Patrick W. Bell was elected the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon on December 12, 2015 on the first ballot and was consecrated on April 16, 2016 in Bend, Oregon. Upon consecration Bell became the 1,092nd Bishop consecrated for the Episcopal Church. His primary residence will be in Coeur d'Alene, and he will commute to Oregon to work as the Bishop on a parttime basis. Bell was born and raised in the northern Palouse region of Washington. Raised as an Episcopalian, Bell became a Pentecostal minister and professor before returning to the Episcopal Church. After completing additional seminary studies he was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 by Bishop Rustin Kimsey and began work at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Ontario, Oregon. In 2002 Bell was named the rector of St. Luke's in Coeur d'Alene. Bell is married to TinaMarie Bell, and has five children and eight grandchildren.