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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, PA. He previously served one year as Assistant Priest, following a 2-year curacy at Trinity Church, Hattiesburg, MS. 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...

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

The Rev. Elise Johnstone, Class of 2005, has been called as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Lexington. In this role she will assist Bishop Douglas Hahn (Class of 1996, D.D. 2014) in realizing the vision of the diocese. Her special focus will be on the health, growth, and development of congregations, the nurture and call of priests, and broader tasks of helping all baptized persons discern and grow into their call to ministry.  Read more...

A New Call for Matthew Johnson ’08

A New Call for Matthew Johnson ’08

The Rev. Matthew R. Johnson (Class of 2008) has taken the rector’s position at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He was called to the position following a search to replace the Rev. Scott White (Class of 1996 and President of the Alumni Executive Committee), who is now at Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, North Carolina.

Johnson previously served as associate rector at St.  Read more...

A New Call for Donna Lise Dambrot ‘00

A New Call for Donna Lise Dambrot ‘00

The Rev. Canon Donna Lise Dambrot, Class of 2000, has been installed by Bishop Leo Frade as Canon for Social Outreach for the Diocese of Southeast Florida. She recently celebrated five years as President and Executive Director of Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida, a post in which she continues to serve. Dambrot is a past Associate Director at Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York.  Read more...

A New Call For Keith Voets ‘12

A New Call For Keith Voets ‘12

The Rev. Keith Voets (Class of 2012) has been called as the new Associate Rector at the Church of St. Barnabas, Irvington, New York.

He was previously Assistant Rector at St. John’s in Essex, CT. He also served part time as the Program Manager for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothing Closet at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James in New Haven and as a Spiritual Director with the Annand Center for Spirituality at Yale Divinity School.  Read more...

A New Call for Brandt Montgomery ’12

A New Call for Brandt Montgomery ’12

The Rev. Brandt Montgomery, Class of 2012, has accepted a call to begin a new ministry as the Chaplain of Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, Louisiana, on August 1, 2014. Montgomery currently serves as the curate at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel & Student Center at the University of Alabama. His ministry has also included service to six Episcopal parishes in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Read more...

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

On Friday, May 2 , the Rev. Canon Heather Cook, GTS Class of 1987, was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland at the 230th Diocesan Convention at Turf Valley Resort, Ellicot City. Cook is the first woman to be elected a bishop for the Diocese of Maryland.

“Heather is a great leader of the Church,” praised GTS Dean, the Very Rev. Kurt H.  Read more...

Installation of Kelly Ayer ’10 as Rector, Zion Episcopal Church, Avon, NY

Installation of Kelly Ayer ’10 as Rector, Zion Episcopal Church, Avon, NY

The Rev. Kelly Ayer, Class of 2010, was installed as rector of Zion Episcopal Church, Avon, New York, on May 3, 2014 by the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, Diocese of Rochester. Ayer has devoted her ministry to the formation of a transitional living home for homeless female veterans, Zion House, where she is Executive Director.

Ayer’s success promoting the needs of female veterans with New York Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has previously been reported in GTS News.  Read more...

Emily Blair Stribling ’02 Called as Priest-in-Charge

Emily Blair Stribling ’02 Called as Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling has been called as Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church, Castine, Maine beginning May 1, 2014.

Blair Stribling has been priest as well as Upper School Chaplain at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. She has also been priest-in-charge at St. John/St. Andrew in Southwest Harbor, Maine. She is a published author of non-fiction and poetry and a recipient of the American Book Award.  Read more...

Keeping up with Josh and Catherine Saxe ’11

Keeping up with Josh and Catherine Saxe ’11

The Rev. Joshua Saxe (Class of 2011) is now Rector at St. James Episcopal Church, Lewisburg, West Virginia. He previously served as Curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Originally from the Diocese of West Virginia, Saxe returned there to serve with his wife, Catherine, after their graduation from General in 2011. She teaches pre-school at Greenbrier Episcopal School in Lewisburg, and has recently been called as Director of Children’s Ministry for the Diocese of West Virginia.  Read more...

A New Call for Licia Affer ’08

A New Call for Licia Affer ’08

The Rev. Licia Affer (Class of 2008) has been called as Rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, beginning March 30, 2014. She will be leaving her post as Associate Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Phoenix, Arizona, and previously served at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix.

In her first pastoral message to her new parishoners, Affer said “I find standing at the altar an immense privilege, comparable only to the privilege of being present to others in time of transition, of grief, and of great joy.  Read more...

A New Call for John Perris ’98

A New Call for John Perris ’98

The Rev. John Perris, Class of 1998, has been called to serve as Rector of the Anglican/Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He will leave his current post at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Montclair, New Jersey, at the end of January. Perris has served the parish since 2006.

Christ the King Anglican/Episcopal Church has served the needs of English-speaking Christians in Frankfurt since 1957.  Read more...

A New Call for Stefanie Taylor ’11

A New Call for Stefanie Taylor ’11

The Rev. Stefanie Taylor, Class of 2011, is now serving at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia as the School Chaplain. St. Martin’s is dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere which fosters lifelong learning.

Taylor previously served as Assistant Rector and Assistant Chaplain at St. John’s, Tampa. Married to Arthur Taylor, they recently had a baby boy, Mattis.  Read more...

A New Call for Renny Martin ’12

A New Call for Renny Martin ’12

The Rev. Dr. René (Renny) Martin, Class of 2012, has accepted a call as Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s Parish, Point of Rocks, Maryland, beginning January 1, 2014.  Martin was most recently Priest Associate at Trinity Episcopal in Iowa City.  Martin received her Ph.D in psychology from the University of Iowa before attending The General Theological Seminary.  An Iowa native, she has been married for 19 years to Jerry Suls and they have two grown children, Robert and Nicholas.  Read more...