Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

A New Call for David Sellery ’92

A New Call for David Sellery ’92

The Rev. David Foster Sellery, Class of 1992, has been called as priest-in-charge of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Connecticut effective August 1, 2014. Sellery previously served as Curate at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, from 1994 to 1999.  During that time he also served as Chaplain to St. Thomas Choir School, the world-renowned choir of boy choristers. From there he served as priest-in-charge at Saint Bartholomew’s in White Plains, New York and recently as rector at St.  Read more...

A New Call for Chip Connelly ’07

A New Call for Chip Connelly ’07

The Rev. Charles Evans Connelly, Class of 2007 and a member of our Board of Trustees, has been called as the Sixteenth Rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School in Tampa, Florida.

Connelly did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina and then earned an M.B.A. at the Columbia Business School. After an eighteen-year career with Owens-Illinois, he spent fifteen years engaged in various entrepreneurial endeavors.  Read more...

A New Book from Geoffrey Butcher ’65

A New Book from Geoffrey Butcher ’65

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Class of 1965, has published a new book: Without the Miracle There is Nothing: Devotionals to Encourage and Inspire. These meditations were originally published in the News Democrat & Leader in Logan County, Kentucky. The book is now available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

This collection of devotionals shows that there are many miracles: the miracle of creation, the miracle of yourself, the miracle of finding something within you that is also outside of you, the miracle of the Holy Spirit.   Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Anna Powell ’84

The Rev. Canon Anna Stewart Powell, Class of 1984, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Lumberton, New Jersey from 2001 to 2012, died of cancer, at home on June 19, her 69th birthday.

She was a canon for the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton, said her husband, the Rev. John Charles Powell, also GTS Class of ’84.

Born in Neosho, Missouri, Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1977.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Michael E. Macdonald ’00

IN MEMORIAM: Michael E. Macdonald ’00

Michael E. Macdonald, Class of 2000, died on June 7 at the age of 66 at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, after a brief illness. Born December 27, 1947 in Berkley, California, Michael grew up in Grandview, Missouri graduating from Grandview High School and the University of Missouri with a BA in Accounting.

He was drafted into the Army and served in the Finance Corp from 1970-1972, helping to develop the method of salary distribution still used by the Army today.  Read more...

Kerlin Richter ’13 Receives Beatitudes Society Fellowship

Kerlin Richter ’13 Receives Beatitudes Society Fellowship

The Rev. Kerlin Richter, Class of 2013, has been selected by the Beatitudes Society as one of eight emerging faith leaders from across the U.S. to receive the annual Beatitudes Fellowship award. Richter is the founding priest of Bushwick Abbey, a new Episcopal Church plant in Brooklyn, New York.

About Bushwick Abbey, Richter says, “We are boldly proclaiming God’s love for all people regardless of sexual orientation, economic status, or religious background.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. H. King McGlaughon, Jr. ‘89

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. H. King McGlaughon, Jr. ‘89

The Rev. Hugh King McGlaughon, Jr., Class of 1989, of Winston Salem, NC, died on Wednesday, May 21,2014 after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. McGlaughon was also a former member of the GTS faculty.

McGlaughon was born in Rocky Mount, NC on March 17, 1952. He was the son of Hugh K. McGlaughon, Sr. and Jane Dickie McGlaughon, now both deceased.  His early years were spent growing up in Raleigh, NC.   Read more...

A New Call for the Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal ’04

A New Call for the Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal ’04

The Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal, Class of 2004, has been called to serve as Vicar of both St. Andrew’s in Mastic Beach, NY and St. Andrew’s in Yaphank, NY. Purchal was previously Assisting Priest for Mission and Outreach at St. Ann’s, Sayville, Priest in Residence at The Church of St. Mark the Evangelist in North Bellmore, and Chaplain and Director to the Church Without Walls Ministry at St.  Read more...

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

The Rev. Elise Johnstone, Class of 2005, has been called as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Lexington. In this role she will assist Bishop Douglas Hahn (Class of 1996, D.D. 2014) in realizing the vision of the diocese. Her special focus will be on the health, growth, and development of congregations, the nurture and call of priests, and broader tasks of helping all baptized persons discern and grow into their call to ministry.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. C. Andrew Mepham ‘52

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. C. Andrew Mepham ‘52

The Rev. C. Andrew Mepham, Class of 1952, died on May 19, 2014 at the age of 89 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Recognized for his intelligence, academic interests, world travels and fluency in three languages, Mepham received a B.S. in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.D. from Columbia University before attending General. He did graduate work at Oxford University where he served as Chaplain, was a Monk of the Order of the Holy Cross, Professor of Pastoral Theology at St.  Read more...

GTS Alumni Relations Publishes Job Postings Page

GTS Alumni Relations Publishes Job Postings Page

This past school year, GTS Alumni Relations took Deployment under its umbrella as an additional responsibility. Along with posting jobs for graduating seminarians, our office also receives requests to post jobs for alumni, and frequently there are calls suitable for both new graduates and alumni.

To better serve our new call to spread the word about new job possibilities to both students and alums, we have created a page on the GTS website featuring these listings.  Read more...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Rev. H. King McGlaughon, Jr., Class of 1989, May 21, 2014

The Rev. C. Andrew Mepham, Class of 1952, May 19, 2014

The Rev. Wray MacKay, Class of 1954, April 30, 2014

The Rev. Gary E. Caldwell, Class of 1960, April 22, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Theodore W. Lewis, Class of 1953, April 19, 2014

The Rev. Dr. John Thornley Docker, Class of 1963, April 13, 2014

To read full obituaries, click here.  Read more...

A New Call for Matthew Johnson ’08

A New Call for Matthew Johnson ’08

The Rev. Matthew R. Johnson (Class of 2008) has taken the rector’s position at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He was called to the position following a search to replace the Rev. Scott White (Class of 1996 and President of the Alumni Executive Committee), who is now at Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, North Carolina.

Johnson previously served as associate rector at St.  Read more...

A New Book from Lucinda Mosher ’02

A New Book from Lucinda Mosher ’02

Georgetown University Press has recently published Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, edited by alumna Lucinda Mosher (Class of 2002) and her colleague, David Marshall.

The book is a record of the eleventh Building Bridges Seminar, convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in April, 2012. The essays in the volume explore what the Bible and Quran – and the Christian and Islamic theological traditions – have to say about death, resurrection, and human destiny.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Wray MacKay ’54

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Wray MacKay ’54

The Rev. Wray MacKay, Class of 1954 and a former member of the faculty at The General Theological Seminary, died unexpectedly on April 30, 2014, with his wife the Rev. Kate Kinney, daughter Margaret, and the Rev. Peter Strummer, rector of St Andrew’s in Seattle, Washington, at his bedside. MacKay and Kinney had just been concluding a co-interim ministry at Emmanuel Church on Orcas Island when he suffered a serious head injury from a fall.  Read more...

A New Book from Harry F. Shaefer III (1961-63)

A New Book from Harry F. Shaefer III (1961-63)

The Rev. Harry F. Shaefer III, a GTS seminarian from 1961-1963, recently published First Thessalonians: The Hidden History of the Pauline Churches (Kephalos Publishing). The work explores what we might know about the history of the very early church if we only had this one letter, which is generally thought to be the earliest document of the New Testament.

It alludes to a number of events in its immediate past, gives us a broad presentation of the gospel as Paul originally preached it in Thessalonica, and points to two historical developments that required him to modify his presentation of the gospel.  Read more...