The Very Reverend Robert E. “Bob” Brodie became Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul on February 1, 2006. He is a Miami, Florida native and a cradle Episcopalian. His family, going back fourteen generations in the Church of England, gave service to the Crown through the Royal Navy and medicine. After graduation from college he served as an Intelligence Officer. He attended the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He was ordained to the Diaconate on June 4, 1978 and to the Priesthood on December 17, 1978, by the Right Reverend James L. Duncan of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. He was the curate at St. Phillip’s, Coral Gables, FL. Dean Brodie was in parish ministry for the first fifteen years of his ordained life having served as Rector of two parishes in Tennessee where he was also very active in Diocesan matters. He was then called to be the Canon to the Ordinary for The Rt. Rev. Robert G. Tharp in the Diocese of East Tennessee where he served for two and a half years. He was then called to be the Canon for Ministry in the Diocese of Tennessee (Nashville) under The Rt. Rev .Bertram N .Herlong. This was an endowed position to study congregational life and conflict resolution. Brodie was the chief troubleshooter for the Diocese of Tennessee.
He is a graduate of the University of Miami, B.A., M.A.; the University of the South, M.Div.; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology; and was in the Doctor of Ministry joint program of Vanderbilt University and the University of the South. He was a student of Vanderbilt’s legendry Professor of Pastoral Care, The Rev. Liston O. Mills, Th.D. He has a post-graduate Certificate of Advanced Specialization (C. A. S.) in Spiritual Direction from Saint Michael’s College (R.C.) in Winooski, Vermont. He was awarded a Doctor of Canon Law (Honoris Causa) for his work in Canon law. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons in both Dioceses in which he served. He is a member of the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Trial Court and a member of the Province V Provincial Appellate Court.
Dean Brodie founded the Police Chaplaincy Program for the Miami-Dade Public Safety Department in 1979. He served as a Chaplain for the Tennessee Highway Patrol for over twenty-five years. He is currently a Chaplain of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and holds a Top-Secret security clearance. He has served as the Deputy Chief of Security for the General Convention since 1990.
He has been married to Linda for over 27 years.