The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee is the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. He was elected in 2007 and consecrated on February 2, 2008.
Bishop Lee leads 34,000 Episcopalians in 127 congregations across northern and west central Illinois. A charismatic preacher, liturgist and spiritual leader, he is committed to helping the congregations of the diocese grow the church, form the faithful, and change the world.
During his tenure as bishop, Bishop Lee has led a cultural shift that has focused the diocese’s resources on fostering cultural vitality; overseen the reunification of the dioceses of Quincy and Chicago; helped diocesan leaders begin to address the legacy of slavery; overseen significant growth and capacity building in Latino congregations; led a capital campaign that raised more than $8 million to undertake significant and essential renovations to the diocesan center; and in partnership with The Living Compass Initiative secured a $10 million gift to establish the Nicholas Center for Leadership and Wellness at the diocesan center.
Bishop Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Nashotah House Seminary and served as a curate, canon to the ordinary and church developer in the Diocese of Northern Indiana and as rector of churches in Wisconsin and Washington before being elected bishop. He was a deputy to the 2000 and 2006 General Conventions, and in 2008 became an associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
He and his wife, Lisa Rogers Lee, have two children, Katherine and Jonathan.