In November 2012, The Wardens and Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church announced that the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, the Bishop of New York, had named the Rev. William A. Doubleday as the Priest in Charge of St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco, NY. Father Doubleday is an Episcopal Priest who has been well known as a pastor, teacher, preacher, and leader in the Episcopal Church for more than three decades. Father Bill was installed as permanent rector in December, 2015.
The Rev. William A. Doubleday
Father Doubleday is a graduate of Amherst College and the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Church History and as Associate Dean for Operations at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, which is in close partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He also served as Interim Dean of Bexley Hall from 2009-2011, overseeing an endowment of $10 million and a budget of $800,000 a year. He previously taught from 1986 to 2005 at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, including four years as Director of its Center for Christian Spirituality.
Beginning in 1979, Father Doubleday served as the Curate at St. James Episcopal Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and then served successively as the Chaplain of the Morningside House Nursing Home in the Bronx, and later as the Hospice Chaplain, and then as a pioneering HIV/AIDS Chaplain at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center In Manhattan. Throughout his years as a Chaplain and Seminary Professor, he maintained a very active role involvement in parish ministry. He had long associations with the Church of the Ascension, Manhattan; Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Manhattan; St. Peter’s Church, Westchester Square, the Bronx; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Forest Hills; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Riverside, Connecticut, where he has been a familiar resource as an adult educator, preacher, emergency pastor, and regular supply priest.
Father Doubleday is an Honorary Canon of the Diocese of the Highveld in the Anglican Church in South Africa, where he was involved in clergy training and HIV/AIDS education for nearly two decades. He has preached, lectured, and published widely on pastoral leadership; congregational development; the theology and ethics of human sexuality; the healing ministry of the church; the pastoral care of the dying; the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic; and the intersection of the Church and Contemporary Society. Long active in the councils of the church, he represented the Diocese of New York as a Clerical Deputy to five General Conventions of the Episcopal Church.
Father Doubleday is an accomplished cook, a voracious reader of American Presidential History and British Mysteries, may be addicted to “Law and Order” reruns, likes to be home in time for Jeopardy, and sometimes has trouble putting down his Sudoku puzzle. He tries to stay current with the literature of Pastoral Care, Contemporary Social Issues, and Anglican and Episcopal Church History. He enjoys staying in touch with many of the nearly 1000 clergy he helped to prepare for ordination while teaching in Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Seminaries.