The Rev. Roy A. Cole, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church
The Reverend Cole is a transplant from the West Coast. Born in San Diego, California into a Navy family moving regularly and making new friends was just part of growing up. In 2002, Fr. Cole made his way to New York and, after completing a Masters in Sacred Theology at the General Seminary in Chelsea, and his dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, he became the Priest-in-Charge of two parishes in Yonkers, New York. In the fall of 2008, Fr. Cole accepted the Call to serve as Rector of St. John’s, Staten Island.
In addition to the responsibilities associated with any growing, active parish, Fr. Cole has served as Adjunct Faculty at the General Seminary in the field of Pastoral Theology and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at Hunter College/CUNY in Manhattan. His love of teaching is undergirded by an even greater love of learning. Recently Fr. Cole joined this love of learning and teaching to another great delight, international travel. As a Missioner of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Fr. Cole led a very successful pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2011 and in 2013.
As a part of the vital ministry of St. John’s, Fr. Cole also has responsibility for Canterbury House,
comprising 84 units of affordable housing for seniors that the parish built in 2000. Through the
residents of Canterbury House, the abundance of lay ministries that exist in the parish, and the
dedication of the many members and friends of St. John’s, Fr. Cole barely has time to miss the
West Coast-- being so richly blessed by the life and ministry of St. John’s Church and the
Staten Island community.