Interim Rector, Bishop Peter James Lee
Bishop Lee was born in Mississippi and raised in Florida. After a stint in law school, as a newspaper reporter, and as a military intelligence officer, he began his ministry at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. After his diaconal year, he became an assistant to the late Reverend John C. Harper at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington, DC in 1968. In 1971, he was called to be Rector of Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he served until 1984, the year in which he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Virginia. In addition to serving as the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Virginia from 1985-2009, Bishop Lee has been chair of the Church Pension Fund board; trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; 17 years as chair of the board of trustees for Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria; and board member for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He also served on the advisory committee to the Anglican Observer at the United Nations and on the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (forerunner to Episcopal Relief and Development).
Following his service with the Diocese of Virginia, Bishop Lee served as Interim Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, of General Theological Seminary (during the same time in which Stuart Kenworthy was head of the alumni executive committee), and of the American Cathedral in Paris. In November, 2014, Bishop Lee currently concluded his service as Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of East Carolina.
Bishop Lee graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University, and studied law at Duke University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary graduating in 1967. He is married to Kristina Knapp Lee. They have two children and five grandchildren. Bishop and Mrs. Lee are living in the Rectory with their rescue dog, Lizzie.
Bishop Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.333.6677 ext. 222.