Ellen Clark-King joins Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Posted Dec 15, 2016

[Grace Cathedral press release] Grace Cathedral welcomed this week the arrival of the Rev. Ellen Clark-King as its executive pastor, subsequent to announcing the appointment in September.

As executive pastor and canon for social justice, a newly created position at the cathedral, Ellen’s chapter-level position will oversee pastoral care, formation, social justice, music, liturgy and evangelism. She most recently served as cathedral vicar for Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada (2005 -2016).

Clark-King brings a wealth of knowledge, ministerial experience and leadership to Grace Cathedral.

She was one of the first women ordained as a priest in 1994 in the United Kingdom. She holds a Ph.D. in theology and spirituality from Lancaster University (U.K.) and a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, London. She is married to the Rev. Jeremy Clark-King, rector of St. Mary’s Kerrisdale in Vancouver.

“Ellen’s career of service to the wider church has been underpinned by her deep commitment to helping people discover their true identify as beloved children of God,” said the Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, the cathedral’s dean. “We’re excited to have this capable and accomplished professional as a member of our pastoral leadership team.”

She will preach her first sermon at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the 11 a.m. choral Eucharist service.