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Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Adapted from the Episcopal News Service | February 6, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke (S.T.M. ’96, Th.D. ’00, and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral and Ascetical Theology) was honored with the Samuel Shoemaker Award at the annual meeting of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC).

For the past 12 years, Hoke has pioneered the teaching of two recovery-related courses at General. The Very Rev. Ward B.  Read more...

A New Call for Kevin Olds ’10

The Rev. Kevin Olds, Class of 2010, has been called as the 4th Rector of St. Timothy’s on the Hill, Fairfield, Connecticut. He has previously been serving as the Rector of St. John’s in Saugus, Massachusetts, and has also spent time as a hospital chaplain. Hailing from upstate New York, Olds also attended Drew Theological School, in addition to The General Theological Seminary. His first career was in Information Technology before hearing the call to ordained ministry.  Read more...

A New Call for Bruce Woodcock ’02

The Rev. Canon Bruce W. Woodcock, Class of 2002, has been named Episcopal Church Partnership Officer for Asia and the Pacific, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Woodcock will be responsible for nurturing Episcopal Church relationships with Anglican Communion partners in the region and working with The Episcopal Church’s office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.

Woodcock is currently the Interim Pastor at St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, New York, and has previously served congregations in the Diocese of Newark.  Read more...

A New Call for Phil Linder ’85

The Rev. Dr. Philip Linder, Class of 1985, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He had previously served at Grace Church, Long Island; St. Martin in the Fields, Atlanta; Holy Trinity, Atlanta; Trinity Cathedral, Columbia; and St. John’s, Versailles, Kentucky. He had retired to Charleston with his wife Ellen, after 30 years in full-time parish ministry, to be close to family and grandchildren.  Read more...

Mark Collins ’08 Called as Rector, All Saints’ Glen Rock, NJ

The Rev. Mark Collins, Class of 2008, has been called as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Glen Rock, NJ, where he has served as Interim Rector since September 2015. Collins was previously the Interim Pastor at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan where he served since 2012. Prior to that, he was the Assistant to the Rector at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church from 2008 until 2012.  Read more...

Miguel Hernández ’13 Offers Theological Education in El Salvador

The Rev. Miguel A. Hernández, Class of 2013, and Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at The General Theological Seminary, has been instrumental in the launch of a seminary serving the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador. The idea of offering Episcopal theological education in El Salvador began in 2015 with discussions between Hernández, representing the Newark School of Theology (NST) in New Jersey, and the Rt. Rev. David Alvarado, Bishop of the Diocese of El Salvador.  Read more...

Alumni News from Donn Mitchell ’91

Donn Mitchell, Class of 1991, taught a course in the January term at Princeton Theological Seminary which involved students in a class project to assess how the New York Times covered The Episcopal Church in the 20th century. The project unearthed thousands of articles and has the potential to serve as a database for religious and social historians.

The group was impressed by the thoroughness of the Times coverage as well as the length of time it took for some issues to work their way through the councils of the church.  Read more...

Update from Ronald Noone ’83

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Noone (Class of 1983), a former tutor and visiting professor at The General Theological Seminary, has been the Interim Pastor at the Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan for the past year. He returns home to the Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia in February, 2017. Noone has spent most of his ministry in educational settings, schools and universities with a stint as Rector in a parish in Geelong, Victoria.  Read more...

A New Call for Robert Clements ’85

The Rev. Dr. Robert Peter Clements, Class of 1985, has been called as Priest-In-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church of Bethany, Connecticut. Clements has been the Rector of Christ Church in Roxbury, Connecticut since 2009 and, prior to that, served several parishes and schools in the northeast.

Along with his degree from The General Theological Seminary, among other degrees, he holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Read more...

A New Call for Eric Williams ’92

The Rev. Eric Williams, Class of 1992, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, Michigan.

A native of Los Angeles, Williams received his bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College in 1986 before receiving his M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary. As a priest for 24 years, he has served congregations in Western Massachusetts, Western New York, and Michigan. Most recently, he served the Diocese of Michigan as Director of the Whitaker Institute, the adult formation arm of the diocese, since July 2014.  Read more...

A New Call for Will Peyton ’06

The Rev. William “Will” P. Peyton, Class of 2006, has been called as the 10th Rector of St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, effective February 22, 2017.

Peyton is currently Associate Rector at St. James’ Church, New York City. He received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from the University of Virginia before earning his M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary. Peyton was then sponsored for Ordination by St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Gavin White ’67

The Rev. Gavin D. White, Class of 1967, died peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Scotland on Christmas Eve 2016. The funeral service was held in All Saints’ Scottish Episcopal Church, St. Andrews, on January 20. The following obituary is adapted from one White wrote for himself in 2002:

Born April 6, 1927 in Montreal, White was the son of a Canadian army brigadier, and on both sides of railway stock.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret A. Guenther ’83

The Rev. Dr. Margaret A. Guenther, Class of 1983, died peacefully early Sunday morning, December 11, 2016, surrounded by her whole loving family.

Guenther was Professor Emerita of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary, where she served for many years as Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality. She was a noted retreat leader and lecturer, and author of many books including Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction (1992); Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life (1996); My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 62 (2012); The Practice of Prayer (1998); Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner; (2007); At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us (2006); and most recently, Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus (2011).  Read more...

A New Call for Glenna Huber ’01

The Rev. Glenna Huber, Class of 2001, is the new Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, College Park, Maryland. She has been a priest in the Diocese of Maryland since 2009. During this time her ministry has focused on issues unique to urban congregations and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Huber has served as Vicar in three settings in Baltimore with a consistent ministry at the Church of the Holy Nativity, located in Lower Park Heights.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: William Henry Strain ’57

The Rev. William Henry Strain, Class of 1957, died on November 9, 2016 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida at the age of 88. He had served as Rector of Calvary Church in Summit, New Jersey for 25 years. A Memorial service was held at Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach; another service will be held at Calvary, Summit in the spring of 2017 on a date to be announced.  Read more...

Paid Internship: DioNY Reparations Committee

The New York Diocesan Reparations committee is seeking an intern who can work with committee chair Richard Witt Director of Rural & Migrant Ministry on these tasks :

  • Research of the historical involvement of the entities of the Diocese within slavery Assist in the development of a Liturgy of Lamentation (which will take place in Fall of 2017)
  • his will include outreach, research and planning
  • Develop materials for the Committee to disseminate to the congregations of the Diocese including a “tool kit” to help the congregation’s educational process.
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Jennie Talley ’14 Called as Rector, St. John’s, Wilmot

The Rev. Jennie Talley, Class of 2014, has been called as the 20th Rector of St. John’s, Wilmot, New Rochelle, New York. She had been serving as their Priest-in-Charge for a year and a half. Her institution was celebrated on December 10, 2016.

Talley graduated from The General Theological Seminary, cum laude, with an M.Div., a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, and an award for Pastoral Care.  Read more...