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As a continuing expression of commitment to the General Theological Seminary, alumni have three principal responsibilities:

  • Nominating worthy candidates for consideration for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award and for the conferral of honorary doctorates.
  • Nominations are now open for the Distinguished Alumni Award 2016. Click here for more information.


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Results of the General Seminary ALUMNI ELECTIONS 2015

Throughout the year, Alumni are welcome to submit their nomination for seats either on the Alumni Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees, to the Alumni Office at 440 West 21 Street, NY, NY 10011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Go to the full list of current Alumni Executive Committee Members HERE.


Go to the full list of current Board of Trustees Members HERE.




In addition, alumni have opportunities to benefit from educational and enrichment experiences offered by the Seminary, including:

  • The Paddock lectures, reunions and our memorial Eucharist.
  • 50% discount for the seminary's Theological Research from a Distance program with access to the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library's extensive online resources and borrowing privileges by mail.
  • Continuing Education Programs
  • Embracing lectures
  • Quiet days
  • Special events of interest to our church's leaders.

Please visit these pages frequently as your line of contact with the Seminary. We hope you will stay in touch and, better yet, that you will be a proud and frequent visitor to the Close.





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Please feel free to call, email, or come to our offices with any news, updates, class notes, as well as your ideas, concerns, and suggestions.

Jonathan Silver, Director of Development

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Alumni/ae Memorial Necrology

November 14, 2012

We remember those alumni, alumnae, and sometime students of

the General Theological Seminary whose deaths have been reported

to the Seminary since November 2011.

Class of 1900

Charlotte Ream Krause

Class of 1933

Francis S. Bancroft Jr.

Class of 1938

Thomas S. Logan Sr.

Class of 1940

Richard C. Rodgers

Class of 1944

J. Howard W. Rhys

Class of 1949

Sheldon B. Foote Jr.

John B. Hibbitts

John G. Mills Jr.

Class of 1950

Stuart G. Ruth


Class of 1951

Peter Chase

Class of 1952

Arthur J. Lockhart

Samuel L. Snodgrass

Class of 1954

Paul C. Deckenbach

Class of 1955

Samuel W. Ishibashi

Leonel L. Mitchell

Class of 1956

William F. Crosby

Class of 1957

Harold Jackson Wilson


Class of 1959

Francis S. Bancroft III

Stephen S. Garmey

G. Russell Hatton

Class of 1960

James Henry Brennan

G. Duncan Buchanan

Class of 1964

James J. McNamee II

Thomas T. Parke

John H. Smith

Class of 1975

Donald L. Place


Class of 1977

Denise Lee Games Haines

Class of 1980

Thomas W. S. Logan Jr.


Class of 1984

Ann E.P. McElligott

Class of 1988

Thomas James McElligott

Class of 1990

Pamela Davis Barnett

Class of 2008

Cody Unterseher

Class of 2010

Teresa A. Parsons





Help Us To Update Our Contact Information

Sometimes when our alumni/ae move we lose touch of their mailing addresses.  We would love to keep in contact with them.  Can you help us find them by supplying their new addresses? Please contact Jonathan Silver at the Alumni Office (646) 717-9705, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you so much for your assistance!

