The Living Church Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, is a corporation governed by men and women representing a wide cross-section of bishops, priests, and laity from across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. The members meet annually in Milwaukee to discuss and review the affairs of the foundation and its publications, to nominate and elect new members, and to worship and remember friends of the foundation who have died during the past year. Foundation members serve three-year terms, and are not term-limited.
Foundation members also nominate and elect from their number a Board of Directors, which has direct responsibility for managing the affairs and finances of the foundation. The directors meet twice yearly, once with the larger foundation and once separately. Their responsibilities include appointing an Executive Director (currently Dr. Christopher Wells) and overseeing the proper management of the foundation’s resources. The Board of Directors must consist of at least four officers — President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer — but have no more than twelve members. Directors must be nominated and elected by the foundation: in this way, the Board of Directors remains accountable to the larger foundation membership.
Board of Directors
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, President
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Vice President
Daniel Muth, Secretary
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt
The Rev. Jordan Hylden
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
Dr. Grace Sears
(The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III, Treasurer)
The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, Nashville, Tennessee
The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Cover, Valparaiso, Indiana
Prudence Dailey, Oxford, England
The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest, Mauritius
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard, London, England
Carrie Boren Headington, Dallas, Texas
The Rev. Dr. Charles Henery, Delafield, Wisconsin
Marie Howard, Jacksonville, Florida
The Rev. Jordan Hylden, Columbia, South Carolina
The Rev. Jay C. James, Raleigh, North Carolina
David A. Kalvelage, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, La Porte, Ind.
The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Houston, Texas
The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, South Bend, Indiana
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Alexandria, Louisiana
Richard J. Mammana, Jr., New Haven, Connecticut
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Springfield, Illinois
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Rev. Jonathan Mitchican, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Daniel Muth, Leland, North Carolina
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Bujumbura, Burundi
The Rev. Canon Michael Perko, El Paso, Texas
David R. Pitts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Colin Podmore, London, England
The Rev. Dr. Michael Nai Chiu Poon, Singapore
The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, West Brattleboro, Vermont
The Rev. Dr. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn, Midland, Texas
The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Toronto, Ontario
Kenneth A. Ross III, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Grace Sears, Richmond, Kentucky
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith, Jerusalem
Miriam K. Stauff, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Shirleen S. Wait, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Bishop Andrews was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma in 2009. Prior to this he was the president and vice chancellor of Thorneloe University, Sudbury, Ontario, 2001-09. He studied classics at the University of Colorado and theology at Regent College and Wycliffe College, where he received his M.Div. He was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia in 1986 and went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University in 1995. He continues to teach sessionally at Thorneloe.
Bishop Andrews has been active in the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada since 1997, serving as prolocutor and member of the Council of General Synod, and as member of the Anglican Consultative Council. He was chair of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, and is a former National Chaplain to the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He was a member of the Primate’s Theological Commission. Bishop Andrews is married to Fawna, and they have two daughters, Clare and Ellen.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt
Bishop Bauerschmidt was consecrated Bishop of Tennessee in January 2007. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, at the time of his election he was rector of Christ Church, Covington, in the Diocese of Louisiana. Ordained in 1984, he served parishes in the dioceses of Western Massachusetts and North Carolina, as well as on the staff of Pusey House, Oxford. Educated at Kenyon College and the General Theological Seminary, Bishop Bauerschmidt holds the D.Phil. degree in Theology from Oxford University. He is married to Caroline Pearce Bauerschmidt, and they have three children.
Bishop Bauerschmidt has an abiding interest in Church history, in particular Early Church, English Reformation, and the Oxford Movement, with a growing focus on the history of ideas.
The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Cover
Father Cover (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is a Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Valparaiso University, Theologian in Residence at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Chesterton, Indiana, and an examining chaplain for the Bishop of Northern Indiana. A 2008 graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, he was ordained priest in 2010 by the Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert in the Diocese of Dallas. His research interests include St. Paul and his reception in early Christianity, the New Testament, and early Judaism. He is currently working on a revision of his dissertation on Paul and the Jewish commentary tradition. He has previously published work in the Studia Philonica Annual and contributed essays to several conference volumes, including a recent article on Pauline allegorical exegesis in a forthcoming collection entitled Scripture and Theology: Galatians (Baker Academic). Fr. Cover is married to Susanna, a homemaker and occasional freelance editor, and the two enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Lucy.
