Bishop Sean Rowe

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The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe was ordained bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania in 2007 and became Bishop Provisional of Western New York in 2019. He previously served as Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Bethlehem from 2014 until 2018.  




Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Bishop Sean graduated from Grove City College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master in Divinity degree. Bishop Sean is known for his research and work on organizational learning and adaptive performance in the context of the church, and he earned a Ph.D. in organizational learning and leadership at Gannon University in Erie, PA. 




Bishop Sean serves as parliamentarian for the House of Bishops and chair of the Episcopal Church Building Fund.  He is a member of the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, and Constitution and Canons, as well as the Council of Advice to the President of the House of Deputies. 




He is married to Carly Rowe, a Christian educator, and they have a six year old daughter, Lauren.




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