Category Archives: Alumni

Alumni Gathering 2014 Registration Now Open!

Alumni Gathering 2014 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for this fall’s Alumni Gathering on the Close, Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6, 2014.

The annual gathering is an opportunity for alumni to return to Chelsea Square for learning and worship, to reconnect with faculty and friends, and share all that has happened since your days at General.

This year’s Alumni Gathering will feature the highly anticipated Paddock Lectures which are titled, The How of Theology and Ministry by Prof.  Read more...

A New Call for Carol Gadsden ’85

A New Call for Carol Gadsden ’85

The Rev. Carol D. Gadsden, Class of 1985, has been called as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Mamaroneck, New York, effective September 15, 2014. Currently the rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Sparta, New Jersey, she has served congregations in the dioceses of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

This call takes Gadsden full circle, returning her to Westchester County in the Diocese of New York, where she was sponsored for the priesthood by neighboring parish Christ’s Church, Rye, 32 years ago.  Read more...

A New Call for J. Carr Holland ’76

A New Call for J. Carr Holland ’76

The Rev. J. Carr Holland III (Class of 1976) is the new minister at the Siasconset Union Chapel, Siasconset, Massachusetts. He has previously served as Rector of Grace Church in Newark, St. Clement’s Church in Hawthorne, and St. Mark’s in Mendham, New Jersey. He has acted as the interim minister at St. Ambrose in Raleigh and St. Paul’s in Cary, North Carolina.

Carr earned his B.A.  Read more...

A New Call for Van Bankston ’11

A New Call for Van Bankston ’11

The Rev. Van A. Bankston (Class of 2011) has been called as rector to Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist in Milford, Pennsylvania. He previously served one year as assistant priest, following a 2-year curacy at Trinity Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bankston is pleased to begin this new ministry serving the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Born in Mississippi, Bankston holds a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Roger Scott Gray ’52

The Very Rev. Roger Scott Gray, Class of 1952, Dean Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis died on July 1, 2014.

Dean Gray was born May 27, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to the late William Albert and Laura Grace (Scott) Gray.

He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, New York, and was also a graduate of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, before attending General.  Read more...

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...

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...