Bishop Paul E. Lambert


Paul E. Lambert was elected the 7th Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Dallas on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at The Cathedral of St. Matthew’s, Dallas, Texas.  For the previous six years he had served as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas under Bishop James M Stanton. For fifteen years prior to his becoming Canon to the Ordinary he served as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Texarkana, Texas.

Bishop Lambert was born in Reno, Nevada on May 19, 1950 and spent the first ten years of his life in Reno and Fallon, Nevada. For two years his family lived in Lake Tahoe, California area before moving to Oxnard, CA where he graduated from high school in 1968. He then attended Ventura Community College for one year before transferring to The College of Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Upon completing his studies he transferred to The California State University, San Francisco where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in 1972.

Bishop Lambert then attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in May of 1975. Two days later he married Sally Lynne Nicholls before moving to his first Cure at St. Paul’s, Modesto, California and St. Matthias, Oakdale, California. Their twin daughters, Claire Marie and Rebecca Anne were born in 1976. The family then moved to Taft, California where Canon Lambert served as Vicar of St. Andrews. Two years later Canon Lambert was called as a Curate at the Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, Texas.

In 1978, Bishop Lambert was called as Rector of St. John’s, Great Bend, Kansas and later yoked St. Mark’s, Lyons, Kansas. After three years he was called as an Assistant for Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Plano, Texas. It was from there he was called as Rector of St. James, Texarkana, Texas in 1987 serving there until 2002 when Bishop Stanton called him as his Canon to the Ordinary where he has served until his recent election.

Bishop Lambert has served the Diocese of Dallas as a member of the Standing Committee for two terms including as President; Member of the Executive Council; President of the Ecclesiastical Authority; Member of Committee for the Nomination of a Bishop; Strategic Planning Committee; Cursillo Spiritual Director; and other activities in the life of the diocese. In addition to these he has served as a Deputy to General Convention on 5 occasions beginning in 1994 three times as Chair of the Deputation, the Interim Committee on the State of the Church for the House of Deputies on two occasions and as a member of the Committee on Social and Urban Affairs for the House of Deputies.

Paul and Sally have three children: Claire and Rebecca, 31 years of age, and Megan Elizabeth who graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in May. They have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls.


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A Prayer for the Diocese

O Lord, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.