The Rev. Canon Erica B. Wood

Former Warden of the College of Preachers

The Rev. Dr. Erica Brown Wood was president and ninth warden of the College of Preachers and Canon of the Washington National Cathedral from 1992 until 2001. She died on May 10, 2011, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Canon Wood received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in political economics from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and she received her M.Div. degree from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Following her ordination in 1988, she served as the associate rector at Trinity Memorial Church in Binghamton, New York. She was made a Fellow of the College of Preachers in 1989, and later that same year served as its Director of Studies. Prior to her 1992 appointment as president of the College, Canon Wood served as acting president and interim president.

Canon Wood served on the board of the Anglican Theological Review, as a visiting member of the Washington Theological Consortium Board of Trustees, a director of the Episcopal Evangelism Foundation, the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society, and as a trustee of Bexley Hall. In 1992, she was the first woman priest to co-celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral, and in 1993, the first woman to preach at St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem. In 1995, she was the recipient of the American Memorial Chapel Grant, Dartmouth House, London and the first Alexander Cochran Award of the English Speaking Union.

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