Category Archives: Alumni

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Robert Keaten ‘01

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Keaten (Class of 2001), died on March 11, 2015 in Fort Collins, CO. He was 79.

Born on March 20, 1935, in Atlanta, GA, Bob graduated from Yale University in 1957 with a B.S. in physics. He spent the next 40 years working as a physicist, including positions at Rockwell International and as the American representative to the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Norway before finishing his career at GPU Nuclear Corp.  Read more...

Barrie Wilson ’63 Retires from York University, Toronto

Barrie Wilson ’63 Retires from York University, Toronto

Barrie Wilson, PhD, GTS ’63, Professor, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto, has retired. A specialist in early Christianity, his two major works were How Jesus Became Christian (2008) and The Lost Gospel (2014).

Wilson was a student at GTS 1962-1963 while completing his MA at Columbia University and remembers fondly theological studies with Dr. Norman Pittenger and Hebrew with Fr. Richard Corney.  A year later he went on to do theological studies at the Anglican Church’s Trinity College, Toronto, graduating with an STB and, later, a PhD from the University of Toronto.  Read more...

Chris Webber ’56 Serving at CDSP

Chris Webber ’56 is serving as Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  Webber tells us he is teaching the course that deals with “how to preside at a Eucharist and baptize babies”, noting “stuff that didn’t get taught at GTS fifty years ago because most graduates would be serving as Curates and learning on the job.”

Webber, a graduate of Princeton University before attending General (he is also a former trustee and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006), is the author of a number of books ranging from a guidebook for Vestries to a study of Christian marriage.  Read more...

A New Call for Robert Picken ’06

A New Call for Robert Picken ’06

The Rev. Canon Robert Picken (Class of 2006) is now serving as Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Rochester, New York.  He joined the parish in October 2014 and was inducted as the twenty-first rector on December 10.

Previously, he served as Canon for Pastoral Care and Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, Long Island.  In November 2013, he was installed as an honorary canon of that cathedral by The Right Rev.  Read more...

Joe Chambers ’06 appointed Canon in Missouri

Joe Chambers ’06 appointed Canon in Missouri

Bishop Wayne Smith has appointed the Rev. Joseph Cortright Chambers (Class of 2006) to Canon for Mission and Young Adults. Chambers will continue as Chaplain of Rockwell House, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis. He will begin to expand campus ministry relationships in the diocese as well as network young adult ministry and assist the work of Canon to the Ordinary Dan Smith with congregational transitions.  Read more...

A New Book from Peter Keese ’61

A New Book from Peter Keese ’61

The Rev. Peter G. Keese (Class of 1961) is the author of a new book, Jesus Has Left the Building, available from Wipf & Stock and Amazon.com.

In this work Keese addresses the issue of the increasing lack of interest among those raised in the church and among rising young adults. He proposes the optimistic view that the institution of any church doesn’t have the franchise on good news, but rather that good news is much larger and more all-encompassing than any church can contain or convey, and that good news is everywhere to be found and experienced.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Orris G. Walker, Jr. ’68

IN MEMORIAM: Orris G. Walker, Jr. ’68

The Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker, Jr., Class of 1968, died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 72. He was the Seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, serving from 1991 to 2009. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 1988 and also served on the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary.

“His episcopate championed the cause of full inclusion of women in the ordained ministry of the diocese,” Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano said of Walker.  Read more...

Scott Kirby ’63 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Kirby ’63 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby (Class of 1963) is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Kirby’s long ministry of service and devotion to the Church has emphasized community outreach and partnership. After many years serving parishes in Western New York, New Jersey, and Kansas, he was called as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, where he led a resurgence of congregational, spiritual, and financial growth.  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 appointed Interim Missioner for Young Adult Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Yancy served most recently as interim rector of St. Luke’s, Durham.

Although a different kind of interim ministry from that to which she is accustomed, Yancy believes the goals are the same. “Change is constant,” she says. “I see my role as keeping things going and keeping people focused on mission during the times between settled leaders.  Read more...

A New Book from Michael Bickford ’08

The Very Rev. Michael Bickford, Class of 2008, and Founding Dean, St. Aidan’s Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership in Massachusetts, has a book coming out. Now available on Amazon, Everyone Dies, But Not Everyone Lives: Developing a Personal Rule for Life, the book explains the concept of a Rule for Life and then leads readers through a series of exercises to help them develop their own personal Rule.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: James Paul Stevenson ’68

The Rev. James Paul Stevenson, Class of 1968, died at home in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, on January 25, at the age of 71. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his loved ones, wife, Judy Stevenson, and son, Ian Andrew Stevenson.

Stevenson was born in Bethlehem, son of the late Rt. Rev. Dean Stevenson and Doris Quier Stevenson. He was a graduate of Emmaus High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lehigh University before attending General; he also received a master’s degree from Marywood College in Christian education and mathematics.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Grahame Butler-Nixon ’64

The Rev. Grahame Butler-Nixon, Class of 1964, died January 19, 2015 at Agape Hospice House in Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 82. A Requiem Eucharist was celebrated at Grace Episcopal Church, Camden, South Carolina on January 24 with interment in the church’s Memorial Garden following the service.

Butler-Nixon was born in Sydney, Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide Law School, served in the Australian Foreign Service, and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Markham ’70

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Markham ’70

The Rev. Richard Benedict Markham, whose longtime tenure at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Brighton, Staten Island, New York, was marked by his kindness, generosity of heart and deep spirituality, died January 2, 2015 in Staten Island University Hospital. He was 75.

Born in Westerleigh, Markham graduated from Curtis High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wagner College, Grymes Hill. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in December 1973 in the Cathedral of St.  Read more...

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...