The Dean

Note that Dean Shambaugh will be on Sabbatical from April 16-September 16 and will resume e-pistles, sermons, and other materials upon his return.

What is a Dean?

A dean is the pastor or rector of a cathedral, which is the seat of the bishop and chief mission church for the diocese. If you remember in history that universities began through cathedrals and think of academic deans, you can then think of the dean of the cathedral as dean of the “college of clergy” of the diocese of Maine. The “very” in “Very Rev.” is a traditional English way of recognizing this unique role.

The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh, Dean, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland

Ben Shambaugh, Dean

Dean Shambaugh is an Episcopal priest whose ministry has included living in and around New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Paris,  Barbados, and the National Parks, doing development work in Africa, Haiti, and Indian Reservations in the American West, and leading study tours to the Holy Land. Ordained in 1988, he has served four congregations and has had a wide variety of mission experiences including time as a chaplain at the National Cathedral in Washington, as Canon Pastor to the American Cathedral in Paris, France and his current position as Dean of St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland, Maine.

In Portland he has served on the boards of Preble Street, the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination  and St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry and has been active in work on marriage equality, the environment, welcoming immigrants and health care reform. As adjunct faculty member of Bangor Seminary, he has taught courses in Liturgy, Mission, and the future of the church in Maine and as an guest lecturer for the Episcopal preaching foundation, he has taught preaching to active duty militatry chaplains. He is active with local ecumenical and interfaith groups and is a member of the North American Cathedral Deans.

Dean Shambaugh  serves as a member of the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, the Maine Deputation to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and many other committees. He has a BA in psychology from Northwestern University, an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Seabury Western Seminary. He is married and has two children. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and playing his tuba in a local band. He has received many awards and recognition, including a commendation from the Mayor and City Council of Portland for his work in the community, the Founders Award from Integrity Maine for his work on Marriage Equality, Board Member of the Year from Preble Street, and certificates of appreciation from Bangor Seminary and the bishop of Maine. He is frequently called upon to speak and was honored to give the benediction at this year's NAACP Martin Luther King dinner.


Dean's Message

E-pistle April 14

It's all one story

Holy Week through the Eyes of Egeria

A summary of Holy Week from the 3rd Century for today

E-pistle March 31

Render to Caesar what is Caesar's... or not!

E-pistle March 15

How the Irish saved the church

E-pistle March 10

Education plus

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