The Rev. Rhonda Joy Rubinson was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in Brooklyn and Fair Lawn, NJ. A Christian of Jewish heritage, Rev. Rhonda was baptized and confirmed by Bishop Paul Moore at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at the Easter Vigil of 1987. She was one of the founding wardens of the Congregation of St. Saviour at the Cathedral in 1992, and was the first to be sponsored by St. Saviour for ordination in 2000. She served first as interim pastor and then priest-in-charge at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem from 2007-2012, leaving upon the successful completion of the clergy search. Mtr. Rhonda previously served as an assistant priest at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan from 2000 – 2007, and as a supply priest in many churches in the New York metropolitan area. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, and M.A.s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Union Theological Seminary. A lighting designer and theatrical production manager by trade, she worked as the Technical Director of the Theater and Dance Departments at Barnard College for a total of 28 years, and has designed lights at Lincoln Center and many venues in NYC and worldwide, for dance, symphonic, and rock productions. She also is a US Patent Holder for an invention addressing indoor air quality.
Mtr. Rhonda gives thanks to God for surviving breast cancer, and has published Lessons of the Spirit: A Christian Spiritual Companion for Your Breast Cancer Journey to help others do the same. She is also the author of Steroid Spirituality: How the Bible Can Help Us Play Clean, and the upcoming Adventures in Cooking with Mother Rhonda. Mtr. Rhonda serves on the editorial board of The Episcopal New Yorker, serves on the Ecumenical Commission on the Jewish – Christian Dialogue Committee, and is a board member of the Dominican Development Group.