The Rev. Canon Alan Godfrey Dennis
The Rev. Canon Alan Godfrey Dennis was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
After qualifying as a Librarian, specializing in children and young adult work, he entered Saint Peter’s College, when the struggle against the horrendous evil of apartheid was peaking. He graduated Summa cum laude in 1978.
During his 36 years of ordained ministry Alan served as University Chaplain, and large urban, suburban, and rural parishes within the Diocese of Cape Town - South Africa, Toronto – Canada, Connecticut (parishes in Darien and Bridgeport), New Mexico (Dean of the Cathedral of St. John) and New York (Sub-Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine), USA
He moved to the US with his family in July of 1996.
He has worked tirelessly, in leadership positions within the church, locally, nationally and internationally, as a bridge builder, ecumenically and within the interfaith community. Widely traveled he facilitated numerous workshops and retreats on issues of peace, reconciliation, justice, relationships, and liturgy, in South Africa, Singapore, Canada, England, Botswana, the Republic of Georgia, Italy and the US.
As someone who has experienced the pain of racial discrimination, Alan is deeply committed to the healing of all who are oppressed and marginalized. He has a deep passion for the children and youth of the world. He continues to serve the wider community, recognizing and affirming all persons as created in the image of God, celebrating a ministry of inclusion.
Alan and Jenny have been married for 36 years. They had an eight year term as the international clergy couple of Marriage encounter for Africa. Jenny was an educator for 21 years. She is presently employed by a major bank.
They have two children. Jill, married to Fabian, and two grandchildren, Amaya and Xavier. Marc, married to Angelina and one grandson, Adrian.
Alan enjoys people! The wonder of liturgy and worship infuses him with a passion for the church to be the leaven of the community.
On Easter Sunday 2015, he concluded 18 months as Interim Rector of Christ Church Pelham, NY; previously as Priest-in-charge of St. Peters’ Chelsea, NY; Sub - Dean at the Cathedral church of Saint John the Divine, and served as Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque New Mexico for a number of years.
He enjoys music and the arts, writing, good movies, kayaking and walking, and swimming in the ocean. While presently engaged in numerous wood working projects, he is also an avid gardener and experiences the garden as a place to be creative, think and pray.