Prudence Dailey is Chairman of the Prayer Book Society in England, and has been a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England (which meets two or three times annually, with members elected for five-year terms) since 2000. In 2012 she co-founded the “Yes to the Covenant” campaign to promote the adoption of the Anglican Covenant. She has previously worked in health service administration, and as a business systems analyst in the IT Department of a multinational retailer. She is a graduate of Merton College, Oxford.
The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest
Bishop Ernest was consecrated as 15th Bishop of Mauritius on June 24, 2001. He is the son of Archdeacon Gerald Ernest. He studied at Madras University India and graduated with a B.A. in Commerce in 1979. Subsequently he followed a 3-year full time course in Theology at St. Paul’s Theological College, Mauritius, followed by pastoral studies at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. He obtained a certificate in Communication and Geriatric Counseling in 1999-2000. He has, since 2005, served as a Procter Scholar of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He was ordained priest in June 1985 at St. James Cathedral, Port Louis, Mauritius, and served successively from 1986-2001 as Rector of Christ Church, Mahebourg, St. Agnes Church, Rose Belle, and St. Clement’s Church, Curepipe. He was Missionary Priest to Reunion Island from 1997-2001.
On January 24, 2006, Bishop Ernest was elected Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean, and re-elected as archbishop on August 8, 2012. He served as Chairperson for the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, 2007-2012; received the G.O.S.K, the second highest distinction awarded by the Republic of Mauritius; was a member of the Design Group of the Lambeth Conference and Anglican Gathering for 2008 and was awarded the St. Augustine Cross; and was elected Secretary of the Global South Primates Steering Committee of the Anglican Communion in August 2012.
Bishop Ian is married to Kamla and they have one son, Julian.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard
Professor Goddard is Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Tyndale House, Cambridge, and teaches part-time at Trinity College, Bristol. He previously taught ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1996 and job-shared a curacy with his wife, Elisabeth, before moving to Wycliffe. He is a Fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute and serves on the leadership team of Fulcrum, a group seeking to renew the evangelical centre in the Church of England. Until recently he served as editor of the Anglican theological journal Anvil. Dr. Goddard wrote his doctoral thesis on the life and thought, particularly the political thought, of Jacques Ellul, and in recent years has mainly concentrated his writing on sexual ethics and the life of the Anglican Communion. He is currently writing a book on Rowan Williams’s ministry as Archbishop of Canterbury, due to be published by Lion Hudson in 2013. He lives with Elisabeth (vicar of St. James the Less, where he often preaches) in Pimlico, London, and they have two children.
Carrie Boren Headington
Carrie Boren Headington serves as missioner for evangelism for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and is founder of The Good News Initiative. She is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., History), Harvard University (M.A., Education, Urban Poverty Policy) and Oxford University (C.T.H., DIPTHE, Theology, Evangelism and Apologetics).
Carrie is an evangelist and apologist who speaks in various settings, including churches and seminaries, universities, coffee shops, and pubs. In 2010, Carrie was a delegate at the Third Annual Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, and was the lead evangelist in a Lausanne mission in Zimbabwe where 1,000 people made first time commitments to follow Jesus. Carrie teaches workshops in personal and parish evangelism.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Henery
Father Henery is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, after which he worked for a year as a community organizer in Oklahoma City. He received master of sacred theology and doctor in theology degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained to the priesthood in 1973, he has served Episcopal parishes in New Hampshire, New York, and Wisconsin.
From 1983 to 2008, he was the Dr. William Schaff Helmuth Professor of Ecclesiastical History and the John Maury Allin Distinguished Professor of Homiletics at Nashotah House. He serves as the director for spiritual life at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. For the past 20 years, he has also been priest-in-charge of the Church of St. John Chrysostom in Delafield.
The Rev. Jordan Hylden
Jordan Hylden is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where he received his M.Div. summa cum laude in 2010. A 2006 graduate of Harvard College and a past Junior Fellow at First Things magazine, his writing has appeared in First Things, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and The Living Church. He is a candidate for holy orders in his native diocese of North Dakota, and is newly married to Emily, a student at Duke Divinity School and a postulant in the diocese of Albany. He serves as a development consultant for the Living Church Foundation.
