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Cameron Randle

The Rev. Cameron Randle is an Episcopal priest and recovering music industry executive. Since 2011, he has served as Rector of The Churches of St. George’s Parish, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. From 2008-2011, he was Associate Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hollywood, CA.

Cameron was born in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri but reared in Southwest Kansas, near the Oklahoma/Texas panhandle. He describes his early faith tradition as ‘Baptecostal’.

In the mid 1970’s, Cameron was introduced to the Episcopal Church as an undergraduate by a professor at Oral Roberts University. A decade later, he was confirmed by the Bishop of Oklahoma while attending St. Aidan’s, a predominately African American congregation on Tulsa’s historically segregated North Side.

Cameron earned a B.A. in history and English literature from Oral Roberts University; a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law & Practice from The University of London (The London School of Economics).

He has undertaken professional studies at Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Yale Divinity School.

Prior to ordained ministry, Cameron was a personal manager for recording artists, then a senior label executive for Arista Records and The Walt Disney Company’s Hollywood Records.

Along the way, he has lived in Tulsa, Dallas, Nashville, New Haven, Los Angeles and Austin, where he was founding president of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy Organization).

After seminary at Yale, Cameron completed Clinical Pastoral Education training as a chaplain in the addiction and dual diagnostic division of Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. He remains committed to ministering to those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Ordained to the diaconate and to the priesthood in 2009 in the Diocese of Los Angeles by The Rt. Rev. Sergio Carranza, retired Bishop of Mexico, Cameron has long been a proponent of multicultural ministries.

He is presently serving a third term on the Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. He is a member of Repairers of the Breach, a diocesan group devoted to racial reconciliation; a member of the Addictions & Recovery Commission and a member of the Mission Network and Church Planting Task Force.

Cameron is married to Angelica Garcia-Randle, Diocesan Missioner for Latino Ministries on the Eastern Shore. Their daughter, Angelica (Angie) Garcia, lives in Richmond and is a recording artist whose self-penned debut album was released last year on Warner Bros. Records. Cameron and Angelica are also the parents of Finnegan & Cash, two unanticipated feline adoptees.

Meet Our Associate Rector

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Rev. Julia Messer grew up in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2010. She was ordained as a deacon in June 2010, and to the priesthood in December 2010. In the summer of 2010, she was called as Assistant Rector of Emmanuel in Kempsville. She later became their Associate.

In the diocese, she has served as a chaplain for youth weekends, a trustee for Jackson-Feild Home and the Ridley Foundation, and a member of the Young Adults Commission. Growing up she spent her summers at Camp Kanuga where she was a camper, counselor and finally a camp chaplain. She has also served as a camp chaplain at Camp Chanco.

Julia says “Leading a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit is important to me. I am a novice golf player, avid reader, yet the art of cooking still remains a mystery to me.”

Meet Our Affiliated Priest

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The Rev. John A. Baldwin retired in May 2014 after 36 years as an Episcopal priest. He served in the dioceses of Western Michigan, Washington DC, Minnesota, and for his last 17 years as Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. He was a 4-time deputy to General Convention from Southern Virginia and has been active in the ministries of Kairos and Cursillo. John has been married to Ann Scherm Baldwin for 37 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. John enjoys hiking, geocaching, kayaking, and golf. In the Fall of 2015 he walked the 500 mile long Camino de Santiago in Spain. In retirement he serves as a co-chair for the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at Sentara Leigh Hospital, and he is in training to be a docent at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.

Meet Our Rabbi Scholar

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We are very excited to have Rabbi Israel “Izzy” Zoberman become Eastern Shore Chapel’s first Rabbi Scholar. His official title will be Honorary Sr. Rabbi Scholar in recognition of his many years of service as the founding Rabbi of Beth Chaverim.

We have enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with Rabbi Zoberman and he is anxious to share his knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture and the Jewish faith with us.

Israel was born in Chu, Kazakhstan (USSR) to Polish Holocaust survivors. He spent his early childhood in Poland, Austria, and from 1947 to 1949, at Germany’s Wetzlar Displaced Persons Camp, American Zone. He grew up in Haifa, Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1960s. Israel and his wife Jennifer have been married for 45 years and are the proud grandparents of Daniel and Andrew.

We look forward to seeing him around the church campus for many years to come and greatly anticipate his mutual ministry with us. There are only a handful of churches in the U.S. that have the distinct honor of having a Rabbi Scholar and we are thrilled to join their company!