Category Archives: Alumni

A New Call for Rick Robÿn ‘07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

A New Call for Nancy Hagner ‘14

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...

In Memoriam: Lynn Edwards ‘66

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...

A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality and Spirituality

A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality and Spirituality

Few topics provoke such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity—particularly in faith communities.  The Episcopal Church is developing resources to help navigate potentially difficult conversations on the subjects of sex, sexuality, and spirituality, as well as the impact of a shifting theology of marriage. Recently, General Seminary professor Westina Matthews received a grant from The Episcopal Evangelism Society to develop a program and workbook that uses contemplative practices to explore issues of human sexuality.   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

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

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

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...

Art Powell ’83 Named Honorary Canon in New Jersey

Art Powell ’83 Named Honorary Canon in New Jersey

The Rev. Canon Arthur P. Powell, Class of 1983, has been named an Honorary Canon of Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of New Jersey. The title was awarded at the 233rd Diocesan Convention in recognition of Powell’s long and dedicated service to the diocese.

Powell has served as rector of Holy Apostles in Yardville, NJ (formerly St. James Church and St. Matthias Church) since 1990.  Read more...

In Memoriam: William White ‘54

In Memoriam: William White ‘54

The Rev. William D. White, Class of 1954, died on his 93rd birthday, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Maryland, he served Episcopal churches in Maryland, Arizona, New York and Maine.

For more than 10 years following his retirement, Fr. White served as volunteer chaplain at Parkview Medical Center, Brunswick, Maine, and has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.  Read more...

A New Call for Amanda Gott ‘04

A New Call for Amanda Gott ‘04

The Rev. Amanda Gott, Class of 2004, is the new rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

For the past seven years, Gott has been rector of Grace & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hamden, Connecticut. Prior to that, she was assistant rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Gott is originally from Atlanta and graduated from a high school of performing arts.  Read more...