The Revd Rodney Aist, PhD, Course Director
Rodney is serving his second term as Course Director, having previously served between 2013 and 2016.
Rodney brings long experience of leading pilgrimages to the Land of the Holy One. He has an academic focus on Jerusalem pilgrimage before the Crusades and particular interests in the spirituality of
pilgrimage and the formation of short-term community.
Rodney is American, an ordained Methodist minister and a published author of several books, most recently ‘Jerusalem Bound: How To Be A Pilgrim in the Holy Land’. He has most recently been working as an Adjunct Instructor for Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. Rodney is married to Janet, who will accompany him in Jerusalem when he moves in April. The Community of St George’s College and the Cathedral Close are delighted to welcome them both.
He hold degrees from Southern Methodist University, Duke Divinity School, and the University of Wales, Lampeter. Along with his work in Jerusalem, he has served Christian communities in
Arkansas, Scotland, Italy, and the Navajo Nation.
Prior to his arrival in Jerusalem Rodney says: “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to St George’s College. As a pilgrim, guide, and scholar, my most transformative moments in the Holy Land have always been in the company of others, and as a place of gathering, it’s the people: the staff, pilgrims, and Living Stones, that makes St George’s College and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem special.”