The Rev. Richard A. Kirby 1954
The Very Rev. Perumkunnil Episcopos Samuel 1954
The Rev. George W. Sutherland 1954
The Rev. Fr. John H. Dingle 1955
The Rev. Peter M. Kalellis 1955
The Rev. Derek A. Lowe 1955
Mr. A. Dale McMullan 1955
The Rev. John C. Pasco 1955
The Rev. James M. Andersen 1956
The Rev. William L. Carlough 1956
The Rev. Allyn J. Fisher 1956
The Rev. Valliaveetil George 1956
Mr. Edward G. Holtam 1956
The Rev. Stephen S. Li 1956
The Rev. John Shoji Saito 1956
Mr. Edgar F. Staff 1956
The Rev. William P. Zion 1956
The Rev. Constantinios Andreou 1957
The Rev. Frank McVay 1957
The Rev. Albert C. Rountree 1957
Mr. Stephen W. Woodworth 1957
The Rev. A. C. Calivas 1958
The Rev. P. Cherian Eapen 1958
Mr. Jon Christian Franck 1958
The Rev. James Franklin McClure 1958
The Rev. Lewis Albert Payne 1958
The Rev. Jacob Selva Raj 1958
Mr. William H. Scott 1958
The Rev. Fulton Bruce Smith 1958
Mr. John Stiles Talbot 1958
The Rev. R. Clark Bornfield 1959
The Rev. Richard W. Corlett 1959
The Rev. Harold L. Elliott 1959
Mr. George H. McCloughlan 1959
The Rev. Morley E. Pinkney 1959
The Rev. A. Dawson Teague Jr. 1959
Mr. John I. Williams 1959
The Rev. William C. Bartlett 1960
Mr. Robert C. Brownlie Jr. 1960
The Rev. John Davies 1960
Mr. Missak Kehiayan 1960
The Rev. John W. Poulos 1960
The Rev. Tillman B. Williams 1960
Mr. Thom P. Brown 1961
The Rev. William H. Congdon 1961
The Rev. Norman Ernest Crockett 1961
The Rev. Canon B. Rex Davis 1961
The Rev. Abba G. Degou 1961
The Rev. Larry B. Gatlin 1961
Mr. George J. Holman 1961
Mr. Richard J. Kennison 1961
The Rev. George E. Kiker Jr. 1961
Mr. Theodore R. Kosco 1961
The Rev. Donald F. Sutphen 1961
The Rev. D. Frank Hayden Jr. 1962
Mr. Frederick F. Jillson 1962
Mr. Andrew Katsanis 1962
Mrs. Stan Lee Litz 1962
Mr. William Lynam 1962
Mr. Bruce B. Nidd 1962
Mr. Ernest B. Beatty 1963
The Rev. John W. Darden 1963
The Rev. A. Tyrrel Dear II 1963
The Rev. La DeJimenez 1963
The Rev. Eusebio Escariz 1963
The Rev. Malcolm M. Graham 1963
The Rev. Brian L. Horne 1963
Mr. Paul R. Jenkins 1963
The Rev. Sarkis Sarkissian 1963
Mr. G. Bruce Tilden 1963
The Rev. Thomas J. Kavany 1964
Ms. Diana King 1964
Mr. Larry C. Rape 1964
Mr. Frank J. Sammer 1964
Mr. Richard M. Werkheiser 1964
The Rev. C. P. Blackwell-Smyth 1965
The Rev. Harold D. Jenkins 1965
Mr. Clifford Listug 1965
The Rev. William B. Olnhausen 1965
The Rev. Larry K. Ansley 1966
The Rev. David W. Fish 1966
The Rev. F. William Mayo 1966
The Rev. Forrest C. Mobley Jr. 1966
K. K. Punnose 1966
The Rev. John W. Reigel 1966
Mr. Daniel A. Buchanan 1967
The Rev. Richard G.M. Chambers 1967
Mr. John A. Davis 1967
The Rev. Ignacio Guzman 1967
Mr. Charles E. Halley 1967
The Rev. J. Eric Hayden 1967
The Rev. George D. Stenhouse 1967
The Rev. Jon A. Caridad 1968
Mr. Joseph A. Chamberlain 1968
Mr. Jack H. Dexter 1968
The Rev. Charles T. Farrar 1968
The Rev. Canon Wilfrid J. L. Henderson 1968
Mr. David F. Holt 1968
The Rev. F. William Lantz 1968
Mrs. Stephen T. Whitney 1968
The Rev. G. Edward Bowden 1969
The Rev. Michael E. Raff 1969
The Rev. Karl Tabeling 1969
The Rev. John Lawrence Wilkinson 1969
The Rev. Richard E. Brewer 1970
Mrs. Stephen K. Brown 1970
The Rev. Chung Moon Chang 1970
The Rev. Paul Coleman Cochran 1970
Mr. Robert G. Kuisis 1970
Mr. Larry W. Luther 1970
Mr. William J. Braun 1971
Mr. Edgar A. Dunn 1971
The Rev. Kenneth J. Finger Jr. 1971
The Rev. William D. Galer Jr. 1971
The Rev. Jose L. Lana Solano 1971
Mr. Frank L. MacEk 1971
Mr. Robert K. Orr 1971
The Rev. David J. Peacock 1971
Mr. Ronald R. Roberts 1971
Mrs. Stephen H. Skiles 1971
Mr. Robert G. Brown 1972
Mr. Richard L. Frost 1972
Mr. George W. Vasil 1972
The Rev. Jihad Abou-Mrad 1973
Mr. Jerry Blasingame 1973
The Rev. Samuel Y. Reed 1973
Mr. Ross R. Baxter 1974
The Rev. Yettel Faber 1974
Father Martin R. M. Hohlfeld 1974
Mr. Gregory G. Woods 1974
The Rev. Kun Jong Lyu 1975
The Rev. Canon and Mrs. Amos B. Collins 1976
Mr. Frank Hemlin 1976
Mr. Terry L. Henry 1976
Mr. Irving George Robinson 1976
Mr. William H. Draper 1978
Mr. Chuck Ross 1978
Mr. John W. Carson 1979
Mr. Scott A. Kallstrom 1979
Mr. Shelby Gasek 1980
The Rev. Derrick Antonio Martin 1980
Mr. Gary D. Bratt 1981
The Rev. Alan Foster 1981
Mr. James L. Nash 1981
The Rev. Canon Victor O. Sotunde 1981
Sr. Kathryn E. Whittle OSH 1981
Dr. Donna Austin 1982
The Rev. Yeznig A. Balian 1982
The Rev. Colvin C. Goddard 1982
The Rev. David Livingstone James 1982
Mr. William L. Jones 1982
Mr. Jack R. Kallmyer 1982
The Rev. Walter Maier 1982
The Rev. Craig J. Welbaum 1982
Mr. Charles James Comella 1983
The Rev. Dr. Ronald Martin Noone 1983
The Rev. Anna-Louise Reynolds-Pagano 1983
The Rev. Fredericka Ann Steenstra 1983
The Rev. Dr. Mary Anne Mann 1984
The Rev. Jesus Nieves 1984
The Rev. John D. Luetzow 1985
Mr. William J. Taylor II 1985
The Rev. Kent E. Williams 1985
The Rev. Trevor B. Adams 1986
The Rev. Albert Wayne Bowers 1986
The Rev. Mary Janet P. Johnson 1986
The Rev. Sheila Margaret Whittle 1986
Ms. Kathleen Anne Martin 1987
Ms. Martina Jean Sierra 1987
The Rev. Ben Kanina Kirikiru 1988
The Very Rev. Peter L. Lenkoe 1988
Mr. James Edward Moore 1988
The Rev. Anne Johnson-Dougherty 1989
The Rev. Francois V. Nsengiyumva 1989
The Rev. Wilson Eugene Dewald 1990
The Rev. Anna M. Henderson 1991
Ms. Suzette L. Cayless 1993
Ms. Shiella T.D Fodchuk 1993
Mr. William Henry Koch Jr. 1993
The Rev. Jay D. Wegman 1993
Mr. William L. Grant 1996
Ms. Virginia MacLeod 1996
Ms. Nina L. Pratt 1996
Ms. Joy Haupt Carol 1998
Mr. David Kenneth Steffens 1998
Mr. Peter Burt Gudaitis 1999
Ms. Caroline Leys 1999
Mr. Richard Masterson 1999
Ms. Linda Ann Unger 1999
Ms. Rose-Hannah Gaskin 2003
The Rev. Calvin Sanborn 2006
Ms. Linda Bell 2009
Mr. Ahmed Musah 2009
Mr. Javier Aldana 2010
Ms. Claudia Campos-Figuitiura 2010
Mr. Edgard Giraldo 2010


