Randy Hollerith, former rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church on West Franklin Street, was called as the new Dean of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
“While a significant loss to our parish, we know that Randy Hollerith will serve God and His church faithfully and skillfully in his new role as parish priest to all Episcopalians in the nation’s capital,” said Peggy Crowley, senior warden of the St. James’s’ vestry.
Hollerith is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and was called to St. James’s in 2000. Previously, he was rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia and, early in his career, served as Assistant Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Denison University.
“At each succeeding step in the process of being considered for this call, I could feel the Spirit drawing me onward, irresistibly, to this amazing place and people, who I now hope to humbly serve to the best of my abilities,” said Hollerith.
Washington National Cathedral is both the seat of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, and of the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, the Right Reverend Mariann E. Budde.
A church of about 3,000 members, St. James’s Episcopal Church is at 1205 West Franklin Street near Virginia Commonwealth University. The church was established in Richmond in 1835 and its sanctuary on the corner of West Franklin and Birch Streets was consecrated and has been continually occupied since 1913, with the exception of 1994 – 1997, when it had to be rebuilt from its foundations after a fire due to a lightning strike on July 20, 1994. Hollerith’s service at St. James’s has included the expansion of the church’s campus by both renovation of the existing Gibson Hall parish hall and grounds, and new construction of the Michaux House, an education and programming building located east of the sanctuary across Birch Street at 1133 West Franklin. As well, Hollerith has overseen programs and staff expansion, and a capital campaign to increase the church’s Endowment Fund.