The Reverend Lloyd E. Prator
The Reverend Lloyd E. Prator is a native of San Francisco, where he served as rector of All Saints' Church and as chaplain and executive assistant to the Bishop of California following his ordination to the priesthood in 1975. He graduated with honors from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and from Stanford University with a degree in political science specializing in constitutional law. He worked in political campaigns for several years and then served as a line officer in the United States Air Force, stationed in Alaska, Tennessee and Texas. He was twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Father Prator has taught liturgy at the General Theological Seminary, as an adjunct professor specializing in the pastoral dimension of liturgy and public worship. He has supervised seminary students for over 25 years, and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission.
In the community, Father Prator has served on the Institutional Review Board for experimental medical treatments at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, as a founding board member of the California Counseling Center and board member of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute in Manhattan. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Haight Ashbury Alcoholism Services in San Francisco and served on the board of the People With AIDS coalition in New York.
ABC Television and Beliefnet, the internet magazine on religion, spirituality and values, tapped Father Prator to lead discussion on Christology following the Peter Jennings special on Jesus in 1997, and Beliefnet has published a number of his articles on theology, religious practice and ethics.
At the time of the tragic terrorist attack on New York City, Father Prator's articles were published on Beliefnet and in From the Ashes, a spiritual reflection on the events of 11 September 2001. He has given interviews to CBS News, the New York Times, and the BBC, and has continued to provide input to various media on issues in the passing cultural political and religious scene.
Father Prator has served as rector of St. John's Church, in Greenwich Village for over 25 years and is now preparing for his retirement at the end of this year, 2014. He will continue to enjoy travel, and reading in politics and economics. He appreciates architecture and design and is something of an authority on California silver.