An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Attorney General Eric Holder and Leaders of Congress

The Very Reverend Gary R. Hall

Dean, Washington Cathedral

The Very Rev. Gary R. Hall assumed his duties as tenth dean of Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 1, 2012. An ordained minister for more than 35 years, Hall is a past dean and president of Seabury–Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He currently serves as the National Cathedral's chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer, working closely with the bishop of Washington and governing bodies to shape and support ministries to the city of Washington, the nation, and the world.

Hall was born in Los Angeles and holds an A.B. from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from UCLA in addition to his M.Div from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. The congregations he has served include All Saints Pasadena, where he was senior clergy associate for education for 11 years. Prior to his work at Seabury–Western, where he served from 2005 to 2010, Hall was for five years the rector of Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Penn. He most recently was rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.