Meet Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely

Bishop Nicholas KniselyBishop Knisely became our diocesan bishop in November 2012. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and met his wife Karen while they were both students at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. Later, as a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he decided to leave behind his studies of Physics and Astronomy and was sent to Yale/Berkeley Divinity School to study for the priesthood. He completed his Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the diaconate in Delaware in 1991, then to the priesthood in 1992. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, also from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Bishop Knisely previously served as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, and as Dean of the Cathedral in Phoenix Arizona. He has been active in a number of ministries with particular focus in the areas of homelessness, communications, college and youth, finance, and ecumenical relations. He taught Physics and Astronomy for nearly seven years at Lehigh University while he was serving in Bethlehem PA. He was the first chair of the General Convention Standing Commission on Communications and Technology and was part of the Moravian-Episcopal Dialog that drew up the full communion agreement between the two denominations. Karen and Nicholas Knisely have been married for 30 years and have an adult daughter named Kenney.

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Twitter: @wnknisely
Instagram: @wnknisely

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From the Bishop

  • Companions along the Way
    Some of you may have wondered about the letters that come after my signature. “SOSc” stands for the Society of Ordained Scientists. It’s a “dispersed” religious community, and I have taken my life vows as a member of tha …
  • Twitter and the collapse of coalitions.
    Walter Ong, a Jesuit who studied linguistics was fascinated by the difference between oral and literary cultures. Oral cultures value one sort of communication structure and literate ones another. (The difference is expl …
  • Living at Human Speed
    We’ve become slaves to the pace of the technology in our lives. My “epiphany” this first week of Epiphany was that I don’t have to let myself get caught up in the machine pace of daily life, especially when I’m on a brea …
  • 2020 foresight
    Daily reading of the Bible has changed who I am. I believe it can change you too.
  • Read this: Reformed Episcopalians and Anglo-Catholics Together in Witness I — Earth and Altar
    That "something else" has often endorsed a utopian political agenda that aspires to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth through human effort.
  • Merry Christmas!
    May God gift you with the awareness that Jesus is with us, with you, right now. May Jesus, walking beside you in this Christmas season, be a light that makes your burdens easy and your heart sing with joy. +Nicholas
  • Support for the Governor’s ban today on flavored e-Cigarettes
    I speak as a faith leader, and as a scientist. I want to publicly thank Governor Raimondo for her decision to ban flavored E-Vaping products in this state. Better to stop and evaluate than to risk people’s lives. There a …
  • Growing pains and the promise of a future for our church.
    I am writing this from the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis. We meet every spring and often in the fall. This particular meeting is characterized by the addition of many new bishops to our community. Most of the n …
  • How many more? Ultimately we can’t end evil with violence.
    I woke up this morning to news of the third mass shooting in less than a week. Dozens of our neighbors, fellow American citizens, have died because of gun violence in less than 7 days. This doesn’t feel random. Two (mayb …
  • Toy Universe implies Entanglement creates Time and Space
    I’ve been reading various papers and reports on something that is being called the “Holographic Universe.” It’s an idea that the three dimensional (four with time a la Einstein) universe in which we live is actually the …