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Chandler Corydon Randall II, PhD, DD

Title: Theologian
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Chandler Corydon Randall II, Theologian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of theology and genealogy.

With a brilliant mind and a passion for people, Dr. Randall has committed himself to learning about others and helping them achieve happiness. Interested in both architecture and the ministry during his time at the University of Michigan, Dr. Randall decided to pursue the latter. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 before earning a Bachelor in Sacred Theology from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 1960. He then earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Hebraic studies from Hebrew Union College 1969 and later received a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 1985.

Dr. Randall has served multiple locations as a rector. He first spent time at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, IN, from 1967 to 1971 before relocating to Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne, IN, from 1971 to 1988 and finally St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, CA, from 1988 to 2000.  Dr. Randall’s most recent appointment was as a theologian-in-residence at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, MI, from 2000 to 2013. He has loved working in the ministry, considering the times he spent guiding people through major events such as weddings and funerals to be rewarding experiences.

Never one to limit himself, Dr. Randall has undertaken additional pursuits. He has served on the Alumni Council of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University from 1981 to 1987, the Bishop’s Cabinet of the Diocese of Northern Indiana from 1983 to 1987 and on the Board of Directors of the Living Church Foundation at the Milwaukee Biblical Theologian Episcopal Church Stewardship in New York City in 1985. Furthermore, Dr. Randall served on the platform committee of the Indiana Republican Party in Indianapolis in 1974, as president of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and founded the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, both in 1977. He has lent his time and talents as the commissioner of the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission in Indianapolis from 1981 to 1987 as well as a board member of the Fort Wayne Park Foundation from 1983 to 1988.

In recognition of his success, Dr. Randall has received numerous accolades. He has been named a Scheuer Scholar by the Hebrew Union College from 1963 to 1966, received the Distinguished Service Medal from the University of Michigan in 1981,  Sagamore of the Wabash from the Governor of Indiana in 1987 and the Liberty Bell Award, Fort Wayne Bar Association in 1988. He has been featurd in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the West and holds the prestigious The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He is grateful for these awards and his accomplishments, attributing his success to having had many great people shape his life and teach him.

Bettering any organization with which he is affiliated, Dr. Randall has been affiliated with numerous organizations including the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Rotary Club International. He has been involved in the Mayflower Society in Michigan as an elder general, a governor and a historian and served as national chaplain of Chi Psi. Dr. Randall has previously held the role of president of the Quest Club, the Oakland County Genealogical Society and the Yale University Alumni Club. Currently, he serves as president of the Detroit Society of Genealogical Research, holding this role since 2000.

Creative and generous with his knowledge, Dr. Randall has authored “An Approach to Biblical Satire” and “Satire in the Bible” as well as contributed numerous articles to professional journals. A fond memory of his career was his interview in the fall of 2017 with a genealogist from the Allen County Public Library. Dr. Randall had been recognized for his invaluable effect on the Fort Wayne community via his genealogical research and is pleased that the interview remains on file in the library so that generations from years to come can learn about the past and its undeniable influence on the future.

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