Rectory & Rhinelander Bldg
Administration
Tuesday
Oct062015

The Rev. John Floyd Beddingfield, D.Min, rector

John Floyd Beddingfield was born in Raleigh, N.C. in 1964.  The younger of two sons, he grew up in Charlotte and studied economics and religious studies at the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill. While in college, he was active in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, but also attended the Episcopal Church for its music and liturgy.  While attending Princeton Theological Seminary, be began to fall in love with New York City and spent 1988-1989 living and working at Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Princeton in 1991, John returned to NY to work as a paralegal at Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and then at a church and nonprofit in Brooklyn Heights focusing on ministry with prisoners and ex-prisoners. 

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1994, he served a parish in Maryland for three years before returning to NY to attend General Theological Seminary.  While at General, John continued pastoring a small Presbyterian Church in New Jersey, but each week would also attend the Sunday night Eucharist at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square. He began working at St. Mary’s in 2000 and was ordained by Bishop Sisk in the Diocese of New York in 2003.  He served as deacon and priest at St. Mary’s before accepting the call as rector to All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. in 2007.  Many of John’s sermons can be read (and some, heard) at www.jfbeddingfield.com.

In 2014, John completed a Doctor of Ministry in congregational development from Virginia Theological Seminary.  His doctoral project and thesis looks at "beauty as a means to action and service" and draws deeply from Franciscan theology and spirituality. He is professed in the Third Order Society of St. Francis (roughly the Anglican equivalent of the Roman Catholic "Secular Franciscans") and continues to study and reflect on Franciscan spirituality and theology.

John's husband and partner since 1998 is Erwin de Leon.  Born in the Philippines, Erwin attended Jesuit schools through college and even tried his vocation in the Jesuit pre-novitiate. With a Ph.D. in public policy and urban studies from the New School, Erwin has worked with the Aspen Insitute, the Urban Institute, and currently works with the School for Professional Studies at Columbia University.  Erwin continues to write, research, and advocate issues partaining to inequality, immigration, and LGBT issues.

April is (most likely) a mix of Border Collie, German shepherd, and other smart, lovable breeds. She joined John and Erwin in 2016 through the Bideawee pet welfare organization.