The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud became interim director of worship at the National Cathedral following the departure of Tobias. She had already been serving in the Cathedral’s worship department for about a year, prior to which she had served for five years in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as canon for deployment and vocational ministry. The move continues a pattern that Canon Sulerud established in 2004, when she served the Cathedral for a year as its interim precentor while maintaining responsibilities as canon for stewardship for the diocese.
Canon Sulerud sits on the General Board of Examining Chaplains, the board responsible for administering the General Ordination Examination for Episcopal priests each year. She has also served as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and as a co-trainer of seminary supervisors in the Field Education office at VTS. She has gained recognition nationally for her expertise in stewardship and congregational development, with special emphasis on developing faith communities around a rule of life.
On October 17, the Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare joined the Cathedral staff as director of program and ministry. Responsibilities for this role include the development and integration of a wide variety of Cathedral programs, with focus areas including the engagement of faith and public life, Christian growth and formation, and spiritual development. Shakespeare works closely with Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Cox, Vicar Jan Cope, and other staff in carrying out this ministry with both a local and a national focus; he also serves a pastoral role for the Cathedral staff and its worshiping communities.
Though he most recently served as rector of All Saints Memorial Church in Navesink, N.J.—a position he had held since 2006—Shakespeare is no stranger to the Washington area. The Australia native attended VTS, did his seminary fieldwork at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in D.C., and served four years after that as assistant to the rector at Christ Church Georgetown. A dedicated theologian, Lyndon is working to complete his Ph.D. in the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, a special postgraduate research program established by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
On October 1, the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell became clergy associate for liturgy at the National Cathedral. (She had served since 2008 as the Cathedral’s music librarian.) Campbell’s expanded responsibilities include providing leadership and direction for a number of worship groups—including communion ministers, nave chaplains, and lectors—and she serves as the chaplain to the various Cathedral choirs. She assists the interim director of worship with the implementation of special projects in addition to regular worship and works with Shakespeare and Canon Cope as a teacher in areas of Christian formation and education. She continues to serve as a pastor and preacher to the broad Cathedral community and the congregation.
An ordained United Methodist minister with 35 years of experience serving Methodist congregations, Campbell also has more than 30 years of experience as a nationally recognized consultant in family systems.