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Results of the General Seminary ALUMNI ELECTIONS 2015


Throughout the year, Alumni are welcome to submit their nomination for seats either on the Alumni Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees, to the Alumni Office at 440 West 21 Street, NY, NY 10011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




Go to the full list of current Alumni Executive Committee Members HERE.


Go to the full list of current Board of Trustees Members HERE.



Candidacy Statements 2015


Alumni Executive Committee -- 3 year Terms



The Rev. Alexander D. Martin ‘13, Associate Priest, St. Timothy’s Church, Cincinnati

AlexMartinI am grateful to the current members of the Alumni Executive Committee for inviting me to run for a position on that committee.

As a 2013 M.Div. graduate of General, my seminary years were marked by significant transitions: faculty and staff members came and went, buildings were sold, and construction noise was a part of daily life. By many measures, it was not an easy time to be a GTS student. Yet, in spite of all the difficulties, I had an incredible, formative, and life-altering experience at General Seminary. I came to appreciate the things that make General exceptional: from the buzz of the city to the rhythm of daily worship. But more than anything else, my positive experience was shaped by the people who walked that journey with me—people with a common love for General, a common love for the life of the Church, and a common love for Jesus Christ.

My affection for General and the people I met along the way is why I agreed to run for a position on the Alumni Executive Committee. General’s greatest assets aren’t in real estate, but rather in people. It’s relationships with those people that I want to foster and represent.

I look forward to the opportunity to give back to General a small portion of all that General gave to me.



The Reverend Judith Semple Greene, ’96, Retired

GreeneIt is an honor to be nominated by the Alumni Executive Committee to run for a position on the committee. I thank my colleagues for this opportunity.

Coming from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1995, I transferred to GTS my senior year. I am very grateful for that year. I focused on Anglican studies.

The year 1995-1996 was seminal. It gave shape to my subsequent ministry in the parish. I credit my excellent professors who gave me tools of liturgical and musical expression that I used later in the parish, and when serving as Chair of the Commission on Liturgy and Music in the Diocese of Connecticut under Bishops Andrew D. Smith and Ian T. Douglas. Anglican Moral Theology helped me see and respond to the neighbor set before me. I became aware of how important it is for the Episcopal Church to show leadership in the world. Through a study of Romans I saw that Paul spoke God’s truth to very different cultures. A great variety of cultures surrounds us in New York City, such a benefit. What I learned is still essential for ministry. Today, as opportunities for full-time parish ministry diminish, we think more and more outside the parish to nourish priest and parish. That is the perspective I bring.

Subsequently, I served in parishes in the Dioceses of Lexington and Connecticut and retired after twelve years as Rector of Christ Church Tashua Trumbull, Connecticut, October 2011.

I return to New York City, often. In 2001, I responded to the invitation to serve at Ground Zero immediately after the incident, and was later certified a Red Cross Chaplain at Ground Zero.

My hope is that all current students of General, in whatever course or program, share a similarly wholesome and profound experience.


The Rev. Miguel A. Hernández '13, Priest-in-Charge, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church West Orange, New Jersey

Rev. MHernandez GTSI graduated from GTS in 2013 (M.Div) and 2014 (S.T.M.). I am originally from El Salvador. I am an English and Spanish speaker. A retired Telecommunications Engineer from AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Alcatel-Lucent in 2012 after 27 years of service.