The Rev. Jay C. James
Father James is the rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves as chairman of the board of trustees for St. Timothy’s School, an Episcopal school serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Previously he served for seven years as curate at All Saints’ Church, Ashmont, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Fr. James also serves as the director of St. Michael’s Conference, an educational gathering for high school and college students in West Hartford, Connecticut.
David A. Kalvelage
David Kalvelage was executive editor of The Living Church and its associated publications for 19 years, before retiring in 2009. He is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism and spent 20 years working for newspapers in Janesville, Wisconsin; Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and Albany, New York. He was assistant to the Bishop of Albany for five years before joining The Living Church in 1990. He has been a warden and vestry member of several parishes, a member of the standing committee of the Diocese of Albany, a deputy to two General Conventions and alternate deputy to a third, and a member of the Episcopal Church’s Deployment Board. He is the author of Cathedrals of the Episcopal Church, published in 1993. Mr. Kalvelage and his wife, Mary Ann, are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of three.
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid is a doctoral student in moral theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include the development of natural law in various Protestant traditions and its effect on jurisprudence. She received her B.A. from Rice University, her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.T.S from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Prior to her doctoral studies, Elisabeth practiced law at a national firm and in-house at a private equity fund-of-funds in Dallas. She then spent several years serving as the campus minister to graduate students at Southern Methodist University. She lives in La Porte, Indiana, where her husband, the Rev. Thomas Kincaid, is priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s and St. Francis Episcopal churches, and she serves with the children and young adult catechesis ministries.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
Dr. Levenson, born in Birmingham, Alabama, earned his bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served as assistant chaplain at the University of the South; associate rector at St. Luke’s, Birmingham; rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana; rector of Christ Church Parish in Pensacola, Florida; and rector of St. Martin’s Church, the largest Episcopal Church in the U.S. with over 8,400 baptized members.
Dr. Levenson has been a featured speaker and retreat leader across the U.S. He has had nearly 50 articles published in various publications, including The Living Church, The Anglican Digest, The Episcopal Teacher, Decision Magazine, The Sewanee Theological Review, and Beeson Divinity School’s The Beacon, and recently published two seasonal meditation books: Provoking Thoughts, for Lent, and Preparing Room, for Advent. He and his wife, Laura, continue to serve in ministry together, and they have three children: Evelyn, Jones, and Luke.
The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II
Bishop Little was elected bishop of Northern Indiana in 1999. Previously he served as rector of St. Joseph’s Church in Buena Park, California, and All Saints Church, Bakersfield, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California and holds a master of divinity degree and an honorary doctorate from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of two books, Ears to Hear and Joy in Disguise, and his writing has appeared in Christianity Today and The Living Church.
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop MacPherson is president of The Living Church board of directors and foundation trustees. He retired recently after serving more than a decade as the third bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Educated at Cypress College and the Episcopal School of Theology at Claremont, he was ordained deacon and priest in 1980, after a management career in the publishing business with the Times Mirror Co. in Los Angeles, California.
Bishop MacPherson has served congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and from 1988 to 1993 served as canon to the ordinary and executive officer with Bishop Frederick Borsch in Los Angeles. In 1993 he moved to Dallas with Bishop James Stanton, newly elected Bishop of Dallas, to serve as canon to the ordinary and executive officer of that diocese. Elected bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in 1999, he was consecrated bishop in 1999. Bishop MacPherson has served as president of Province VII of the Episcopal Church, and as chair of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of the South (Sewanee) and Nashotah House. He and his wife, Susan, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, in close proximity to some of their grandchildren.
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
Richard Mammana (Yale Divinity School M.A.R. 2012, Columbia University B.A. 2002) has been a member of the Living Church Foundation since 1999. Mr. Mammana has written widely in academic and ecclesiastical journals, including The Living Church, Sobornost, Anglican Theological Review, Anglican and Episcopal History, The Anglican, The Episcopal New Yorker, Touchstone, The International Bulletin of Missionary Research, The International Journal of Orthodox Theology, and other periodicals.
Mr. Mammana is the founder and director of anglicanhistory.org, a free online archive of out-of-print Anglican historical texts and related materials. Since 1999 he has been a member of the staff of Anglicans Online, the comprehensive unofficial home of Anglicanism online, with 250,000 monthly readers, and more than 30,000 links to Anglican and Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and other resources. He and his family are members of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
Bishop Martins is a native of Brazil and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Educated at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and the University of California at Santa Barbara before a decade of work in the insurance and retail field in Oregon, he matriculated at Nashotah House in 1986 and received the M.Div. degree in 1989.
