The Rev. Canon Nathan LeRud, Class of 2007, has been called as the next Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. LeRud had previously been serving as the cathedral’s Acting Dean during the transition period. A member of the cathedral’s staff since 2009, LeRud was hired by previous Dean, the Very Rev. William Lupfer, to serve as Canon Residentiary, overseeing administrative staff and ministry organization. In 2012, LeRud was appointed Canon for Spiritual Formation, assuming leadership of Trinity’s nationally recognized adult education programs. When Lupfer was appointed Rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street in 2014, LeRud was called to serve as the cathedral’s Acting Dean.
A fifth-generation Oregonian and native Portlander, LeRud is the son of a pastor and was raised and baptized in The Evangelical Church of North America. He received a B.A. in English and Theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, before attending The General Theological Seminary. Sponsored for ordination by the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, LeRud was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. Before being called to Trinity, he served as curate of Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
In a letter accepting the vestry’s invitation, LeRud wrote, “I’m excited and energized by the vision for our future that is already emerging. The people of Trinity are some of the most committed, creative and passionate folks I’ve ever known, and to be called as your next spiritual leader is humbling and thrilling.”
LeRud is married to the Rev. James Michael Joiner, Class of 2012, Assistant Rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral was founded in 1851 and was designated the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon in 1993. Among the largest Episcopal churches in the region, Trinity identifies as a progressive congregation of 1,800 members open to many points of view, but united in a commitment to spiritual formation, community outreach, and social justice.