Category Archives: Alumni

General Seminary at General Convention 2015

General Seminary at General Convention 2015

The General Theological Seminary will be at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City. If you are attending the Convention, please plan to visit Booth #326 and meet GTS students and members of our Alumni Relations team.

The General Seminary dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 30, in the Cathedral Church of St. Mark at 7:30 p.m. Please click here to get your tickets today.  Read more...

Alumni Gathering 2015 – Save the Date

Alumni Gathering 2015 – Save the Date

The next annual Alumni Gathering at The General Theological Seminary has been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, November 4 and 5, 2015. The Gathering will feature the Memorial Eucharist and the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award to the Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby, Class of 1963, as well as many opportunities for learning, worship, and re-connecting with friends.

Details will be available at gts.edu/alumniae as they develop.  Read more...

A New Call for Stephanie Yancy ‘06

A New Call for Stephanie Yancy ‘06

The Rev. Stephanie Yancy, Class of 2006, has been called as Vicar of St. Titus Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina. Yancy had been serving as Interim Rector at St. Luke’s, Durham, and as Interim Young Adult Missioner of the Diocese of North Carolina. She came to Durham from the Diocese of Maryland, where she served as Interim Rector at several parishes.

Yancy’s installation took place on June 9, 2015 with the Rt.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96

Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96
President, Alumni Executive Committee

For a number of years, I have had the pleasure of serving as a member of the Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary (AEC). It has been a privilege and joy to serve in this role. The AEC supports alumni and encourages them to support General in prayer, to foster the search for prospective students, and to remember General in their personal stewardship.  Read more...

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Awarded Residency at Collegeville Institute

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Awarded Residency at Collegeville Institute

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson (Class of 2007) has been awarded a writing residency and pastoral fellowship for a project tentatively titled, Tending the Flock: A Prayerful Re-Imagining of 1st Peter for Parish Leaders. Thompson will take up the residency at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville, Minnesota this fall.

Thompson is currently Rector of Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore, Maryland. A former journalist, he recently received note for a commentary article, titled “Kiss and Get Out,” published in The Baltimore Sun, recalling his visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during the Orthodox celebration of Good Friday.   Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

The Hon. John C. Whitehead (D.D. 2003), a Wall Street banker who led the international expansion of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the 1970s and 1980s, died on February 7, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Whitehead was also founding chairman of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He was a devoted Episcopalian and friend of the Church who served on the Advisory Board of the Church Center Development Office.  Read more...

Yamily Bass-Choate ’99, Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of New York

Yamily Bass-Choate ’99, Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of New York

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate (Class of 1999), has been appointed Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of New York. In her position as Vicar of San Andres Episcopal Church in Yonkers, New York, Bass-Choate has established numerous outreach programs, including after school programs, a summer camp for neighborhood children, immigration counseling, and guidance in accessing social and economic resources. From 2001-2005 she was Canon for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Mississippi.  Read more...

Miguel Hernandez ’13 Supports West Orange Latinos at Holy Trinity Parish

Miguel Hernandez ’13 Supports West Orange Latinos at Holy Trinity Parish

The Rev. Miguel Hernandez (Class of 2013) was recently featured in the Essex News Daily for his work supporting the growth of Hispanic entrepreneurs in West Orange, New Jersey. Hernandez is Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, home to the West Orange Hispanic Foundation established by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez and downtown business owner Ysabel Strowe to help township Latinos learn how to set up a local business and assimilate into the community.  Read more...

Stuart Kenworthy ’84 Named Interim Vicar Washington National Cathedral

Stuart Kenworthy ’84 Named Interim Vicar Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral has announced the appointment of the Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy (Class of 1984) as Interim Vicar of Washington National Cathedral. On an interim basis he will assume the position vacated by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, who was recently named the Cathedral’s provost.

Kenworthy was previously the longtime Rector of Christ Church Georgetown, Washington, D.C. from 1991 until his retirement in 2014.  Read more...

A New Call for Cathy Carpenter ’12

A New Call for Cathy Carpenter ’12

The Rev. Catherine E. Carpenter (Class of 2012) has been called as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville, New York, in the Diocese of Central New York. She began work there on February 15. A Celebration of New Ministry was held on May 21 with Bishop Skip Adams officiating.

Carpenter previously served as assistant at St. James on the Parkway in Minneapolis, Diocese of Minnesota.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

The Rev.Willoughby Newton (Class of 1956) died on April 18, 2015, in New York City at the age of 90. Newton was a faithful son, friend, and servant of The General Theological Seminary. As a member of the leadership team in the late 1980s, he was instrumental in establishing the Chelsea Square Conservancy to maintain and protect the GTS Close, where The Willoughby Newton Fragrance Garden is named in his honor.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

The Rev. Canon William D. Dwyer (Class of 1955) died peacefully on February 11, 2015, surrounded by family at the age of 84. Born in New York City and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dwyer graduated from Princeton University in 1951 before entering The General Theological Seminary.

Ordained into the Diocese of Newark, Dwyer was affectionately known as “Father Bill” in all of the congregations where he served.  Read more...

A New Call for Mary Frances Curns ’04

A New Call for Mary Frances Curns ’04

The Rev. Mary Frances Curns (Class of 2004) has been called as Priest-in-Charge, All Saints Episcopal Church in the Northern Berkshires, North Adams, Massachusetts.

Curns previously served as assistant at Christ Church, New Bern, North Carolina, before becoming Rector at St. Anne’s in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in 2009. Her call to All Saints puts her substantially closer to extended family in Central New York. Curns grew up in Elmira, New York and was an elementary music teacher there for 20 years.  Read more...

A New Call for Patrick Skutch ’05

The Rev. Patrick Skutch (Class of 2005) has been called as Rector, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. Skutch has been serving as Rector at Christ Church, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, since 2009. He previously served as Associate Rector at St. Martin in the Fields, Atlanta.

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

The Rev. Thomas W. Fleener (Class of 1954) died March 26, 2015, in Dallas at the age of 87. He attended The General Theological Seminary after service in the U.S. Army, and served as a priest in The Episcopal Church for 20 years, during which time he founded St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas and the Montessori School on the same campus.

After leaving ministry, he had a number of different jobs, often as office manager, accountant, or executive assistant.  Read more...

A New Call for Joe Greene ’06

A New Call for Joe Greene ’06

The Rev. Joseph Greene (Class of 2006) is the new Rector of St. John’s Church, Larchmont, New York. He had previously been serving as Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, Georgia.

After his graduation from General, Greene served as curate at St. Columba’s, Suwanee, Georgia, where he met and married Ashley Reynolds Greene. They have two sons.