Alan Scarfe was elected 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Iowa at a special diocesan convention in November 2002. He was ordained In Des Moines on Saturday, April 5, 2003 and seated at St. Paul’s Cathedral the following day.
Prior to his election Bishop Scarfe served as rector of St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles.
Bishop Scarfe earned a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Oxford University, Oxford, England in 1972. From 1973 through 1975 he completed post-graduate studies at the Romanian Orthodox Institute in Bucharest, Romania. He is a 1986 graduate of The General Theological Seminary. Scarfe was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.
Prior to his call to the ministry, Scarfe was chief executive officer of Keston College USA, an independent research institution advocating freedom of religion in communist countries. He was a visiting lecturer at Wheaton College in Illinois.
He and his wife Donna have four children. Scarfe was born in Bradford in Yorkshire in England.