Randolph M. Hollerith

Randolph M. Hollerith, 1986

B.A., Denison University
M.Div., Yale Divinity School

Episcopal Priest, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral

Washington, D.C.

The Very Reverend Randolph M. Hollerith leads one of the most important religious institutions in the United States. Since 2016, Randy has been a catalyst for progress and growth as the 11th Dean of Washington National Cathedral. He’s earned national recognition, particularly for his focus on racial reconciliation and outreach to the nation’s veterans. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cathedral to close for nearly 18 months, he oversaw a digital transformation that vastly expanded the cathedral’s reach and philanthropic support. In 2018, Randy was recognized by the Washington City Paper as one of its “21 Washingtonians to Watch,” for his community activism, thought leadership, and efforts to build relationships beyond the Christian faith. As a spiritual leader in the epicenter of polarized politics, he is recognized as a steward of both critical dialogue and open-minded inclusivity.

Randy was a double major at Denison, earning his bachelor’s degree in both philosophy and religion. He was a residence hall leader, fostering a safe and inclusive environment and eventually leading a team of residence advisors as head resident. As a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he took on responsibility as a fraternity student advisor. Randy was a member of the Big Red football team and the Denison rugby club.

After graduating from Denison, Randy earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He remained dedicated to personal and spiritual growth, amassing strong relationships and mutual respect from religious leaders and scholars. In 2000, Randy became Rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. By 2016, he doubled the parish budget, extended the church’s outreach ministries, and grew the largest mission program in the Diocese of Virginia.

When he was selected as the 11th Dean of Washington National Cathedral, Randy was delighted to return to the D.C. area near his hometown of Alexandria, Va. Now, he lives on the Cathedral Close with his wife, The Reverend Melissa K. Hollerith, whom he met while at Yale. They have two adult children, Marshall and Eliza.