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Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Arms of Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Province Province IV
Bishop J. Neil Alexander
Cathedral Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip, Atlanta
Congregations 93
Membership 55,000
Website Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta website
Location of the Diocese of Atlanta

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, with jurisdiction over middle and north Georgia. It is in Province IV of the Episcopal Church and its cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Philip, is in Atlanta, as are the diocesan offices.[1]



The Anglican presence in Georgia was established on February 12, 1733, with Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia. By 1841, the Diocese of Georgia had been established. In 1907 the diocesan convention unanimously voted to divide the diocese, forming the Diocese of Atlanta. In December 1907, the Diocese of Atlanta held its first convention at Christ Church, Macon.

In 2007, the diocese celebrated its centennial, and published a history of the diocese: The Diocese of Atlanta: Centennial Celebration 1907 - 2007 which is available from the Cathedral of St. Philip Book Store, Atlanta, Georgia.


The current bishop is John Neil Alexander, who was installed in 2001. On January 25, 2006, he was nominated for election as Presiding Bishop, but he was defeated at the 2006 General Convention by Katharine Jefferts Schori.

These are the bishops who have served the Diocese of Atlanta:

  1. Cleland K. Nelson (1907 - 1917)
  2. Henry J. Mikell (1917 - 1942)
  3. John M. Walker (1942 - 1951)
  4. John B. Walthour (1952 - 1952)
  5. Randolph R. Claiborne, Jr. (1953 - 1972)
    * Milton L. Wood, Bishop Suffragan (1967 - 1974)
  6. Bennett J. Sims (1972 - 1983)
    * C. Judson Child, Jr., Bishop Suffragan (1978 - 1983)
  7. C. Judson Child, Jr. (1983 - 1988)
    * Frank K. Allan, Bishop Coadjutor (February 7, 1987 - January 1, 1989)
  8. Frank K. Allan (January 1, 1989 - 2000)
  9. J. Neil Alexander (July 7, 2001 - Present)


Map of Diocesan Parishes

The Diocese of Atlanta has 93 parishes and more than 55,000 parishioners.

See also


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 134-135

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