Category Archives: Alumni

IN MEMORIAM: T. Herbert Johnson ’73

IN MEMORIAM: T. Herbert Johnson ’73

The Rev. Dr. T. Herbert Johnson, Class of 1973, died on December 5, 2014 in Charlotte, NC at the age of 81.

Johnson was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Newark in 1973 by Bishop Leland Stark and served as Curate at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral from 1973-1975. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 in the Diocese of Michigan and served congregations in the Dioceses of Michigan, Ohio and Long Island.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM John Negrotto ’72

IN MEMORIAM John Negrotto ’72

The Rev. John Negrotto, Class of 1972, died suddenly on December 13, 2014 of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

Negrotto served as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Hillsdale, NJ, retiring in 2004 after 27 years. In his “retirement” John served as Interim Rector of several parishes in both the Newark and New Jersey Dioceses: Church of the Messiah (Chester), St. Peter’s (Essex Fells), St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Charles Poindexter ’55

IN MEMORIAM Charles Poindexter ’55

The Rev. Canon Charles L.L. Poindexter, Class of 1955, died Nov. 25, 2014 at the age of 82.

Born April 11, 1932 to Walter Poindexter and Pearl M. Robinson in Richmond, Va., he attended West Virginia State University and Philadelphia Divinity School before furthering his studies at General and then Chichester Theological Seminary in England. He was ordained to the diaconate and the sacred priesthood in 1958 in the Cathedral of St.  Read more...

A New Call for Lynne Grifo ’90

A New Call for Lynne Grifo ’90

The Rev. Lynne A Grifo is now serving as Interim Rector of All Saints Church, Bay Head, NJ, effective December 1, 2014. Grifo was most recently Interim Pastor of St. John’s Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This is the fifth congregation in succession she has served as pastor and transition specialist across four dioceses.

Grifo’s professional experience is well-suited to interim ministry and she enjoys the challenges each different context offers.  Read more...

A New Call for John Satula ’06

A New Call for John Satula ’06

The Rev. John Satula, Class of 2006, has been called as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury, MA.  He joined the parish Sunday, December 21, 2014, just in time for Christmas.

Satula graduated from Elmira College with a degree in Theater before attending General, and also holds a Master’s in Church History, Biblical Studies and Christian Education from Duke University. He has previously served congregations in Wilton, CT; Gainesville, FL; and most recently as Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Church in Newton, CT.  Read more...

A New Call for Chris Ballard ‘12

A New Call for Chris Ballard ‘12

The Rev. Christopher Ballard, Class of 2012 and former Associate Director of the Desmond Tutu Center, has been called as Rector of Trinity-St. John’s, Hewlett, N.Y.

He is currently the Associate Rector at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, a parish known for its diversity as well as its ongoing partnership with Occupy Sandy to help bring relief to neighbors devastated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Read more...

A New Call for Matt Holcombe ’11

A New Call for Matt Holcombe ’11

The Rev. Matthew Holcombe, Class of 2011, has been called as Associate Rector for Spiritual Growth and Adult Formation at Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was previously Associate Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Before being called to ordained ministry, Holcombe was Vice President, Operations at Hotwire Communications.

Adjunct Prof. Lindsay Boyer to Lead a Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

Adjunct Prof. Lindsay Boyer to Lead a Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

Lindsay Boyer, Class of 2003 and adjunct professor at the Center for Christian Spirituality, will be leading “Practice, Practice, Practice: A Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat,” at the Garrison Institute, February 4-8, 2015.

This silent five-day retreat, suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners, offers immersion in two contemplative practices from the Christian tradition: Centering Prayer, a form of silent meditation, and Lectio Divina, a way of listening to sacred texts with the ear of the heart.  Read more...

Letter to GTS Alumni from GTS Board of Trustees

To: The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White
Members of the Alumni Executive Committee
Alumni/ae of The General Theological Seminary

From: The Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk

November 20, 2014

Thank you for the thorough report of your meeting with Bishop Shin on November 5, 2014, received on November 19th. I deeply appreciate the obvious love you have for General, especially during this difficult time of both crisis and possibility.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis Nichols ’92

The Rev. Dennis Witt Nichols, Class of 1992, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Holy Comforter, Gadsden, Alabama, died suddenly on November 24, 2014, at the age of 59.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, Nichols previously served at St. Peter’s Clarksboro, New Jersey, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Gibbsboro, New Jersey. A native of Virginia, he was a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music and an accomplished concert organist who taught school for fifteen years in Lynchburg, Virginia before attending General.    Read more...

A New Book from Henry Chan ’90

A New Book from Henry Chan ’90

The Rev. Dr. Henry A. Chan, Class of 1990, has recently published Historical Models for the Priest As Pastor: From the Major Works of Gregory the Great, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas à Kempis, George Herbert, Richard Baxter, William Law and Urban T. Holmes, III.

The book is a theological and pastoral reflection on the priestly office, and reviews the work of pastors and priests from Gregory the Great onward who still have much to teach us about achieving excellence in priestly vocation.  Read more...

Lindsay Boyer ’03 Leads Centering Prayer Retreat

Lindsay Boyer ’03 Leads Centering Prayer Retreat

Lindsay Boyer, Class of 2003 and adjunct professor at the Center for Christian Spirituality, will be leading “Centering Prayer for Seekers,” a silent weekend retreat at the Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford Connecticut, December 12-14, 2014.  In this retreat, those of all faiths are invited to explore this form of silent contemplative prayer based on teachings from the Christian tradition.

Lindsay Boyer is a spiritual director who specializes in working with those who are uncomfortable with institutional religion or affiliated with more than one faith tradition.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey, Class of 1983, of Little Silver, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida, died November 2, 2014 in the Hospice at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank at the age of 80.

Coffey graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biblical History in 1956, and resumed her education at General where she received her Master of Divinity and then became one of the first women ordained into the Diaconate at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey.  Read more...

The Rev. Margaret Muncie ’74 Receives 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Rev. Margaret Muncie ’74 Receives 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

On November 6, 2014, during the Alumni Memorial Eucharist in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie accepted the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Memorial Eucharist is held each year to pray for those graduates of The General Theological Seminary who have died in the past year. The Rev. Dr. Richard Corney, GTS Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, read the names aloud during the service.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Class of 1970, died on October 17 in the care of his SSJE brothers at Emery House in West Newbury, Massachusetts. He was 69 and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in May, 2013.  He was consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on September 24, 1994, and served in that position until his retirement on September 13, 2014.  Read more...

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

The Rev. Karen Davis-Lawson, Class of 2009, has been called to serve as the 17th Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Astoria, New York. Davis-Lawson has been serving as priest-in-charge since July, 2011.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, instituted Davis-Lawson as rector at a Celebration of New Ministry at the church on November 8, 2014.

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

The Rev. Thomas Joyner, Class of 2008, has been called as the Chaplain to Birmingham Episcopal Campus Ministries. He will serve as the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, and Samford University, all in Birmingham, Alabama.

He most recently served as Interim Rector at St. Luke’s, Jacksonville, and previously as associate at Church of the Holy Trinity, Auburn, Alabama and curate at Church of the Holy Comforter, Montgomery, Alabama.  Read more...