The Right Rev. Clifton Daniel, 3rd was consecrated Bishop
Coadjutor of the Diocese of East Carolina on September 21, 1996 and became the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina in June, 1997.
Born in Goldsboro, NC on July 4, 1947, to Clifton Daniel, Jr. and Evelyn Vann Lancaster Daniel, Bishop Daniel graduated from Goldsboro High School and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Education. He earned his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA in 1972 and was awarded Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of the South in 1997. He has also done further studies at The College of Preachers, Washington, DC; The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA; St. George’s College, Jerusalem; St. Petersburg Theological Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia; and The Anglican Centre in Rome.
Bishop Daniel was ordained Deacon in June, 1972 and priest in April 1973 by the Rt. Rev. Hunley A. Elebash. He began his ministry as Curate at St. Mary’s, Kinston in 1972, and in 1975 was called as rector for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ahoskie, serving there until 1980. In 1980 he accepted a call to serve as an Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Oakwood, Ohio, serving there until 1984, when he was called as Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, RI. Bishop Daniel served St. Michael’s for twelve years, until his election as Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of East Carolina.
While Rector of St. Michael's, Bristol he led in establishing an affordable day care center, a free meal program and an affordable housing foundation for residents of Bristol. He also served as Chaplain to the Bristol Police Department; as a board member for St. Elizabeth Home, Providence and Metacom Manor, Bristol; as a Deputy to General Convention and President of Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of Rhode Island.
As Bishop, he has served as Vice President of Province IV and President of the Bishops of Province IV; Chair of the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice; President of the Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop; Chair, Church Deployment Board; the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church; Board of Trustees, the University of the South, Sewanee TN; and Board of Trustees, The General Theological Seminary, New York NY.
Bishop Daniel is married to the former Anne Miller and they have three adult daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Charlotte, and one granddaughter, Claire.