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

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.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

March 31, 2018

The Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter: And I know this: God is real and God is alive, even when we can't necessarily feel it or see it.

Homily: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday: We start this journey with clear eyes wide open.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 11, 2018

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: The lens of God and Christ changes everything

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

December 31, 2017

Christmas I: God takes ordinary people like you and me and enables us empowers us to do extraordinary things if we just say yes to the invitation.

Homily: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

December 22, 2017

Go Tell It on the Mountain: A Gospel Christmas: You have to make room for Jesus. He's coming.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

November 19, 2017

Pentecost XXIV: How we live our lives in the meantime matters.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

September 17, 2017

Pentecost XV: Mercy, forgiveness, redemption. It is possible with God's help.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

July 16, 2017

Pentecost VI: That as we think about refreshment and renewal and rest, that it is also a time for re-dedication.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

June 25, 2017

Pentecost III: We always have a choice, a choice to count the costs and stay put or to know the costs and risk it for the love of God in Christ and one another.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

May 14, 2017

Easter V: God in Christ is available to you and me not just yesterday, not just today, but forever.