Bishop Jennifer A. Reddall is the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Arizona, and the first woman to serve in that position. A 2002 graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City, she was previously rector of Church of the Epiphany in New York City until her election in October 2018. She was ordained as bishop on March 9, 2019.
Bishop Reddall leads a diocese of 64 worshiping communities that strive to build churches where newcomers and longtime parishioners alike can deepen their faith, experience the love of God and their neighbor, and claim their identity as disciples and ministers of the Gospel.
Bishop Reddall arrived in the diocese committed to being an attentive pastor to her clergy, building connections and relationships between all regions of the diocese, cultivating a sense of joy and vitality in diocesan events and mission, and expanding evangelism in Hispanic communities, both in Spanish and in English. Since becoming bishop she has been especially active in enhancing the diocese’s work on antiracism and creation care and deepening its commitment to refugees and immigrants.
A collaborative leader, the bishop works to build consensus when making difficult decisions through broad consultation and shared prayer. She believes that one aspect of her work as bishop is modeling civil, loving discourse in a polarized world. “Arizona is truly a borderland–an intersection of so many different groups and ideas,” she has written. “Jesus calls us to always remember that we are to love our enemies, not destroy them.”
Bishop Reddall grew up in California, graduated from Yale University in 1997 with a degree in Theater Studies, and joined the Episcopal Urban Intern Program, now known as Episcopal Service Corps, in Los Angeles before entering the seminary. She has one child, Nathan.