Ruth Frey joined the Cathedral staff in July to oversee public education initiatives as director of programs. She is not new to the Cathedral, having served as a program intern and, later, program director for the College of Preachers.
Prior to her appointment, Frey was director of continuing education at Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. She has also served as a leader for the Chicago Consultation, a group Episcopalians and Anglicans who support full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Christians in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. She remains a faculty member for credo, an Episcopal wellness program, and serves on the Episcopal Church Standing Commission for Lifelong Christian Formation and Education.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., and an M.Div. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
The Rev. Kim Turner Baker joined the Cathedral as canon pastor on July 1. Working with Dean Gary Hall, her duties include the Cathedral’s outreach and Christian formation ministries as well as strengthening the Cathedral’s relationships with its three affiliated schools: National Cathedral School, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir.
Baker previously served as chaplain at Washington Episcopal School and has also led congregations in diverse communities. She has particular expertise with historically African American and bilingual, English–Spanish congregations, and has experience in expanding youth programs as well as assisting in adult education forums.
Baker chairs the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, a position she held during the election of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve, and her M.Div. from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.