The Right Reverend Dr. John E. Upham, Jr.
The Right Reverend Dr. John E. Upham, Jr., was installed as Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Atlantic States of the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK) in services at All Saints Anglican Church in Bolingbrook, IL, by The Most Rev. Frederick G. Morrison, Archbishop of the APCK and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Southwestern States. Bishop Upham was previously consecrated Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Atlantic States at Saint Peter's Pro-Cathedral in Oakland on August 15, 2012. In addition to his duties as Bishop Ordinary, Bishop Upham also serves as Rector of St. George’s, Raleigh, NC, and as Priest-in-Charge at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Lady Lake, Florida.
Bishop Upham grew up in Raleigh, was baptized at Hayes-Barton United Methodist Church, and was confirmed at St. Mark’s Anglican Church by the late James Pollard Clark, Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern States, APCK. Bishop Upham holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Performance (Voice and Organ) and a Master of Education (Counseling) from Campbell University, an M.Div. and a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary and a Doctor of Canon Law degree from St. Andrew’s.
Bishop Upham served in music and music education positions in churches and religious schools from 1979 to 1990, when he entered Duke University Divinity School to study for the ordained ministry. Bishop Upham was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Clark on August, 21st, 1999. Bp. Upham served St. Mark’s Anglican Church as Rector and held the post of Academic Counselor and Director of Choral Music at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. In December, 2001, he was called to be Rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in Raleigh. As St. George’s grew, Fr. Upham retired from teaching in 2004 and has devoted his life to full-time ministry.
Bishop Upham is married to the former Elizabeth (Madge) Buchanan. They have four children and four grand-children.