Category Archives: Alumni

A New Call for Richard Lawson ‘01

A New Call for Richard Lawson ‘01

The Rev. Richard Lawson, Class of 2001, has been called as the next Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. Lawson has served as the rector of Grace-St. Luke’s Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 2010, and previously as rector at St. John’s, Decatur, Alabama.

Lawson received his B.A. from Auburn University, and after graduating from General received his S.T.M. from Sewanee. He is published in the Sewanee Theological Review, and his article “Mysticism and Pragmatism in Modern Religious Architecture” will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Anglican Theological ReviewRead more...

In Memoriam: Richard Hall ‘61

In Memoriam: Richard Hall ‘61

The Rev. Richard Charles “Dick” Hall, Class of 1961, died at his home in Pasadena, CA on March 5, 2017 at the age of 81, after a brief illness. He was the former director of St. Barnabas Senior Center in Los Angeles. During his 25-year tenure, he also assisted at St. Paul’s Church, Pomona (1985-1991), and at St. Mark’s Church, Upland (1975-1983). Previously he was rector of St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: John Southern, Jr. ‘72

In Memoriam: John Southern, Jr. ‘72

The Reverend John Carlton Southern, Jr., Class of 1972, 70, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Asheville, NC.  He was preceded in death by his partner of 36 years, John Crawford.

Born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 14, 1946 to the late John Carlton Southern, Sr. and Elizabeth “Lib” Nail Southern, Southern was a graduate of C. A. Erwin High School and UNC-Chapel Hill before attending General.  Read more...

A New Book from James Reho ’08

A New Book from James Reho ’08

The Rev. Dr. James H. Reho, Class of 2008, has authored Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early Christianity, published by Destiny Books, and now available from Amazon.com.

Reho is a long-time student and practitioner of spiritual wisdom, and has been initiated into multiple spiritual lineages of both East and West. Before receiving his M.Div. from General and being ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, he earned degrees in Asian Studies and Philosophy as well as Chemistry and Mathematics, and a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University.  Read more...

A New Call for John Hamilton ’04

A New Call for John Hamilton ’04

The Rev. John Hamilton, Class of 2004, has been called as Rector of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, Georgia. His ministry will begin formally on Ash Wednesday, 2017.  He previously served at St. John’s Getty Square in Yonkers, N.Y. for almost nine years, and recently two Mississippi churches as interim pastor.

Originally from Mississippi, he has studied at the University of Oxford and lived with intellectually disabled adults in Christian Community in Liverpool.  Read more...

Courtney Cowart ’94 named to head Society for the Increase of the Ministry

Courtney Cowart ’94 named to head Society for the Increase of the Ministry

Dr. Courtney V. Cowart (M.A., 1994, Th.D. 2001, and a former member of the Board of Trustees) has been appointed byThe Society for the Increase of the Ministry as its incoming executive director effective March 1. SIM’s current executive director, Thomas Moore, will serve with Cowart until his retirement from that position on SIM’s 160th birthday, October 2, 2017. Cowart comes to SIM from the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where she has served as the Director of the Beecken Center and Associate Dean.  Read more...

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Adapted from the Episcopal News Service | February 6, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke (S.T.M. ’96, Th.D. ’00, and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral and Ascetical Theology) was honored with the Samuel Shoemaker Award at the annual meeting of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC).

For the past 12 years, Hoke has pioneered the teaching of two recovery-related courses at General. The Very Rev. Ward B.  Read more...

A New Call for Kevin Olds ’10

A New Call for Kevin Olds ’10

The Rev. Kevin Olds, Class of 2010, has been called as the 4th Rector of St. Timothy’s on the Hill, Fairfield, Connecticut. He has previously been serving as the Rector of St. John’s in Saugus, Massachusetts, and has also spent time as a hospital chaplain. Hailing from upstate New York, Olds also attended Drew Theological School, in addition to The General Theological Seminary. His first career was in Information Technology before hearing the call to ordained ministry.  Read more...

