On November 10, 2007 the 170th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago elected the Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, Washington as the 12th Bishop of Chicago. Bishop Lee was ordained and consecrated as the 12th Bishop of Chicago on Saturday, February 2, 2008 and seated as diocesan bishop in St. James Cathedral on Sunday February 3, 2008.
Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Nashotah House Seminary, and was ordained priest in the Diocese of Northern Indiana in 1985. After serving there as curate and then canon to the ordinary he served as a church planter in the Diocese of Indianapolis. Lee was called as rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in River Hills, Wisconsin in 1994. Six years later he accepted the call to Medina, Washington.
Lee is the author of Opening the Prayer Book in the New Church's Teaching Series; a former member of the faculty of CREDO Institute and a contributing author to the volume, All Shall Be Well; and has served on the boards of the North American Association for the Diaconate, the Council of Associated Parishes, and Affirming Catholicism. He served as deputy to the 2000 and 2006 General Conventions of The Episcopal Church. He is an associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.