V. Gene Robinson, Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire since 2003, served previously as Canon to the Ordinary (Assistant to the Bishop) for nearly 18 years. A graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, he holds a B.A. in American Studies/History and a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York. He has also served as Curate at Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Having co-owned and directed an ACA accredited horseback riding summer camp for girls in New Hampshire, Bishop Robinson was also Founding Director of Sign of the Dove Retreat Center, in Temple, New Hampshire, where he led retreat programs for vestries, diocesan committees, intergenerational groups, and all kinds of parish groups. From 1978 to 1985, he was Youth Ministries Coordinator for the seven dioceses of New England, serving two years on the National Youth Ministries Development Team, where he helped originate the national Episcopal Youth Event. From 1983 until his election as bishop, Gene also served as Executive Secretary of Province I, coordinating all cooperative programs between the seven dioceses of New England.
Clergy wellness has long been a focus of Gene's ministry, and in the nineties he developed the A Being Well in Christ@ conference model for The Cornerstone Project, and led clergy conferences in over 20 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He initiated A Fresh Start, a two-year mentoring program for all clergy in new positions in New Hampshire, and co-authored the Fresh Start curriculum, now in use in nearly half of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church. Much of his ministry has focused on helping congregations and clergy, especially in times of conflict, utilizing his skills in congregational dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation.
Co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults, Gene has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa (Uganda and South Africa), and has been an advocate for anti-racism training in the diocese and wider Church. He helped build the Diocese of New Hampshire's close working partnership with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, advocated for debt relief for the world's most impoverished nations, and lobbied for socially-responsible investment within and beyond the Church. He is a past member of the Board of the New Hampshire Endowment for Health, which works for access to health care for the uninsured. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund and a board member of the NH Children's Alliance. He holds two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards from national civil rights organizations.
Bishop Robinson's story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So. He enjoys entertaining and cooking, gardening, music and theatre. He is the father of two grown daughters and the proud grandfather of two granddaughters. He lives with his partner, Mark Andrew, who is employed by the State of New Hampshire's Department of Safety.