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The Reverend J. Douglas Ousley, Rector

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The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley grew up near Boston, attending public schools before going on to Yale University, where he graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude in 1969. He went on to earn graduate degrees from New York Theological Seminary, the University of London, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

The Rector’s first church position was Assistant Minister at St. Thomas Church Manhattan and Chaplain of the St. Thomas Choir School. He then served as Canon Pastor of the American Cathedral in Paris, France, and Rector of St. Paul’s Within-the-Walls in Rome, Italy, before coming to Incarnation in 1985.

Douglas Ousley has served in various offices for the church, including chairing the Board of Directors of Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and membership in ecumenical groups in France, Italy, and New York City. He currently is clergy liaison to the 17th Precinct of the New York Police Department. His writings have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Century, the Church Times and the Living Church. He now reviews books for Anglican and Episcopal History. He has lectured for various schools and groups as well as presenting programs for Italian radio (RAI), Vatican Radio and other media.

The Rector has two sons, John, an attorney, and Andrew, a marketing manager, in New York City. He is married to Dana Fern, an occupational therapist who works in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital and has a private practice in Manhattan.

Browse the Rector’s Blog or read past sermons.

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The Reverend Adrian Dannhauser, Associate Rector

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The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser was raised as a Southern Baptist in Mississippi. It took the Episcopal Church in New York City, however, to bring out her passion for spreading the Gospel. She discovered the Episcopal Church in her mid-twenties and still marvels at its many gifts – ancient tradition, progressive theology, an invitation to question, an emphasis on social justice, liturgical space for contemplation, and Christian community grounded in the Eucharist. Today Adrian’s ministry is fueled by her commitment to evangelism and mission. She seeks to empower others to share God’s love through faith-filled conversation in daily life and service to those in need.

Prior to arriving at Church of the Incarnation, Adrian served just up the street at St. James’ Church on Madison Ave. She is active in a number of Episcopal and ecumenical ministries and chairs the Task Force Against Human Trafficking for the Episcopal Diocese of New York. She was recently selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for her work to combat human trafficking.

Before ordained ministry, Adrian practiced corporate bankruptcy law and financial restructuring at the Wall Street firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson. She also has a history in dance ministry and a lifelong love of ballet. Adrian holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.

Adrian is married to Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham, a community-based family and youth development non-profit organization in NYC and Westchester. They have a young daughter, Callaway.

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