Christopher Wells, Executive Director and Editor
Dr. Christopher Wells is executive director and editor of the Living Church Foundation. He oversees the publishing, budget, fundraising, marketing, and staff of TLC, and with his colleagues articulates the evolving mission and program of the foundation in collaboration with elected leadership. 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, both of which conspired to lead him to TLC. He earned a B.A. at St. Olaf College and M.A.R. at Yale Divinity School.
He is affiliate professor of historical theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on Thomas Aquinas and Anglican ecclesiology. He has also taught at College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, South Africa, and the University of Notre Dame. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecumenism in the Anglican Theological Review, Ecclesiology, The Journal of Anglican Studies, and Pro Ecclesia. In 2014, he completed a round as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA).
Christopher is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.
John Schuessler, Managing Editor
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 Foundation 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.
Douglas LeBlanc, Senior Editor
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, 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.
John Martin, Associate Editor for International News
John Martin is Australian-born and worked with the Diocese of Sydney before moving to London as the first Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion Office. His other posts have included editor of The Church of England Newspaper, head of communications with the Church Mission Society and part-time editing with the UK Christian Medical Fellowship.
Zachary Guiliano, Associate Editor
The Rev. Dr. Zachary Guiliano joined the staff of The Living Church in July 2014 as editor of its weblog Covenant, and became an associate editor in April 2016. He is a deacon of the Church of England, serving a curacy at St. Bene’t’s Church, Cambridge.
He recently finished his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, where he studied the history and early manuscripts of the homiliary of Paul the Deacon. This collection of patristic sermons was among the most widely used books of the Middle Ages. His book on the topic, The homiliary of Paul the Deacon: Religious and Cultural Reform in Carolingian Europe, is slated for publication in the coming year
Zachary earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Evangel University and his M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School. While his academic work focuses on the history of patristic exegesis, his interests and publications range widely in church history, palaeography, ecumenism, and contemporary Anglican theology. He is co-editor of two volumes in the series Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology. An erstwhile gamer, he enjoys singing and breadmaking in his ever diminishing spare time.
Emily Hylden, Assistant Editor
The Rev. Emily R. Hylden serves as assistant editor for The Living Church and as co-vicar, with her husband Jordan, at St. Augustine's Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas. She established and oversees the Daily Devotional ministry, and provides support for other communications. She has written for the Living Church since 2012.
Emily earned her B.A. in Religion at Duke University, as well as an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Raised in Ohio and Minnesota among Presbyterian, Baptist, and Roman Catholic congregations, Emily values ecumenism and finds home-spun hospitality to be her most effective evangelism tool. She also enjoys teaching yoga and baking.
Jordan Hylden, Associate Editor
The Rev. Jordan Hylden is an associate editor for The Living Church, canon theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and co-vicar, with his wife Emily, of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in 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), and he has 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).
Matthew Townsend, News Editor
Matthew Townsend studied Mass Communications-Magazine Journalism at the University of South Florida. He is news editor for the Living Church Foundation and missioner for communications and IT in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Before arriving in Rochester, he worked for Pixo, a creative firm in Urbana, Illinois, where he served clients such as the American Library Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and Patch Adams, MD. He has significant experience in developing websites for nonprofits and religious clients, and has served as a regular journalist for The Living Church.
Ruth Schimmel, Office/Business Manager
A career change from nursing to accounting brought Ruth Schimmel to the Living Church Foundation 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.
Carrie Knight, Advertising Manager
Carrie Knight graduated from Northwestern University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science. Her varied professional experience includes work in Sports Marketing with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, as Creative Director with a local boutique advertising firm, and as Marketing Director for two Milwaukee engineering firms. In the latter position, she successfully obtained the largest contract to date for one of those firms (over $2 million). She joined the team at the Living Church Foundation in December 2015, with a vision to nurture and grow our advertising partnerships. A mother of four, Carrie and her husband enjoy spending time at their children’s sporting events, riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Carrie is a baptized and confirmed Episcopalian and is an active member of Elmbrook Church, an Evangelical fellowship in the Milwaukee area.
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