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 and board members serve three-year terms, and board membership is 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
- Dr. Grace Sears, Vice President
- Daniel Muth, Secretary
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt
- Marie Howard
- Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
- The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
- The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
- (The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III, Treasurer)
The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
- Dr. Garwood Anderson, Nashotah, Wis.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Toronto, Ont.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, Nashville, Tenn.
- Richard Clements, Oklahoma City, Okla.
- The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Cover, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Heather Cross, New York, N.Y.
- Prudence Dailey, Oxford, England
- The Rev. Jake Dell, New York, N.Y.
- The Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan, Hagerstown, Maryland
- The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest, Mauritius
- The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard, London, England
- Carrie Boren Headington, Dallas, Texas
- Marie Howard, Jacksonville, Fla.
- The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden, Dallas, Texas
- The Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, London, England
- The Rev. Jay C. James, Raleigh, N.C.
- Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, Dallas, Texas
- The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III, Dallas, Texas
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings, London, England
- The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, South Bend, Ind.
- The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Edmond, Okla.
- Richard J. Mammana, Jr., New Haven, Conn.
- The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Springfield, Ill.
- The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Daniel Muth, Leland, N.C.
- The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Bujumbura, Burundi
- The Rev. Matthew S.C. Olver, Nashotah, Wis.
- The Rev. Canon Andrew Petiprin, Nashville, Tenn.
- David R. Pitts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Virginia
- Dr. Colin Podmore, London, England
- The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, West Brattleboro, Vt.
- The Rev. Dr. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn, Ellicott City, Md.
- The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Toronto, Ont.
- Kenneth A. Ross III, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Dr. Grace Sears, Richmond, Ky.
- The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith, Hillsboro, Oregon
- The Rev. Leigh Spruill, Nashville, Tenn.
- The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Hamilton, N.J.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sumner, Dallas, Texas
- Dr. Shirleen S. Wait, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
- Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wis.
- The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. Rowan Williams, Cambridge, England
Dr. Garwood Anderson
Dr. Anderson's academic journey in biblical studies began while an undergraduate. Sensing a call to ministry of some kind and having a persistent interest in theological issues, Anderson prepared to attend seminary upon graduation. That plan was deferred and enriched by seventeen years of ministry on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses, including as the Divisional Director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for eleven years. Before coming to Nashotah House in 2007, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL campus) from 2002-2007. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.
A committed teacher and frequent retreat speaker, Anderson was recognized with Asbury Theological Seminary's 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award. Anderson's research interests center especially on narrative approaches to reading the gospels, the parables of Jesus, Pauline soteriology, and the theological appropriation of the New Testament. His publications include articles and reviews in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal for the Study of the New Testament, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Review of Biblical Literature, Catalyst, Lectionary Homiletics and reference articles in The Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, and the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2d ed., forthcoming).
His hobbies include sports of all kinds and music - especially classical, English choral music, and jazz. Dr. Anderson was married to his wife Dawn in 1983, and they have three adult children: Thaddaeus, Lindsay, and Lauren.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Bishop Andrews is the principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto. Prior to this appointment, he served as Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma from 2009-2016. He has also served as 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.
Richard Clements is the CEO and co-owner of 405 Plastics & Distribution, a blow molding manufacturing company, located in Oklahoma City. He is also a shareholder in Clements Food Company, a privately-held food manufacturing company, and a partner in A-OK, LLC, the Krispy Kreme franchisee in Oklahoma. Mr. Clements is currently the chairman of the Episcopal Church Foundation and has served on their board since 2009. He is a member of All Souls’ Episcopal Church, where he served as a member of the vestry, junior warden, and senior warden and is a current member of the Finance Committee and Investment Committee of the Diocese of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BBA) and Northwestern (MBA). He and his wife, Dr. Melissa K. Clements, have three children.
The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Cover
Michael Cover is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Marquette University. Born in Boston, but reared in Texas, he returned to Massachusetts to study the Classics at Harvard, and then read Greek Literature at St. Cross College, Oxford. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, he was ordained priest in 2010 in the Diocese of Dallas. He holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include Paul, early Judaism, and Hellenistic literature and philosophy. His scholarly articles appear in The Journal of Biblical Literature, The Studia Philonica Annual, and a variety of edited volumes. His first book, Lifting the Veil, on biblical interpretation in the Pauline letters, appeared in 2015 with Walter de Gruyter. He is the winner of the 2016 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship and a member of the ARC-USA Dialogue on Reconciliation in the Holy Scriptures.
