Rev. Ethan J. Cole ’00 was recently elected as rector of the Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville, N.Y. Cole has served as an assistant rector for the past few years. In his new role, he will take on more congregational responsibility.
“I met Ethan right at the beginning of his first year at Hobart. I was just starting my second academic year,” explains HWS Chaplain Lesley Adams. “He was very interested in church things right from the start. I believe it was his idea to have a weekly Rite I Eucharist in addition to our regular service on Sunday. He preached his first sermon in St. John’s Chapel here on campus.”
When asked how he came to be so involved in religious life on campus, Cole explains that Paula Sage, associate professor of classics Emerita, encouraged him to look at religious studies. Sage remains a trusted adviser.
Cole earned his B.A. in Greek and Religious Studies, cum laude from Hobart College; he minored in African Studies. During his time on campus he was also a member of the Orange Key Society. He earned a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity in 2004, and spent a year traveling in Africa. He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood and became a canon at the Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2004. It was three years later that he moved to Williamsville, N.Y., and became an assistant rector at the Calvary Episcopal Church.
In the photo above, Rev. Ethan J. Cole ’00 presides over the John Henry Hobart service in St. John’s Chapel in September 2010.