Ed is married to Ira Leidel, who is a retired Occupational Therapist. They have two grown sons and two granddaughters. Bishop Leidel is proud of his roots, enthusiastically noting, “I grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin environs with the Green Bay Packers and during the time that the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series." Ed earned his first academic degree in Physics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and he holds a B.Sc., M.Div. D.Min, and D.D.’s. He just missed being in the first wave of John Kennedy’s Peace Corps going to Africa, and instead went to seminary as his second choice. That “second choice” led to a life of service – as a Lieutenant JG Chaplain in the US Navy reserve, and as a priest in congregations ranging from a small inner city congregation to Wisconsin’s (then) largest congregation, as well as congregations in Indianapolis, Indiana; Darwin, Northern Territory (Cathedral), Australia; and St. Paul, Minnesota. During these callings, Ed became especially engaged in mutual ministry and congregational development; in Jungian personality typing and development; lay training for pastoral care ministry; and in social justice ministries. He was elected Bishop of Eastern Michigan in 1996 and served as their first bishop until 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Ed crossed the border to serve in the Canadian Diocese of Huron where he developed a new ministry of congregational coaching. Ed and Ira now live in Glendale, Wisconsin from where Ed works as a coach and bishop at large in service to the Episcopal/Anglican Church in North America. On August 28, 2010, Ed was elected as Bishop Provisional to the Diocese of Eau Claire. This interim role is now for one-quarter time and will last until a new bishop is elected and in place..