Rev. Dr. Audley Donaldson is an ordained Episcopal Priest who preached his first sermon when he was only fourteen years old. From as far back as he can remember he wanted to enter the Priesthood. He came under the influence of a number of clergy including Rev. Gary Lemon, Rev. I.C. Wright and the Rev. Weville Gordon. His religious formation began at St. Mary’s Church Negril where as an Acolyte he honed his skills as a leader and public speaker. After graduating from Manning’s High School in June 1975, he was accepted at the United Theological College of the West Indies and in September 1976 started his theological training. He received a Bachelor’s Degree with second class honors from the University of the West Indies in 1980 and was ordained to the Priesthood in July 1980. Fr. Donaldson served as Curate at St. Luke’s Cross Road as well as Priest in Charge of the Morant Bay Cure, St. Thomas. He migrated to the United States in 1984 after accepting a scholarship from Yale School of Medicine and Yale Divinity School. He completed a one year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education and a Master s of Sacred Theology from Yale University. In 1992 He completed a Doctor of Ministry program at New York Theological Seminary. In 1997 he was named a fellow of the prestigious Institute for Educational Leadership.
In the United States Fr. Donaldson served as College Chaplain at Voorhees College, South Carolina and Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Starting in 1993 he entered the world of Social services, first serving as Case manager and Program Developer at the New Haven Family Alliance then as Executive Director of the North Hartford Family Resource Center, Hartford, Connecticut. Rev. Dr. Donaldson then accepted a position with Family Resource Coalition of America, Chicago, Illinois. As its Director of Constituency Building, he was largely responsible for designing a series of National conferences and symposiums with diverse communities in the United States. He has provided technical assistance to Federal, State and community based organizations in over forty states. Rev. Dr. Donaldson is proud of his work in creating a national parent Agenda in America. This has led to innovative policy development, legislation, family friendly practices at work places as well as federal and state funding for Family support programs. Rev. Dr. Donaldson is highly regarded as having a unique expertise in the field of neighborhood organizing and Parental involvement in schools. Rev. Dr. Donaldson also served as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1998 Rev. Dr. Donaldson became President and CEO of L.E.A.D Associates, a company he founded along with three other consultants. His clients included, Yale University, University of North Carolina, Brown University, University Of Kentucky, University of Pittsburg and The Annie Casey Foundation, just to name a few. He is a certified Diversity trainer with the state of Connecticut. He has designed a curriculum on Diversity training for children, and for the past ten years has been working as a diversity trainer with Elementary, Middle and High school students along with their teachers and parents in Connecticut.
Most recently Fr. Donaldson served as Principal of St. Mark’s Day School and Associate Priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, New York. During his tenure as Principal Rev. Dr. Donaldson Managed over 80 staff members and administered a 2.5 million dollar budget. Presently Rev. Dr. Donaldson is the Rector at St. Stephen and St. Martin Episcopal Church, before being the Priest in Charge there and at the Church of the Redeemer both located in Brooklyn.
He is regarded as a dynamic and eloquent speaker, and has delivered hundreds of Keynote addresses internationally and locally, as well as been featured in many news articles. He has worked on a number of federally approved projects including site visits and program evaluation. For more than ten years he worked closely with Gang members in Connecticut and the Prison staff at Maloney Correctional Institute in Cheshire, Connecticut. Rev. Dr. Donaldson has demonstrated his passion and skill as a visionary leader, strategist and academician. His proudest accomplishment however is the establishment of the Lena and Lester Donaldson Memorial Scholarship which provides funding for students from Negril, Westmoreland, who are successful in the Common Entrance Exam to attend Manning’s High School.
Rev. Dr. Donaldson is proud of the dynamic ministry that he has practiced over the years with pilgrimages and work in Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia. He is married to Kendra and is father of Andre.