The Right Reverend Dean Elliott Wolfe is the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and oversees 46 congregations, two campus ministry centers, one secondary school and the Kansas School for Ministry. He is a member of the boards of Episcopal Community Services in Kansas City, Episcopal Social Services in Wichita and Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence.
He was consecrated bishop in November 2003 and became diocesan bishop on Jan. 1, 2004. During his episcopacy, he has placed an emphasis on reconciliation, building pastoral relationships and encouraging congregations to make creative use of their resources. He has initiated an ambitious plan to expand the Kansas School for Ministry and campus ministries throughout the diocese.
Bishop Wolfe was elected Vice President of the House of Bishops at the 2009 General Convention in Anaheim, Calif. He served two terms on the Program Budget and Finance Committee of The Episcopal Church, and he is a mentor bishop and an advisor and faculty member for the College for Bishops. He currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee, the Pl anning Committee and the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice.
Bishop Wolfe is an Associate of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), chaplain of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, and serves as Bishop Visitor to the Companions of Saint Luke, OSB.
He has been married to Ellen Frantz-Wolfe for 31 years. Ellen is a mother, businesswoman and an active church volunteer. They have a 19-year-old son, William, who is a student at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
He is a 1987 graduate of Miami University of Ohio (B.A. in Political Science and Religion) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity degree, 1992; Doctor of Divinity degree, Honoris Causa, 2004).
Bishop Wolfe formerly served as Vice Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, one of the largest Episcopal churches in the country. Prior to that, he was Associate Rector for Community Life at Trinity Church on Copley Square in Boston. Following his ordination at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, he began his ordained ministry as Assistant and then Associate Rector at Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Calif.