Alum Spotlight: The Rev. Randy Kyle Callender '10

April 1, 2024 Transition News
Alum Spotlight: The Rev. Randy Kyle Callender '10

The Rev. Randy Kyle Callender, born in Philadelphia to a close-knit Barbadian family, has been deeply rooted in the Episcopal Church from a young age. Inspired by his experiences in diocesan events and organizations like the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), he has been an active leader in youth and young adult ministries. Randy earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Cheyney University before pursuing his Masters of Divinity at The Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in 2010.

Ordained as a transitional deacon in 2010 and later becoming the first African American male priest ordained in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in twenty-five years, Randy's journey led him to serve as Rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD, starting in 2012. In 2024, he began serving as the Canon for Mission in the Diocese of Maryland.

Throughout his ministry, Randy has been deeply involved in various committees and initiatives focused on youth, racial reconciliation, and bridge-building within and beyond the church. He has also lent his expertise to the One America Movement's Faith Over Division program, addressing societal divides in congregations and communities. Randy's passion for building relationships and fostering inclusivity in God's Beloved Community guides his teaching and preaching.

“As the Canon for Mission in the Diocese of Maryland, my journey from the beloved community at the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) to my current role, is a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and education,” shared the Rev. Callender. “The amazing Canon Ed Rodman once told me, ‘Randy, have your hands in everything and never leave your fingerprints.’ Those words have become a mantra for me, as EDS has truly shaped me into the priest I am today, by instilling in me wisdom, encouragement, and a guiding principle of active involvement in every aspect of ministry, while humbly prioritizing service over personal recognition. EDS provided not only rigorous academics but also a nurturing environment, where I learned to identify and address systemic injustices, equipping me to advocate for justice and equality within and beyond the Episcopal Church.”

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