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Rev. Marc Andrus

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Rev. Marc Andrus

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The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He was installed as bishop in 2006 — a position of oversight for a diocese comprised of 24,000 communicants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, and the cities of Los Altos and part of Palo Alto. Prior to his election as Bishop of California, Marc served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Marc received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1979 and a Masters in Social Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, in 1982. After receiving his master’s degree, Andrus went to work as a regional planner for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission on Virginia’s Delmarva Peninsula. In 1987, he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1990, he became Chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, until 1997 when he became Rector of Emmanuel Church in Middleburg, Virginia. Marc’s leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, civil rights for LBGTQ+ persons, health care, and climate change. Early in his tenure at the diocese, he co-chaired a community coalition that paved the way for the rebuilding of St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco. More recently, his climate advocacy work has taken him to the UN Climate Conferences in Paris (COP21), Marrakesh (COP22), Bonn (COP23), and Katowice, Poland (COP24), as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock, North Dakota. He is a member of the We Are Still In Leaders’ Circle, a diverse group of ambassadors for American climate action. Photo by Emma Marie Chiang.

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