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The Rev. H. Paul Canady III


Direct Line: 252.631.5861 



Paul was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2009 in Washington, DC, and to the priesthood here at Christ Church on April 19, 2010. A native of Knoxville, TN, he earned his Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in 2009, and a BA in English and Religious Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Prior to coming to Christ Church, Paul served as Director of Youth Ministries at St. George’s Church in Germantown, TN, Interim Director of Youth Ministires at St. John’s Church in Ellicott City, MD, and as Deputy for Youth Ministries at the Diocese of Washington. Paul has coordinated conferences for Kanuga Conferences and Province III and IV of the Episcopal Church, and served as keynote speaker for several retreats. In the Diocese of East Carolina, Paul currently serves as chair of the Title IV Disciplinary board, Deputy to the 2017 and 2021 General Conventions, and Dean of the Trinity Deanery. He has previously served on the Standing Committee, Trinity Center Board of Managers, Clergy Conference Planning Team, the Christian Formation Committee, and the Title IV Disciplinary Committee. Previously, he served as the chair of the communications team for the Bishop Transition Committee in 2013-14 and on the Commission on Ministry. He and his wife, Emily Gowdy, have two children, Ollie and Ada Ruth. When he is not doing church work, you can find him reading a book, cooking on his grill, paddling his kayak or riding his bike. He is also an avid collector of fountain pens.

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