Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

In Memoriam: Donald Grayston ‘63

The Rev. Donald Edward Grayston, Class of 1963, died October 23, 2017 in Vancouver, B.C., after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Born August 31, 1939 to Marion Houston Macdonald Grayston and Edward Walter Grayston, he is survived by children, Megan (Rick Bohonis), Rebekah (Mark Edwin) and Jonathan, sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Douglas Williams, other relatives and friends.  Grayston was married to Mary-Virginia (Ginger) Shaw, a lay minister at the American Episcopal church in Geneva from 1969 until 1992.  Read more...

Amanda Larson ’03 Leads Masonic Charitable Foundation

Amanda Larson, Class of 2003, has joined the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine as Executive Director.

Larson will be responsible for managing a number of initiatives, including charitable fundraising and the introduction and expansion of the Model Student Assistance Program throughout the state. A large part of her job will also be helping lodges statewide with charitable efforts in their communities.

Larson joins the foundation after a long career in development and communications.  Read more...

A New Call for Stephen Applegate ‘80

The Rev. Stephen Applegate M.Div. cum laude ’80, began an 18 month – 2 year assignment as Interim at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel, IN on October 1st.

He recently completed a fourteen-year tenure at St. Luke’s Church, Granville, Ohio, in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.  Granville is the home of Denison University, where Father Applegate also served as Adjunct Episcopal Chaplain.  St. Christopher’s is a 1,000 member congregation in the Diocese of Indianapolis.    Read more...

Geri Swanson ’08 Named Distinguished Alumna 2018

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson, Class of 2008, is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Swanson is the deacon to the Richmond Episcopal Ministry overseeing the development of new ministries on Staten Island, NY and helping existing congregations revamp their vision for the future due to changing demographics and resources.  Read more...

Don’t Miss our Annual Commemoration of the Benefactors

At our Thursday, October 19th Evensong, our special annual observance will take place offering Prayer for the Commemoration of our Benefactors. All members of The General Theological Seminary community–students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends–are warmly invited.

The annual Commemoration of Benefactors has been observed at General Theological Seminary since the Eve of All Saints 1890. It is a time when we remember with gratitude those who have given generously to the Seminary and who have cared that it be worthy of its mission.  Read more...

A New Call for Mark Goodman ‘91

The Very Rev. Mark Goodman, Class of 1991 and a member of the Alumni Executive Committee, has accepted a call to be the Corporate Director of Community Development at Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group, a local aging services corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His final Sunday at The Cathedral of Saint John in Albuquerque, where he has been Dean since 2007, will be November 5.

Goodman previously served for eight and a half years as Rector of Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and before that as Rector of Trinity Church in Hamilton, Ohio.  Read more...

The Ministry of Bill Wipfler ’55 Featured in New Video Series

The life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. William Wipfler, Class of 1955, is featured in a new video series by Fr. Joseph Mulligan, SJ. The video series can serve as an introduction to the Church in Latin America and its participation in struggles of solidarity, justice, and peace.

Wipfler is the former Director of the Caribbean and Latin American Department of the National Council of Churches (NCC) (1968-1977), the Director of the Human Rights Office of the National Council of Churches (1977-1988) and an Episcopal Priest who served many parishes in the United States as well as missionary in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.   Read more...

In Memoriam: Daniel Kunhardt ‘52

The Rev. Daniel B. Kunhardt, Class of 1952, 90, died on August 10, 2017 at home in Brunswick, ME, after a short illness.

Born on September 21, 1926 in Lawrence, MA, he was the son of George and Joan Kunhardt. He was predeceased by Margaret Hale Kunhardt in 2004, and is survived by Mary Lou Lavallee, his children Elizabeth, Daniel, Susan and Amelia, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Read more...