Currently, I am serving in the Diocese of Newark as priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity in West Orange, NJ. When I first came to Holy Trinity in 2013, there were concerns about the future of the church. After implementing some changes in the worshiping and functioning of the church the mood started to change. I introduced new programs such as God and Science Program, English as a Second Language (ESL), and tutoring sessions which have brought new energy into the community. In the last few months, I have partnered with local leaders to formulate the formation of the West Orange Hispanic Foundation (WOHF).

Since 2009, I have been teaching at the Newark School of Theology teaching classes to candidates to the permanent deaconate and ministers in our area. At GTS, I have taught classes in Liturgical Spanish for Church Leaders since 2012.

I would like to offer my spiritual gifts and managerial skills to the Alumni/ae Executive Committee in order to continue moving forward the efforts of the Committee in support of the GTS family.



Board of Trustees -- 3 year Terms


The Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy, ‘84,Vicar, Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

KenworthyI attended General Theological Seminary for two years in a full immersion of Anglican Studies beginning in 1982. I did the best learning of my life in those two years and that learning went far beyond academics to include a significant time of spiritual and ecclesiastical formation. After leaving GTS I served as a curate in two churches in Manhattan. The last five years were at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. In 1991 I was called as rector of Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington D.C. where I served for over 23 years until retirement in 2014. I also served as a Chaplain for 13 years in the District of Columbia Army National Guard with a deployment to Iraq in 2005-06. I came out of retirement after seven months at the invitation of the Dean to serve as the interim vicar of the Washington National Cathedral.

I served on the Alumni Executive Committee for over ten years, with two terms as President ending in 2013. That was a period of huge transition and change at GTS with financial pressures, serious building concerns and renovations, and a student body that for years was asked to sacrifice by living in and through all of this. I have also supported GTS financially for many years. I believe it is important for all alumni/ae to seriously consider that responsibility.

General Seminary now faces another time of serious challenge and rebuilding. I firmly believe that the future of GTS is vital to the Episcopal Church. It is of paramount importance that GTS not just survive, but thrive and soar as a place where people are formed in Christian faith in the Episcopal/ Anglican tradition, and educated to lead our church in the decades ahead. I use the word ‘love’ with care. I can say without reservation that I do love General Seminary, for all that it has been for almost 200 years---and for all that it can be as we look to the future—together!  And I believe we ought to do this trusting in God's leading, and with hearts full of gratitude and hope.


The Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie, ’74, Executive Director, Canterbury Counseling Center, South Carolina

Muncie 2869My commitment to General is strong and abiding. In 1974, I was the first woman granted the seminary’s M.Div., an honor I share with the late Page Bigelow.

General prepared me well for my forty plus years of active ministry. A ministry begun as a member of the campus ministry team at Vassar and Bard College, continued as a pastoral assistant at a large suburban parish. In 1978 I followed my passion for health care chaplaincy and became a Board Certified Chaplain.

The majority of my ministry has been as a Chaplain, first in long-term care settings with Greenwich Chaplaincy Services of Greenwich, CT and then as Director of Spiritual Services for Episcopal Retirement Homes in Cincinnati, OH. Returning to NYC with my husband in 2000, I worked for 9 years with the Health Care Chaplaincy, completing my time in New York as Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital.

Now residing in Greenville, SC I made a career shift and serve as Executive Director of Canterbury Counseling Center, a non-profit pastoral counseling center. My role with Canterbury has been to transform the center from one in jeopardy of failing to a center now celebrating its 10th Anniversary dedicated to serving the needs of a growing community.

It is an honor to be considered for service to GTS as a member of the Board of Trustees. Early in my ministry I served from 1977 to 1997 on the Alumni Executive Committee. This allowed me insight into the seminary under different deanships. Now General stands at a pivotal point in its history. This calls for action that looks to the future while honoring the past. This is an opportunity for strong and creative service. I know the hand of God and the prayers of the faithful alumni are with General.


The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam ’84, Bishop-in-Charge, St. James-in-the-City, Los Angeles

BpRoskamNot a day has gone by since my graduation in 1984 that I have not drawn on the academic foundation laid in my years at General Seminary or the spiritual formation of its daily round of worship and prayer. If I can be of service to this unique and beloved institution through participation on the Board of Trustees, then I embrace the opportunity.

In addition to my love for General, I bring to the table the experience of thirty one years of ordained ministry exercised at both parish and diocesan level in three different dioceses of this church; twenty years as a bishop, having served as Bishop Suffragan of New York from 1996 through 2011; and at present as Bishop-in-Charge of St. James-in-the-City in Los Angeles. I have served The Episcopal Church nationally as a member of Executive Council, the Anglican Consultative Council, the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music, and the House of Bishops Theology Committee.

Themes which have engaged me throughout are education, congregational growth and social justice, as well as fostering connection throughout the Anglican Communion.

My prayer is that as a trustee I might be a bridge person and a reconciler and also a participant in moving General into a brighter and more fruitful future.




Go to the full list of current Alumni Executive Committee Members HERE.


Go to the full list of current Board of Trustees Members HERE.





