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The Reverend Doctor W. Alfred Tisdale, Jr

Calvary Church

The Rev. Alfred Tisdale is now in his 6th year as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, CT. Prior to this, he was “Associate Dean / Director of Anglican Studies & Formation” at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. In addition to teaching courses in the practice of Christian Ministry, he was also a mentor and pastor to the Episcopal Seminarians.

Before his ordination as an Episcopal Priest, Dr. Tisdale was for many years a Presbyterian Minister. He served pastorates in Richmond, VA as well as Cranbury, NJ and as Sr. Pastor of the historic Basking Ridge, NJ congregation. He is married to The Rev. Dr. Nora Tubbs Tisdale, who is Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. Nora and Alfred early on were missionaries in South Korea where they taught in a Presbyterian Seminary, and later served together as pastors of an ecumenical cluster of churches in Virginia.

Dr. Tisdale is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary with a further graduate degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York City (as well as study at Berkeley Divinity School). Along the way, he has also served a shorter assignment as a Hospice Chaplain, and as a Spiritual Director in Princeton, NJ. In undergraduate school, Alfred was a physics and math major for most of his college career before finally also majoring in religion.

The Tisdales have two children—Leonora, who is a nurse in Chapel Hill, NC and William who is a professor at MIT teaching in the field of “Nano-technology.” Their two grand-daughters, 5 & 7 years old, live with their parents outside of Boston and are the joy of life for Alfred & Nora… they all love gathering in Stonington for boating on Long Island Sound. Alfred looks forward to welcoming you to Calvary Church!