The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith was named the 11th Dean of Washington National Cathedral in 2016 after serving as rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., for 16 years. He holds degrees from Denison University and Yale Divinity School.
In his tenure at the Cathedral, Dean Hollerith has led the creation of a five-year strategic plan, raised $23 million for the renovation of the Cathedral College, overseen budget growth from $14 million to $18 million, and reoriented the institution toward radical welcome and hospitality, with a particular focus on racial reconciliation and outreach to the nation’s veterans.
He is also overseeing the renovation of the old College of Preachers as the new Virginia Mae Center, which will be the primary venue for the Cathedral College of Faith & Culture, the Cathedral’s public programming arm.
Under his leadership, the Cathedral has seen growing attendance at worship, three years of budget surpluses and significant progress in ongoing repairs from the 2011 earthquake. In 2018, Dean Hollerith was named one of 21 Washingtonians to watch in the Washington City Paper’s annual People Issue.
Dean Hollerith is married to the Rev. Melissa Hollerith and is the proud father of two adult children. The Holleriths live on the Cathedral Close.
Hollerith, who grew up in nearby Alexandria, Va., often visited the Cathedral as a boy during its construction and his family has longstanding ties to the institution. His great grandmother was present in 1907 when the foundation stone was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt, and also in 1932 for the first worship service in the fully completed Great Choir.