The Rt. Rev. Poulson Reed
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Committees: Admission/Marketing, Executive, Governance
The Rt. Rev. Poulson Reed was elected the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma in December 2019. He was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor in May 2020 and was seated as the Bishop Diocesan in August 2020, succeeding The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny.
As Bishop of Oklahoma, Bishop Poulson oversees a diocese that includes 68 congregations, five Episcopal Schools, two college chaplaincies, two senior care centers, and a camp and conference center. A lifelong Episcopalian, Bishop Poulson graduated from Saint Christopher’s, an Episcopal school for boys in Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a double major in English and Religion. His academic studies continued with an M.F.A. in 1994 from the University of Utah in Creative Writing and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Before ordination, Bishop Poulson worked as an English teacher in Connecticut, and was active in his local Episcopal church. During his ordination process, he served a year as a full time hospital chaplain resident at Saint Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut; an academic year as a chaplain intern at Brent House, which is the Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Chicago; and ministry intern at Grace Church, Oak Park in Chicago. Ordained a deacon in June of 2002 at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, Bishop Poulson served at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, where he was ordained a priest and served as Curate, Canon, and eventually Sub-Dean. Most recently, Bishop Poulson served as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, where, he was the spiritual leader of both a large church and a day school of over 500 students in pre-K through eighth grade. As a 2015 recipient of a Piper Fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Bishop Poulson received a grant for leadership development that included continuing education at Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy, and Saint George’s College in Jerusalem. He has certificates in both nonprofit leadership and management from the Lodestar Center at Arizona State University.