The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton has been Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland since June, 2008. Previously he served as Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage.
Bishop Sutton was born and raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In 1981, he received his M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary, where he was awarded the Pietenpol Honors for Senior Excellence, and was ordained in the Reformed Church in America. After serving as pastor of an inner-city congregation for five years, he entered graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary where he completed all but dissertation in the Ph.D. program in 1992.
While teaching homiletics and liturgics for several years at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN, he became a member of the Episcopal Church and did his Anglican studies at Sewanee: The University of the South, School of Theology in 1993. In 1995-96, he served as Assistant to the Bishop and Chaplain of the Diocese of New Jersey, while also serving as adjunct professor of preaching at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He has served as vicar of St. Michael’s Church in Trenton, NJ, priest-in-charge of St. Margaret’s and St. Mary’s parishes in Washington, DC, and associate rector for mission and spirituality at St. Columba’s Church in Washington, DC.
Throughout his ministry in parishes and academia, Bishop Sutton has been a frequent leader of retreats and conferences throughout the nation on prayer, spirituality and preaching. While in the nation’s capital, he founded Contemplative Outreach of Metropolitan Washington (COMW), an ecumenical network of churches and individuals committed to centering prayer and renewing the contemplative dimension of the gospel for daily living. In addition to having published several articles on prayer, spirituality and homiletics, he is one of the contributors to the book The Diversity of Centering Prayer.
He is married to Sonya Subbayya Sutton, the director of music at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and together they have four young adult children and stepchildren.