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The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe is a bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. He is the ninth and current bishop of the Diocese of Iowa since 2003.
Bishop Scarfe was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He earned a Master of Arts degree in theology from Oxford University, England in 1972. He completed post-graduate studies at the Romanian Orthodox Institute in Bucharest, Romania in 1975.
In 1986 he received a master’s degree in sacred theology from the General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in February 1986 and a priest in December of the same year. After ordination he served St. Columba’s Church in Camarillo, California. He was serving as the rector of St. Barnabas Church in Los Angeles when he was elected bishop. He also served on various boards and committees for the Diocese of Los Angeles while he was involved in parochial ministry.
Bishop Scarfe is the 983rd Episcopal bishop consecrated in the United States. From 2006 to 2009 Bishop Scarfe served on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for the Episcopal Church.