Father Randolph Sly is a Catholic priest with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, serving as Chaplain of the St. John Fisher Catholic Community of Northern Virginia and as a priest in residence at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. He is also the owner of WriteView Communications, LLC, which specializes in content development for web, video, multi-media, speeches, books and print.
Raised in The Episcopal Church, Fr. Sly has spent over thirty years in parish and denominational ministry, serving churches in Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Virginia. He became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church during college and later served for as a pastor as well as in media and communications specialist. He later joined a new Anglican jurisdiction, the Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC), where he was ordained a priest and later consecrated a bishop. He last served as the Archbishop of the Eastern Province and Supervising Archbishop of the International Office of Communications.
In November 2006, he resigned from the CEC and, along with his wife, Sandy, was received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained as a Catholic priest with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the new jurisdiction for former Anglicans established by Pope Benedict XVI in June of 2012.
During his more than three decades of ministry, he has been a popular speaker for churches and Christian organizations, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of spiritual formation and renewal, Biblical studies, pro-life, the family, worship and liturgy, pastoral ministry, leadership development and interpersonal communications.
Fr. Sly is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (B.A.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div. with honors), and pursued Ph.D. studies in Education at Kansas State University. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honoris Causa) from Holy Trinity Theological College and Seminary. Prior to his call to ministry, he worked in radio as a disk jockey and broadcast journalist, as well as in television broadcasting and in multimedia.
Continuously involved in the field of communications and the media, he has produced radio, TV, film, video, and multi-image presentations for many national Christian and secular organizations. Fr. Sly is also a published author, has written for a number of national periodicals, and was a major contributing editor and author for the multi-volume series The Complete Library of Christian Worship by Robert Webber. As a communications specialist, he also has over 50 multi-media and film scripts and hundreds of radio/TV commercials to his credit. He was named three times as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America,” appears in “Who’s Who in Religion,” and elected to be included in “Who’s Who” for 2005 and subsequent years.
Fr. Sly and his wife have three grown children: Dena, Deborah, and David, all of whom are married, and eight grandchildren. They live in Potomac Falls, VA, a suburb of Washington D.C. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Past Faithful Navigator and currently serves as Faithful Friar for his Assembly.