Category Archives: Alumni

IN MEMORIAM: William Henry Strain ’57

The Rev. William Henry Strain, Class of 1957, died on November 9, 2016 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida at the age of 88. He had served as Rector of Calvary Church in Summit, New Jersey for 25 years. A Memorial service was held at Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach; another service will be held at Calvary, Summit in the spring of 2017 on a date to be announced.  Read more...

Jennie Tally ’14 Called as Rector, St. John’s Wilmot

Jennie Tally ’14 Called as Rector, St. John’s Wilmot

The Rev. Jennie Tally, Class of 2014, has been called as the 20th Rector of St. John’s Wilmot, New Rochelle, New York. She has been serving as their Priest-in-Charge for a year and a half. Her institution will be Saturday, December 10, at 1:00 pm.

Tally graduated from The General Theological Seminary, cum laude, with an M.Div., a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, and an award for Pastoral Care.  Read more...

Steven Hulme ’59 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Steven Hulme ’59 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Steven E. Hulme, Class of 1959, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Hulme is Rector Emeritus of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Niantic, Connecticut. As Rector from 1971 to 1998, and during the years following his retirement from parish ministry, Hulme provided leadership for the resettlement, in a new homeland, of approximately 35 refugee families, comprising over 150 individuals, with many more able to join them later by way of family reunification.  Read more...

A New Call for Jadon Hartsuff ’12

The Rev. Canon Jadon D. Hartsuff has been called to be the eighth Rector of All Souls Parish in Washington, D.C. Hartsuff most recently served as Canon for Liturgy and Formation at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. He previously served parishes in Pennsylvania, New York, and California.

Born and raised in Michigan, Hartsuff studied Economics, Management, and Music before his career took him from Detroit to Chicago to Los Angeles, managing corporate giving for a consortium of private colleges, consulting in the hospitality sector, and leading marketing and operations for a retail ice cream brand.  Read more...

A New Call for Jay Weldon ’09

A New Call for Jay Weldon ’09

The Rev. James “Jay” Weldon, Class of 2009, is the new Rector of Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Massachusetts. He had previously been serving as Rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Albany, Georgia, and before that at Grace Church in New York City, and King of Peace Church in Kingsland, Georgia.

Weldon grew up in Griffin, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia in Athens.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Walter Carlson ’67

The Rev. Walter Carlson, Class of 1967, died on November 6, 2016 at his home in Somerset, New Jersey, at the age of 82. A funeral service was held on November 12 at St. Luke’s Church in Montclair.

Carlson was born on February 3, 1934 in Glen Ridge and lived in Washington, New Jersey, New York City, Fair Lawn, Wayne, and Verona before moving to Somerset four years ago.  Read more...

A New Book from Mary Cattan ’89

A New Book from Mary Cattan ’89

Mary V.T. Cattan, Class of 1989, has authored Pilgrimage of Awakening: The Extraordinary Lives of Murray and Mary Rogers.

Pilgrimage of Awakening is the first biography of the Rogers. Arriving in India after World War II afire with religious zeal, the Rev. Murray Rogers and his wife, Mary, are rocked by the collision of Eastern and Western values. The handsome young couple from England’s upper crust, raised with nannies and educated at finishing schools and Cambridge, uproot their children to live a life in solidarity with India’s poorest.  Read more...

A New CD from Ron Clingenpeel ’78

A New CD from Ron Clingenpeel ’78

The Very Rev. Ronald H. Clingenpeel, Class of 1978, has a new CD which was released November 15, 2016. Fr. Ron and Friends – This Land is a live recording of traditional American folk songs, as well as one original track. The recording is a result of the Great American Folk Song Singalong. For more information about the group, and to purchase, go to www.bishopsmusic.netRead more...