He and his wife Susanna live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with their three daughters. He is a Priest Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa.
Heather Cross is a parishioner at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York. She grew up in the Detroit area (baptized St. Michael’s Church, confirmed Cathedral Church of St. Paul, teen parishioner at Mariner’s Church) and moved to New York City with her family in 1985. She was married at Saint Thomas, and her husband is interred there. Heather is active at Saint Thomas as a lector and acolyte and has served on various committees, currently the adult education committee. She has also been involved at the Saint Thomas Choir School as part-time teacher, faculty mentor, and writer/editor. She received her B.A. from Harvard in History and Literature, and for ten years she taught across the curriculum at Friends Seminary. She now tutors middle and high school students while pursuing a writing career in both fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel, Wilberforce, was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and she is currently working on two new novels.
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 Rev. Jake Dell
The Rev. Jake Dell is the Interim Vicar at Holy Trinity Church New York. Previously, he was the manager of digital marketing for the Episcopal Church where he worked closely with parishes and dioceses to develop and execute their digital marketing strategies. He played a key role at the 78th General Convention, serving as staff liaison to the Committee on Communications and Evangelism. He has previous industry experience in information technology, database design and programming, fundraising, marketing, and digital media. He is a graduate of Yale University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He lives in New York City.
The Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan
One of the few Episcopal priests who still serves as the headmaster of a secondary school in the United States, and a highly regarded essayist and preacher, Fr. Dunnan has an A.B. and A.M. in History from Harvard University and an M.A. and D.Phil. in Theology from Oxford University in England. He grew up in Washington, D. C., where he attended St. Albans School, and has been Headmaster of Saint James School since his appointment in July of 1992. Before coming to Saint James, he was the Chaplain of Lincoln College, Oxford. A coeducational boarding school near Hagerstown in western Maryland, Saint James School was founded in 1842 by the leaders of “the Church School Movement” in the Episcopal Church, and it is the oldest school still standing in that tradition. Father Dunnan is the tenth headmaster. Father Dunnan’s essays and sermons are available in From the Pulpit of Saint James School: The Collected Thoughts of a Priest Headmaster, vol. 1 (Watson Publishing Int., 2002) and From the Pulpit of Saint James School: Further Thoughts of a Priest Headmaster, vol. 2 (Watson Publishing International, 2009).
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.
Marie Howard is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where her husband Samuel Johnson Howard serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Florida. A volunteer in the community and the Church, she served on the board of Episcopal Children's Services, which is engaged in early childhood care and education, during which she obtained increased publicity and private contributions for ECS. Currently, she is serving an extended term on the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome. She has been active in ministries for women and youth, speaking on spiritual topics and life in Christian community at a variety of parish and diocesan events. Prior to her husband leaving the practice of law for seminary, she was employed as a stockbroker and banker. Her husband and she have two sons pursuing doctoral studies, one in theology at Cambridge University; the other, in art history and architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.
The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden
Jordan Hylden is an associate editor for the Living Church Foundation and canon theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. He is writing his doctoral dissertation in theology and ethics at Duke University with Stanley Hauerwas, focusing on democracy and authority in the work of the Catholic philosopher Yves Simon. His M.Div. is also from Duke (2010, summa cum laude), with an A.B. in government from Harvard (2006). He is a 2014 Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, a contributor to The Living Church, First Things, Christianity Today, and The Christian Century, and has recently taught courses in theology and ethics at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC) and Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO). Jordan is married to the Rev. Emily Hylden, and they make their home in Dallas.
The Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon
Born in Central Nigeria, the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon serves as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and Bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria. He joined the Nigerian military school Zaria at the age of 14. It was here, when witnessing brutality within some soldiers’ families and contrasting that with his own loving, Christian home, that he was converted to Christ in 1964. This was coupled with the strong conviction that he should become a priest. He obtained a sympathetic discharge from the army.
