The Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III

Ninth Dean of Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Dr. Samuel T. Lloyd III was installed as the ninth dean of Washington National Cathedral on April 23, 2005, charged with leadership of what is widely referred to as “the national house of prayer.” His final Sunday as dean was September 18, 2011.

Dean Lloyd previously served as rector of historic Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts, for 12 years. His work in Boston focused on preaching, teaching, and developing Christian community, with emphases on lay leadership, wide-ranging styles of worship, and engagement in a broad array of direct and social justice ministries.

Dean Lloyd began his ministry as an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in the early 1980s while also serving as assistant to the rector and chaplain at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. In 1984 he became rector of the Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to moving to Boston, Dean Lloyd was chaplain of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Dean Lloyd holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Virginia. He also holds an M.A. degree in English Literature from Georgetown University and received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Dean Lloyd has taught in seminaries and has frequently spoken at conferences and conventions. He has preached on the “Protestant Hour” on radio and offered courses in the area of Christianity and literature, including Flannery O’Connor, Dante, contemporary fiction, C. S. Lewis, and the parables.

He currently serves as a regent of the University of the South. His writing and reviews have been published by the Sewanee Theological Review, Forward Movement, Anglican Digest and Journal of Religion, among others.

past cathedral appearances

Dean Lloyd: “Unfair!”

September 18, 2011

Pentecost XIV: At the end of the day, no matter what we face, every one of us here has hit the lottery jackpot as receivers of astonishing grace and mercy.

Dean Lloyd: “Doubts and Loves”

September 11, 2011

Pentecost XIII: 9/11 opened us to one of the greatest challenges our human race faces: to be able to see the face of God in those who are profoundly different from us and whose, language, culture, and way of life we don’t understand.

Dean Lloyd: “The Trinity and the Nearness of God”

June 19, 2011

Trinity Sunday: God’s life has eternally been one of giving and receiving love, pouring out life, and also of receiving life and love.

Dean Lloyd: “The Spirit of Understanding”

June 12, 2011

Day of Pentecost: In the face of all the babbling we do at each other, all the arguing and bickering and misunderstanding we go through—God’s Spirit has been poured out to open our understanding, to draw us into communication, even communion with each other.

Dean Lloyd: “A Big Enough House”

May 22, 2011

Easter V: Jesus was the one who believed that caring for the broken and suffering is more important than keeping the laws and thinking the right thing. That’s his way, his truth, his life.

Dean Lloyd: “Earthquake”

April 24, 2011

Easter: The resurrection…is such an assault on the airtight space-time-material box our age has us trapped in, in which something isn’t real if you can’t see it, touch it, or find it on the internet.

Dean Lloyd: “Staring into the Dark”

April 22, 2011

Good Friday: Strangest of all, we Christians believe that when we look at this man on a cross we are seeing far more than one agonizing death. We are seeing as much of God as we ever hope to see.

Dean Lloyd: “The Man on the Donkey”

April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

Dean Lloyd: “The Sin of the World”

March 13, 2011

Lent I

Dean Lloyd: “Foolishness”

February 20, 2011

Epiphany VII

Dean Lloyd: “Salt and Light”

February 6, 2011

Epiphany V

Dean Lloyd: “Chosen”

January 9, 2011

Epiphany I