Meet The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

On March 1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem welcomes the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope.

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope serves as Provost of Washington National Cathedral. As Provost, Canon Cope oversees the Cathedral’s Development Department and works closely with the dean and the Cathedral’s leadership on its strategic vision, ministry and mission. Canon Cope was first called to Washington National Cathedral as Vicar in September 2010. As Vicar, she led the development and robust growth of the Cathedral Congregation to over 1,300 members.

Previously, Canon Cope served as Associate Rector at St. David’s Church in Northwest D.C., and as a lay leader at historic St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. Prior to ordination, Canon Cope served in a variety of senior positions including as Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. Upon leaving government service, she founded and served as president of the nationally recognized executive search firm, the J. Naylor Cope Company.

Canon Cope graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary, summa cum laude, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral work included a concentrated study on young adult ministry culminating in her thesis, A Budding Young Adult Ministry: Tending God’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral. Canon Cope is an adjunct professor of preaching at Wesley Theological Seminary and a recipient of the Virginia Theological Seminary Environmental Sermon Award. She is a visiting lecturer on leadership and congregational development at the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary.

Canon Cope serves as a member of the Resolutions Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and has served as a clerical deputy to the 2012, 2015 and 2018 General Conventions of The Episcopal Church. She delivered the keynote address to the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women at the 2015 General Convention.

In the broader Anglican Communion, she serves as First Vice President of the Compass Rose Society, an international outreach organization supporting the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion. Canon Cope is a frequent international guest preacher and participant in churches throughout the wider Church and Anglican Communion including: St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto; St. John’s Cathedral and All Saints’ Cathedral, Hong Kong; St. Thomas, Cape Town; Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.

With her husband, John, she has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Greece and participated in mission trips to Honduras, the Holy Land, Turkey, Cyprus, Malawi, and South Africa.

Canon Cope has served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Theological Consortium, the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, the Mayor’s Interfaith Council, and the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a contributing meditation writer for The Bible Challenge, a Forward Movement publication.