The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard, a native of North Carolina, was elected bishop Coadjucator
of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida on May 16, 2003 and was consecrated at St. John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville, November 1, 2003. He was instituted as 8th bishop of the Diocese of Florida on January 29th, 2004.
Bishop Howard served as vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, since December of 1997.
Prior to moving to New York, Bishop Howard was rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Before that he was Assistant to the Rector of Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bishop Howard graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1989. He practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1976 through 1986, serving as Assistant United States Attorney and Lead Attorney for the Federal Drug Enforcement Task Force for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In that role, he established and directed the Federal Public Defender office in that state. He also served as an attorney on the staff of the United States Senate Commerce Committee.
In addition to being an alumnus of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, he is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and of the Law School of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Bishop Howard and his wife Marie have two sons, Augustus and Charles. Click here to email Bishop Howard.
The Very Reverend Katherine B. (Kate) Moorehead is the 10th Dean of St. John’s Cathedral and Dean of the Diocese of Florida. Kate came to us in 2009 from Wichita, Kansas, where she served as the rector of St. James Episcopal Church for eight years. Prior to serving St. James, she was rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Bolling Springs, SC.
Kate graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, receiving The Sara Caitlin Award for Religious Leadership and graduated Cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving the Harris Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership Ability. The dean is author of three books, Organic God (2006), Between Two Worlds (2004) and Get Over Yourself: God’s here (2009). Kate and her husband James (J.D.) have three young sons–Luke, Jake, and Max. Click here to email Kate.
The Reverend J. Perry Smith, our Canon for Pastoral Care, joined the cathedral staff in November, 2009. Bishop Howard named Perry Vicar of St. Cyprian’s in June 2007, after he moved to St. Augustine from Baltimore, Md., where he had served as a deacon and priest since 1993. Perry was a major force in rebuilding St. Cyprian’s into a vital mission, increasing average Sunday attendance, plate offerings and growing for outreach.
Ordained a vocational deacon in 1988 in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, Perry was then a FBI agent working in El Paso, Texas. He was heavily engaged in church building, particularly among Hispanics. Transferred to Minneapolis, he became the diocesan cathedral deacon, where he served liturgically and as the principal homebound visitor, and the coordinator for the soup kitchen volunteers.
In 1993, again transferred, Perry was named cathedral deacon in the Diocese of Maryland and served there liturgically to both the English and Spanish speaking congregations, and he was pastor to the sick and homebound until he retired from the FBI in 2001. Raised-up by the community and supported by the Bishop of Maryland, Perry attended The Protestant Theological Seminary in Virginia, graduating in 2003 with a Masters in Theological Studies.
Ordained priest on May 25, 2002, Perry served as assistant rector at Emmanuel Church in Baltimore for two years. His duties included preaching, pastoral care and visitation to 22 homebound parishioners; and celebrant/administrator for the Wednesday mid-day Eucharist and concert series. He conducted training for lay Eucharistic ministers, lay readers and acolyte. He was also a member of the diocesan Commission on Ministry. His last cure in the Diocese of Maryland was chaplain to the Episcopal Congregation at Ft. Meade, Maryland.
Perry’s special interests and skills include writing for publication and tennis. His first book The Unlikely Priest was released in October 2011. He lived in Spain
and Latin America for many years and is a fluent Spanish speaker. Click here to email Fr. Perry.
The Rev. Aaron L. Uitti is Canon for Theological Studies at St. John’s Cathedral. He was ordained an Episcopal priest at the cathedral in December 1984. Prior to that, he served for 15 years as a Lutheran pastor in rural, suburban, urban and inner-city parishes. After his ordination he served as an associate priest at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, and then became Canon of Liturgy at St. John’s Cathedral.
In 1994, he became rector of The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta, where he oversaw construction of a new church, modeled after the floor plan of the Cathedral. At St. Peter and St. Paul, he also promoted 27 Discovery Weekends and 13 Alpha programs. That parish has the largest Brotherhood of St. Andrews in the Episcopal Church. He carried on weekly communion services on the streets in Atlanta for the homeless.
