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The Very Rev. Gideon L. K. Pollach


St. John's Episcopal Church
Cold Spring Harbor, New York

The Very Rev. Gideon Pollach is the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cold Spring Harbor, New York and serves as the Dean of the North Nassau region of the Diocese of Long Island. He is also the Chair of the Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation organizing network. Gideon has been active in that organization’s effort to end the opioid overdose and addiction epidemic on Long Island and part of the network’s larger efforts on owner-occupied housing and green energy. 

He is a member of the chapter of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY, a board member of the Outreach Development Corporation, a substance abuse treatment provider in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, New York, the Elewana Education Project, and the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States. He is a past trustee of the East Woods School in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, and the Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, New York. 

Gideon previously served as Head Chaplain at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Chaplain at Shrine Mont, Associate at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City, and in Christian formation and youth leadership roles at St. Stephen’s Church, Richmond, and Christ Church, Alexandria, as well as Clerk to the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, the 12th Bishop of Virginia. 

Gideon is a graduate of The General Theological Seminary, Trinity College and St. Albans School, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Gideon is a parent of four, Abigael (22), Woodford (14), Peyton (10), and Tilghman(8), and married to Sarah Broaddus Pollach, a Nurse Practitioner with Optum Health.

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