It is with great joy that I am able to announce on behalf of the Vestry that the Rev. Canon Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr. has been called and agreed to serve as the 8th Rector of Christ Church Cranbrook. He was called as the person most qualified to forward the mission of Christ Church Cranbrook as articulated in its most recent Profile.
Canon Bill is a gifted and award winning preacher and published author. He comes to the parish from serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College, affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. He is currently Theologian in Residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Ontario.
As a seasoned educator, he will be superb at adult formation and has a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in the Christian formation of children and youth. He is passionate about the Christian need to care for others. He is committed to continue and support Christ Church Cranbrook’s current outreach efforts. He has also articulated a goal of ensuring that the Episcopal Church become deeply involved in Detroit’s comeback.
Since being ordained in 1995, he has served parishes in New Haven, New York City, Sewanee (TN), and London, Ontario. His managerial and financial responsibilities at Huron included managing a budget of $1 million, raising over $3.5 million for chairs in pastoral theology and Islamic Studies, and supervising staff and curricula for academic programs that serve over 500 students.
Canon Bill holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and Masters and a PH. D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University. He and his wife, Claire Danaher have been married for 24 years. Claire holds an MBA from Yale University. She works in the financial administration of universities and private schools. She currently serves on several boards, in particular Camp Wendake, London Heritage Council, and St. Paul’s Social Services. She is a gifted musician, singer and songwriter. They have two daughters, Phoebe, 16, who will be a junior at The Kent School in Connecticut and Thea, 9, who will attend Brookside. The family will reside in the Rectory and plan to arrive by the end of August.