WELCOME TO THE GTS ALUMNI ELECTIONS 2013!
Candidacy statements from the nominees are below. After you read them, please click here and you will be taken to the ballet on a secure third-party survey service where you can cast a "Yes" vote for each of the nominees, or, you can choose to enter a "Write-In" vote. The poll will close at 12 Noon EST on Monday, November 4, 2013. Election results will be ratified at the meeting of the Alumni Association during the Alumni Gathering, November 6, 2013. For more information and to register for the Gathering, click here.
Alumni Executive Committee -- 3 year Terms
The Rev. Brandt Montgomery, 2012, Curate and Assistant Chaplain, University of Alabama
I am honored to be an alumnus of The General Theological Seminary, being a member of the Class of 2012. Since July 1, 2012, I have been serving as the curate and assistant chaplain at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel and Student Center, the Episcopal Church for the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. In addition to my ministry at Canterbury Chapel, I have the honor of serving the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama as a member of the Diocesan Council, Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains, the Commissions on Spirituality and Race Relations, the Department of Ministry for Higher Education, and as an occasional "circuit rider," offering supply ministry to parishes currently without priests.
My time at GTS was challenging -- all in good, formational ways. By being challenged academically, theologically, and through interactions with both an exceptional faculty and great classmates, I credit GTS with helping me to be open to other points of view, become more spiritually mature through change, and see the value that all opinions have within the larger conversation. As a member of the Alumni Executive Committee, it will be my goal to give back in service to GTS in gratitude for it giving much to me in formation. I will strive to help further strengthen the connections that GTS has with its graduates and work with the larger committee to ensure that GTS continues to provide a quality theological education and formational opportunities for both current and future students. All in all, I offer my willingness to work and be of service to others.
The Rev. Susan Wrathall, 2006, Rector, St. Mark's, Warwick, R.I.
I am a member of the 2006 graduating class. I was ordained in my home diocese, Rhode Island, that year and am currently serving as rector of St. Mark's Church in Warwick, Rhode Island. Formerly I was privileged to be a public school teacher for 26 years and I continue to have a passion for education. As such I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the seminary and its mission to educate leaders of the church as a member of the Alumni Executive Committee.
The Rev. Roxane Gwyn, 2010, Vicar, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fuguay-Varina, NC
Prior to seminary my vocational life was spent teaching young children and in the non-profit sector in the areas of adult literacy, hunger relief, addiction recovery, and spiritual formation. After completing my MDiv at Duke Divinity School and serving in two NC Episcopal parishes, I settled in at GTS to earn the STM degree, a great experience in so many ways. Ask me about it! After serving in the Diocese of NH for a year, since March of 2011 I have been the Vicar at a medium-sized parish in a small and growing southern town. I'm blessed to use my gifts in congregations who are in need of guidance to discern their vocation, and who are seeking to heal and grow from issues of the past. Serving on the Alumni Executive Committee at General for the past three years has been a wonderful opportunity to continue in an active role with financial support, service, presence, and prayer. With gratitude I welcome the possibility of continuing in this role for another term.
Board of Trustees -- 3 year Terms
The Rev. Ellen Sloan, 2002, Rector, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Sanibel, FL
After twenty-five years in the field of education, teaching and administrative -- in the United States, South America, and Euriope -- I began the discernment process toward ordained ministry, leading to my graduation from The General Theological Seminary in 2002.
Following priestly ministry at Christ Church, Ridgewood, NJ, I was called as Chaplain to GTS in 2005. In addition to my role as Chaplain and Dean of Community Life, I acted as Director of Deployment, Clinical Pastoral Education placement, Field Placement and Chapel. During this time, GTS was also going through a two-year Strategic Planning Process and I served as Co-Chair with Bishop Jelinek for the Formation and Education research component and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees for future growth and development.
Currently, I've begun my fifth year as the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Sanibel, Florida and serve as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Southwest Florida. I have a deep affection for GTS and found my time there -- with students, faculty, staff, and Board members -- an invigorating and challenging time in my life. I would be honored to become a part of the Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary.
The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, 1988, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Presiding Bishop
Bishop Stacy F. Sauls is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the church as a member of the Board of General Theological Seminary at this important and exciting time in its history. He graduated from General in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1989 at St. George's Church in Griffin, GA (Diocese of Atlanta). He continued his parish ministry at St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta and St. Thomas' Church, Savannah, GA (Diocese of Georgia). He was elected the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington in 2000.
Bishop Sauls is the Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, a post he has held since September 2011. He is also an ex-officio member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and an active member of the Board of Episcopal Relief & Development.
His first career was in law, and he is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC and the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a corporate lawyer, most notably with the law department of Delta Air Lines.
General Theological Seminary presented him with a DD honoris causa in 2001, as did the University of the South in 2002, where he served as a trustee. He earned a Masters Degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University in 2009.
The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, 1980, Bishop of West Virginia
Mike is a lifelong Episcopalian, coming from five previous generations of Episcopalians. Baptized in the Diocese of Long Island, and growing up in the Diocese of Chicago, Mike attended General from 1977 - 1980. He considers General to be his 'Honeymoon,' as he and Marsha were married just nine days prior to their arrival on the Close. Mike served at Grace Church, Freeport, Illinois, from 1980 - 1990, where he was Curate for the first 18 months, and Rector for the remaining time. He was called to Trinity Church, Wheaton, Illinois in September, 1990, and served there until his election as Bishop of West Virginia in 2001.
I believe that we are at an interesting, challenging, and hopeful time in the Church, and particularly in regard to the lives of our seminaries. General has a strong and vibrant past. While the future is challenging, I believe that the leadership of General is facing the challenges (and opportunities) head on. While the landscape is changing rapidly, General is and will continue to be a leader in the formation of leaders in the Episcopal Church. I have been happy to serve these past six years, and look forward to working with the Administration, Staff, and other Board Members to bring General to a stronger and better place in the Church.
Click here and you will be taken to the ballot on a secure third-party survey service where you can cast a "Yes" vote for each of the nominees, or you can choose to enter a "Write-In" vote. The poll will close at 12 Noon EST on Monday, November 4, 2013.