Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall announced today the appointment of the Reverend Stuart A. Kenworthy as interim vicar of Washington National Cathedral. Kenworthy was previously the longtime rector of Christ Church Georgetown, Washington, D.C., from 1991 until his retirement in 2014. He also served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard from 1994 through 2007, including a deployment to Iraq in 2005–2006.
Kenworthy will assume on an interim basis the position vacated by the Reverend Canon Jan Naylor Cope, recently named the Cathedral’s provost. “I am grateful that Stuart has accepted my invitation to serve as interim vicar at the Cathedral during this transitional period. He is a gifted and beloved priest and pastor, and we will call upon his unparalleled leadership skills to help us all discern and live into the next phase of the congregation’s life and ministry,” said Dean Hall.
Kenworthy will serve as the pastoral leader of the growing Cathedral Congregation, which now numbers more than 1,350 members. He will work closely with Dean Hall, the senior staff, the Cathedral Chapter, and the congregation itself as they envision the congregation’s role in the Cathedral and the community.
“I am deeply honored to serve in this important role within the Cathedral community. Washington National Cathedral has long been a very special place to me, and I greatly look forward to working with Dean Hall and the Cathedral leadership in the months ahead.”
Kenworthy is married to Fran Prescott Kenworthy, and they have three grown children. He will begin his new position on June 1.