New Biblical Research from V.K. McCarty ’11

New Biblical Research from V.K. McCarty ’11

V.K. McCarty, Class of 2011, has had a new biblical commentary piece published in the International Congregational Journal. The article is entitled “Revealing God’s Healing Love: Exploring Hosea 14:1-9,” and according to Editor, Dr. Janet Wootton, McCarty’s piece was the inspiration for her theme of the issue, “God’s Healing Love,” which features reports and articles about the current crisis in Syria.

“Hosea is speaking on the threshold of a terrible upheaval in the life of the people of God,” says Wootton, “but, it appears that only he, and few others like him, can see it coming.” Her Editorial goes on to say that in the article, “V.K.  Read more...

A New Call for JK Melton ’13

A New Call for JK Melton ’13

The Rev. JK Melton, Class of 2013, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Harrison, New York. He has been serving as Interim Pastor at St. Luke’s, Somers, New York. Melton remains a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in Systematic Theology at Fordham University, writing his dissertation on the ecclesiology of Rowan Williams.

Libbie Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, Harvard Theological Review Article Available Online

Libbie Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, Harvard Theological Review Article Available Online

Elizabeth “Libbie” Brooke Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, who was accepted for publication in the Harvard Theological Review last spring for her paper, “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” has announced that an online preview of her article is now available. It is available here and is forthcoming in the printed version of the Harvard Theological Review in early 2017.

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IN MEMORIAM: Paul Cochran ’70

The Rev. Paul Coleman Cochran, Class of 1970, died in Lexington, Kentucky on October 14, 2016 at the age of 74. Born in Michigan December 14, 1941, to Maurice William Cochran and Ellanna Born Cochran, and raised in Rockport, Texas, he was a resident of New York City for most of his adult life, serving parishes in New York and Long Island.

Cochran received his undergraduate degree at St.  Read more...

A New Book from Bruce McNab ’72

A New Book from Bruce McNab ’72

The Rev. C. Bruce McNab, Class of 1972, has published his third book—the second since retirement from full-time parish ministry.  Entitled Believing is Seeing: A Guide for Responding to John’s Gospel (Wipf & Stock, 2016), McNab tells us, “it derives its title from Jesus’s words to Martha of Bethany in Jn 11:40, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” According to the author, “John teaches that if we believe in Jesus the Son of God, we will see what God is doing in our lives and in the world around us.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Brian Murdoch ’85

IN MEMORIAM: Brian Murdoch ’85

The Rev. Brian Murdoch, Class of 1985, died at his Martha’s Vineyard home on October 16, 2016, at the age of 62. He was the Pastor of the Grace Episcopal Church, William Street, Vineyard Haven, where a memorial service was held on October 19. A funeral service was held on October 22 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.

“He was so very well-loved,” said Pat Waring, a parishioner at Grace.  Read more...

Gretchen Rehberg ’02 Elected Ninth Bishop of Spokane

The Rev. Canon Gretchen M. Rehberg, Class of 2002, has been elected as the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. She is the 59th woman to be elected Bishop in the Anglican Communion and the first in the Diocese of Spokane.

Rehberg will be starting the work of Bishop-Elect in February, and pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church, will be ordained and consecrated as Bishop in March 2017 in the Cathedral of St.  Read more...

A New Call for Denise LaVetty ’13

A New Call for Denise LaVetty ’13

The Rev. Deacon Denise LaVetty, Class of 2013 (M.A.), joined St. Peter’s Chelsea, in New York City on September 25, 2016, as their Parochial Deacon. Previously, LaVetty served at St. John’s in the Village, also in New York City. She will continue, while at St. Peter’s, as the “Deacon of Madison Square Park” at Ecclesia Ministries, which provides a Eucharist in the park each Sunday at 2:00 p.m., serving the homeless and needy in and around the park.  Read more...

A New Call and a New Book for Victor Austin ’85

The Rev. Canon Dr. Victor Lee Austin, Class of 1985, is now the Theologian-in-Residence of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. His background is in both the parish ministry and the academic world as a former parish rector and university professor.

As a priest in the Diocese of New York, Austin served as Theologian-in-Residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City since 2005.  Read more...