The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Brownridge to Depart Sewanee

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brownridge has been called to serve as the 20th Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu. Brownridge has been serving as the Associate Dean for Community Life at The School of Theology, Sewanee: The University of the South. His last official day at the School will be Oct. 13.

In his position as Associate Dean for Community Life, Brownridge has overseen and facilitated the seminarians’ formation in a variety of ways beyond their academic work — spiritual, emotional, family, vocational, psychological, and financial. Brownridge also taught Missiology, Canon Law and Ethics.

“I am humbled, honored, and grateful to be called to serve as the next Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu,” stated Brownridge. “ I increasingly came to the realization that I needed to return to congregational ministry: preaching, teaching, and the pastoral cure of souls from diverse cross-section of humanity. The story and context of The Cathedral of St. Andrew itself is compelling.”

Brownridge will be the pastor and chief executive officer of the Mother Church, where the seat (the Cathedra) of the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, resides. According to the Cathedral Search Committee and Cathedral Chapter, Dean-Elect Brownridge was called to be a Christ-centered spiritual mentor and leader for the congregation of approximately 800.

"I was delighted with this appointment and I am looking forward to his arrival at the Cathedral in October,” stated Fitzpatrick. “Brownridge’s broad experience in the Church and gracious personality are just what is needed in a 21st century urban, multicultural Cathedral. Likewise, he celebrates the possibilities of a close working relationship between the Dean and the Bishop in the life of a diocese and in the community. Personally, I look forward to our collaboration in ministry on Queen Emma Square."   

Prior to his position at Sewanee, Brownridge served the Episcopal Church and broader Anglican Communion in a variety of ministry settings. He has served congregations in the United States in Ohio, Delaware, New York, and overseas in South Africa. In South Africa, he served as a Canon at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town. Brownridge has experience in liturgy, pastoral care, HIV & AIDS ministry, and racial reconciliation. Brownridge is also a member of the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons for the Episcopal Church.

The Very Rev. William S. Stafford, Dean of The School of Theology, offered congratulations to Brownridge and best wishes to his family. “My own joy at this clear vocation of a wonderful priest to that extraordinary congregation is woven through with my own sense of loss. He has been an effective and beloved colleague and friend to me and to so many in the Sewanee community.”