[Washington National Cathedral] The Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, a priest with 25 years of experience of accomplished and creative leadership, has been named the 11th dean of Washington National Cathedral.
For the past 16 years, Hollerith has served as rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he has doubled the parish budget, facilitated the growth of the largest mission program in the Diocese of Virginia, and dramatically expanded both the size and participation in St. James’s outreach ministries.
Hollerith will now lead the cathedral in its mission to be a spiritual home for the nation and a house of prayer for all people.
“Randy has the spiritual depth, heart for ministry, and skills required to lead Washington National Cathedral into the future,” said Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and interim dean of the Cathedral. “He is a strong collaborator and team builder, with a passion for the Gospel of Jesus. I look forward to working with him.”
Hollerith, who grew up in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, often visited the cathedral as a boy during its construction and his family has longstanding ties to the institution. His great grandmother was present in 1907 when the foundation stone was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt, and also in 1932 for the first worship service in the fully completed Great Choir.
“The cathedral is not only a place of immense beauty and grandeur, but it plays an important role in proclaiming the reconciling love of Christ within this city and around our country,” Hollerith said.
“This cathedral is a holy place that calls our city, our country and all people of faith to work for justice, peace and compassion. I am honored to be called to serve as the dean of the Cathedral, and thrilled to be part of this beloved national institution.”
Prior to his service at St. James’s, Hollerith served as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, Geogia, and as assistant rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.
“Randy brings with him a depth of experience and intention of uniting the Episcopal community and welcoming people of all faiths and beliefs,” said David J. Kautter, chair of the Cathedral Chapter. “He will be a strong steward for a national institution entrusted to our care.”
Hollerith graduated from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, Denison University and received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. His wife, Melissa, is also an Episcopal priest and is a chaplain at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. Together, the Holleriths bring a commitment to Episcopal schools that will increase collaboration between the cathedral and the three schools on the cathedral Close.
Hollerith will oversee an institution that functions as a national church dedicated to serving the country and its many faith traditions; a national treasure, dedicated to serving visitors and pilgrims; the cathedral of the Diocese of Washington, dedicated to serving the diocese, the three schools on the Cathedral Close, and its worshiping community; and a convener, dedicated to create programming to bring people together in conversation and partnership.
Hollerith will be formally installed as dean later this year after he arrives in Washington this summer.