Our 31st Rector


Photo Credit: K. ANDERSON TUCKER STUDIOS

Photo Credit: K. ANDERSON TUCKER STUDIOS

The Rev. Richard James Robÿn

Richard (left) is the 31st Rector of Trinity Church Oxford in Philadelphia, a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.  Founded in 1698, it is one of the oldest churches in the country.  Previous rectors include the Rev. Aneas Ross (father-in-law of Betsy Ross), the Rev. Dr. William Smith (founder of what is now the University of Pennsylvania), and the Rev. Edward Buchanan (brother of President James Buchanan).  Richard serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Protestant Home and Episcopal Community Services, as well as the Diocesan Council and Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Pennsylvania.  Richard was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and he graduated from Loyola University New Orleans (BA ’97) and the General Theological Seminary (M.Div. ’07) of the Episcopal Church in New York City.