Throughout the year, Alumni are welcome to submit their nomination for seats either on the Alumni Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees, to the Alumni Office at 440 West 21 Street, NY, NY 10011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






Candidacy Statements 2014:


Alumni Executive Committee -- 3 year Terms


First Term:


The Rev. Canon Amy Chambers Cortright '04, Vicar, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri

 I am a graduate of the Class of 2004 and am currently serving as Vicar of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Missouri. Prior to serving in St. Louis, my husband, the Rev. Joe Chambers and I served in Columbia, Missouri following joyful service in my sponsoring Diocese of New York.

September 11, 2001, marked the first full day of classes for the Class of 2004. The events of that day and following shaped the next three years of our priestly formation in ways that we could never have imagined. These years at GTS were intense, and simultaneously, for me, filled with deep fulfillment and the blessing of constant revelation. I am grateful to GTS for so many things, especially for all of the ways on which I learned to meet the deep darknesses of 9/11 and to confront them with Christ's light and peace through theological reflection, prayer, and diverse relationships.

I am pained to look upon the seminary now, saturated with deep conflict. I am afraid for us, and I am fearful about serving on the Alumni Executive Committee right now. Yet I have faith that nothing will be impossible with God and that the AEC seeks faithfully to represent and share the very best of what we have learned together from our time on the Close for the good of all, past, present, and future. I wish to walk with GTS and with my fellow alumnae and alumni to support the work of reconciliation during this anxious and uncertain time.


Second Term:


The Rev. Hannah Atkins '96, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas

I am a member of the Class of 1996. My years and friendships at GTS formed and inform me to this day. The Alumni/ae Executive Committee has been a tribute to General as we have worked together in this current situation. I would be honored to continue to work with this distinguished group. My parish in Texas sent a seminarian to GTS, and I would like to do more to help build a strong future here. While at General, I took advantage of the diverse offerings available and have continued to respond with interest to the new realities of theological education in our church and in the world. Directly upon graduation, I served churches in El Salvador, in congregations as well as being Director of Theological education there. I taught Socioloy of Religion and other basic courses for the Centro Anglicano de Estudios Teologicos. After El Salvador, I worked for almost eight years as Senior Assistant at St. John's, Lafayette Square, and have served as Rector at Trinity Houston for seven. All these years I have been directly involved in seminarian formation. I believe my work with endowed parishes, capital campaigns, congregational development, and international theological formation, as well as my enthusiasm for new possibilities, will serve me well in this capacity.


The Rev. Brian Sullivan '97, Rector, St. Benedict's Episcopal Church and School, Smyrna, Georgia

 After graduating from GTS I served in the Diocese of Atlanta as associate rector of St. Peter's, Rome and St. Anne's, Atlanta before serving as rector of Incarnation in Highlands, NC. I am currently the first rector of Saint Benedict's Church and School in Smyrna, Georgia. I have also spent several years working with the non-profit, Kids4Peace International, which is an interfaith peace and reconciliation program working with children in Palestine, Israel, and the U.S. ( Through all these experiences I have raised money for building campaigns, feasibility studies, operational budgets, and dealt with interesting financial structures. I would love to use these experiences to benefit General's efforts in continuing to develop alumni support for our future.



 Board of Trustees -- 3 year Terms

The Very Rev. Daniel Ade '92, Co-Dean and Rector, St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles, California

 I graduated from GTS in 1992 and served several years of my ministry in my home Diocese of New York. Now having lived in Los Angeles for 11 years, I bring a broad bi-coastal perspective. As a Dean of a new Cathedral, I have had to use skills of entrepreneurship and creativity to help forge a new identity for our congregation emerging out of our existing heritage, in a beautiful old structure, in an exciting and changing neighborhood. I also serve with another Dean in a a co-leadership team, so collaboration, compromise and listening are daily practices. I served on the Board of Trustees for Bloy House, a regional Episcopal seminary in Southern California, for three years. I served on the Search Committee for the Bishops Suffragan. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Guibord Center, housed at St. John's, an interfaith center seeking to foster dialog and reconciliation between religious traditions. For six years I was a member of the Commission on ministry and for two years mentored a Fresh Start training group for newly ordained clergy.

I believe this is a key time to participate in the life of our seminary. General Seminary exists because f the vision and generosity of people such as Clement Clarke Moore, and Bishop John Henry Hobart. The gifts that provided for General at its founding must still form the holy ground on which we stand today. To that end, a chief task of the Board at this time is to seek reconciliation among all the stakeholders of the seminary as we envision our future. I would bring skills of direct and honest communication as well as generous collaboration to the Board, all necessary for such reconciliation to take place. I understand that while I would participate in the Board seeking the good of the seminary as a whole, I would specifically represent the concerns and voice of alumni/ae.

While we remain hopeful that our Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd of the sheep will lead us into a strong future, he calls us actively to engage in the difficult work of reconciliation and rebuilding. I would be honored to play a role in this work as a member of the Board of Trustees.


