About the Bishop
Bishop Hayashi was ordained a priest in 1984. He has served as a parish priest from 1984-2005, serving in congregations in Washington, Utah, and California. In 2005 he became the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Chicago.
Bishop Hayashi was the youngest of 3 children from an un-churched family from Tacoma, Washington and he is the only active Christian from this nuclear family. His desire to know and to understand spirituality in general led him to a longing to know Christ when he was 15-years old.
Hayashi attended Harvard Divinity School where he met his wife, Amy, who was then a student at Episcopal Divinity School. They have been married for 34 years and have three daughters. His undergraduate work was at the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Social Work degree. He also obtained a Certificate of Theology from CDSP in 1984.
He served as a Conference Leader for CREDO from 1999 – 2010 and has worked with nearly 600 clergy of The Episcopal Church in the area of wellness and development. He has served in rural, urban and suburban parishes, thus drawing on a variety of experience in a broad spectrum of the Episcopal Church.
In addition to his duties as the bishop of the Diocese of Utah, Hayashi serves as the national chaplain for The Daughters of the King.
Bishop Hayashi has fought for the dignity of all humans in our immigration laws, health care for all, rights for all who are made in God’s image, and respect for those of other faith traditions.