Category Archives: Alumni

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...

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...