He studied at Ibadan College, Nigeria, and St. John’s College, Durham. He earned a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations from Birmingham University. He has studied Arabic at Amman University, Jordan, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. He completed a PhD in sociology and earned a postgraduate diploma in education at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
Beliving that God has called him to be a bridge-builder between Christians and Muslims, Archbishop Idowu-Fearon established a Centre for Islamic Studies in his diocese. He is a visiting lecturer at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and Canterbury International Study Centre, where young Anglican scholars attend a summer school. Archbishop Rowan Williams appointed him as a Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral in 2006. In recognition of his promotion of Christian-Muslim dialogue across the world, Archbishop Justin Welby awarded him the Cross of St. Augustine in 2013. He chairs the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa and is a member of the Religious Advisory Council of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
The Secretary General is now an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London, where he will carry out episcopal functions as time permits. He has also accepted an invitation from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral to be an Honorary Provincial Canon and an Honorary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
In 1977, while studying in Durham, Archbishop Idowu-Fearon married Comfort. They had two sons, Ibrahim and Dauda, and one daughter, Ninma. In 2008, Dauda died of meningitis, contracted at Bristol Medical School, U.K., at the age of 24.
The archbishop is a keen squash player.
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.
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid
Elisabeth is a Ph.D. candidate in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation focuses on reclaiming the theological jurisprudence of the 16th-century Spanish theologian and legal scholar, Francisco Suárez, particularly his development of alternative means of resistance to unjust laws. Elisabeth received her B.A. from Rice University, her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and her M.T.S. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She has also practiced law at a national law firm, worked at a private equity fund-of-funds, and served as a graduate campus minister to law and business students. She is married to Thomas Kincaid, and they have one daughter.
The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III
Thomas Kincaid began ordained ministry at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas and has been Vice Rector there since June 2015. In between his first stint at Incarnation and his present role, Thomas served as priest-in-charge of two parishes in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.
He attended Duke Divinity School, graduating from its Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. Prior to Duke, he spent a year in Washington, D.C., after attending Southern Methodist University, where he earned a B.B.A. in finance and a B.A. in American history.
Thomas is married to fellow Covenant contributor Elisabeth Kincaid, an attorney and doctoral candidate in moral theology at the University of Notre Dame. They have one daughter, Mary Clare.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@MissioTheology) is Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion, a new post set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Durham University, and the Church Mission Society. Prior to this he was Bishop of Sherborne; Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Islington, London, where he co-founded Fulcrum; Lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation, Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, and founding Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide; Vice Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya (as a CMS Mission Partner); and curate at St Mark’s Church, Kensal Rise, London. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Utrecht. He is a published poet, has written for The Times and The Guardian, and has written books on theology of mission, Kenyan liturgies, and theology and art.
He is married to Alison Kings, a psychotherapist, and they have three daughters.
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.
Bishop Little retired in 2016. He currently lives in Granger, Indiana, and assists at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mishawaka. He and his wife, Sylvia, are the parents of two children, Sharon and Greg, and the grandparents of Lani and Taj.
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.
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. Matthew S.C. Olver
The Rev. Matthew S.C. Olver is assistant professor of liturgics and pastoral theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and a doctoral candidate at Marquette University. Before coming to Milwaukee, he was for seven years the Assistant Rector at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, and undertook his previous studies at Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. He is married to Kristen and they have two elementary-aged children. He assists at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, and was a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA) from 2006-2014. He is a regular contributor to Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church. His dissertation focuses on the way scriptural exegesis functions as source material in the construction of early liturgy. Particularly, it will examine the use of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Roman Canon and how Hebrews relates to some of the prayer's most peculiar characteristics.
The Rev. Canon Andrew Petiprin
The Rev. Canon Andrew Petiprin is canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Tennessee. Before his current positin, he served as rector of St. Mary of the Angels in the Diocese of Central Florida for six years. He grew up in Orlando and spent three years as a French and German teacher before going to seminary. He was a British Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2001 to 2003. Andrew trained for ordination at Yale and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 2010. He writes frequently for The Living Church and the Covenant blog, and he is co-host of The Living Church podcast. He also has a book of Christian apologetics forthcoming from New Growth Press. Andrew and his wife Amber are the parents of two young children: a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Aimee. They also have two handsome cats, Kingsley and Remy. He enjoys weightlifting, running, listening to music, and reading Tolkien.
David R. Pitts
Canon David R. Pitts has served as Chairman and CEO of Pitts Management Associates, a national hospital and healthcare consulting firm, for 36 years. Recently moving to a less active day-to-day role, he remains President of Health Insights, one of the nation’s leading healthcare think tanks, and is an Executive Partner in two private equity firms.