The Rev. Patricia Steineke Downing '95, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Wilmington, DE

I was in the graduating class of 1995. I was raised up out of the Diocese of Washington where I returned after graduation, was ordained and served for 14 years. Currently, I am the rector of Holy Trinity Old Swedes parish in Wilmington, Delaware. My reason for wishing to serve on the Board of Trustees is that I am dedicated to the seminary and its mission. The current crisis does not diminish my dedication. I hold the opinion that the seminary still has particular gifts to offer the Episcopal Church in the formation of faithful, learned leaders. I hope my gifts and skills can be helpful to the work of healing, reconciliation and renewal that is required to move beyond the current crisis and carry out our mission.


The Reverend Canon Jadon D. Hartsuff '12, Saint John's Cathedral, Denver, Colorado


I am honored to be considered for service as an alumni representative on the Board of Trustees.  I attended General from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2012 and earned both an M.Div, cum laude, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  While there I was involved in Community Council and served as an elected representative of my class during the seminary's 2010 financial crisis.  Our class was praised for its commitment to General during that time of uncertainty.  Notably, not one of us left General, and our esprit d'corps was regarded as a source of stability and inspiration as we rode the roller coaster of the next three years as General underwent sweeping changes to its financial and physical life.  Since graduating I have served as the Province VI representative to the Alumni Executive Committee.


Now 37 years of age, and originally from Michigan, I enjoyed a first career leading operations, marketing, and finance for a variety of small companies in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including a firm of my own.  I studied management theory in undergrad and also gave two years of military service following 9/11.  I was ordained from All Saints' Beverly Hills in the Diocese of Los Angeles and served as Curate of Saint James' in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before moving to Denver.  In addition to serving the AEC, I currently serve as a board member of a professional choir based in Denver and have served on a variety of boards in the past.


I am encouraged by the initial work toward re-imagining General's curriculum that has been accomplished in the last year.  At the same time, I am concerned about General's seeming lack of commitment to some of the core principles that have guided it for almost 200 years.  As General recovers from its current crisis and continues to rebuild its product and reputation, I hope my voice can help the BOT deliberate with the perspective of recent/current students clearly in mind as it prepares to carry General into the next 200 years. 





The Paddock Lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor George A. Jarvis and named in honor of The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, Class of 1852. The Lectures have brought to General's campus a remarkable group of Anglican scholars, from William Temple to Sarah Coakley, and have become a prestigious and highly anticipated feature of GTS’ annual Alumni Gathering.  


The Paddock Lectures, November 4 and 5, 2015


To see photos and hear audio of the Lectures CLICK HERE.


The Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives


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The Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Herbert Thompson Chair of Church and Society, Dir. of the Desmond Tutu Center


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The Rev. Todd H. W. Brewer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of New Testament


Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 2 - 3:00 pm followed by Q and A

Thursday, November 5, 2015 2 - 3:00 pm, followed by Q and A


These lectures provide both theological and practical conversation for why Christians engage upheaval as a necessary good. More specifically, Paul's experiences of upheaval positively generate his pluralistic vision of the Church. And an apocalyptic vision, spawned by John of Patmos, provides a way for communities in the 21st Century to navigate their way through nightmares to beatific vision.


To see photos and hear audio of the Lectures CLICK HERE.







Call for Nominations 2016


The GTS Alumni Executive Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award is for Seminary degree-holders worthy of special recognition. The award presentation will take place during the 2016 Alumni Gathering (Date to be Announced). Nominations must be received by January 22, 2016. The award will be decided by the Alumni Executive Committee at its Winter 2016 meeting.

Those submitting nominations must identify themselves by name and GTS class year and provide a daytime phone number and/or email address. For complete information and eligibility requirements please click here, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What does it mean to be an outstanding graduate of The General Theological Seminary? The Close represents many things to those of us who studied here at General. A home for some of us, or a home away from home where we went to be in communion with others striving toward the same goals. It is a place where the serenity and beauty of the grounds are enhanced by the families who live there and the community who makes it come alive. It is also a place where Leaders for the Episcopal Church are formed. The time spent at General has led to fruitful expressions of faith in all parts of the world.

We are proud to stand as a community with all of our brothers and sisters in the General Community. Some efforts are so inspirational however, that we choose to recognize these people of faith with our Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients of the award shall be graduates of the Seminary in either priestly or lay orders. Past recipients have included exemplars of a broad range of ministry. We have had the privilege of holding up both extraordinarily original, path breaking ministries and extraordinarily faithful, though quiet ministries. Candidates may be put forth on the basis of lifetime achievement, or to honor extraordinary accomplishment that brought credit upon the church and GTS. Nominees may be well-known, but care should be given to identifying inspiring yet unheralded ministries.

We rely on our alumni to select an inspirational example for all of us to receive this honor.

Those submitting nominations must identify themselves by name and GTS class year and provide a daytime phone number and/or email address. For complete information and eligibility requirements please click here, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award: The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby ’63


ScottKirby mdThe  Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby (Class of 1963) was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Kirby’s long ministry of service and devotion to the Church has emphasized community outreach and partnership. After many years serving parishes in Western New York, New Jersey, and Kansas, he was called as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, where he led a resurgence of congregational, spiritual, and financial growth.

Kirby’s distinguished ministry culminated with his unanimous election to be Vice President of the House of Deputies for the 2012 General Convention. Since his retirement from the Cathedral in 2005, he has continued his life-long interest in the Church in small communities as part-time Vicar of Grace Church, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Kirby also serves as Chaplain for the Upper Mississippi River Region for the Seamen’s Church Institute and Captain Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol.

