The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. KoniecznyBishop of the Episcopal Diocese of OklahomaBoard Ex-OfficioCommittees: Admissions/Marketing, Audit, Development, Executive, Finance, Governance, Plant
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny was elected the fifth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma on May 5, 2007 and consecrated on Sept. 15, 2007. Bishop Ed, as he is known, was born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, and was raised in the shadows of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Following his high school graduation, Bishop Ed attended college part-time while beginning a career in law enforcement. From 1975 until 1992, he served as a police officer with the Garden Grove and Anaheim Police Departments where his assignments varied from Uniformed Patrol to Child Abuse/Sexual Assault to Vice. Bishop Ed received numerous commendations and was cited twice for Meritorious Service. In addition to his regular Law Enforcement duties, Bishop Ed also served on various community boards, as the Police Union Vice President responsible for Labor Relations, as an instructor for the California Districts Attorneys Association (cited twice as Outstanding Instructor of the Year), and on a U.S. Congressional District Advisory Board on Law Enforcement. During this same time, Bishop Ed completed an Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. Bishop Ed was ordained a Deacon and Priest in 1994 following completion of his Master of Divinity Degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Since that time Bishop Ed has served churches in Texas and Colorado. In 2001, Bishop Ed completed a Doctor of Ministry in Church Growth and Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. In addition to his work in the church, Bishop Ed has served on numerous boards and committees including: Hillcrest Hospital Samaritan Board, Providence Hospital Hospice Board, Boy Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce, Baylor University School of Social Services, President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Colorado, and the Lyon’s Club. Bishop Ed has also served as a consultant to corporations and municipalities. Bishop Ed has received two Doctor of Divinity Degrees, honoris causa, for his for his work as a bishop from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Bishop Ed is also a licensed General Aviation Pilot and avid golfer. He is married to Debbie, has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.