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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...

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...

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.  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...

A New Call for Gideon Pollach ’06

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

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

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

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

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...

A New Call for Tommy Dillon ’96

A New Call for Tommy Dillon ’96

The Rev. Tommy Dillon, II, Class of 1996 and a member of General’s Board of Trustees, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A Baton Rouge native, Dillon graduated from Louisiana State University, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, before attending General, where he specialized in Anglican Liturgy. He was ordained deacon and priest at St. Luke’s Baton Rouge and served as Vicar of St.  Read more...

New Calls for Heather Patton-Graham and Sandy Graham ’03

New Calls for Heather Patton-Graham and Sandy Graham ’03

The Rev. Heather Patton-Graham and her husband, the Rev. Alexander (Sandy) Graham, Class of 2003, have been called to serve in the Diocese of Hawai’i. Sandy has been called to serve the Office of the Bishop as the Canon for Congregational Life and Leadership, and Heather has joined the faculty and staff of ‘Iolani School in Honolulu as a chaplain and member of the Religion Department.  Read more...

A New Call for Christine Purcell ’04

A New Call for Christine Purcell ’04

The Rev. Christine Purcell, Class of 2004, has been called to serve as Associate Rector at the Parish of Saint Matthew in Pacific Palisades, California. Most recently, she served as Rector of Christ Church in Westerly in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Prior to her service at Christ Church, she served as Interim Rector at two churches in Pennsylvania, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Shippensburg and St.  Read more...

DeDe Duncan-Probe ’03 Elected Bishop of Central New York

DeDe Duncan-Probe ’03 Elected Bishop of Central New York

The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Class of 2003, was elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on August 6, 2016. Duncan-Probe currently serves as the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

She was elected on the second ballot at a special convention held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York, receiving 87 votes in the lay order and 42 votes in the clergy order.  Read more...

A New Call For Dion Thompson ’07

A New Call For Dion Thompson ’07

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has been called as Interim Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland. He previously served as Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Los Angeles, Thompson was an award-winning newspaper reporter for 20 years before his call to ministry. He is the author of the novel, Walk Like A Natural Man (2003) and a recent resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute.  Read more...