The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

Former Director of Worship

The Rev. Gwendolyn W. Tobias was director of worship at the Cathedral through Sunday, October 2, 2011. In collaboration with the entire worship department and working closely with the dean and the director of music, Tobias led other clergy and staff in the planning, design, and creation of all worship services at the Cathedral to ensure excellence and integrity in all worship offerings. She worked as priest associate for liturgy at the Cathedral for two years prior to becoming director of worship.

Tobias holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Under the supervision of Eugene Sutton, then canon pastor, she did her field education training at the Cathedral for two years and received advanced training as a centering prayer leader. Tobais co-led one of the Cathedral’s Centering Prayer gatherings and established the Listening for God small group, which continues today. She has a B.A. in arts and humanities from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in women’s studies.

Prior to seminary, Tobias served as lay chaplain for St. Joseph’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach, Florida, for approximately 12 years. Her ministry included officiating, planning, and preaching at most of the chapel services, teaching sacred studies, and directing the acolyte guild. She also served as Youth and Children’s minister, lay altar minister, and small group leader for St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.

A registered nurse, Tobias specialized in psychiatric nursing for ten years in south Florida and received advanced certification from the American Nurses Association. She brings to the Cathedral an expertise in emotional intelligence, having led workshops for the diocese of southeast Florida and the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

July 31, 2011

Pentecost VII: We can get so caught up in trying to figure it all out that we miss the story, the message from God for our lives.

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

February 13, 2011

Epiphany VI: The awareness of the intention of the heart ultimately is a great opportunity to look at our own need, our longing, for sacred, healthy, relationship with another.

Rev. Tobias: “Taking off the Masks”

October 31, 2010

Reformation Day: For us to have real friendships, a real walk with Christ in one another, we must risk, must take the time to build relationships, must let the masks come off.

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

July 18, 2010

Pentecost VIII: Sometimes what it takes for me to break out of my own little pity party is to go help someone, and the peace of God is the result.

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

April 1, 2010

Maundy Thursday: We waved our palm branches, sang “Hosanna!” and then minutes later shouted with the crowd, “Crucify him!”

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day: Sometimes we just forget to look for the good. We get out of practice.... We must give thanks to become grateful.

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

July 19, 2009

Pentecost VII: Miracles happen when we give ourselves a time apart for spiritual renewal and rest.

Sermon: The Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias

April 9, 2009

Maundy Thursday: In the rare, timeless act of foot washing Jesus demonstrates both symbolically and literally how he commands us to treat one another.