The Rt. Rev. Daniel J. Sparks serves as bishop of the Missionary Diocese of the South and Ozarks.
Originally from Alabama, Daniel earned a B.A. from The University of Alabama (1999) and M.Div. from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (2005).
He ministered in Alabama for several years before serving as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, he pastored in Texas, where he also was a high school teacher and interim headmaster of a Christian school for a short time. He later pastored in Indiana. He now works as a hospital chaplain, supporting U.S. military veterans.
Daniel was ordained deacon in 2002 and presbyter in 2003. He was consecrated bishop for the Missionary Diocese of the South and Ozarks on March 26, 2022 at Saints Andrew and Matthias Anglican Church in Hastings, Michigan.
The primary role of the bishop is to preach and teach, ensuring faithful transmission of the doctrines of the church. His responsibilities also include the formation and continuing development of clergy, ordinations, and the confirmation of church members.
Daniel is especially interested in strengthening biblical preaching in the diocese. He also is dedicated to building fellowship with like-minded evangelical Christians, regardless of denominational background, and to the mutual support of believers in local congregations and the wider church. He occasionally preaches in other Reformed congregations.