From NASA to Old Nassau: Kara Slade appointed Princeton Theologian in Residence

[Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey Press Release]

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Trinity Episcopal Church Princeton and The Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton (ECP) have partnered to appoint The Rev. Dr. Kara N. Slade as a Theologian in Residence and associate priest/chaplain at Trinity and ECP. The Rev. Dr. Slade’s appointment comes in celebratory renewal of 150 years of collaborative ministry between Trinity and ECP.

“We are extremely blessed to have the Rev. Slade join us in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey,” said the Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey. “Her accomplishments as both priest and scientist speak to her deep faith and curiosity about God and our world, and I look forward to her ministries in Princeton and beyond.”

In the new joint appointment, Slade will serve in the historic Princeton parish and chaplaincy community encompassing students, faculty, and staff at Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Slade is completing a PhD in theology and ethics from Duke University under the direction of Amy Laura Hall (Duke) and Willie Jennings (Yale University). Her dissertation is focused on theological engagements with modern, scientific narratives of time. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering before joining NASA as a research engineer. She subsequently trained for ministry and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.

“We, as the people of Trinity Church, couldn’t be more excited about our renewed relationship with The Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton,” said The Rev. Paul Jeanes, rector of Trinity. “This offers us numerous possibilities for creative and vibrant ministry that we would otherwise be unable to do on our own.  Integrated ministry for the good of the students and faculty, the parish, and our community is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to getting to work and seeing where the Spirit leads.”

“The scholar-priest vocation is integral to Anglicanism,” added Princeton chaplain, The Rev. Joseph Wolyniak, “and Kara is a paragon of the three-fold presbyteral office in its fullness: as a pastor, priest, and teacher. She brings a unique set of gifts to this equally unique university community, modelling for us what it looks like to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ We could not be more excited to welcome her ministry among us as she helps us imagine how to be faithful followers of Christ in the pursuit of goodness, beauty, and truth.”


Slade currently serves on the pastoral staff of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School and is the vice-chair of the Society of Scholar-Priests. As a seminarian, newly ordained priest, and continuing through her current doctoral study in theology, she has served rural and suburban parishes in Alabama and North Carolina.

“I am thrilled to begin the next 150 years of our shared work at Trinity and ECP for the sake of the Gospel,” said Slade. “Now more than ever, I believe thoughtful and prayerful Christian witness that nurtures the life of the mind is a vital part of seeking the common good and following Jesus Christ as disciples. I look forward to doing just that.”

Trinity and ECP are currently celebrating the sesquicentennial year of collegiate chaplaincy in Princeton. Students at what was then known as the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) met with the rector of Trinity on October 15, 1867, to form “The Rector’s Aid Society.” The society’s aim was not only to address the education, formation, and pastoral concerns of students, but to connect Princeton students to the mission of Trinity parish in the wider community––with students helping the then-rector plant churches and address social needs in Princeton and beyond. The Episcopal chaplaincy has met continuously since and is now a chapel of the diocese and affiliate of the Princeton University Office of Religious Life, while the ties to Trinity remain strong.



Founded in 1785, the Diocese of New Jersey ranks sixth in size out of 100 domestic dioceses in the United States, with 144 congregations within its borders. The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, the current diocesan bishop and twelfth bishop of the Diocese, was elected in May 2013 and consecrated in November 2013. For more on the Diocese, please visit


Trinity Church is an historic Episcopal congregation located at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey. It is the largest Episcopal church in New Jersey. Click here for more.


Since 1876, the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton has welcomed a wide range of God’s people responding to the Holy Spirit and living out a dynamic, thoughtful, and prayerful faith life in the richness of the Anglican tradition. Click here for more.