GTS Reaches Out, Pastorally and Globally

Students share their Summer 2012 MINISTRIES. 

As part of our series, General Stories, we introduce you to two GTS students who are contributing to the mission and ministry of the wider church.


Ian Kinman
MDiv Senior
Just the other day I read an article in The New York Times about how General was planning on selling the entire 9th Avenue campus, and moving to a new location. Of course, that article was published on January 28, 1880. It was a reminder to me that GTS has faced seemingly insurmountable problems, financial and otherwise, for its entire history, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Nevertheless, it has survived, thrived, and grown during that entire time, adjusting to new situations and new realities.
As a student, I have the privilege of witnessing how the Seminary has been able to accomplish this wonderful feat. I have seen an astonishingly passionate and motivated group of students provide the energy and vision of what a seminary and a seminary education can be. I have witnessed a supremely dedicated faculty that pushes the boundaries of what teaching can be, while maintaining a vital historic tradition. Moreover, I have enjoyed working alongside a dedicated administration and staff whose only motivation is to keep the Seminary growing and thriving against challenging odds.
Of course, the future role our residential seminaries play in theological education involves decisions that must be made in dialogue with the entire Episcopal Church. Other aspects of seminary education will also need to be addressed, including the use of online technologies and the expansion of degrees, such as the MA,  to further allow opportunity for educating the laity in their callings and ministries.
I will be graduating this spring, hopefully continuing my academic studies of the Bible at another institution. I value my time spent here. The General Theological Seminary has given me  enormous opportunities for study and reflection.
I will leave the Close with fond memories of the wonderful times past, and with excitement for a promising future. As well, I will leave with pride in being part of a proud tradition, and with confidence that in the hands of current, and future, students, faculty, administration and staff, that proud tradition will continue forwCaroline Peacock

Caroline PeacockCaroline Peacock

Seminarian Caroline Peacock is spending this summer developing an audio series of interviews with luminaries and sages in the field of pastoral care and posting the interviews on a new website she has created, Voices of Pastoral Care. Her project is made possible by a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship, for which she was nominated by General Seminary.

Before coming to General, Caroline worked as a clinical and administrative social worker, including with veterans returning from the conflict in Iraq. Her project reflects her gift and passion for pastoral care ministry.

"As pastoral care providers, we spend sacred time listening to people, and I wondered what it would be like to listen to the stories of those who have ministerial wisdom to share," she said.

The extraordinarily skilled pastoral care providers she will interview include experts in trauma and grief, multicultural pastoral care, and the use of social media for pastoral care. Listeners will learn from a prison pastor, a seasoned vocational deacon in The Episcopal Church, a United Church of Christ minister, and a rabbi who writes about the psalms. Those who will share their expertise are professors, Clinical Pastoral Education supervisors, authors, and scholars. The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, will also be among those who offer their perspectives.

"Each of these individuals is a professional beholder of others, giving her or his gifts to make God's love and compassion known in the world," Caroline said. "I hope you will join me on this journey of learning."





JK MeltonJK Melton 


Seminarian JK Melton is spending this summer in Tanzania thanks to General Seminary's F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship in Mission and World AnglicanismMelton is working in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika under the mentorship of the Rev. Sandra McCann, M.D., an official missionary of The Episcopal Church

Melton will begin his trip touring mission projects in Dar es Salam and the surrounding area. Then, he will stay in the village of Nghong'onha, ministering with a local priest who is also in the midst of a theological study program. JK will preach on Sundays, help teach, and otherwise participate in parish life. Finally, JK will participate in a theology conference at Msalato Theological College. 

Having previously spent time in Liberia, JK is interested in discovering how mission work is different in a country that has suffered relatively little political strife. Whereas Liberia has survived years of bitter civil war, Tanzania, by contrast, has experienced economic chaos, but not the political violence that has troubled other post-colonial African nations.  

JK is also eager to learn lessons from mission work that could apply to evangelism in the United States, where Christianity is no longer part of the dominant culture. “We can learn from the churches in Africa about ways to engage our communities and share the gospel," he said.

JK writes a blog, where he will post updates about his mission trip, and you can also follow his journeys and learning on his Facebook page

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