The Rev. Ketlen Solak elected Ninth Bishop of Pittsburgh

Rev. Ketlen Solak was elected during a special convention on June 26, 2021.

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has elected the Reverend Dr. Ketlen A. Solak as its next bishop. Bishop-elect Solak currently serves as rector of Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Wilmington, Delaware. She will be consecrated and installed as the ninth Bishop of Pittsburgh on November 13, 2021, succeeding Bishop Dorsey McConnell, who is retiring.

“I’m ready to be a Pittsburgher for Jesus!” Solak said to the diocese after being elected. “I am deeply moved. God has done this. With God’s help you have discerned and elected a new bishop, and I am humbled by the honor of the one being chosen. The future of your diocese, which is soon to become our diocese, is bright.”

“We are so grateful for the historic election of Ketlen Solak as the ninth Bishop of Pittsburgh. She is a dynamic and collaborative leader who will support us in our ministries of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, welcoming all of God’s people, and working for justice and peace in our world,” said the Rev. Noah Evans, president of the diocesan Standing Committee, the senior governing body that oversaw the election process.

Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Catholic University of America, where she also met her husband Scott, before going on to earn Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary.

A special thanks to Gerry Dalton for serving on the transition committee and to Father Chuck, Beth Hardie and Don Block for serving as clergy and lay deputies. We are grateful for your time and faith.

On Saturday, August 28 there will be a farewell party for Bishop McConnell and his wife Betsy. This will be held at Christ Church, North Hills, from 4pm – 7pm. All are invited. Bishop Dorsey will then retire on September 11.

The consecration of the new Bishop will take place at Calvary church on November 13. Our Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev Michael Curry will be the “officiate.”

Link to the Diocesan website for more details.

Amen and Thanks be to God!!!