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Ascending a Pulpit of Greater Prominence

"If I had to pick out of everything Sam tried to teach, it was how to live the great commandments to 'love the Lord our God' and 'our neighbors as ourselves,' " she said.

The most dramatic change since Lloyd came to Trinity in 1993 has been the increased membership of families who have young children, said Albert G. Mulley Jr., Trinity's senior warden and a member since 1981.

The inner-city Trinity Church, here being renovated last year, has a mandate to serve its congregation and its diverse community. (Chitose Suzuki -- AP)

Samuel T. Lloyd III


Rector (1993 to present)

Trinity Church, Boston

University Chaplain

(1988 to 1993) University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.

Rector (1984 to 1988)

Church of St. Paul & the Redeemer, Chicago

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (1981 to 1984) University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Assistant to the Rector and Chaplain(1981 to 1984)

St. Paul's Memorial Church, Charlottesville

Personnel Officer

(1971 to 1974) U.S. Air Force, Cape Charles, Va., and Washington


• Master of Divinity, Virginia Theological Seminary, 1981

• PhD, English Literature, University of Virginia, 1981

• MA, English Literature, Georgetown University, 1975

• BA, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 1971

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Trinity has long been a strong congregation, with more than 1,000 people attending Sunday services. But the makeup of the membership has changed from mostly single or widowed adults older than 40, and now includes families coming from the city, the suburbs and as far away as Cape Cod and New Hampshire.

A decade ago, Trinity had "only a handful" of children in its church school, Mulley said. Today, "well over 200 kids" attend the church, which has "a very large and robust teen ministry," many of them disadvantaged children who joined as a result of Trinity's community outreach programs, he said.

Lloyd also guided the parish's $53 million capital campaign to dig out and renovate space beneath the church, which was designed by renowned architect H.H. Richardson and completed in 1877. The new educational and meeting facilities are scheduled to open in January.

A cathedral is so named because it houses a cathedra, or bishop's chair, and is the center of ecclesiastical authority. Traditionally, bishops held the position of cathedral dean, a term associated with teaching and learning. But the expansive nature of the modern church has made the dual roles impractical, said Chane, 60, who oversees a diocese with 92 congregations and 42,000 members in the District and Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties in Maryland.

The job of dean of Washington National Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, is monumental. Lloyd will oversee an annual operating budget of more than $16 million, a 200-person staff, more than 1,100 volunteers and all programming and worship at the cathedral -- including six daily services, seven Sunday services, and numerous concerts and special events throughout the year.

In addition, the dean is vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which governs the cathedral and four schools on its 57-acre grounds: the National Cathedral School for Girls; St. Alban's School for Boys; Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School; and the recently formed Cathedral College, a continuing education center. And the dean oversees such community-directed services as public school mentoring programs and participation in the local Habitat for Humanity program.

Baxter, Lloyd's predecessor, said he "enjoyed immensely" the 12 years he served as dean, but he added that the task of running "an organization as complicated as the cathedral" was exhausting.

Since October, Baxter, 56, has been rector of the 1,300-member St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pa., the area in which he grew up, was ordained and served his first parish.

"I'm enjoying being a pastor again," Baxter said in an interview from Lancaster. He also is professor of ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary and is writing a chapter for a book, "God and Country: Diverse Perspectives on Christianity and Patriotism."

Lloyd, a native of Canton, Miss., also is experiencing a homecoming of sorts. As a personnel officer in the Air Force in the early 1970s, he was stationed at Cape Charles and in Washington.

After military service, he received a master's degree in English literature from Georgetown University and a doctorate in that field of study from the University of Virginia. In 1981, he received a master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and for three years he was an assistant rector in Charlottesville and assistant professor of religious studies at the university.

Lloyd said that he is aware of the complications of his new job and of life in Washington, and that he believes God has led him here.

"One of the expectations [of the job] is that the dean have a prophetic voice. I hope and pray I will be that," said Lloyd, who uses the standard lectionary of Scripture readings as the basis for addressing such issues as the war in Iraq, homosexuality and the broadening gap between the rich and poor.

"I also hope I will come at it in a way that foundations are laid carefully and the possibility of conversation always exists," Lloyd said, "and that how I get there from the [scriptural] text at hand will be clear to anyone who looks."

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