Staff

Executive Director and Editor, Christopher Wells (cwells@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1240)
Christopher Wells (B.A. St. Olaf; M.A.R. Yale; Ph.D. Notre Dame) arrived as executive director of the Living Church Foundation and editor of The Living Church in September 2009. He has taught theology at the University of Notre Dame and at College of the Transfiguration (South Africa), and has lectured widely in the Episcopal Church on ecclesiology and ecumenism. He served as a lay deputy from the Diocese of Northern Indiana at two General Conventions and as a missionary of the Episcopal Church, and is a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and a theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA). He is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee. His dissertation, “Sacraments of the Incarnate Word: The Christological Form of the Summa theologiae,” attempted an historical and systematic organization of Thomas Aquinas’s teaching about the Word of God. 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 in the journals Ecclesiology, The Journal of Anglican Studies, Pro Ecclesia, and Anglican Theological Review.

Managing Editor, John Schuessler (jschuessler@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1241)
John Schuessler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire where he studied journalism with a news and editorial emphasis. He has served on the staff of The Living Church for more than two decades, most of those years as managing editor. He is primarily responsible for editorial production of the foundation’s three publications (The Living Church, The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook and Illuminations), but also oversees TLC’s website and has written many news and feature articles for the magazine. Mr. Schuessler is married and has four children.

Associate Editor, Douglas LeBlanc (dleblanc@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1242)
Douglas LeBlanc, a veteran religion journalist, is a former editor with Christianity Today and Compassion International. He is the author of Tithing: Test Me in This (Thomas Nelson, 2010). He joined TLC’s staff in September 2009, after contributing freelance articles for a decade. His writing has appeared in Christian Research Journal, Episcopal Life, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and the weblog GetReligion.org. His column for Episcopal Life won the award of excellence from Associated Church Press in 2003 and 2004. His writing has appeared in the collections Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing (Seabury, 2005) and Classical Techniques, Contemporary Arguments (Longman, 2006). Mr. LeBlanc and his wife attend St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Office/Business Manager, Ruth Schimmel (rschimmel@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1244)
A career change from nursing to accounting brought Ruth Schimmel to The Living Church in 2009 as the accounting/business assistant. She holds associate’s degrees in nursing and accounting, and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2010 from Ottawa University. Mrs. Schimmel is responsible for the development and performance of the operating budget and daily fiscal matters. She oversees day-to-day office operations, payroll, expense control, human resources, accounting operations, and communication systems.

Advertising Manager, Tom Parker (tparker@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1243)
Tom Parker has served as advertising manager since 2001. He has more than doubled advertising revenue, increased clientele by 70 percent, and consistently met or exceeded advertising revenue goals. He worked previously as a marketing sales representative for Entercom Radio in Milwaukee; for Second Harvest, a non-profit hunger relief organization in Chicago; and for 8 years as a territory account manager for General Mills, Inc. He serves on the alumni board and executive committee for his alma mater, the University School of Milwaukee. Mr. Parker received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University in 1985.

Graphic Artist, Amy Grau (agrau@livingchurch.org; 414-292-1245)
Amy Grau has served as TLC’s graphic artist for more than 14 years. Her responsibilities include layout and design of The Living Church and development of various promotional and marketing materials for the foundation. She is also design director for Doors Open Milwaukee, and a freelance graphic artist for Historic Milwaukee, Inc. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Alverno College.