The Most Rev. Ray R. Sutton - Presiding Bishop
The Most Rev. Ray R. Sutton serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) and the Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid America. He is also the Dean of the Province and Ecumenical Affairs of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), of which the Reformed Episcopal Church is a founding member and special jurisdiction. Bishop Sutton often lectures at ACNA and Reformed Episcopal Seminaries, and is a popular retreat speaker.
A native of Kentucky and a Dallas resident since he was 13, Bishop Sutton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1976 to 1991, he served as a parish minister. Following this, he pursued doctoral studies in an associated research program at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford with Coventry University, from which he received his Ph.D.
He became the Dean and Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, and continues as an adjunct professor today. Later, Bishop Sutton functioned as Dean and Professor of Theology at Cranmer Theological House, where he continues to teach. He has also authored four books on theology, his most recent being Signed, Sealed and Delivered: A Study of Holy Baptism.
Bishop Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas, a fellow graduate of Southern Methodist University. The Suttons have seven children and four grandchildren. The Suttons live in Dallas where Bishop Sutton’s residential offices are at the Pro Cathedral of the Church of the Holy Communion.
The Rev. Paul D. Cook - Rector
Rev. Cook was ordained pastor of Covenant Church in January of 2001. A native of central Michigan, he began his undergraduate studies at Grand Rapids Baptist College, (now Cornerstone University), and completed his B.A. at Colorado Christian University. He received his seminary training at the Reformed Baptist School of Theology in Grand Rapids. His sermons are clear, doctrinal, and full of practical application.
Pastor and Mrs. Cook have been married for 40 years, and are the happy parents of nine children and seven grandchildren.
In 2019, Rev. Cook was received as a Presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church.
Covenant Church's Parish Council
Rev. Paul Cook, Rector
Tim Gehrke, Senior Warden
James Sullivan, Junior Warden
Covenant Church's Vestry