The Right Rev. Lucinda Beth Ashby was ordained and consecrated on January 11, 2020, at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga, California. She is the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, and the second woman bishop to succeed a woman bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church.
Ashby had previously served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Idaho, a position she held since 2011. She was ordained in 2004 in the Diocese of Northern California, where she served as assistant rector at St. Martin’s in Davis and then rector at St. Matthew’s in Sacramento. In addition, she taught at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Before ordination Ashby taught Spanish and music in grades 7-12 and was Head of School for a private school in Sacramento. She also founded and built a school for Native Americans in Capay Valley, Calif. While in seminary, she served as Chaplain at St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael, Calif.
Raised in Peru and northern New Mexico, Ashby speaks fluent Spanish. She and her husband Bob share two dogs, Charli and Sammi, as well as three grown children who reside in California with their spouses.
The consecration service can be viewed at the diocesan YouTube page; photos and videos can be seen at El Camino Real’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Ashby succeeds the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, who served as diocesan bishop for 12 years.
Read about Bishop Lucinda’s Consecration in January 2020.