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. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, President
- Dr. Grace Sears, Vice President
- The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Secretary
- The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III, Treasurer
- Richard Clements
- Marie Howard
- The Rev. Dr. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn
The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
- Kathleen Alexander, Potomac, Md.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Toronto, Ont.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, Nashville, Tenn.
- The Rev. Dr. Matthew Burdette, Dallas, Texas
- The Rev. Dr. Stewart Clem, Mishawaka, Indiana
- Richard Clements, Oklahoma City, Okla.
- The Rt. Rev. Christopher Cocksworth, Coventry, England
- Heather Cross, New York, N.Y.
- The Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan, Hagerstown, Maryland
- The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest, Mauritius
- Neva Rae Fox, Somerville, N.J.
- The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Carrie Boren Headington, Dallas, Texas
- Dr. Wesley Hill, Ambridge, Pa.
- The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin S. Holcomb, Orlando, Florida
- Marie Howard, Jacksonville, Fla.
- The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden, Dallas, Texas
- The Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, London, England
- Catherine Whittinghill Illingworth, Los Angeles, Calif.
- The Rev. Jay C. James, Raleigh, N.C.
- The Rev. Ajit Samuel John, Toronto, Ontario
- Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, Dallas, Texas
- The Rev. S. Thomas Kincaid III, Dallas, Texas
- Richard J. Mammana, Jr., New Haven, Conn.
- The Very Rev. Ian Markham, Alexandria, Va.
- The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Springfield, Ill.
- The Rev. Mark Michael, Potomac, Md.
- The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Daniel Muth, Leland, N.C.
- The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Rome, Italy
- The Rev. Dr. Matthew S.C. Olver, Nashotah, Wis.
- David R. Pitts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Virginia
- Dr. Colin Podmore, London, England
- The Rev. Dr. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn, Ellicott City, Md.
- The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Toronto, Ont.
- Dr. Grace Sears, Richmond, Ky.
- The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith, Hillsboro, Oregon
- The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Hamilton, N.J.
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sumner, Dallas, Texas
- Dr. Muthuraj Swamy, Cambridge, UK
- Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wis.
- The Rt. Rev. Jo Bailey Wells, Guildford, England
- The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. Rowan Williams, Cambridge, England
Kathleen Alexander is an independent consultant with extensive executive level management and human resource experience in all aspects of the business life cycle and in industries as diverse as hospitality, IT, e-business, and satellite communications. Most recently, she served as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Washington International School in Washington, D.C., and has chaired and served on a number of university, advisory, and not-for-profit boards. She is an accomplished public speaker and lecturer, most recently for the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame and the Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore, and a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, Maryland.
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 and is president of the Living Church Foundation. He was 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 a DPhil 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. Matthew Burdette
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Burdette serves as priest at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas. A graduate of the General Theological Seminary, he also holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Aberdeen. He is married to Evie.
The Rev. Dr. Stewart Clem
The Rev. Dr. Stewart Clem is visiting assistant professor of theology at Valparaiso University and assisting priest at St. Paul’s Church (Mishawaka, Indiana). A fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, he holds degrees in theology and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Duke University, and Oklahoma State University and was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Oklahoma in 2013.
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. 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 Rt. Rev. Christopher Cocksworth
Bishop Cocksworth read theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop Cocksworth has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, before becoming Bishop of Coventry in 2008. He entered the House of Lords in 2013. Bishop Cocksworth has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship.
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.
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.
Neva Rae Fox
Neva Rae Fox is the principal of The Fox Group, a communications company offering multifaceted communications and media consulting. Previously she was the Public Affairs Officer for the Episcopal Church, guiding the church’s media opportunities and public face for 12 years, from the installation of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the sermon at the royal wedding by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
She has also worked in communications in two Episcopal dioceses. The recipient of numerous national and professional awards, she started her professional life as a newspaper reporter and editor, followed by a career in healthcare communications, and then she operated The Fox Group, whose clients mostly focused on nonprofits and represented a wide range of interests such as a regional airline, social service agencies, business groups, and media outlets/organizations.
She is active in her church and in the Diocese of New Jersey. She is a member of many organizations and groups, religious, personal and professional, and is active in various personal and philanthropic endeavors. She has been elected to various offices on all levels of the Episcopal Church and was named a Woman of Honor by the Diocese of New Jersey in 2015.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez
Bishop Gutiérrez was consecrated in 2016 to serve as the 16th Bishop of Pennsylvania. A native of New Mexico, Bishop Gutiérrez comes from a family that settled in New Mexico in the 1500s. Before his calling as bishop, he served as Canon to the Ordinary, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. He also had an extensive career in public service and as president of a strategy and media firm. Bishop Gutiérrez is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science and a Master of Arts in public administration. He earned a diocesan certificate in Anglican studies through Trinity School for Ministry, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Norbert College.
