Social Concerns Committee for three General Conventions of The Episcopal Church and remained active on several committees and boards within the House of Bishops. In 2014, he came out of retirement for 14 months to be full-time interim rector at Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore and most recently has been serving as bishop associate in the Diocese of Virginia part time.
Bishop Ihloff and his wife Nancy have two married children and six grandchildren. He is a voracious reader and an opera lover. A life-long gardener, he has, over the years, cultivated more than 150 varieties of 19th century English roses.