Cathedral Staff

Cathedral Vicar

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope was called as vicar of Washington National Cathedral in late September 2010 following a national search. In this senior position, Canon Cope serves as the leader of the Cathedral worshiping community and represents Dean Hall in his absence. In addition to leading the continued development and growth of the Cathedral Congregation, which now has more than 1,350 members, Canon Cope oversees comprehensive programs in community life, Christian formation, outreach, pastoral care, stewardship, hospitality, and congregational worship. She also is an active participant in Cathedral activities beyond her leadership and pastoral duties with respect to the Cathedral Congregation and larger Cathedral community.

Formerly associate rector at St. David’s Church in Northwest D.C., Canon Cope also served as a key lay leader at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, prior to ordained ministry, holding the positions of senior warden, junior warden, and chair of the search committee for a new rector. Professionally, her strong executive and interpersonal skills have been developed in key positions including her service as deputy director of presidential personnel in the White House. Following that tenure, she was president of a nationally recognized executive search firm, the J. Naylor Cope Company.

Canon Cope graduated summa cum laude from Wesley Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral work included a concentrated study of young adult ministry culminating in her thesis, A Budding Young Adult Ministry: Tending God’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral. She represents the Diocese of Washington as a member of the diocesan Resolutions Committee and as an elected clerical deputy to the Episcopal Church General Convention, 2012 and 2015. Canon Cope will give the keynote address at the 48th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women at the 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Her Anglican Communion involvement includes serving as First Vice President of the Compass Rose Society Board, an international outreach organization, which seeks to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion. With her husband, John, she has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Greece and has participated in mission trips to Honduras, the Holy Land, Cyprus, and Malawi. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Theological Consortium, the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, and the Mayor’s Interfaith Council. Canon Cope currently serves on the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary, and she is a contributing meditation writer for The Bible Challenge, a Forward Movement publication.

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