The mystery of the Eucharist, monasticism, and a relationship with Jesus Christ are spiritual foundations for Bishop Gutiérrez. Throughout his life, he has enjoyed the wondrous experience of “chasing Jesus.” He considers himself a (budding and sometimes clumsy but always eager) apprentice of Jesus, most influenced by his words to Peter: “Feed my sheep.” Aside from his faith, Bishop Gutiérrez counts as his most important role and greatest responsibility a position he assumed on June 26, 1998, when he became the extremely proud father of his son, Jude, now a freshman at the University of New Mexico. It is a joy he shares with his wife, best friend, and partner of 24 years, Suzanne Fletcher Gutiérrez. The family shares in this joy with a household of dogs, turtles, pheasants, owls, and the other miscellaneous pets that wander through their lives
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.
Dr. Wesley Hill
Dr. Hill (PhD, MA Durham University; BA, Wheaton College, IL) is associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). He writes regularly for Christianity Today, as well as for First Things, The Living Church, Comment magazine, and other publications.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin S. Holcomb
The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin S. Holcomb serves as Canon for Vocations in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida and teaches theology and apologetics for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He has written or edited numerous books on sexual assault, domestic violence, historical theology, biblical studies, and more. Justin earned his PhD from Emory University and taught for seven years at the University of Virginia in the religious studies and sociology departments. He serves on the boards of GRACE and Leaders Collective. Justin and his wife, Lindsey, live in Orlando, Florida, with their two daughters.
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
The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden is canon theologian for the Diocese of Dallas and, with his wife, Emily, co-vicar of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Dallas. He serves as associate editor for The Living Church. 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 MDiv is from Duke (2010, summa cum laude), and he has an AB 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, S.C.) and Saint Louis University. The Hyldens have one son, Charles, and they live 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.
Catherine Whittinghill Illingworth
Catherine Illingworth is a doctoral student in comparative literature at UCLA and adjunct professor of the humanities at Pepperdine University. Her academic work focuses on Dante, theology, and women. She holds an MA in religion and literature from Yale Divinity School and a BA in English from Pepperdine. Catherine has held fellowships in the offices of two university presidents, has taught at Yale, Baylor, and UCLA, and served for three years as the Director of Business Development and Communications at Whittinghill Aerospace, her family’s experimental rocket company. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
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.
The Rev. Ajit Samuel John
The Rev. Ajit Samuel John is both a priest and lawyer. Born in India to Christian parents, he moved with them to Canada as a boy, studying history at the University of Toronto (BA and MA) and then law at the University of Western Ontario (LLB). He served as a lawyer for those on the margins before taking a two-year break to work at Covenant House, New York. Upon returning to Toronto he married Margaret whom he credits as the one who first suggested God might be calling him to the priesthood. Ajit completed theological studies at both Wycliffe College and Nashotah House (STM) while working as counsel for the Law Society of Ontario. After ordination in 2003, he served in various Toronto parishes, the most rewarding being nine years building up an historic downtown church slated for closure. Ajit studied canon law (LLM) with Norman Doe at Cardiff University from 2011-2013. Ajit and Margaret have a teen-aged daughter, Gabrielle. They spent a year as a family in France where Ajit pastored a Church of England chaplaincy in Versailles. He served for many years as a Trustee of Wycliffe College and as a weekly squash partner for George Sumner. In the past two years Ajit has been active working with other clergy and with the Archbishop of Toronto to preserve a place where Anglicans of opposing views can live in love, preach freely, and seek together what is true for the whole Church of God.
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid
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.
Between his first stint at Incarnation and his current 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 BBA in finance and a BA in American history.
Thomas is married to Covenant contributor Dr. Elisabeth Kincaid, an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Aquinas Institute. They have two children.
Thomas also serves as the Treasurer of the Living Church Foundation.
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
Richard Mammana (MAR, Yale Divinity School, 2012; BA, Columbia University, 2002) has been a member of the Living Church Foundation since 1999. Mammana has written widely in academic and ecclesiastical venues, 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, Mockingbird, The Historiographer, and other periodicals.
Mammana is the Episcopal Church’s associate for ecumenical and interreligious relations, a role in which he supports theological dialogue with Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and full communion relationships with Moravians and Evangelical Lutherans. He has been a participant in the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative since 2015.