Born in Richmond, VA in 1938, Kirby is married to the former Heather Roberts, and they have two grown children. He received his BA from the University of Richmond in 1960 before attending General, where he received his M.Div. in 1963, and was ordained deacon and priest the same year. He has served parishes in the Diocese of Western New York, the Diocese of New Jersey, the Diocese of Western Kansas, and the Diocese of Eau Claire. He has also served as the Resident Director and Vice President for Development of the St. Francis Homes in Kansas and New York.

Kirby’s wide-ranging Diocesan experience includes Budget and Finance, Ecumenical Relations, Commission on Ministry, Long Range Planning, Christian Education, Music and Liturgy, and Standing Committee. Service to the National Church includes the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development and the Disciplinary Committee of Title IV. He serves on the Interfaith Council on Marriage and the Family, and is an Associate Member of the Community of St. John Baptist, Midwest Representative to the Anglican Society, and a recipient of the Bishop’s Distinguished Service Award in the Diocese of Western Kansas.

Kirby accepted his award at the Memorial Eucharist during the Alumni Gathering, November 5, 2015. 

Click here to download a copy of his sermon.

Alumni Eucharist 2015 KirbyAccepting
 Alumni Eucharist 2015 KirbyPreaching









The winner of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award: The Rev. Margaret "Peggy" A. Muncie, '74


Muncie-2869The  Rev. Margaret “Peggy” A. Muncie (Class of 1974) was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Muncie, along with the late Paige Bigelow, was one of the first women to graduate in the MDiv program at GTS, and has written and spoken engagingly and movingly about what that was like. She has always sought to forward the profession of chaplaincy through practice, advocacy, and writing.

Muncie was ordained Deacon in June, 1974 for the Diocese of Long Island by the now deceased Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodhue Sherman, also a General alum (’33) and a former President of our Board of Trustees. She credits the Bishop for supporting her postulancy at that critical time for the acceptance of female ordinands, and hopes he has “a smile on his face for me and for his brave stance sending me to GTS.”  She was then priested for the Diocese of New York on April 25, 1977 by Bishop Sherman at the request of Bishop Paul Moore of New York. The ordination took place in the chapel at Vassar College where she served on the campus ministry team.

Muncie is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has carried out her distinguished ministry as a chaplain in both long-term care and acute settings for over 30 years, including service as Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

She is now engaged as Executive Director of Canterbury Counseling Center (CCC) in Greenville, South Carolina. CCC is a non-profit, church-sponsored organization that offers a healing ministry of pastoral counseling, integrating psychotherapy with behavioral sciences, spiritual issues, wholeness and health.  They offer a broad spectrum of services, conducted by fully licensed mental health professionals trained in both theology and pastoral psychology. The services at CCC are available to individuals, couples, families, clergy, and congregations regardless of race, faith affiliation or financial status.

Muncie accepted her award at the Alumni Memorial Eucharist during the Alumni Gathering, November 6, 2014.

Click here to read about and see pictures of the Eucharist, and download a copy of Muncie's sermon.


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Peggy Muncie and Paige Bigelow,

the first two women to receive MDivs from General,

celebrate at their Commencement in 1974.





Past recipients of the GTS Distinguished Alumni Award are:


2012-13 Brother Clark Berge, '84, Minister General, The Society of St. Francis, Mt. Sinai, New York.


2011 The Rev. Dr. Minka Shura Sprague, ‘78 and ‘85, St. James Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi, scholar, author, preacher, lecturer, and workshop/retreat leader.


2010 The Rev. John L. Kater, ‘96 Professor Emeritus of Ministry Development, Church Divinity School of the Pacific


2009 The Very Rev. David duPlantier '93 Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans LA, Co-founder Jericho Road Housing Project


2008 The Rev. Dr. Marion J. Hatchett '66 and '72, Professor Emeritus, University of the South, School of Theology, Sewanee, Tenn.


2007 The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz '93, Canon for Ministry, Diocese of New Jersey and author of several volumes, including Fireweed Evangelism and The Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe '59 Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy


2006 Dr. Henry Carse '94, Director, Kids-4-Peace, St. George’s College, Jerusalem


2005 The Rev. Bertram Bennett '75, Priest-in-Charge, St. David’s, Bronx, NY and Chair, South Bronx Churches 


2004 The Revs. Richard Fabian '70 and Donald Schell '71, Co-founders and co-rectors, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco


The Alumni Gathering 2015


Wednesday and Thursday, November 4 and 5, 2015


A community of scholarship, worship, and friendship on the Close



Alumni Eucharist 2015 KirbyPreaching

The Gathering featured:


-- The Memorial Eucharist ithe Chapel of the Good Shepherd

and presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award 

to the Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby, '63


-- Paddock Lectures by new faculty members

the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. and the Rev. Todd H. W. Brewer, Ph.D.


-- A Special Evensong honoring Prof. David J. Hurd








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 Alumni Event 2014

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, graduated alums gathered for a facilitated conversation

with the Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, Class of 1996, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York

A pdf of the notes from the meeting is available by clicking here.

