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The Very Reverend Raymond Joe Waldon
The Very Revered Raymond Joe Waldon was installed as the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in 2011. Prior to his calling to the Cathedral, he served as rector of St. Peters in Alabama. He served in South Carolina, The Central Gulf Coast, and Western Louisiana. Dean Waldon graduated from Virginia Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity. He also holds bachelor degrees in English and Journalism from Louisiana Tech with a focus on Broadcast Media.
As Dean, Waldon directs the daily life and worship of the Cathedral, which includes over 800 people, a number that has increased since his arrival. Waldon envisions the Cathedral as a place where all people are welcome and all are able to grow in their relationship to God. Recent attendance records were set for several events including Lessons and Carols in 2014 that featured the governor and a member of the first presidency of the LDS Church. Further, Waldon has charted the Cathedral as a community wide center of worship, a place of conversation on poverty, the environment, and ecumenism. Waldon is also a noted community leader recently being featured in a Salt Lake City Magazine. He serves on a charitable board, assists with the leadership of Hildegard’s Pantry—a community resource on the premises of the Cathedral that provides food to over 30,000 annually—provides council to civic leaders, and has hosted numerous other events throughout the city.
Waldon is also a leader within the greater Episcopal Church. He currently serves as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Utah, is a member of the Ecclesiastical Court, and has mentored seminarians and deacons. He serves as a Deputy at 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the Convention, he provided critical leadership as the Cathedral hosted thousands of Episcopalians from across the globe and as the House of Bishops elected Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop from the nave of the Cathedral. He was a finalist for Bishop of Northern Indiana, withdrawing after the third ballot falling a few votes of shy of election in the lay order. "I was called to be one of five voices in that process and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to explore that call and widen my vision for the Cathedral.
Before ordination, Waldon was an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. He enjoys golfing, is working on completing a book on prayers and enjoys studying biography, philosophy, and history. He has been married to Lisa, his wife, for 37 years; they have two adult children and two grandchildren. He will celebrate 21 years of ordained ministry this year.
“My vision is to create an inclusive environment where all who wish may see Jesus.” (Cathedral Address, 2011)