From 2007 until returning to serve at the Cathedral in 2013, he was interim rector at St. Paul’s Federal Point in the Diocese of Florida, where he fostered a powerful, hands-on outreach ministry and a passion for Cursillo. He and his wife Penny have each worked dozens of Cursillo weekends in the Dioceses of Florida and Atlanta. Together they trained volunteers to facilitate Discovery and Alpha programs. They also have presented joint seminars on relationships, marriage, servanthood and commitment.
Canon Uitti has been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature for more than 40 years and fosters in depth biblical studies. He has written a number of exegetical articles for Feasting on the Word. He has led seminars on Genesis 1-11, the Gospel of John, Revelation, the Gospel of Mark and Romans. Click here to email Father Uitti.
The Rev. Ben Clance, Deacon for Prison Ministries, was ordained at St. John’s Cathedral on May 23, 2010. He has served as a volunteer chaplain in maximum security prisons for more than 10 years. Ben has baptized hundreds of prisoners. He also serves prisoners about to be executed, washing their feet, and offering them the opportunity to confess their sins and experience the love of God. He celebrates cell-to-cell communion and also counseling, and provides confirmation studies to prisoners. Ben and his wife, Pat, have been married 58 years.
The Rev. Louise O. Hardman, deacon, was ordained on May 23, 2010. She has been a member of St. John’s Cathedral since 1995.
Louise was a founding member of the Center for Prayer & Spirituality in 2003 and has served as director since 2008. She prepares programs for the Center that offer the experience of contemplative prayer, including Sunday morning contemplative prayer, Quiet Garden Days, Quiet Day retreats and Services of Hope in Advent and Lent, Wednesday Night Study, the Friday contemplative eucharist and meditation, diocesan-wide presentations on prayer and the Almost Weekly eWord. Under her leadership, the Center established the Institute for Prayer & Spirituality, an ecumenical advisory council whose mission is to share resources to cultivate contemplative practices. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Institute for Christian Studies and is chaplain to the vestry.
Louise retired in 2006 after 18 years as Director of Development, Baptist Health Foundation in Jacksonville. Her community involvement in Jacksonville includes founding President of brAIDS (Building Resources for AIDS Education, Prevention and Awareness); a Twelve Who Care recipient in 1997; and a Community Connections Women of Distinction selection in 2005. In the mid-1990s she was appointed by the mayor to the Health Services Planning Council for HIV/AIDS and served for three years.
Louise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has two adult children, John and O’Kelley. Click here to email Louise.
The Rev. Jean Dodd, deacon for families and children, was ordained in 2003. Her professional experience includes teaching at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, designing and creating Art Connections for the Cummer Museum while serving as Founding Director, and serving as Head of School, San Jose Episcopal for 10 years. She currently serves as chaplain to The Cathedral School and is on the school board.
She received the Florida Museum Association Lifetime Leadership Award, the Southern Association of Arts & Letters Leadership Award, Leadership Florida Award, The Florida Times Union EVE Award, Edward Waters Pan Hellenic Leadership Award, Florida Museum Association Innovator Award, the Arts Assembly (Cultural Council) Leadership Award. She founded Women of Vision (for the blind), and worked closely with Very Special Arts, Florida to insure art experiences for under-served students and young children with disabilities. She authored A Grand Vision: The Life of Ninah Cummer and other stories for children. At FSU, she received the Southern University Student Government Association Award and the Pan Hellenic Academic Award.
As a volunteer, she served as Chairman of the Episcopal Board of Regents for 10 years and on the boards of Child Guidance, L’Arche Harbor House, Episcopal Children’s Services (Bishop’s designee), the Institute of Christian Studies, and Jacksonville Artist’s Guild. She attended Cursillo #21 and has been a member of the Cross of Nails and Daughters of the King. Married to Arthur Dodd; she has three daughters, Dale Orr, Allison Hillis, Lauren Davis and many grandchildren, which is why her favorite games are kickball and hide-and-go-seek! Click here to email Jean.