A New Call for Joseph Peters-Mathews ’12

(Photo credit: Dani Scoville / Diocese of California)

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews, Class of 2012, will begin his cure as Vicar of St. Joseph-St. John, Lakewood, WA on September 17, 2017. He was ordained deacon in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in December 2011. He was ordained priest in San Francisco in December 2012. From September 2012 through December 2016 he served as the Working Group Head for Communications for the Diocese of California.   Read more...

P/T Job Opportunity for Seminarian or Spouse

Position Description: Program Associate: The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion

The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion draw together one hundred thirty Anglican affiliated colleges and universities on five continents.  As a network of the Anglican Communion, CUAC is a membership organization that connects the institutions for learning and fellowship, focusing on a Triennial Conference hosted by one of the members.  In 2017 the Triennial was held at Madras Christian College, Chennai, India with the theme of Identity and Diversity: Vocation, Citizenship and the common Good.   Read more...

A New Call for Dion Thompson ‘07

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has joined St. Anne’s Episcopal Church of Annapolis, MD as the Associate Priest for Pastoral Care.

Thompson previously served for eight and a half years as the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore City and immediately prior to St. Anne’s, he served as interim rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Canon Janice Rusack 1919 – 2017

Canon Janice Morrison Overfield Rusack, widow of the late fourth Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack, Class of 1951 and a former chairman of our Board of Trustees, died Aug. 29. She was 97, and had been in declining health in recent years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, who were great benefactors of our Desmond Tutu Center, and daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Rusack Waycott and Richard Waycott.  Read more...

A New Ministry for Geraldine Swanson ‘08

The Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson, Class of 2008, has been appointed the deacon to the Richmond Episcopal Ministry which is overseeing the development of new ministries on Staten Island, NY and helping existing congregations revamp their vision for the future due to changing demographics and resources.

Swanson has served over 25 years as an educator in both public and private schools in New York City, both in the classroom and as a mentor to new teachers, trainer of teacher mentors, and staff developer.  Read more...

Excellent P/T Job or Field Opportunities, Staten Island

The Richmond Inter-Parish Council, part of the Richmond Episcopal Ministry of the Diocese of New York (Staten Island, NY) is charged with working collaboratively with three to five Episcopal Parishes on Staten Island weighing current programs and looking to establish new ministries on Staten Island.

They have two jobs available:

1)         Someone with up-to-date computer skills on a part time basis to assist local parishes with updating their presence on social media, introduce the use of Constant Contact and work with the IPC on keeping current their webpage and possibly starting and monthly updating a Facebook presence not only for the IPC, but for other parishes as well.  Read more...

Lucinda Mosher ’02 Continues “Building Bridges”

Lucinda Mosher, Th.D., 2002 has recently finished the most recent in her Building Bridges series, co-edited with David Marshall: God’s Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives. It has been published by Georgetown University Press and is available from the publisher or through Amazon.com.

A record of the 2015 Building Bridges Seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars, this collection of essays explores the nature of divine and human agency through themes of creation’s goal, humankind’s dignity and task, and notions of sovereignty.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Thomas Droppers ‘56

The Rev. Thomas Droppers, Class of 1956, widely known throughout North Carolina for his passion and commitment for the environment, died July 21, 2017, following a period of declining health. Fr. Droppers, 86, was retired after 61 years of service in the Episcopal ministry.

Droppers was born in Albany, NY March 30, 1931, the son of Seton Rand Droppers and Margaret Evelyn Droppers. He was a 1953 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY before attending General.  Read more...

Great P/T Job Opportunity — Church of the Ascension

Sunday School Teacher — Church of the Ascension

Great Opportunity for Seminarian or Family Member

Mother Liz Maxwell at The Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at Tenth Street, is seeking a teacher for their “one room schoolhouse” Sunday School. Their kids are young (primarily 3-8) and there is a small number of them. They are looking for someone who can work with clergy to design and implement a program that will engage young chilldren and their families, using story-telling, scripture, worship, and the arts to help them learn about and grow in faith.  Read more...