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Bishop Wesley Frensdorff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wesley Frensdorff
Bishop of Nevada,
1972 - 1985

 

 

Bishop Frensdorff (July 22, 1926 - May 17, 1988) was Nevada's Bishop for 16 years and advocate of "Total Ministry." He was born in Hanover, Germany. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1948 and his S.T.B. from the General Theological Seminary in 1951. He was ordained deacon on Mar. 31, 1951, and priest on Nov. 3, 1951. He had an extensive ministry in Nevada, including a time as Vicar of St. Paul's Church, Elko, and Washington State.  He was dean of St. Marks' Cathedral, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1962-1971 and was consecrated Bishop of Nevada on Mar. 4, 1972.

"Bishop Wes" (as he was known) served until his resignation on Sept. 30, 1985. He then became an Interim Bishop of the Navajoland Area Mission from Jan. 2, 1983 and Assistant Bishop of Arizona from Sept. 1, 1985, until his untimely death in a small plane accident.

He is best known for his emphasis on local ministry following the model offered by Roland Allen, and further developed by William Gordon of Alaska. The phrase "total ministry" is associated with his vision of all church people, lay and ordained, involved as "ministers" of the church. He saw "total ministry" as an effective way to serve in largely rural and sparsely populated regions of the country, such as Nevada.

 

Here, Bishop Frensdorff is seen
with his wife, Dee, and Jim McGrew,
his Executive Assistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Loving the outdoors, Bishop Wes here enjoys a relaxing moment with Jim McGrew and Jim's wife, Pat.

 

 

The Rev. Wesley Frensdorff,
Vicar of Saint Paul's, Elko. 

Photo compliments of
Bob Burmeister
(Circa 1961)