He has served as curate and school chaplain at St. Luke’s, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; vicar of St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; rector of St. John’s Church in Stockton, California; and rector of St. Anne’s, Warsaw, Indiana. He was consecrated Bishop of Springfield in 2011. Bishop Martins also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House. The bishop and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1972. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller
Bishop Miller was elected eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee on May 31, 2003. He was consecrated on October 18, 2003, at the Mater Christi Chapel of the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center in Milwaukee. Bishop Miller was born in Detroit on September 30, 1957. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history and received his M.Div. from General Theological Seminary in 1984. That same year, he was ordained a deacon and a priest. He has served parishes in Missouri and Virginia, including service as regional dean and president of the standing committee in the Diocese of Virginia. In 2004 Bishop Miller was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by General Theological Seminary. He is a member of the theology committee of the House of Bishops and serves as co-chair of the Moravian-Episcopal Dialogue.
The Rev. Jonathan Mitchican
Father Mitchican is the Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and of Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. His deep interest and passion for Anglican theology led him to found The Conciliar Anglican (www.conciliaranglican.com) where he writes blog posts and produces YouTube videos about classical Anglicanism. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Anglican Digest and a contributor to Covenant. His writing has appeared in Front Porch Republic, Geez Magazine, and The Anglican Way, in addition to The Living Church. He was also recently published in the Forward Movement book When Two or Three are Gathered. He and his wife have two young sons.
Dan Muth is senior staff nuclear fuel engineer for Exelon Power Corporation, responsible for overseeing the fabrication of nuclear fuel for a fleet of twenty two reactors in the Midwest and northeast. He is a graduate of the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is working toward a master's degree in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A lifelong Episcopalian and son of an Episcopal priest, he is married and has two grown daughters. Mr. Muth has served on the Board of Directors of the Living Church Foundation since 2005, presently as secretary, and has been writing for the magazine for nearly a quarter century. He and his wife live near Wilmington, NC.
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi
Born in 1948, Archbishop Ntahoturi grew up in a small village in Matana, Southern Burundi, the son of a poor farming family. After training at Bishop Tucker College, Mukono, Uganda, he was ordained in 1973 and then pursued further theological training at Ridley Hall and St. John’s, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He went into education and civil service before serving as provincial secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi. He became Bishop of Matana in 1997 and Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi in 2005.
Archbishop Ntahoturi actively participated in the work of the Council of the Anglican Provinces of Africa and has been a member of the Anglican Consultative Council Standing Committee for ACC 9-11. He currently leads the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity, Faith and Order. He is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and has served on the Executive Committee of ACT International for the last 12 years.
Archbishop Ntahoturi is involved in seeking peace in his ethnically war-torn country of Burundi and also in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He represented the churches of Burundi during the peace and reconciliation negotiations in Arusha, Tanzania, that were instrumental in bringing peace to Burundi.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Perko
Canon Perko is a former Roman Catholic (Jesuit) priest who serves as dean of the School for Ministry in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. He is an emeritus professor at Loyola University, Chicago, where he was director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Christianity and Culture, and has held faculty fellowships at the University of Chicago, University of London, Ecumenical Center for Theological Research (Israel) and Bar-Ilan University (Israel). Alongside his academic vocation he has served as a spiritual and retreat director for over 30 years. At St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fr. Perko’s ministries include preaching and presiding at services, adult formation, and spiritual direction.
David R. Pitts
David Pitts has been president and CEO of Pitts Management Associates, Inc., since 1981 and chairman and CEO of PMA since 1999. PMA is a national hospital and healthcare management and consulting firm. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Business First Bank of Louisiana, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of General Health Corporation. He is a member of the North American Advisory Board of Sodexo and the member-manager of Pitts Property Management, L.L.C. He is certified in hospital and healthcare administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves on the board of directors of Comprehensive Care Corporation, a publicly traded corporation that provides managed care services in the behavioral health, substance abuse and psychotropic pharmacy management fields.
