Chilton Knudsen was elected Bishop of Maine in 1997, and served in the Diocese of Maine until 2008. During her tenure, she led the diocese through many significant mission milestones including: the development of a formation program for deacons, the growth of a partnership with the Diocese of Haiti, and the launch of a $3m Capital Campaign that exceeded its goal. Under her leadership, young vocations to ordained ministry grew and Maine’s 18 summer chapels were drawn into diocesan life to a greater extent.
Following her service as Bishop Diocesan of Maine, Bishop Chilton served as a missionary in Haiti, a faculty member in Women’s Leadership Development for Sarum College in Salisbury England, and Assistant Bishop in several dioceses (San Diego, Lexington KY, New York, Long Island, Maryland). She currently serves as Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Washington.
Bishop Chilton has a church-wide ministry of coaching and consulting. She is often called in when dioceses encounter challenges in their organizational life. She also coaches and consults with women — and some men — who are in episcopal search processes. She is the co-author of two books: So You Think You Don’t Know One: Addiction in Clergy and Congregations, Church Publishing/Morehouse 2010 and Depending on the Grace of God: A Christian Journey with the Twelve Steps, Forward Movement Publishing 2012.
Bishop Chilton has also authored numerous chapters, articles and educational documents. She makes her home in Catonsville, Maryland.