Elected 2000, Day 4; served through 2006

The Very Rev. George Louis William Werner was born in New York City in 1938. He came to the Episcopal Church as a teenager, after being invited to play basketball on a church team, and by 1962 had received his M.Div from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963, and served in several parishes in Connecticut and New Hampshire before becoming Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh in 1979, where he would work for the next twenty years. In Pittsburgh, Dean Werner turned his energies to urban mission, working with Venture in Mission to make the Cathedral a welcoming space for the entire community, from unemployed steel workers to teenagers and white-collar executives. During this period, he also worked with the Church Pension Fund and the Church Hymnal Corporation, and was a deputy to General Convention from 1970 to 2006, serving on several standing commissions and as Vice President of the House of Deputies from 1994 to 2000. Though he retired in 2000, he was elected to serve as the President of the House of Deputies in that same year and served two consecutive terms in that capacity in 2003 and 2006. George Werner now lives in Pittsburgh.