Announcement from the Bishop:
Canon for Congregational Life and Leadership

The following is an announcement to the Diocese of Hawai'i from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick:

June 30, 2016
Bishop Fitzpatrick


I am pleased to announce that I have called the Reverend Alexander "Sandy" Graham to be the Diocesan Canon for Congregational Life and Leadership (the position description is available HERE).  

Sandy currently serves as the Associate Rector in St. Andrew's Church in Burke, Virginia, a vibrant and bustling Washington D.C. metro area parish filled with congregants who are transient due to military, state department, or other federal employment. His primary area of oversight is formation (all ages) and church growth while finishing Doctor of the Ministry studies in Congregational Development at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was the Rector of Incarnation-Holy Sacrament Church, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2012. As the sole clergy leadership of a family-size parish (burgeoning into a pastoral-size parish) in a township just outside Philadelphia, his focus was on spiritual and physical growth, reconciliation and bridge-building for a multi-generational, global congregation, with both urban and suburban realities. He had responsibility for all liturgical, pastoral, programmatic and administrative aspects of the ministry of this once at-risk parish. He has also served as a Clergy Associate of the staff of the Washington National Cathedral and the Assistant to the Rector at the Church of the Holy Nativity in West Chester, Pennsylvania. At the Diocesan level, he has served as the dean of a regional deanery, a member of a cathedral chapter and finance committee, a member of a Diocesan Council and a consultant for congregations in crisis.

He has a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware.

Sandy is married to the Reverend Heather Patton-Graham. She is currently the Lower School Chaplain at St. Alban's School, Washington, DC, and will soon become a part of the Chaplaincy team and Religion Department at 'Iolani School, Honolulu. I appreciate the openness of the Head of School in welcoming Heather into the 'Iolani 'ohana.  Their daughter, Kate, will begin her undergraduate studies at the University of the South in August.

Sandy and Heather will be moving to join us in the next few weeks.

In addition, I would like to thank those who were involved in the selection process and those who helped with the site visits: Gerald Madison, Moki Hino, Diane Martinson, Mary Carpenter, Shana Valenzuela-Ikeda, Amy Crowe, Peter Lee, Kerith Harding, Chuck Spence, Barb Zipf, Malcolm Chun, Frank Chun, John Schamber, Wayne Yoshigai, David Gierlach, Raymond Woo, Irina Martikainen and Charmaine Ito.

I know that the entire Diocese will welcome and care for Sandy and Heather as they join us to share in ministry and engage in God's Mission for these Islands.


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop Diocesan
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