Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Diocese of Atlanta
Ecclesiastical province Province IV
Congregations 94
Members 55,000
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip, Atlanta
Current leadership
Bishop J. Neil Alexander

Location of the Diocese of Atlanta

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, with jurisdiction over middle and north Georgia. It is in Province IV of the Episcopal Church and its cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Philip, is in Atlanta, as are the diocesan offices.[1]



The Anglican presence in Georgia was established on February 12, 1733, with Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia. By 1841, the Diocese of Georgia had been established. In 1907 the diocesan convention unanimously voted to divide the diocese, forming the Diocese of Atlanta. In December 1907, the Diocese of Atlanta held its first convention at Christ Church, Macon.

In 2007, the diocese celebrated its centennial, and published a history of the diocese: The Diocese of Atlanta: Centennial Celebration 1907 - 2007 which is available from the Cathedral of St. Philip Book Store, Atlanta, Georgia.

For much of its history, the Diocese has been one of the fastest-growing in the South, if not the country, due to the almost-geometric expansion of the population of metropolitan Atlanta. Although evangelical and high-church alternatives have always existed, most congregations generally hold to a Broad Church, moderate-to-liberal theology and middle-of-the-road worship, with some parishes priding themselves on their progressive stances. The Atlanta Diocese is thus considerably more liberal than many of the dioceses in the Fourth Province, since the area is home to a large population of highly-educated, affluent professionals and white-collar employees, constituencies that have long been a mainstay of the Episcopal Church and that are not present in such large numbers elsewhere in the South.


The current bishop is John Neil Alexander, who was installed in 2001. On January 25, 2006, he was nominated for election as Presiding Bishop, but he was defeated at the 2006 General Convention by Katharine Jefferts Schori.

List of bishops

Bishops of Adelaide
From Until Incumbent Notes
1907 1917 Cleland Kinloch Nelson Translated from Georgia.
1917 1942 Henry Judah Mikell
1942 1951 John M. Walker
1952 John B. Walthour
1953 1972 Randolph R. Claiborne, Jr. Previously suffragan bishop of Alabama.
1967 1974 Milton L. Wood, suffragan bishop
1972 1983 Bennett J. Sims
1983 1988 C. Judson Child, Jr. Suffragan bishop since 1978.
January 1, 1989 2000 Frank K. Allan Coadjutor bishop since February 7, 1987.
1995  ? Onell A. Soto Previously Bishop of Venezuela.
c. 1999  ? Robert G. Tharp Previously Bishop of East Tennessee.
July 7, 2001 present J. Neil Alexander
April 2008 present Keith B. Whitmore, assistant bishop

Parishes and missions

Map of Diocesan Parishes

The Diocese of Atlanta has 94 parishes and more than 55,000 parishioners.

