The Very Rev. Nathan D. Baxter

Former Dean of Washington National Cathedral

The Very Rev. Nathan D. Baxter, a third generation clergyman, was elected sixth dean of Washington National Cathedral in November 1991. Before becoming dean of the Cathedral, Dean Baxter served as the administrative dean and associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, he was the dean and associate professor of Church and Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and chaplain and professor of Religious Studies at St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia. He has served parishes in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Dean Baxter graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1976 with honors and prizes in homiletics and theology and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Seminary in 1984. He has received four honorary doctorates and is an honorary alumnus of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presently, he is a lecturer in the Medina Seminar for State and Federal Judges at
Princeton University. He was granted a resident Fellowship at the College of Preachers in 1990 and designated as a Charles E. Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1998. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Virginia’s Center on Religion and Democracy and a member of the Board of the Faith & Politics Institute, affiliated with the U.S. House of Representatives. His most recent publication are Visions for the Millennium: Thoughts on Christian Living and Comfort & Challenge: A Pastor’s Thoughts for a Troubled Nation.

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