Grace Cathedral Welcomes Gregory Kimura as Vice Dean

Grace Cathedral
Posted May 23, 2022

The Rev. Gregory Kimura, Ph.D, Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is pleased to announce the appointment of The Reverend Gregory Kimura, Ph.D. as Vice Dean effective May 1, 2022. The Vice Dean plays an integral role at the cathedral, overseeing congregational life, providing leadership in emerging social justice initiatives, managing relationships with community partners and Episcopal affiliations and is a member of the Cathedral Chapter.

Greg is a fourth-generation Alaskan with a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Greg has led various churches and college chaplaincies. He is an international expert on philosophical pragmatism and he is married to Joy Atrops-Kimura with two children.

“Greg Kimura is one of the brightest lights in the church. He is a brilliant theologian and a passionate pastor. Grace Cathedral is deeply blessed to have him serve here,” said The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD, Dean of Grace Cathedral.

Most recently Greg has been serving as the Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ojai, California. Before that, he was President and C.E.O. of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Greg also served as the President and C.E.O. of the Alaska Humanities Forum. He has taught at Alaska Pacific University and at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

“I’m delighted to join the Grace Cathedral team. I look forward to doing ministry in such a vibrant city and historic center for worship and social action,” said The Reverend Gregory Kimura, Ph.D.

The cathedral ​​officially welcomed Kimura at 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist on Sunday, May 1; his first Sunday preaching at Grace Cathedral will be on May 22.

About Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal church in the heart of San Francisco and the 3rd largest Episcopal cathedral in the United States. Grace Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people serving the community and its congregation with courage, joy and wonder through prayer, the arts and connection in its many forms. The cathedral is famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world who come to see its striking architecture, stunning stained glass, two labyrinths, Interfaith AIDS Chapel, listen to the Aeolian-Skinner organ and the different choirs of the cathedral, and to participate in its beautiful traditional and contemporary expressions of spirituality and prayer. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit