The Rev. Dahn Gandell

The Rev. Dahn Dean Gandell was born in New Orleans, LA and raised all along the Gulf Coast. Originally ordained in the Southern Baptist Church in 1991, she found her way to the Episcopal Church in 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood on October 31, 1998.


She is canonically resident in the Diocese of Rochester. She has served on diocesan council and is currently a member of the Commission on Ministry. Dahn was installed as Rector of Church of the Ascension, Rochester, on May 14, 2015 and is thoroughly enjoying this new call after serving as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Honeoye Falls, for thirteen years.

Mother Dahn is an Ambassador for The Carpenter’s Kids, a partnership with

the diocese of New York and the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, and recently made

her sixth pilgrimage to Tanzania where she saw the successful completion of a well

project in the village of Kongogo for which she had raised $25,000. She also

supports mission work with victims of human trafficking in India and clean water

initiatives in Ecuador.


She completed her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University, received a Masters of Science in Religion with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Mobile, and a Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School.

A 500-hour certified Baptiste Yoga instructor, her passions also include cooking, reading, scuba diving, travel, and spending time with family and friends. And she has performed stand-up comedy.