About Bishop Lane

About Bishop Stephen T. Lane

Bishop Steve and Gretchen Lane
Bishop Steve and Gretchen Lane at a House of Bishops meeting in Taiwan.

The oldest of five children, Bishop Stephen T. Lane was raised in LeRoy, NY, the upstate town where Jello was invented. Bishop Lane attended the First Presbyterian Church, where his parents both conducted choirs.

Bishop Lane attended the University of Rochester with the intention of becoming a doctor. He soon discovered that he did not enjoy the hard science required for pre-med. He also had his first real encounter with racism and poverty when he washed dishes and mopped floors with black men and immigrant women at the Men’s Dining Center. That experience led him to surrender his college deferment of the military draft. Since it was the height of the Vietnam War, he was immediately drafted. This led to a two years’ long struggle with his conscience, his faith and his Draft Board, that ultimately led to Conscientious Objector status and a lifelong commitment to peace with justice.

Although the Vietnam War was winding down, Bishop Lane needed a job acceptable to the Selective Service System. He found one in youth ministry with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. He worked in youth ministry for four years, and then attended seminary at Colgate-Rochester/Bexley/Crozer Seminaries.

Bishop Lane’s ordained ministry began at Christ Church, Corning, NY, where he served for seven years as Assistant and Priest-in-Charge. The next fifteen years were spent as Rector of Zion Church, Palmyra, NY. In 2000, he was called to serve as Canon for Deployment and Ministry Development in the Diocese of Rochester, where he served until he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of Maine. During these years, Bishop Lane also served as president of Province II, and a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Lane and his wife, Gretchen, reside in Portland. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Bishop Lane and be reached at slane@episcopalmaine.org

or by calling the Diocesan Office at 1-800-244-6062

6 thoughts on “About Bishop Lane”

  1. Hi Bishop Lane,
    I have not met you yet but I understand you will be coming to St. Peters in Bridgton to visit our vestry members. I am one of those people. It was nice to read your bio and find out more about you. Have a nice day. 🙂 Deb Ripley

  2. I was very interested to read your bio. Was it during your time with the youth work in Rochester that Merrill Bittner’s struggle for justice in the diocese and church as a whole was taking place? I very much related to your struggles of conscience during the Vietnam war. One of my sons went through the same process. What broad experince your service in the church has given you. We are very fortunate to have you as our bishop in Maine. Prayers and blessings,
    Alison

  3. I was very interested to read your bio. Was it during your time with the youth work in Rochester that Merrill Bittner’s struggle for justice in the diocese and church as a whole was taking place? I very much related to your struggles of conscience during the Vietnam war. One of my sons went through the same process. What broad experince your service in the church has given you. We are very fortunate to have you as our bishop in Maine. Prayers and blessings, Alison

  4. Hi, Steve!
    Next weekend, my son Kristian will have the honor of presenting Lael Sorensen for her Ordination to the Priesthood at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. As we’ve been talking about all that this means, we’ve talked about how I was among those who presented you to the Bishop some 30 years ago at Christ Church in Corning. It occurs to me that I probably didn’t appreciate the opportunity for all that it meant then – so I wanted to take a moment now to thank you. Those few moments during that service so many years ago have made me feel connected to the Church in a way I never expected. I can only hope that Lael’s ordination does the same for Kris.
    Much love to you and Gretchen-
    Beth

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