Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

A New Call for Nancy Hagner ‘14

The Rev. Nancy J. Hagner, Class of 2014, has been called to serve as the twelfth Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA beginning October 1, 2017. Hagner has served as the Associate Rector of Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ since the summer of 2014. She also currently serves on the Diocese of New Jersey’s Committee for Lifelong Formation.

Prior to being called to ordained ministry, Hagner was the Director of Development for the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore MD for five years, and had an earlier career in the business world including time as a Vice President of Wealth Management at Bank of America.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Lynn Edwards ‘66

The Rev. Lynn Chester Edwards, Class of 1966, died on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age 76. Beloved son of the late Chester and Eleanor M. (Cutler) Edwards; partner of Barry R. Horton, Father Edwards recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a graduate of General as well as his ordination to the sacred order of Priests.

Edwards had many years of faithful service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including membership on the Standing Committee and ministry at Christ Church, North Hills, All Saints in Brighton Heights, Good Shepherd Church, in Hazelwood, PA, St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Carl Gerdau ’59, DD ‘12

The Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, Class of 1959 and a recipient of General’s honorary doctorate in 2012, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 of heart failure at the age of 84.

Gerdau served as canon to two Presiding Bishops: the Most Rev. Frank Griswold and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori during her transition into office. With a particular interest and expertise in seminary education, he served as Chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary, and also received honorary doctorates from Bexley as well as Virginia Theological Seminary.  Read more...

Call for Nominations from the Alumni Executive Committee

The Alumni Executive Committee (AEC) of The General Theological Seminary announces that nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as positions on the AEC and the Board of Trustees.

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award nominees may be degree-holders, either lay or ordained, worthy of special recognition. The award presentation will take place during the Alumni Gathering in May, 2018. Past recipients have included exemplars of a broad range of both extraordinarily original, path-breaking ministries and extraordinarily faithful, though quiet, ministries.

Memorial Eucharist Evokes Theme of Welcoming the Stranger

Fr. Linman: “Margaret’s exhortation to radical welcome for all is healing balm and good news for us and for the world.”

On May 16, 2017 during our annual alumni gathering, a special Alumni Memorial Eucharist was held, honoring the life of the Rev. Dr. Margaret Guenther (1929-2016) and presenting the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award to the Rev. Steven E. Hulme, Class of 1959. The Rev. Jonathan Linman preached at the service, celebrated by the Rev.  Read more...

Scott MacDougall ’07 Named CDSP Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Scott MacDougall, Class of 2007, whose research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology, has been named assistant professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

As well as his M.A. in Theology from General, MacDougall holds a PhD from Fordham University, where he also taught. He has been a visiting assistant professor at CDSP since 2015.

“During the last two academic years, all of us at CDSP have benefitted from Scott’s clear theological voice, his enthusiasm for seminary life, and his passion for theological dialogue and reflection.  Read more...

Art Powell ’83 Named Honorary Canon in New Jersey

The Rev. Canon Arthur P. Powell, Class of 1983, has been named an Honorary Canon of Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of New Jersey. The title was awarded at the 233rd Diocesan Convention in recognition of Powell’s long and dedicated service to the diocese.

Powell has served as rector of Holy Apostles in Yardville, NJ (formerly St. James Church and St. Matthias Church) since 1990.  Read more...

In Memoriam: William White ‘54

The Rev. William D. White, Class of 1954, died on his 93rd birthday, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Maryland, he served Episcopal churches in Maryland, Arizona, New York and Maine.

For more than 10 years following his retirement, Fr. White served as volunteer chaplain at Parkview Medical Center, Brunswick, Maine, and has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.  Read more...

A New Call for Amanda Gott ‘04

The Rev. Amanda Gott, Class of 2004, is the new rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

For the past seven years, Gott has been rector of Grace & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hamden, Connecticut. Prior to that, she was assistant rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Gott is originally from Atlanta and graduated from a high school of performing arts.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Michael Whinney ‘90

The Rt. Rev. Michael Whinney, who received a Master of Theology degree from General during a sabbatical from the Church of England in 1990, died February 3, 2017 at the age of 86.

Whinney was a well-loved bishop who made a great contribution to the Church of England in Birmingham as Bishop of Aston (1982-1985) after fruitful ministry in Rainham, Bermondsey and as Archdeacon of Southwark.  Read more...

A New Call for Brad Toebben ‘14

The Rev. Warren Bradley Toebben, Class of 2014, has been called as the next rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, WI. Toebben is currently an assistant priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon, and will join St. Paul’s in June.

At St. Mary’s in Eugene, Toebben has preached regularly, directed educational programs and collaboratively overseen the envisioning, developing and implementing of hospitality events.  Read more...

A New Call for Glenna Huber ‘01

The Rev. Glenna Huber, Class of 2001, has been called as Rector of The Church of the Epiphany in Downtown Washington, DC. She is currently serving as interim Rector at St. Andrews Episcopal church in College Park, MD. Before that she served as Vicar at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She has also served as a consultant for urban congregations on the efficacy of community organizing in congregational development.  Read more...

In Memoriam: William Starr ‘58

The Rev. Dr. William Frederic Starr, Class of 1958, died on Feb. 11, 2017 at his home in Chilmark, MA surrounded by his family. He was 83.

A direct descendant of Dr. Comfort Starr, who emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, Starr was born on May 17, 1933 in New Haven, Conn. but spent his youth in Watertown, Conn. He attended the Taft School, and Yale University, before he matriculated at General, and then received his Ph.D.  Read more...

A New Call for Dana Corsello ‘99

The Rev. Dana Corsello, Class of 1999, has been called as the Cathedral Vicar of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., starting in July.

For the last eight years, Corsello has been Rector of St. Luke’s, San Francisco. She previously served as Senior Associate Rector at St. James’s, Richmond, VA, and before that as Associate Rector, St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, NY.

During her time at St. 

Register for the Spring Alumni Gathering on the Close!

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE ALUMNI GATHERING 2017 A Celebration of the 195th Commencement
Evensong, Monday, May 15 – Graduation, Wednesday, May 17

Events include:
  • Special Evensong and Reception honoring the ministries of Dr. R. Bruce Mullin and Mrs. Sandra Johnson
  • Dinner in the Deanery for Alumni celebrating Jubilee Years (50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 10)
  • A Special Memorial Eucharist honoring the Rev. Dr. Margaret Guenther (1929-2016) (The Rev.

In Memoriam: Fred Borsch ‘60

The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, Class of 1960 and D.D. 1988, died in his sleep early April 11 from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Borsch served as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002. The clergy of the Diocese learned of Borsch’s death as they gathered for the annual Holy Tuesday renewal of vows at the Cathedral Center on April 11.  Read more...

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...