DALLAS: Diocese set to consecrate Paul Emil Lambert as its seventh bishop suffragan

July 9, 2008

The Rev. Canon Paul Emil Lambert will be ordained and consecrated as the seventh bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas on Saturday, July 12 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.

Bishop D. Bruce MacPherson of Western Louisiana will be the chief consecrator and Assistant Bishop Bill Frey of the Diocese of Rio Grande will preach. MacPherson served the Diocese of Dallas as bishop suffragan from 1999-2002.

The clergy and laity of the diocese elected Lambert as bishop suffragan on March 29 and the bishops and standing committees of dioceses in the Episcopal Church have approved his selection. Lambert will assist diocesan Bishop James Stanton with clergy and congregational development as well as visitations and oversight of the diocese's 74 missions and parishes.

"Paul is well known to the clergy and people of this diocese and well equipped for the ministry of a bishop," said Stanton. "He is a man of deep faith and great joy in the Lord."

Lambert was born May 19, 1950, in Reno, Nevada. During his college years, he sensed the call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. In May 1975, Lambert graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin with a Master of Divinity degree, after which he served congregations in the dioceses of San Joaquin (California), Western Kansas, and Dallas. From 1987 to 2002, he was rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Texarkana, Texas. In 2002, he became chief of staff and canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Dallas, and he continued in these positions until his consecration as bishop suffragan. He and his wife, Sally, have three children -- Claire, Rebecca, and Megan Elizabeth -- and four grandchildren.

The Diocese of Dallas serves the communities of North Texas and has pioneered in evangelism, church planting, training and provision of rural church clergy, establishing a Spanish and Korean church, and founding the Austin Street Centre shelter for the homeless. In addition, the diocese operates 20 schools, directs youth camps at its state-of-the-art facilities at All Saints Camp (Lake Texoma), and provides summer opportunities for urban, underprivileged youth at its Bishop's Camp. Its parishes have worked for 13 years with Habitat for Humanity (particularly Church of the Incarnation, Dallas); maintained worshipping communities for the Sudanese (Ascension, Dallas), Kenyans (Trinity, Dallas), and Nigerians (St. Peter's Anglican at Church of the Resurrection, Dallas); and transformed one of the poorest parts of southeast Dallas into the Jubilee Park and Center (St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas). For more information, click here or download current and past issues of the diocesan newspaper, Esprit, here.

St. Michael and All Angels, site of Lambert's consecration, is located at 8011 Douglas at Colgate, Dallas.

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