The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

Associate for Pastoral Care

The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal is Associate for Pastoral Care at Washington National Cathedral. Previously he served as canon for academic ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington from July 2003 through June 2013. In the fall of 2011 he added the office of transition ministries to his work assignment. In the schools position he served as the liaison between the bishop’s office and the 20 schools associated with the diocese. For the past seven years chief among his responsibilities has been the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (PreK-fifth grade), the newest school in the diocese. Its mission and ministry is to serve the boys of low-income families who would not ordinarily have a chance to attend a school of its caliber.

In transition ministries, Canon Hannibal worked with the seminarians and ordinands of the diocese as well as with parishes seeking new clergy leadership and clergy in the process of discerning a new call.

Until June 2003, Hannibal was senior chaplain and chair of the Religion Department at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. Before his appointment to St. Mark’s in July 1995 he was, for nine years, the associate minister in the Memorial Church and University Chaplain at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1999 to 2012 Hannibal held an appointment as affiliated minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University. He is a member of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Black Ministries, Clergy Recruitment, Training, and Development Committee, the Governing Board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the board of the Council for American Private Education, Washington, DC Chapter, the Mid Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association and the Governing Board of the Church Farm School, Exton, Penn.

Born in New York City, Hannibal grew up in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Westmont College with an A.B. in sociology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Bexley Hall Seminary. He has also done graduate study in theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He has been a visiting scholar at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, England, where he studied the life and ministry of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African bishop in the Anglican Communion.

He and his wife, Sandi, an administrator at Norwood School, have three grown children.

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day: A family, a person and an ever growing number of groups may seem random, and not at all related to each other, or to any one of us, but please remember that they represent the other thanksgiving. The holiday that most of us will never experience or be a part of.

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

May 17, 2015

Easter VII: But the acceptance of the gifts of God was the hardest thing for them to do. It is the hardest thing for us to do.

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

April 26, 2015

Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit: Come as the wind and cleanse; Come as the fire and burn; Convict—convert—consecrate our lives, To our great good And your greater glory; In the name of God, father, son and Holy Spirit. Amen. “The day after they had arrested Peter and John for teaching about Jesus and the […]

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

February 1, 2015

Epiphany IV: Thinking that our individual contributions make little difference allows us to live in the illusion that we may remain faithful Christians without having to really put forth much effort.

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

November 16, 2014

Pentecost XXIII: Our personal relationship with Jesus is the touchstone of our faith in the power of God to transform our lives. This is the energy that enables us to put our faith into action…

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

February 19, 2012

Epiphany VII: What God says to each and every one of us, in any number of ways and through countless experiences, is that we are all called to a life of goodness, fairness, and decency toward all people.

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

November 14, 2010

Pentecost XXV: As Christians, our response to the chaos that has engulfed our cities, this nation, and the world is the response of those who, with prophetic zeal and stubborn determination, proclaim and then work for the justice and righteousness of God to be an actuality in the lives of all people.

Rev. Hannibal: “Question of Faith”

August 10, 2008

Pentecost XIII

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

August 6, 2006

Pentecost IX

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

February 13, 2005

Lent I

Sermon: The Rev. Preston B. Hannibal

August 29, 2004

Pentecost XIII