Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

In Memoriam: Omar Pitman, Jr. ‘57

The Rev. Canon Omar William Pitman, Jr., Class of 1957, died Monday, March 20, 2017 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 83. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, loving family members, and close friends. Pitman was the oldest of two children born to Omar William and Daphne Bernice Barnes Pitman in Big Spring, Texas in 1933. His dear sister, Nancy Pitman Lohner, preceded him in death.  Read more...

A New Call for Sheelagh Clarke ‘05

The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, Class of 2005, has been appointed to the position of Interim Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries on the diocesan staff of the Diocese of Newark, according to an announcement from the Diocese. Effective August 6 she is stepping down as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Millburn, NJ, where she has served for the past six years. She will assume her new role on September 1.  Read more...

Kevin Brown ’07 Elected 11th Bishop of Delaware

The Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Class of 2007 was elected 11th Bishop of Delaware at a special convention on July 15, 2017. He was elected on the fifth ballot at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, according to a news release issued by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

Brown has been the Rector of Holy Comforter Church in Charlotte, NC since 2010. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, TN.  Read more...

A New Call for Nancy Hagner ‘14

The Rev. Nancy J. Hagner, Class of 2014, has been called to serve as the twelfth Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA beginning October 1, 2017. Hagner has served as the Associate Rector of Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ since the summer of 2014. She also currently serves on the Diocese of New Jersey’s Committee for Lifelong Formation.

Prior to being called to ordained ministry, Hagner was the Director of Development for the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore MD for five years, and had an earlier career in the business world including time as a Vice President of Wealth Management at Bank of America.  Read more...

A New Call for Adam Shoemaker, ‘07

The Rev. Adam J. Shoemaker, Class of 2007, has been called to serve as Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

He has most recently served as rector of Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. since 2011. While at Holy Comforter, Shoemaker supported the launch of a thriving partnership with a nearby Title I elementary school and helped the parish open a bilingual preschool to serve children in the wider Burlington community.  Read more...

A New Call for Rick Robÿn ‘07

The Rev. Richard Robÿn, Class of 2007, has been called as rector of St. Mary’s-In-Tuxedo Episcopal Church in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.  He has been serving as rector at Trinity Church Oxford in Philadelphia, and previously at Church of the Resurrection in Manhattan.

While at General, Robÿn served his seminary internship at the Church of the Transfiguration, where he helped organize a mission trip to New Orleans to help in the Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts.  Read more...

Travis Smith ’05 Leads Parish to Financial and Missional Stability

The Rev. Travis Smith, Class of 2005, after three years as Rector of Grace Church in Elkridge, Maryland, has led a turnaround in the parish’s financial and missional stability. Grace is made up of two properties, the Historic Stone Church consecrated in 1911, and a new facility, built in 2002 to house an Early Childhood Center. When he arrived in 2013, he found a $91,000 operating deficit and their bank calling the remaining $700,000 on the loan taken out to create the school.  Read more...

A New Call for Rosa Brown ‘94

The Rev. Rosa Brown, Class of 1994, has been called as an Interim Priest by Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN.

Originally from the Diocese of Costa Rica, Brown worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Bishop prior to accepting her call to the Priesthood. She has previously served parishes throughout the country, including St. Paul’s in Paterson, NJ, St. Philip’s in the Hills in Tucson, AZ, and Church of Our Saviour in Cincinnati, OH.  Read more...

A New Call for Austin McGehee ‘15

The Rev. Austin McGehee, Class of 2015, has been called to serve as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Meridian, MS. He has been serving at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA as Associate Rector for Youth and Young Adults.

With a music scholarship to play the trumpet in the Ole Miss Band, McGehee obtained his Bachelors in Political Science. After college, Austin served as an AmeriCorps member, tutoring and mentoring at a children’s residential psychiatric treatment facility.  Read more...

A New Call for Matt Dayton-Welch ‘15

The Rev. Matthew Dayton-Welch, Class of 2015, has been called as Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Newton Square, PA. He has previously served as Associate Rector at St. David’s in Wayne, PA.

Dayton-Welch also serves as a trustee of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and has directed pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Before entering seminary, he had served several years in the Foreign Service as an officer for the State Dept.  Read more...

Gene Robinson ’73 named to two Chautauqua Institution posts

Bishop Gene Robinson, Class of 1973, has been appointed Incoming Vice President/Senior Pastor and Chair of President’s Advisory Council on Faith in Society at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

In anticipation of the departure of Director of Religion the Rev. Robert Franklin at the conclusion of the 2017 Chautauqua Institution season, President Michael E. Hill has announced plans to reorganize the Department of Religion with an eye toward shaping a national dialogue on faith in society.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Peter D’Alesandre ‘69

The Rev. Peter J. D’Alesandre, Class of 1969, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, RI at the age of 73.

Father Peter’s ministry began at Grace Church in Delavan, WI, and included All Saints Church in Kansas, City; Christ the King Church in Huntington, IN; St. Barnabas Church in Warwick, RI; St. Matthew Church in Ashland, OH; St. Mark’s Church in Storrs, CT; and St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Lynn Edwards ‘66

The Rev. Lynn Chester Edwards, Class of 1966, died on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age 76. Beloved son of the late Chester and Eleanor M. (Cutler) Edwards; partner of Barry R. Horton, Father Edwards recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a graduate of General as well as his ordination to the sacred order of Priests.

Edwards had many years of faithful service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including membership on the Standing Committee and ministry at Christ Church, North Hills, All Saints in Brighton Heights, Good Shepherd Church, in Hazelwood, PA, St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Carl Gerdau ’59, DD ‘12

The Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, Class of 1959 and a recipient of General’s honorary doctorate in 2012, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 of heart failure at the age of 84.

Gerdau served as canon to two Presiding Bishops: the Most Rev. Frank Griswold and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori during her transition into office. With a particular interest and expertise in seminary education, he served as Chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary, and also received honorary doctorates from Bexley as well as Virginia Theological Seminary.  Read more...

Call for Nominations from the Alumni Executive Committee

The Alumni Executive Committee (AEC) of The General Theological Seminary announces that nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as positions on the AEC and the Board of Trustees.

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award nominees may be degree-holders, either lay or ordained, worthy of special recognition. The award presentation will take place during the Alumni Gathering in May, 2018. Past recipients have included exemplars of a broad range of both extraordinarily original, path-breaking ministries and extraordinarily faithful, though quiet, ministries.
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Memorial Eucharist Evokes Theme of Welcoming the Stranger

Fr. Linman: “Margaret’s exhortation to radical welcome for all is healing balm and good news for us and for the world.”

On May 16, 2017 during our annual alumni gathering, a special Alumni Memorial Eucharist was held, honoring the life of the Rev. Dr. Margaret Guenther (1929-2016) and presenting the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award to the Rev. Steven E. Hulme, Class of 1959. The Rev. Jonathan Linman preached at the service, celebrated by the Rev.  Read more...

Scott MacDougall ’07 Named CDSP Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Scott MacDougall, Class of 2007, whose research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology, has been named assistant professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

As well as his M.A. in Theology from General, MacDougall holds a PhD from Fordham University, where he also taught. He has been a visiting assistant professor at CDSP since 2015.

“During the last two academic years, all of us at CDSP have benefitted from Scott’s clear theological voice, his enthusiasm for seminary life, and his passion for theological dialogue and reflection.  Read more...