As a young man he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service; his assignments included: commanding a 150 bed surgical evacuation hospital in Vietnam; Executive Officer in the Surgeon General’s Office; Founding Associate Dean of the military medical school located in Bethesda, Maryland; and, Executive Officer for healthcare in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He received a number of awards and decorations for his service with the military, including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
In the course of a long career Mr. Pitts served as a director or trustee of nearly 100 boards, publically-traded, privately-held, and in the not-for-profit sector, frequently as the chairman.
Canon Pitts is a recipient of the Dean’s Cross of Virginia Theological Seminary, and has received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Nashotah House, and a Doctor of Civil Law from Sewanee, the University of the South.
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 director of Forward in Faith (UK) and secretary of the Council of Bishops of The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda.
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. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn
The Reverend Dr. Walter L. Prehn III is Headmaster of Trinity School of Midland in West Texas. Prehn was prepared at historic Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Mississippi, received the B.A. in History from Texas A&M University (1979), and was trained for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church at Nashotah House in Wisconsin (M.Div. 1985).
Prehn was a parish priest for twelve years, serving in Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. While in Philadelphia he served as Chaplain to Episcopal students at Bryn Mawr College. He was Rector of St. Margaret’s, San Antonio, until 1996, and served the Diocese of West Texas as Chairman of the Liturgy & Music Commission, co-founder of the Bishop Elliott Society, Bishop’s Examining Chaplain, and Instructor in Historical Theology in the Bishop’s School for Ministry. In 1996, Prehn responded to the call to serve as Chaplain of the Episcopal School of Texas (TMI) and was Assistant Headmaster his last year.
In 2001, Father Prehn moved with his family to Charlottesville to work on a Ph.D. in the History of American Education at the University of Virginia. Directed by the late Jennings Wagoner, Prehn defended a dissertation on the pioneering school work of W. A. Muhlenberg (1796-1877) and his protégés, who founded several of the best college preparatory schools in American history. Prehn wrote the chapter on Episcopal schools for The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States (2012) and is a published poet. He is a Founding Fellow of the Saint James Conference, an annual gathering in Maryland dedicated at once to the historic faith of the Church and premier education.
Dr. Prehn has been married to Celia Jones Prehn of Dallas for twenty-six years. They have three children: Thomas (aet. 25), David (aet. 21), and Mary Katherine (aet. 18). Prehn enjoys bird dogs, bird hunting, horses, fly-fishing, books, sporting art, and all kinds of music.
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, Hope Among the Fragments, The Fate of Communion, A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church, Time and the Word, and A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life.
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.
Kenneth A. Ross III
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 vice president of the board of the Living Church Foundation and past president of the Order of the Daughters of the King, as well as 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
Graham Smith served as Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem from October 2011 until his retirement in late 2015. 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. Peter's 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 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 children, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchilren.
The Rev. Leigh Spruill
The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill has served as Rector of St. George’s Church, Nashville, TN, since early 2005. Prior to his call to St. George's, Leigh served as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida, as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama and as Assistant Rector at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.
A native of Tappahannock, Virginia, Leigh received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He attended the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and was ordained in the Diocese of Virginia in 1996.
Leigh is married to Susalee, and the Spruills have three children, Eleanor, Peter and William.
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson serves the Episcopal Church as Director and Team Leader of Episcopal Migration Ministries. He served as Domestic Poverty Missioner until May 2016. 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, Louisiana, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida. He is a graduate of Nashotah House Seminary (2000) and the University of Illinois (1986).
The Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sumner
The Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sumner is the 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. He has served in cross-cultural ministry in Navajoland and has a doctorate in theology from Yale. Bishop Sumner is married to Stephanie Hodgkins and is father to Marta (27) and Sam (19).
He was principal of Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, from 1999-2015. His books include The First and the Last (2004), Unwearied Praises (2004), co-written with Jeff Greenman, Being Salt (2007), and a commentary on the book of Daniel for Brazos Press (2013). He is currently working on a book about sin. Bishop Sumner’s pastimes include playing squash and cheering on the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
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.
The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. Rowan Williams
Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, having served for ten years as Archbishop of Canterbury and before that as Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. He has written many books on theology and its encounters with spirituality, literature and philosophy, as well as some commentaries on current affairs, and is also Chair of the international development agency, Christian Aid.