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Nick Knisely called to be dean of Phoenix Cathedral

The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith, The Episcopal Bishop of Arizona, has announced that the Chapter of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix has called The Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely to serve as the 14th Dean of that Cathedral. Knisely, presently the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvnia has accepted the call and will begin his ministry on September 15th.

 

Dean-elect Knisely was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1991 and over the past fifteen years has served congregations in Delaware and Pennsyvania. Knisely holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Franklin and Marshall College  and The University of Delaware, and degrees in Theology from Yale and Berkeley College Divinity Schools.

Knisely has been active in a variety of ministries during his career, with an emphasis on outreach and mission work as well as particular focus of late on communications technology and its effect on parish ministry. He has served as founding president of a local Habitat for Humanity Chapter in western Pennsylvania, and was part of a nationally recognized cluster of outreach ministries in Bethlehem. Knisely has recently traveled to Swaziland on behalf of his parish and diocese in Pennsylvania and has worked with the church and business communities to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Africa.

Knisely chairs the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Communications and has served on various national and international bodies in that field. He is active in Diocesan and National bodies having served as Diocesan Council President/Vice President in two dioceses and was elected to represent the Diocese of Bethlehem to the two most recent General Conventions of the Episcopal Church.

In recent years, Knisely has been teaching Physics and Astronomy at Lehigh University in Bethlehem in addition to his work in the parish and diocese.

Dean-elect Knisely, who is 46 years old has been married for 24 years and he and his wife Karen have a daughter Kenney age 13.

Knisely has said of his election as Dean, “It is an amazing honor to have received. The people of Trinity Cathedral have done extraordinary ministry over the history of the Cathedral, and it will be an exciting challenge to work with them as they continue their ministry into the twenty-first century”. Knisely’s installation as Dean is scheduled for November 12th.

Trinity Cathedral, a part of downtown Phoenix since the late 19th century, is found at 100 W. Roosevelt Street. There is more information about the Cathedral at their website, http:// www.trinitycathedral.com and about the Diocese of Arizona at its website, http://www.azdiocese.org  

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