  1. All Angels' Church, Eatonton
  2. All Saints' Church, Atlanta
  3. All Saints' Church, Warner Robins
  4. Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta
  5. Christ Church, Macon
  6. Christ Church, Norcross
  7. Christ Church, Kennesaw
  8. Christ the King, Lilburn
  9. Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta
  10. Church of the Advent, Madison
  11. Church of the Annunciation, Marietta
  12. Church of the Ascension, Cartersville
  13. Church of the Atonement, Sandy Springs
  14. Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta
  15. Church of the Good Shepherd, Austell
  16. Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington
  17. Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur
  18. Church of the Holy Family, Jasper
  19. Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming
  20. Church of the Incarnation, Atlanta
  21. Church of the Mediator, Washington
  22. Church of the Nativity, Fayetteville
  23. Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro
  24. Church of the Resurrection, Sautee-Nacoochee
  25. Church of the Transfiguration, Rome
  26. Emmanuel Church, Athens
  27. Grace Church, Gainesville
  28. Grace-Calvary Church, Clarkesville
  29. Holy Innocents' Church, Atlanta
  30. Holy Trinity Church, Decatur
  31. Iglesia de Santa Maria, East Point
  32. St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Morrow
  33. St. Stephen's Church, Milledgeville
  34. St. Aidan's Church, Alpharetta
  35. St. Alban's Church, Monroe
  36. St. Alban's Church, Elberton
  37. St. Andrew's Church, Hartwell
  38. St. Andrew's Church, Fort Valley
  39. St. Andrew's in the Pines, Peachtree City
  40. St. Anne's Church, Atlanta
  41. St. Anthony's Church, Winder
  42. St. Barnabas' Church, Trion
  43. St. Bartholomew's Church, Atlanta
  44. St. Bede's Church, Atlanta
  45. St. Benedict's Church, Smyrna
  46. St. Catherine's Church, Marietta
  47. St. Christopher's Church, Perry
  48. St. Clare's Church, Blairsville
  49. St. Clement's Church, Canton
  50. St. Columba's Church, Johns Creek
  51. St. David's Church, Roswell
  52. St. Dunstan's Church, Atlanta
  53. St. Edward's Church, Lawrenceville
  54. St. Elizabeth's Church, Dahlonega
  55. St. Francis' Church, Macon
  56. St. Gabriel's Church, Oakwood
  57. St. George's Church, Griffin
  58. St. Gregory the Great Church, Athens
  59. St. James' Church, Cedartown
  60. St. James' Church, Clayton
  61. St. James' Church, Macon
  62. St. James' Church, Marietta
  63. St. John's Church, West Point
  64. St. John's Church, College Park
  65. St. Joseph's Church, McDonough
  66. St. Jude's Church, Marietta
  67. St. Julian's Church, Douglasville
  68. St. Luke's Church, Fort Valley
  69. St. Luke's Church, Atlanta
  70. St. Margaret's Church, Carrollton
  71. St. Mark's Church, Dalton
  72. St. Mark's Church, LaGrange
  73. St. Martin in the Fields Church, Atlanta
  74. St. Mary & St. Martha of Bethany Church, Buford
  75. St. Mary Magdalene Church, Columbus
  76. St. Mary's Church, Montezuma
  77. St. Matthew's Church, Snellville
  78. St. Matthias' Church, Toccoa
  79. St. Michael & All Angels' Church, Stone Mountain
  80. St. Nicholas' Church, Hamilton
  81. St. Patrick's Church, Dunwoody
  82. St. Paul's Church, Atlanta
  83. St. Paul's Church, Macon
  84. St. Paul's Church, Newnan
  85. St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, Marietta
  86. St. Peter's Church, Rome
  87. St. Simon's Church, Conyers
  88. St. Teresa's Church, Acworth
  89. St. Thomas Church, Columbus
  90. St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Thomaston
  91. St. Timothy's Church, Decatur
  92. St. Timothy's Church, Calhoun
  93. Trinity Church, Columbus
  94. Zion Church, Talbotton


  • Children of Grace Preschool, Gainesville
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Day School, Athens
  • Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta
  • Redeemer Episcopal Academy, Eatonton
  • St. Anne's Day School, Atlanta
  • St. Benedict's Episcopal School, Smyrna
  • St. Laurence Education Center, Acworth
  • St. Mark's Kindergarten, LaGrange
  • St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta
  • St. Matthew's Preschool, Snellville

College chaplaincies

  1. Absalom Jones Episcopal Student Center and Chapel, Atlanta
  2. Emory Episcopal Center, Atlanta
  3. Episcopal Center at Georgia Tech & GSU, Atlanta
  4. UGA Episcopal Center, Athens


  • Appleton Family Ministries, Macon
  • Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta
  • Church of the Holy Comforter, Atlanta
  • Emmaus House, Atlanta
  • Mikell Camp and Conference Center, Toccoa
  • New Hope House, Griffin
  • Society of St. Anna the Prophet, Atlanta

See also

  • List of Succession of Bishops for the Episcopal Church, USA


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual. Harrisburg, PA, USA: Morehouse Publishing. 2006. pp. 134–135. 

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