Category Archives: Alumni

Book by Sunny Buchman ’00 Raises Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer’s

Book by Sunny Buchman ’00 Raises Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer’s

Sandra Lee (Sunny) Buchman, Class of 2000, has written a personal account about facing the realities of Alzheimer’s suffered by her husband, the Rev. Paul Buchman, with a focus on finding joy and making the most of the very special time you have.

Precious Window of Time: Our Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease is a true story with universal application. The Buchmans wanted other people in similar situations to gain from their experiences.  Read more...

General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

Following an engaging and productive gathering in Philadelphia, The General Theological Seminary continues a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with upcoming events in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. More dates and locations will be announced throughout the 2016 year.

As General Seminary launches complete implementation of The Way of Wisdom, we hope you can join us for this opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.  Read more...

Paula M. Jackson ’85 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Paula M. Jackson ’85 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Paula M. Jackson, Class of 1985, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Jackson has been the Rector of the multicultural Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1990. She is married to the Rev. Daniel M. Watson; they have three grown children and two grandchildren.  Read more...

A New Call for Kathleen Berkowe ’10

A New Call for Kathleen Berkowe ’10

The Rev. Kathleen Hawkins Berkowe, Class of 2010, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain, Connecticut. She has been serving as Assistant to the Rector, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford, Connecticut. Her first service at St. Mark’s will be February 21, 2016.

While at The General Theological Seminary, Berkowe organized the speaker series, Identity, Community and the World with inaugural speaker, the Rev.  Read more...

New Work from Peter-Ben Smit ’11

New Work from Peter-Ben Smit ’11

New Testament scholar and ecumenist, the Rev. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit (Th.D. ’11), has recently published a new study, From Canonical Criticism to Ecumenical Exegesis?, and has announced the fourth edition of the successful Summer School in Old Catholic Theology at Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In his new book, Smit addresses the interrelationship between canonical approaches to Scripture and ecumenical hermeneutics. By exploring and comparing the role of the canon in the work of Brevard S.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

The Rev. Alanson Bigelow Houghton (Class of 1966) died peacefully at his home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, on January 24, 2016. He was 85 years old. Born August 3, 1930 in Corning, New York, Houghton earned multiple degrees, including an M.B.A. from Harvard University, before attending The General Theological Seminary.

Houghton spent the early part of his career in business, where he worked for the Corning Glass Works.  Read more...

A New Call For Lee Ann Tolzmann ’01

A New Call For Lee Ann Tolzmann ’01

The Rev. Lee Ann D. Tolzmann, Class of 2001, has been appointed Canon for Mission Leadership for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She began her new ministry, which focuses on clergy and congregations in transition, on August 1, 2015.

After her ordination in 2001, Tolzmann served as Assistant Rector at St. Andrew’s Church in Glenwood, Maryland. From 2003-2008, she served as Rector of the Church of the Messiah in Baltimore.   Read more...

A New Call for Fain Webb ’92

The Rev. Fain Webb, Class of 1992, is the new Priest-in-Residence at St. Dunstan’s, Succasunna, New Jersey. “I got to know some of the people while I was doing occasional services here and I liked them.” Webb said. “I felt there was a connection between who they were looking for and what I do and enjoy doing. My strengths are preaching and leading services, pastoral care and helping others grow in faith.”

Webb last served for 15 years as Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wantage, in Sussex County.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Johnston, Class of 1991, whose call to the priesthood came after a significant and gifted career in science, died December 3, 2015, in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Johnston was born May 23, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. Early in his childhood, his family moved to Colorado.  Following graduation from Colorado College, cum laude, in 1968, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Yale University.  Read more...

A New Call for Erin Betz Shank ’15

A New Call for Erin Betz Shank ’15

The Rev. Erin Betz Shank, Class of 2015, has been called as Vicar of Trinity Church, New Castle, Pennsylvania, as part of a period of intentional congregational development in the Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Betz Shank was educated at Thiel College, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Boston University before attending The General Theological Seminary and being ordained into The Episcopal Church by Bishop Sean Rowe in February, 2015.  Read more...

Nathan LeRud ’07 Named Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Portland

Nathan LeRud ’07 Named Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Portland

The Rev. Canon Nathan LeRud, Class of 2007, has been called as the next Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. LeRud had previously been serving as the cathedral’s Acting Dean during the transition period.

A member of the cathedral’s staff since 2009, LeRud was hired by previous Dean, the Very Rev. William Lupfer, to serve as Canon Residentiary, overseeing administrative staff and ministry organization.  Read more...

A New Call for Jason Poling ’15

A New Call for Jason Poling ’15

The Rev. Dr. Jason Poling, Class of 2015, has been called by the Diocese of Maryland as a Mission Developer, serving as Vicar of St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, near Baltimore. St. Hilda’s is a new congregation meeting in a facility whose former congregation left The Episcopal Church.

Also meeting in the facility will be New Hope Community Church, an independent congregation Poling helped to plant in 2003.  Read more...

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Reflects and Writes at Collegeville Institute

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Reflects and Writes at Collegeville Institute

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has published a piece on praying with the Benedictine monks of the St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Thompson completed the piece while a short-term resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute in the fall of 2015. He also worked on an ongoing project tentatively titled, Tending the Flock: A Prayerful Reimagining of 1st Peter for Pastoral LeadersRead more...

IN MEMORIAM: Jae Chung ’14

IN MEMORIAM: Jae Chung ’14

With profound sorrow we post that the Rev. Jae Wook Chung, Class of 2014, died December 16, 2015, at Stony Brook Medical Center in Long Island at the age of 42. Chung’s recurrence of cancer, and the swiftness with which it overtook him, has shocked us all. We join his family, his parish family, and all those whose lives he touched in their overwhelming grief.

Jae Wook Chung was ordained deacon in January 2014 at the Cathedral of Incarnation.  Read more...

A New Call for Julia A. Fritts ’08

A New Call for Julia A. Fritts ’08

The Rev. Julia A. Fritts accepted a new call in January 2015, to serve as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in East Windsor, Connecticut. Prior to returning to the East Coast, Julia served as Assistant Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon; Priest-in-Residence at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Sweet Home, Oregon; and as a far-ranging supply priest for the Diocese of Oregon.  Read more...

General Seminary Announces Regional Conversation Events

General Seminary Announces Regional Conversation Events

The General Theological Seminary announces a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle (Class of 2004), 13th Dean and President, and the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel 3rd, Chairman, Board of Trustees. To accommodate busy schedules and geographic location, the events will be held on four dates and hosted in four different areas.  Read more...

A New Call for Charlotte Wells ’08

The Rev. Charlotte Wells, Class of 2008, has been called as Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton, Oregon in the Diocese of Eastern Oregon. Her first Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2015.

Wells has served as Assistant Priest at St. Bartholomew’s in Beaverton, Oregon, and most recently as the Interim Rector for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon, Oregon.  Read more...

New Research and a New Book for V.K. McCarty ’11

New Research and a New Book for V.K. McCarty ’11

V.K. McCarty, Class of 2011, presented a research paper at the Eighth International Conference of the Sophia Institute held at Union Theological Seminary on December 4, 2015. The theme for this year’s academic conference was “The Sacred Arts of Eastern Orthodoxy.” Her presentation examined a Byzantine hymn-writer whose work has been incorporated into the Orthodox Liturgy. McCarty’s paper, “Illuminating the Incarnation: The Life and Work of the Ninth-Century Hymnographer Kassia,” explores a beloved Orthodox Christmas hymn composed by the Constantinopolitan Abbess.  Read more...