The Rector at Grace Episcopal Church Norfolk


The Reverend Dr. Harold James Cobb, Jr. for the past eighteen years has served as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia. Cobb received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and a Master in Divinity from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia in 1990. Cobb was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity By Saint Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia in 1999.

 From 1980 until 1987 Cobb was the founding minister of the Good Samaritan Church, Durham, North Carolina.  He served as Rector of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina  from 1990 until accepting the call to become the Eighth Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia in 1995.

He is active in many business and community endeavors, including serving as Chair of the Norfolk International Airport Authority, a board member of: Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Children’s Health Systems, Saint Paul’s College, Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia and Westminster-Canterbury on the Chesapeake-Bay, Virginia Beach. Dr. Cobb is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, most recently the 2013 Humanitarian Award of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews).

He is married to Sheliah Jeffries Cobb, they are residents of Norfolk and they are the parents of one daughter Caryn, who is a student at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

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