Bishop Skip Adams

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, III was the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. He was consecrated in October, 2001 and resigned in October, 2016.

Bishop Adams’ vision for Central New York was that Episcopalians here would become an ever-more deeply faithful people, and that all of us would be involved in realizing a 21st-century vision for the Church, seeking new ways to connect people to God and to each other.

Bishop Adams is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Towson University in 1976. In 1980 he earned his Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained. He went on to serve in churches in New York, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maryland.

Adams enjoys fly-fishing and fly-tying, reading, playing the guitar, music of all kinds, camping and canoeing. He is interested in the Church and people in El Salvador (our Companion Diocese), and environmental and social issues. He is married to Bonnie Adams, a registered nurse, and they have three adult children: Peter, Stephen, and Emily, and one grandchild, Grayson.

On March 24, 2015, Bishop Adams announced his intention to resign from the position of Bishop Diocesan as of October 31, 2016. He was subsequently called to serve as Provisional Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a position he took up on September 10, 2016.

Bishop Skip Adams Fly-Fishing
Dick Blume/ The Syracuse Post-Standard

Find Out More

Read Bishop Skip’s pastoral letters and sermons on our blog.

Watch “To Everything A Season,” a series of videos in which Bishop Skip reflects on his time as our bishop. The series was created from a live interview recorded at our 147th Diocesan Convention.

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