The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

Provost

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope was appointed provost of Washington National Cathedral in April 2015. As provost, she oversees the cathedral’s development department and works closely with 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 Washington Theological Consortium, the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation and the Mayor’s Interfaith Council. Canon Cope currently serves on the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary.

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 11, 2018

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.

Homily: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday: God gives each one of us different gifts. God gives each one of us different things to do.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

April 2, 2017

Lent V: But our gospel message tells us and Jesus tells us, I am enough, flawed but beloved.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday Noon: So I look forward to a planned burn in this season of Lent to clear away that which needs to die in order to open up my heart, my life, my spirit, to that which awaits on the other side of the cross.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 19, 2017

Epiphany VII: It doesn't have to be grand. It starts one person at a time with whatever God has put on your heart.