The notes were provided to the Board of Trustees, and members of the Alumni Executive Committee summarized the conversation and concerns.

A pdf of the Letter from the Board of Trustees to the Alumni is available by clicking here.


On Thursday, November 6, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to

the Rev. Margaret "Peggy" Muncie '74 at a Memorial Eucharist

in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Read more and see photos by clicking here.




Alumni Gathering 2013

Wednesday and Thursday, November 6 and 7, 2013

A community of scholarship, worship, and friendship


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Memorial Eucharist2Brother Clark Berge, Class of 1984, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his inspiring leadership as Minister General of the Society of St. Francis. The award was presented at the Alumni Banquet concluding the two-day Alumni Gathering, November 6 and 7.

Over 60 alums, representing over 60 years of General Theological Seminary history, came home to attend the annual gathering. They joined the community for Morning Prayer, Evensong, and a special annual Memorial Eucharist at which Brother Clark preached, and the Rev. Dick Corney, Class of 1957 and Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, read the names of those alumni and alumnae whose deaths had been reported to the Seminary since the last gathering in 2011.


During his sermon, Brother Clark moved the congregation with "this connection between death and our ministry -- the spur to evaluate our lives, perhaps." On our important tradition of reading the names of the departed one more time in the Chapel, he noted, "Thinking back over the lives of the alumni I knew, I think about my life. As I find out about what these people's lives were like, I am often astounded by the beauty of them all, the faithfulness they showed. I think of all the lives that were touched, sacraments celebrated, sore hearts healed, the work for social justice. A few had brilliant careers, but so many of us don't -- in our own estimation. So, I want to remind us that in the big picture each and every one of us is a kind of miracle." To read the full text of Brother Clark's sermon click here.


Association Meeting KurtThe alumni gathering was joyous and thoughtful, marked by the knowledge that last year's event had to be cancelled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A special feature of the event was the three-part series: The Paddock Lectures. Dr. Elizabeth Drescher, author of the noteworthy Tweet if You [Heart] Jesus and arguably the Episcopal Church's authority on religion and social media, was the dynamic and provocative presenter. Speaking on "Media, Meaning, and Ministry in the Digital Reformation," her visit drew the largest group of alums, faculty, students, and visitors to Seabury Auditorium in recent memory. Many alumni, led by the Rev. Colin Chapman '12, tweeted the event just as Drescher would have predicted.


Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award are now being accepted through January 1, 2014. The award will be decided by the Alumni Executive Committee at its winter meeting. For complete information on the Call for Nominations, click here.





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Advantages: Creating a unitrust entitles you to a charitable deduction for the value of General Seminary's remainder interest. Transfers are exempt from capital-gains tax, and the same limitations and carry-over provisions apply. You receive a guaranteed income for life, and the Seminary receives in your name a significant gift.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
A trust providing for a fixed rate of income is a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust. If you are concerned primarily with receiving (or having your designated beneficiary receive) a specified amount during the term of the trust, you may prefer to establish an annuity trust. The required annual income distribution is predetermined by the donor at a minimum of 5% of the fair market value of the trust assets as of the date the assets are transferred to the trust. The same tax deduction, limitation and holdover regulations apply to the annuity trust as in the case of a unitrust.

Advantages: Creating an annuity trust entitles you to a charitable deduction for the value of General Seminary's remainder interest. Transfers are exempt from capital gains tax and the same limitations and carry-over provisions apply. You receive a predetermined guaranteed income for life, and the Seminary receives in your name a significant gift.

Charitable Lead Trust
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Advantages: Although a Charitable Lead Trust may take a number of forms, they all offer similar tax benefits. The donor must have an income producing asset, the income from which is donated to the Seminary for a specified period of time. The asset is then transferred to non-charitable beneficiaries. In estate planning, a Charitable Lead Trust is an excellent method for minimizing gift or estate transfer tax incurred on the taxpayer's transfer of assets to family members or other individuals.

Example: A donor establishes a 20-year Charitable Lead Annuity Trust with $1,000,000. The trust agreement specifies that General Seminary shall receive 7% of the original principal's value, or $70,000 in income annually, for purposes stated in the agreement. At the end of twenty years, the donor's heir receives the trust principal. The gift tax on this transfer is calculated on what the IRS estimates the value of the trust's principal will be at the end of the term-$222,540 in this case, according to current Treasury tables. The beneficiary is liable for gift tax only on this remainder value. The balance of the principal passes to the beneficiary tax-free. (The liability on the remainder value may be offset by any estate-tax and gift-tax unified credits available to the donor.)

Life Estate Contract
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Advantages: There are several benefits in making a gift via a Life Estate Contract. First, you will receive a substantial charitable contribution deduction based on the value of the remainder interest without an expenditure of cash or reduction in income. Second, you retain the right to continue to live in the residence. Third, you have the satisfaction of knowing that General Seminary will receive a substantial future benefit from your gift.

Wealth Replacement Trust
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Advantages: The Wealth Replacement Trust restores the assets of your estate which have been used to make a charitable gift, and can be designed to provide your heirs with their bequests free of estate taxes.

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