Mr. Pitts is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Church Pension Group, and the founding chairman of the Church Investment Group. He is a longtime national lay leader in numerous Episcopal ministries, including the Episcopal Church Medical Trust board and Episcopal Relief & Development.
Dr. Colin Podmore
Colin Podmore is a Cornishman who read history at Keble College, Oxford, and trained as a teacher at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His Oxford DPhil thesis was published as The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (1998). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
He served on the staff of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1988 to 2013, in a succession of roles including Deputy Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity, Secretary of the House of Clergy, Secretary of the Liturgical Commission, and Secretary of the Dioceses Commission. He was also secretary of groups that reviewed the processes for senior church appointments and oversaw the publication of the Common Worship liturgy. From 2011 to 2013 he was Clerk to the Synod, Director of the Central Secretariat and Director of Ecumenical Relations. He left Church House at Easter 2013 to become Director of Forward in Faith (UK) and Secretary of the Council of Bishops of The Society (www.sswsh.com).
His publications include Aspects of Anglican Identity (2005) and articles on Anglican ecclesiology, the ecclesiology of the Episcopal Church and the development of the Anglican Communion.
He is a clerk in the parish of St. Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Poon
Michael Poon is a Hong Kong-born Chinese Canadian. He is director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA), Trinity Theological College, and honorary canon of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics, and went on to earn his M.Div. from Wycliffe College Toronto and D.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford University. Dr. Poon returned to Hong Kong in 1984, and served in the Anglican churches in Hong Kong and Macao for 20 years. He was a member of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Provincial Standing Committee and various provincial committees for many years, and was general secretary for the Missionary Area of Macao before he moved to Singapore in 2004.
Dr. Poon now serves on the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order, and is an Anglican member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. He is co-chair of the documentation study group of the International Association for Mission Studies, and editor of several CSCA publication series. He writes on present-day Asian Christianity and Anglican studies. His recent publications include Christian Movements in Southeast Asia, and edited works on Shoki Coe, Ito Loh and John Sung, soon to be published by CSCA. Dr. Poon is married and has three children.
The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter
Father Porter is executive director and founder of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, an interfaith, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting leadership and peace education among Israeli, Arab, and American youth. He graduated from Yale in 1986, has a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College at the University of London and an M.Div. from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995, and has served as curate at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and as sub-dean and canon pastor at the American Cathedral in Paris. Before serving for eight years as rector of Trinity Church, Southport, Connecticut, he was rector at Emmanuel Church in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his wife, Dorothy, met at Yale and have three daughters.
The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner
Father Radner (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto. He is the author and editor of several books on ecclesiology and on Scripture, including The End of the Church, Spirit and Nature, Hope Among the Fragments, The Fate of Communion, Leviticus: A Commentary, The World in the Shadow of God, and most recently A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church.
A former church worker in Burundi and an Anglican priest, he has served parishes in various parts of the United States, and has been active in the affairs of the global Anglican Communion, including serving as a member of the Covenant Design Group. He is married to the Rev. Annette Brownlee, and they have two children.
Ken Ross has worked primarily in the mineral exploration industry in the United States and West Africa. He has founded three companies, the most recent of which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Ken travels frequently to West Africa and maintains long-standing relationships within the commercial and political sectors. Between careers, Ken wrote several commercially successful books, and was a ghostwriter of speeches, magazine articles, and an op-ed piece for The New York Times. He is represented by the Renaissance Literary Agency in Los Angeles, California.
Ken grew up an evangelical in the Campbellite tradition and became an Episcopalian in his early 30s, joining All Saints Church in Pasadena, California. He has served on the Vestry of All Saints Church, as well as his current parish, Grace Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ken is a graduate of Pepperdine University (B.Sc.) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and has served both institutions as alumni president, trustee and in other offices. He has been actively involved in nonprofit work and has been the founder or co-founder of several foundations and institutions. Ken is married to Michele Ross, a professional event planner, and has a blended family of three adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Grace Sears
Grace Sears is currently advisor to The Order of the Daughters of the King, and former editor of its magazine, The Royal Cross. She has represented the Order in Malawi, England, Brazil, and Haiti, as well as visiting DOK assemblies across the United States. A graduate of Calvin College, she completed her Ph.D. in Renaissance literature at the University of Kentucky. She has taught core curriculum classes at several colleges, served as publications manager for the Department of Surgery at UK, and retired in 2010 from a position at Berea College as special collections and archives assistant. In 2008-09 she researched and wrote about a former contributing editor to The Living Church, Ada Loaring Clark (“Depression Era President: Ada Loaring-Clark,” The Royal Cross, 74/4, 2009). Active at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Richmond, Kentucky, she has served on the executive council and the standing committee of the Diocese of Lexington.