A New Call for Bruce Woodcock ’02

A New Call for Bruce Woodcock ’02

The Rev. Canon Bruce W. Woodcock, Class of 2002, has been named Episcopal Church Partnership Officer for Asia and the Pacific, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Woodcock will be responsible for nurturing Episcopal Church relationships with Anglican Communion partners in the region and working with The Episcopal Church’s office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.

Woodcock is currently the Interim Pastor at St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, New York, and has previously served congregations in the Diocese of Newark.  Read more...

A New Call for Phil Linder ’85

A New Call for Phil Linder ’85

The Rev. Dr. Philip Linder, Class of 1985, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He had previously served at Grace Church, Long Island; St. Martin in the Fields, Atlanta; Holy Trinity, Atlanta; Trinity Cathedral, Columbia; and St. John’s, Versailles, Kentucky. He had retired to Charleston with his wife Ellen, after 30 years in full-time parish ministry, to be close to family and grandchildren.  Read more...

Mark Collins ’08 Called as Rector, All Saints’ Glen Rock, NJ

Mark Collins ’08 Called as Rector, All Saints’ Glen Rock, NJ

The Rev. Mark Collins, Class of 2008, has been called as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Glen Rock, NJ, where he has served as Interim Rector since September 2015. Collins was previously the Interim Pastor at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan where he served since 2012. Prior to that, he was the Assistant to the Rector at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church from 2008 until 2012.  Read more...

Welcome Home with a Discount for General Seminary Alumni

Welcome Home with a Discount for General Seminary Alumni

The General Theological Seminary would like to welcome you home!

As we celebrate the season of our 200th Anniversary, we’d like to invite you—our beloved alumni—to come back to campus and audit a course in 2017. As a special offer, General Seminary Alumni will receive a 75% discount on all audit courses when registering.

Throughout the year, General’s course offerings include semester-long, weekend-intensive, and hybrid low-residency classes, as well as several options for study abroad.  Read more...

Miguel Hernández ’13 Offers Theological Education in El Salvador

Miguel Hernández ’13 Offers Theological Education in El Salvador

The Rev. Miguel A. Hernández, Class of 2013, and Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at The General Theological Seminary, has been instrumental in the launch of a seminary serving the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador. The idea of offering Episcopal theological education in El Salvador began in 2015 with discussions between Hernández, representing the Newark School of Theology (NST) in New Jersey, and the Rt. Rev. David Alvarado, Bishop of the Diocese of El Salvador.  Read more...

Alumni News from Donn Mitchell ’91

Alumni News from Donn Mitchell ’91

Donn Mitchell, Class of 1991, taught a course in the January term at Princeton Theological Seminary which involved students in a class project to assess how the New York Times covered The Episcopal Church in the 20th century. The project unearthed thousands of articles and has the potential to serve as a database for religious and social historians.

The group was impressed by the thoroughness of the Times coverage as well as the length of time it took for some issues to work their way through the councils of the church.  Read more...

Update from Ronald Noone ’83

Update from Ronald Noone ’83

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Noone (Class of 1983), a former tutor and visiting professor at The General Theological Seminary, has been the Interim Pastor at the Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan for the past year. He returns home to the Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia in February, 2017. Noone has spent most of his ministry in educational settings, schools and universities with a stint as Rector in a parish in Geelong, Victoria.  Read more...

A New Call for Robert Clements ’85

A New Call for Robert Clements ’85

The Rev. Dr. Robert Peter Clements, Class of 1985, has been called as Priest-In-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church of Bethany, Connecticut. Clements has been the Rector of Christ Church in Roxbury, Connecticut since 2009 and, prior to that, served several parishes and schools in the northeast.

Along with his degree from The General Theological Seminary, among other degrees, he holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Read more...

A New Call for Eric Williams ’92

A New Call for Eric Williams ’92

The Rev. Eric Williams, Class of 1992, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, Michigan.

A native of Los Angeles, Williams received his bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College in 1986 before receiving his M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary. As a priest for 24 years, he has served congregations in Western Massachusetts, Western New York, and Michigan. Most recently, he served the Diocese of Michigan as Director of the Whitaker Institute, the adult formation arm of the diocese, since July 2014.  Read more...