The Rev. Cameron Randle became the 45th Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel on October 1, 2019 after serving the parish for two years as Priest-In-Charge. From 2011-2017, he 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 formation as ‘Baptecostal’.
In the mid 1970’s, Cameron was introduced to the Episcopal Church as an undergraduate by a professor and mentor at Oral Roberts University. A decade later, he was confirmed by the Bishop of Oklahoma while attending a predominately African American parish 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).
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-Gomez, retired Bishop of Mexico, Cameron has long been a proponent of multicultural ministries.
He is presently serving a three-year term on the Standing Committee (Bishop’s advisory council) of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. He is a ten-year member of Repairers of the Breach, a diocesan group devoted to racial justice & reconciliation. Cameron was elected as a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church; has served two consecutive terms on the Executive Board of the diocese; and was a member of the Addictions & Recovery Commission and the Mission Network and Church Planting Task Force.
Cameron is a writer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Interview and Spy magazines. His stepdaughter, Angelica Garcia, is a recording artist whose self-penned debut album, Medicine For Birds, was released on Warner Bros. Records. Her sophomore album, Cha Cha Palace, appears on Spacebomb/Glassnote Records.
In his spare time, Cameron is an enthusiast of books, beaches, blues music and barbeque. A lifelong dog lover, he is now the devoted ‘cat dad’ of Finnegan & Cash, two unanticipated feline adoptees.
You can contact The Rev. Cameron Randle directly at CRandle@easternshorechapel.org.
The Rev. Melody Perdue accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in the fall of 2020. Rev. Melody is an experienced worship leader, military (and clergy) spouse and mother of five. She is married to The Rev. Hayes Perdue, an Episcopal Priest and a U.S. Navy chaplain. Chaplain Hayes Perdue is currently stationed in Bahrain and will return for a three-year billet at Naval Station Norfolk in 2021.
Melody grew up in western Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago, IL. Melody has training in youth ministry from The Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge PA, pastoral care training from The Lazarus Center in Ambridge, PA; And pastoral care certification from Equipping Ministries International (EMI) through their International School of Service in Cincinnati, OH. She has served churches as a youth pastor and worship leader in Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, and has been involved in leading music for Diocesan youth events. She is most honored to be the mother of Nate (19), Sam (18), Anna (16), John (14), and Lydia (12), who set amazing examples of resilience and grace.
Melody was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate on Ascension Day by The Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving, Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina, and was ordained a Priest on November 21, 2020.
When Melody is not planning for military moves up and down the East Coast or driving her children to their myriad of activities, she enjoys playing her guitars, hiking, and spending time with her family.