Ray R. Sutton

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Ray R. Sutton is Bishop Coadjutor in the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church in the Anglican Church in North America. He is also Rector of the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas, president and professor of Scripture and Theology at Cranmer Theological House in Houston, Texas and headmaster of Holy Communion Christian Academy (formerly Bent Tree Episcopal School).[1] Sutton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to Dallas at age thirteen.

He is currently head of the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Anglican Church of North America.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas. They have seven children, Stephen, Seth, Sarah, Sam, Esther, Evelyn, and Austin, as well as three grandchildren, Gabriel, Daniel, and Hunter. All four of his sons achieved Eagle Scout.



Church of the Holy Communion in North Dallas, Texas. Seat of Bishop Ray Sutton.

Bishop Sutton served in parish ministry from 1976 until 1991. He was a co-pastor with James B. Jordan of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas, which was a prominent church in the Christian Reconstructionist movement. Other members included Gary North and David Chilton. The Church belonged to the Westminster Presbyterian Church of the Association of Reformation Churches in America. North praised Sutton for uncovering that Meredith G. Kline's five-point covenant model applied to the whole Bible, and that it applies to three covenant institutions of family, state and church.[3][4][5]

Tyler, Texas also hosted the Institute for Christian Economics which published North, Gary DeMar and numerous others.

Sutton served as Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia from 1991 until 1995; and Dean and Professor of Theology at Cranmer Theological House in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1995 until 2001. Since the Synod of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of Mid American in February of 2013, The Rev. Dr. Sutton is once again the president of Cranmer Theological House based in the Houston area. Cranmer House also supports a satellite campus in Dallas at Sutton's parish, The Church of the Holy Communion (The DMA Pro Cathedral).

Sutton was ordained a Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1999, and arrived at the Church of the Holy Communion in 2001.


That You May Prosper : Dominion by Covenant, The Institute for Christian Economics, (1987).

Bishop Sutton has authored several theology works: