The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

Provost

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope was appointed provost of Washington National Cathedral in 2015. As provost, she oversees the cathedral’s development department and works closely with the dean and the cathedral’s leadership on its strategic vision, ministry and mission.

Canon Cope was called as vicar of Washington National Cathedral in 2010 and the Cathedral Congregation grew by more than 500 members during her tenure. Formerly associate rector at St. David’s Church in Washington D.C., Canon Cope also served as a key lay leader at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. Prior to ordained ministry, she served as deputy director of presidential personnel in the White House and as president of the J. Naylor Cope Company.

Canon Cope graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. She twice represented the Diocese of Washington as an elected clerical deputy to the Episcopal Church General Convention and serves as First Vice President of the Compass Rose Society. She is also a former board member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington Theological Consortium and the Mayor’s Interfaith Council. Canon Cope is an adjunct professor of preaching at Wesley Seminary and a contributing meditation writer for The Bible Challenge, a Forward Movement publication. 

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

June 2, 2019

Easter VII: The Sunday after Ascension Day

Meditation: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

April 19, 2019

Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Homily: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 17, 2019

Epiphany VI

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

January 6, 2019

The Feast of the Epiphany: ...it is actually in the darkness that I can most clearly see the light.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

December 23, 2018

Advent IV: God intends a blessing for each and every one of us, no exceptions, irrespective of whether we feel unworthy or not ready.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

October 28, 2018

Pentecost XXIII: How do we recognize that we are all in this one boat together, this boat called life? And if we would only come to the point where we're pulling the oars in the same direction, that it will make all the difference in the world?

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

September 16, 2018

Pentecost XVII: Invite Jesus in more deeply each and every day and make a difference in this world. It so badly needs it.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

July 29, 2018

Pentecost X: There's so much to be done. Gird your loins. We have work to do, and in that quote that's often attributed to Gandhi, be the change you want to see in the world.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

June 10, 2018

Pentecost III: When we're unfaithful, God is faithful and trustworthy.

Canon Cope: Homily for Sec. Togo West

April 24, 2018

Funeral Service for Secretary Togo West

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

April 22, 2018

Easter IV: You see, one person can always make a difference with God's help.