The Rev. Canon Samuel Van Culin

Canon Ecumenist, Washington National Cathedral, Retired

The Rev. Canon Samuel Van Culin joined the Cathedral staff in February 2004 to serve as Canon Ecumenist.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, he is a graduate of Princeton University and the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from that institution in 1977. Canon Van Culin began his ministry as curate of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral Parish in Honolulu in 1955 and was canon precentor there from 1956 until 1958. He then served as assistant rector of Saint John’s Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., until 1960, after which he worked as General Secretary for Laymen International and as Assistant Secretary of the Overseas Mission Society of the US Church based in Washington.

He then served successively as the Executive Secretary for Africa and the Middle East and World Secretary for the Unit for National and World Mission at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. In 1976 he was appointed executive for world mission for the Episcopal Church USA.

Canon Van Culin served as secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council from 1983 until 1994 and was Secretary to the Lambeth Conference in 1988.

In addition to many other honors, he is a canon of Canterbury Cathedral, England, and Saint George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem.

past cathedral appearances