Our Rector


The Reverend Sandye Wilson is rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange, New Jersey, a parish full of vitality and focused on community. She is a team player in the local and national Church; a member of the Diocesan Council (Co-convener of the Equipping Congregations Workgroup), The Good Liturgy Committee, Diocesan Budget and Finance Committee, a member of The Commission on Ministry, a Co-president of the South Orange/ Maplewood Clergy Association, Board of the Christ Hospital in Jersey City, a member of the Diocese of Newark's Namaste Task Force on Reparations, a member of the Diocesan Women's Commission, a leader of the Black Church Initiative on Congregational Development, elected member of the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Court, a deputy to the Episcopal Church's 2012 National General Convention and Chair of the Deputation, Diocesan Coordinator/Facilitator of Fresh Start Program for Clergy in New Cures, Honorary Canon Liturgist of Trinity S1. Philip's Cathedral and a member of the Planning Board Commission of South Orange. She was a member of the National Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion and currently serves on the Committee to Nominate the next Presiding Bishop.

She has served with Presiding Bishops Allin, Browning, Griswold and Jefferts Schori on the National Executive Council for 18 years. She is a member of the Episcopal Church's national Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Wilson was National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians from 1997-2004 and president of Province VI of the Episcopal Church from 2001-2004. She is a member of the Steering Committee for 20/20, the national movement to increase church participation and membership. She is on the Board of Trustees for Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and was a consultant to Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie on Racism and the Church. She was a member of the official Episcopal/Anglican delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in 2005, and the delegation to the Nairobi Conference of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women End of the Decade meeting in 1985.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wilson has a deep Episcopalian background. She earned a bachelor's degree (A.B.) in economics, ethics and German from Vassar College, a master of divinity (MDiv.) degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a master of business administration (MBA) degree in church leadership and administration and a doctor of ministry (D.Min) in pastoral care and counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. She has an honorary doctor of divinity degree (D.D.) from St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va. She has also studied at Goethe Institute in Germany, The University of Vienna, Austria, and the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland as a John M. Allin Fellow. Wilson was a member of the Executive Committee of the Nominating Committee for the 10th Bishop of Newark, a Member of the Council of Advice for three Presidents of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Board of Directors of St. Philip's Academy in Newark, the

Board of Trustees of Vassar College, a Trustee of the South Orange-Maplewood Coalition on Race, a member of the Board of Trustees of Colorado Public Radio, a member of the Board of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Pastor Theologian Fellow at the Center for theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey.

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