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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 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.  Read more...

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

The Rev. Karen Davis-Lawson, Class of 2009, has been called to serve as the 17th Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Astoria, New York. Davis-Lawson has been serving as priest-in-charge since July, 2011.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, instituted Davis-Lawson as rector at a Celebration of New Ministry at the church on November 8, 2014.  Read more...

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

The Rev. Thomas Joyner, Class of 2008, has been called as the Chaplain to Birmingham Episcopal Campus Ministries. He will serve as the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, and Samford University, all in Birmingham, Alabama.

He most recently served as Interim Rector at St. Luke’s, Jacksonville, and previously as associate at Church of the Holy Trinity, Auburn, Alabama and curate at Church of the Holy Comforter, Montgomery, Alabama.  Read more...

A New Call for Jed Fox ’09

A New Call for Jed Fox ’09

The Rev. Jedediah “Jed” Fox, Class of 2009, has been called as Rector of The Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington as of January 1, 2015.

Since his graduation from General Seminary, Fox has been the curate and assistant to the rector of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fox was born and raised in Helena, Montana, attending St.  Read more...

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

GTS folk at the Consecration of the Diocese of Maryland’s new Bishop Suffragan (L to R): Bruce Parker ’84, Anna Noon ’10, Nick Szobota ’05, Annette Chappell ’03, Bp. Cook, Jesse Parker ’81, Barry Signorelli ’87, Mark Hansen ’85.

On September 6, 2014 Heather Elizabeth Cook (Class of 1987) was consecrated bishop in The Episcopal Church and made Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland at a service at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.  Read more...

A New Call for David Sibley ’11

A New Call for David Sibley ’11

The Rev. David Sibley (Class of 2011) has been called as rector, Christ Church, Manhasset, New York. He has been priest-in-charge at Saint John’s Church, Brooklyn since June 2011.

Born and raised in South Carolina, Sibley received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Chemistry at Furman University before moving to New York and matriculating at General in 2008. While at General, Sibley served as a Seminarian at St.  Read more...

A New Call for Colin Chapman ’12

A New Call for Colin Chapman ’12

The Rev. Colin Chapman (Class of 2012) has been called as Associate Rector, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Connecticut. Since his graduation from General, Chapman has been serving as Curate at Christ’s Church, Rye, New York.

Chapman co-founded The General Theological Seminary initiative “GTS Digital Formation” with the Rev. Joseph P. Peters-Mathews, also Class of 2012. The mission of GTS Digital Formation is to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church appreciate the theological foundations and effectiveness of social media and digital technology for gospel proclamation and ministry.  Read more...

A New Call for Cindy Stravers ’09

A New Call for Cindy Stravers ’09

The Rev. Cynthia A. Stravers, Class of 2009, has been called as Associate Rector, The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City.  She is currently assistant to the rector of St. Paul’s, Norwalk, Connecticut.

Before attending seminary, Stravers was the director of children and family ministries at her church in Michigan. She has done both masters and doctoral-level work in social psychology and taught at the college level.  Read more...

A New Call for Carol Gadsden ’85

A New Call for Carol Gadsden ’85

The Rev. Carol D. Gadsden, Class of 1985, has been called as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Mamaroneck, New York, effective September 15, 2014. Currently the rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Sparta, New Jersey, she has served congregations in the dioceses of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

This call takes Gadsden full circle, returning her to Westchester County in the Diocese of New York, where she was sponsored for the priesthood by neighboring parish Christ’s Church, Rye, 32 years ago.  Read more...

A New Call for Van Bankston ’11

A New Call for Van Bankston ’11

The Rev. Van A. Bankston (Class of 2011) has been called as rector to Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist in Milford, Pennsylvania. He previously served one year as assistant priest, following a 2-year curacy at Trinity Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bankston is pleased to begin this new ministry serving the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Born in Mississippi, Bankston holds a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University.  Read more...

A New Call for David Sellery ’92

A New Call for David Sellery ’92

The Rev. David Foster Sellery, Class of 1992, has been called as priest-in-charge of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Connecticut effective August 1, 2014. Sellery previously served as Curate at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, from 1994 to 1999.  During that time he also served as Chaplain to St. Thomas Choir School, the world-renowned choir of boy choristers. From there he served as priest-in-charge at Saint Bartholomew’s in White Plains, New York and recently as rector at St.  Read more...

A New Call for Chip Connelly ’07

A New Call for Chip Connelly ’07

The Rev. Charles Evans Connelly, Class of 2007 and a member of our Board of Trustees, has been called as the Sixteenth Rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School in Tampa, Florida.

Connelly did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina and then earned an M.B.A. at the Columbia Business School. After an eighteen-year career with Owens-Illinois, he spent fifteen years engaged in various entrepreneurial endeavors.  Read more...

A New Call for the Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal ’04

A New Call for the Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal ’04

The Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal, Class of 2004, has been called to serve as Vicar of both St. Andrew’s in Mastic Beach, NY and St. Andrew’s in Yaphank, NY. Purchal was previously Assisting Priest for Mission and Outreach at St. Ann’s, Sayville, Priest in Residence at The Church of St. Mark the Evangelist in North Bellmore, and Chaplain and Director to the Church Without Walls Ministry at St.  Read more...