The Rev. Jonathan T. Glass (1957-2004)

It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you that the Rev. Jonathan T. Glass, 47, Associate Executive Director, died suddenly of natural causes at home on August 27, 2004.

Mr. Glass came to the Association from Upland, California, where he was rector of St. Mark’s Church and School from 1989-95. He also served as a consultant to the Commission on Schools in the Diocese of Los Angeles, a consultant to the Commission on Ministry and an Examining Chaplain. Earlier, he had served churches in rural Virginia and urban North Carolina. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Brown University, he taught Latin and served as a housemaster at St. Mark’s School, Southborough, Massachusetts at the beginning of his career.

In his ministry with NAES, Mr. Glass led workshops in churches and schools throughout the Episcopal Church in the areas of school exploration, establishment, and expansion; church/parish day school relations; preparation for head searches; school board development; strategic planning; parent relations; religious life and Episcopal identity; early childhood program governance; and school fundraising. He also worked extensively in teasing, bullying, and misconduct prevention for students; child abuse prevention, education, and enforcement; and adult misconduct prevention.

After work first as Assistant (1995-97), then as Interim Director of NAES (1997-98), he was the Association’s Associate Director from 1998 to 2002 and was named Associate Executive Director in July 2002. He was the author and/or editor of a number of publications on Episcopal school life and governance. He served on the National Advisory Council of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, the Advisory Board of Forward Movement Publications, and the Episcopal Steering Committee of the Pastoral Leadership Search Effort, an ecumenical initiative to attract young people to the ordained ministry.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Glass was a graduate of Moses Brown School. The son of Evangeline Stevens Glass and the late John Raymond Glass, he leaves his mother, partner Harold Gabel, and sister Stevie Glass Champion and brother-in-law Doug Champion.

A service at the Swan Point Cemetery Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island, will take place during the week of September 5. Details as to the date and time of this service will be posted to the home page of the NAES web site,

A service in New York City, organized by NAES and Mr. Glass’ family, will take place on Wednesday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m., at Grace Church, 802 Broadway (at East 10th Street). A reception will follow in Tuttle Hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Glass’s memory can be made to the Jonathan T. Glass Memorial Fund, National Association of Episcopal Schools, 815 Second Avenue, Suite 313, New York, NY 10017.

+ May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.