The top official in the U.S. Episcopal Church is visiting the Yakima Valley on Saturday.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will tour ecumenical mission projects on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

She and the Rev. James Waggoner Jr., Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, which includes Yakima, will tour Noah’s Ark homeless shelter and the Campbell Farm, both nondenominational mission projects in Wapato.

They will also visit White Swan to meet with personnel at the Yakama Christian Mission and Wilbur Memorial United Methodist Church. Both entities collaborated last year to bring aid, partially funded by Episcopal Relief and Development, to victims of the White Swan fire.

Jefferts Schori is particularly interested in cooperative religious projects helping people in the Lower Valley, explained the Rev. David Hacker, from Christ Episcopal Church in Zillah.

“She wants to see the various ecumenical efforts and how they share and support each other,” he said.

The two bishops will also join other community and congregational leaders for lunch at the Toppenish United Methodist Church, an ecumenical partner with Christ Episcopal Church.

Jefferts Schori is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, which means she is chief pastor to 2.4 million Episcopalians in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. She was elected in June 2006.

For more information, call Hacker, 509-961-4692.