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The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Dean of Grace Cathedral

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young officially began his tenure as the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral on August 3, 2015. He was installed as dean on September 27, 2015 in a joyous day of celebration. Malcolm leads the cathedral in fulfilling its goal to be a model cathedral for the 21st century and its mission to share the love of God through worship, education, service and the arts. He oversees the spiritual life of the cathedral and ministers to the cathedral's beloved congregation and wider community. The dean runs the cathedral in collaboration with the Chapter (the senior management team) and the Grace Cathedral Board of Trustees.

Malcolm joined Grace Cathedral from Christ Church, Los Altos, CA, where he was the Rector and also the Founder of the Ventana School, an Episcopal day school for students from preschool to 5th grade.

Malcolm has been an ordained priest for 20 years and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Theology from Harvard University. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post.

Malcolm is married to Heidi Ho, and they have two teenage children, Micah and Melia.


The Search for the Ninth Dean

After the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, eighth dean of Grace Cathedral, left to become the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University in autumn 2014, the cathedral began a search for the ninth dean.

The search committee was chaired by Board of Trustee member David Walker, Board Chair Jane Shaw Carpenter and the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California. The search for the ninth dean concluded with the announcement on May 11, 2015 that the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young accepted the nomination and call of Bishop Andrus and the Board of Trustees of Grace Cathedral to become the ninth Dean.

News and Timeline for the Dean Search

May 11, 2015: The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is announced to have accepted the nomination and call to become the 9th Dean of Grace Cathedral.

March 4, 2015: We have narrowed the field to three outstanding finalists from an extremely rich pool of very well-qualified candidates. Please click here to read the Congregation update from David Walker, committee Chair.

December 5, 2014: The application window to apply for the 9th Dean's position is closed.

November 30, 2014: Join us in the Chapter Room after the 8:30 a.m. service or before the 6 p.m. service at 5 p.m. to learn more about the Dean Search process.

November 3, 2014: After an intensive period of listening and discernment, the 9th Dean's position is now open for application. Applications must be received by December 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Please find the position posting here.

July 21, 2014:  Dean Jane Shaw to become Dean for Religious Life at Stanford.



The Dean Search Committee includes members of the board, congregation and staff. They are:

   David W. Walker, Chair
   The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus
   Jane Shaw Carpenter
   Lee McEnany Caraher
   Lori Coleman
   Valerie Crane Dorfman
   The Rev. Canon David Forbes
   Peggy Lo
   James Pannell
   Michael J. Patterson
   Dorothy Tsuruta

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