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith
Dean Smith became the Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem, in October 2011. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his father was the organist at St. John’s Cathedral. His family moved to Yonkers, New York where he was raised. He graduated from Fordham University in 1970, majoring in Russian Studies and Political Philosophy. After receiving a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he served as an assistant at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Lakewood and as rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He then served as rector of St. David’s Glenview, Illinois from 1992, prior to coming to St. George’s.
In 1997 he received his D. Min. from the Virginia Theological Seminary with a dissertation on Servant Leadership. His priorities in parish ministry have included Christian formation, a flourishing music ministry, local outreach, and vital connections to the Anglican church in Madagascar, Kenya, Chile and Jerusalem.
Dean Smith is married to Sherry, who has served as a hospice nurse. They have two grown children, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
Miriam K. Stauff
Miriam Stauff, Esq., vice president of the Living Church Foundation, is a semi-retired attorney living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in secondary education, and received her juris doctor degree from Marquette University. She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1958 and has remained active in parish life, including serving as the senior warden at All Saints’ Cathedral, Milwaukee, where she has been a member since 1997. She sits on the board of directors of the DeKoven Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin, and has served as its vice president. She also sat for many years on the board of directors of the Prayer Book Society (U.S.), serving as its secretary. She has three adult sons and six grandchildren.
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson serves the Episcopal Church as Domestic Poverty Missioner, coordinating church-wide efforts in ministries of poverty alleviation. Much of his work is focused on engaging Episcopalians in walking with those in need, not only to provide immediate and long term development assistance, but also to provide an opportunity to encounter the Living Christ through such ministry. Prior to beginning his work on the denominational staff, Canon Stevenson served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana from August 2005 until September 2013. Additionally, he has served as rector of two parish churches, the Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans, LA, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, FL. He is a graduate of Nashotah House Seminary (2000) and the University of Illinois (1986).
Dr. Shirleen S. Wait
Shirleen Wait, a Tampa, Florida, native, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1954. She has a doctorate in education and extensive experience as a professor, consultant, and curriculum specialist, and is the author of numerous publications in the educational field. Dr. Wait is retired as a national curriculum specialist from Computer Curriculum Corp., a department of the Simon & Schuster educational division. She owns and operates Atlantic Beach Connections, LLC, a property management company in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Dr. Wait has been active in education, pastoral, and evangelism ministries, including Daughters of the King, Faith Alive, and Cursillo. She has served as a member of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism in the Episcopal Church, as a board member for New Wineskins for Global Mission. Since 2000, she and her husband, Pete, have served as pastors to missionaries for Anglican Frontier Missions. The Waits have two grown children and five grown grandchildren.
Dr. Christopher Wells
Christopher Wells (B.A. St. Olaf; M.A.R. Yale; Ph.D. Notre Dame) arrived as executive director of the Living Church Foundation in September 2009. Wells grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the environs of Calvin College, supplemented by frequent side trips to the United Kingdom, which fed Anglophilia in the family and an ecumenical disposition. At the University of Notre Dame, he pursued doctoral studies in historical theology and served as a lay leader in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, both of which conspired to lead him to TLC. When he is not editing The Living Church, Wells enjoys writing a regular column; overseeing the staff, budget, fundraising, and marketing of TLC; and articulating the evolving mission and program of the foundation in collaboration with elected leadership.
His work frequently takes him on the road, which affords an interesting perspective on the wider Church, and permits various sorts of ecclesial and ecumenical service. In 2014 he completed a round as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA), and he serves on the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Dr. Wells is a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and Affiliate Professor of Historical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. His primary areas of research are the history of Christian doctrine, Thomas Aquinas, ecclesiology and ecumenism, sacramental/liturgical theology, and Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecumenism in the Anglican Theological Review, Ecclesiology, The Journal of Anglican Studies, and Pro Ecclesia.
Wells is unmarried and grateful for a wide network of friends who are “family,” alongside his natural father, mother, and brother (see Mark 3:34). He is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.