Staff

Christopher Wells, Executive Director and Editor

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.


Mark Michael, Editor, The Living Church magazine

Fr. Michael is the editor of The Living Church and 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.


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.


Kirk Petersen, Associate Editor

Kirk Petersen has been an active Episcopalian for thirty years, and a professional communicator longer than that. After starting out as a reporter/editor for a small daily newspaper, he pursued a career in public relations and corporate communications at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Finsbury, a New York City PR agency. He spent four years as a lay employee at two local Episcopal churches, and is thrilled to be back in the world of journalism. Kirk earned a bachelor’s degree in politics at Princeton University. He has two adult sons, and his wife, Nina Nicholson, is communications director for the Diocese of Newark.


Eugene R. Schlesinger, Editor for Covenant

Eugene R. Schlesinger is Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He earned his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University, and his research has focused on the relationship between the church's liturgy and its mission, as well as the ongoing relevance of a theology of sacrifice for the contemporary church. He is the author of Missa Est! A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology (Fortress Press, 2017), and Sacrificing the Church: Mass, Mission, and Ecumenism (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, Fall 2019), and understands his vocation to be an Episcopalian who does Catholic theology.

In addition to his scholarship, Gene is a churchman and a family man. Before his doctoral studies and his entry into the Episcopal Church, he served in pastoral ministry, mainly at a church plant. He and his wife, Loren, just celebrated seventeen years of marriage, and together, they have two daughters, Joann and Evelyn.


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.


Emily Hylden, Assistant Editor

The Rev. Emily R. Hylden serves as assistant editor of The Living Church and as co-vicar, with her husband, Jordan, of St. Augustine's Oak Cliff in Dallas. 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 BA in religion at Duke University, as well as an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Raised in Ohio and Minnesota among Presbyterian, Baptist, and Roman Catholic congregations, Emily values ecumenism and finds homespun hospitality to be her most effective evangelism tool. She also enjoys teaching yoga and baking.


Jordan Hylden, Contributing Editor

The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden is a contributing 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.


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 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 was baptized and confirmed Episcopalian and is an active member of Elmbrook Church, an evangelical fellowship in the Milwaukee area.



Associates

  • Correspondent — G. Jeffrey MacDonald
  • Marketing — Kevin Shanley & Associates
  • Circulation Fulfillment — Cambey & West Inc.