Mammana is the founding 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 online home of Anglicanism, with 250,000 monthly readers, and more than 30,000 links to Anglican and Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and other resources. He is clerk of the vestry at Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Very Rev. Ian Markham
Dr. Markham was appointed as dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary in August 2007. He completed his PhD at the University of Exeter, where he focused on Christian ethics. He previously earned an MLitt in philosophy and ethics from the University of Cambridge and a BD in theology from the University of London. Markham is the author and editor of numerous books, including Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong; Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics; Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living. Markham serves as priest associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He is married to Lesley Markham and they have a son, Luke.
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. The bishop and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1972. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
The Rev. Mark Michael
Fr. Michael is the rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland. A native of rural western Maryland, he is a graduate of Duke University and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Before his current cure, he served congregations in Maryland, New York, and Virginia, and was assistant chaplain and a history and religion master at Saint James School. He and his wife, Allison, have two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and gardening.
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. 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. In 2017, he was installed as the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See.
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. Dr. Matthew S.C. Olver
The Rev. Dr. Matthew S.C. Olver is assistant professor of liturgics and pastoral theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2014. In 2018, he completed his doctoral work at Marquette University on the influence of Hebrews on the origin and theology of the Roman Canon. Before moving to Wisconsin, he was for seven years the assistant rector of 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 Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc, and was a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA) from 2006 to 2014, which produced Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment. He is a regular contributor to Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church, and has published in The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, The Anglican Theological Review, Nova et Vetera, and Antiphon.
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, 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. Dr. Walter L. “Chip” Prehn
The Reverend Dr. Walter L. Prehn III is Headmaster of St. John's Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Maryland. 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.
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. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson serves as canon to the presiding bishop for ministry within the Episcopal Church. He is the principal liaison between Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the House of Bishops, the various dioceses of the Episcopal Church, and many of the church’s governing bodies and management structures.
Before being called to this role in September 2018, Canon Stevenson was director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and a member of the staff of the presiding bishop. As director he led a dedicated team in executing a national program of refugee resettlement and related ministries in partnership with the federal government, affiliated local resettlement programs, and a developing network of communities and ecumenical organizations across the country. Previously he served as domestic poverty missioner for the Episcopal Church, coordinating churchwide efforts in ministries of poverty alleviation.
Before beginning his work on the denominational staff, he served as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana from August 2005 until September 2013. After Hurricane Katrina, Canon Stevenson worked closely with the diocese and local, regional, national and international leaders and groups to engage in effective relief ministry.
Since receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Seminary in 2000, Canon Stevenson has served as rector of two parishes: the Church of the Annunciation in the heart of New Orleans, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida. During his time at both churches, his focus was on developing ministries with youth and revitalizing ministries of stewardship, Christian education and community outreach. Canon Stevenson and his wife, Joy, live in Hamilton, New Jersey.
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. Muthuraj Swamy
Dr. Muthuraj Swamy is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Cambridge, UK, and Project Manager of Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion, based in London. He earned a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Religious Studies and formerly served as dean of theology and dean of postgraduate studies at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. He is a member of the Church of South India and worked with interreligious organizations in India for several years promoting conflict resolution and peace building programs. In 2017, he did a three-month sabbatical at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and is now a visiting fellow at St. John’s College, Durham. Muthuraj is the author of The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relationships (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Reconciliation: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2019 (SPCK, 2018). He co-edited Christian Engagement for Social Change: The Role of Theological Education (Christian World Imprints, 2018), and is co-editor of three volumes in advance of the Lambeth Conference 2020 based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s three priorities: Walking Together (Reconciliation), Witnessing Together (Evangelism & Witness), and Listening Together (Prayer), all forthcoming from the Anglican Communion Office.
Dr. Christopher Wells
Dr. Christopher Wells is executive director and editor of the Living Church Foundation, overseeing all of its publishing and teaching initiatives, fundraising, and staff. Christopher completed doctoral studies in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame and served as a lay leader in the Diocese of Northern Indiana before coming to the Living Church in 2009. He earned a BA at St. Olaf College and MAR at Yale Divinity School.
He is affiliate professor of theology at the General Theological Seminary and Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, and Anglican ecclesiology. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecclesiology in various journals, and since 2011 has served as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA).
Christopher is a member of Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.
The Rt. Rev. Jo Bailey Wells
Dr. Wells has been Bishop of Dorking in the Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford since 2016. She is an Old Testament scholar who has previously held posts at Cambridge and Duke Universities, teaching at the interface between church and academy and seeking to nurture young leaders as priest-scholars. She was the (founding) director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School (2005-12), working across some of the boundaries of the North American Anglican world as well as teaching regularly in the Episcopal Church of Sudan. On returning to the United Kingdom, she served as chaplain to Archbishop Justin Welby.
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.