Tag Archives: transitions

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

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

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...

A New Call for Will Peyton ’06

The Rev. William “Will” P. Peyton, Class of 2006, has been called as the 10th Rector of St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, effective February 22, 2017.

Peyton is currently Associate Rector at St. James’ Church, New York City. He received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from the University of Virginia before earning his M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary. Peyton was then sponsored for Ordination by St.  Read more...

A New Call for Glenna Huber ’01

The Rev. Glenna Huber, Class of 2001, is the new Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, College Park, Maryland. She has been a priest in the Diocese of Maryland since 2009. During this time her ministry has focused on issues unique to urban congregations and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Huber has served as Vicar in three settings in Baltimore with a consistent ministry at the Church of the Holy Nativity, located in Lower Park Heights.  Read more...

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

The Rev. Jennie Talley, Class of 2014, has been called as the 20th Rector of St. John’s, Wilmot, New Rochelle, New York. She had been serving as their Priest-in-Charge for a year and a half. Her institution was celebrated on December 10, 2016.

Talley 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...

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

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...

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.  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

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...

A New Call for Gideon Pollach ’06

The Rev. Gideon L. K. Pollach, Class of 2006, has been called as the 16th Rector of St. John’s Church, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. He began serving last August.

Pollach served for the past eight years as the Chaplain of Episcopal High School (EHS) in Alexandria, Virginia. He taught Theology and oversaw the school’s local and international community service programs. During the summers he served as a Priest-in-Charge at Emmanuel Church in Dublin, New Hampshire.  Read more...

A New Call for Benjamin Thomas ’07

The Rev. Benjamin Thomas (M.Div. ’07, Th.D. ’11) has joined Saint Francis Community Services as Director of Church Relations. Saint Francis, an Episcopal ministry, serves over 10,000 children and families in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma through foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs, as well as a psychiatric residential care facility for minors and a residential rehabilitation program for children who have been victims of sex-trafficking.  Read more...

A New Call for Bob Fitzpatrick ’10

The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, Class of 2010, has accepted a new call as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro, New Jersey. He and his wife, Cathy Hawn, are returning to the Diocese of New Jersey after previously serving the Diocese of New York at St. Anne’s, Washingtonville.

Before his call to the priesthood, Bob spent 20 years in business and government, much of it in the transit industry and in economic development.  Read more...

A New Call for Bruce Shipman ’68

The Rev. Bruce M. Shipman, Class of 1968, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity Church, Oaxaca, Mexico, beginning in November, 2016. The congregation is drawn from the substantial expatriate community of Canadian and United States citizens in the city of Oaxaca.

In addition to permanent residents, Holy Trinity attracts students on sabbatical, tourists and seasonal renters. The city, dating from Spanish colonial times, is rich in indigenous indian culture, and is known for its pre-Columbian ruins, pottery, weaving and other hand crafts.  Read more...

A New Call for Matthew Grunfeld ’08

The Rev. Matthew Grunfeld, Class of 2008, became the new Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, Florida, on December 1, 2015.

Originally from the Diocese of Alabama, Grunfeld previously served at All Saints, Montgomery and Emmanuel Church, Opelika. He also served on the Diocesan Council, the Diocesan Department of Liturgy and Music, and was an alternate clergy deputy to General Convention in 2015. He was coordinator of the Diocesan Acolyte Festival.  Read more...