IN MEMORIAM: John Patterson '51

The Rev. John Willard Patterson, Class of 1951, died on September 21, 2019 in Naples, Florida.

Patterson was ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Benjamin M. Washburn. Before moving to Florida, he served in the Diocese of New Jersey as Rector at Church of the Epiphany, Ventnor City; Vicar at St. James’ Memorial Church, Eatontown; St. Andrews the Apostle, Highlands; and Assistant at St. Peter’s Church, Freehold.

Funeral home services are under the supervision of the Neptune Society and Funeral services are being planned in Florida by the family.

IN MEMORIAM: Carl Russell, Jr. ‘61


The Rev. Carl Asa Russell Jr., Class of 1961, died peacefully at home of complications from cancer on Oct. 3 in Cumberland Foreside, Maine aged 83. Over his 36 years of active ministry, he served the congregations of St. Thomas Church, Winn, Maine; St. Andrew’s Church, Millinocket, Maine; Trinity Church, Portland, Maine; Christ Church, Fitchburg, Massachusets; and St. Paul’s Church in Darien.

Russell was born on Aug. 18, 1936, the son of Carl Asa Russell and Ruth Merrill Russell. He attended Falmouth High School where he met the only love of his life, Margaret “Greta” Street. They were married on June 14, 1958, the day he graduated from Bowdoin College. He received his Master of Divinity degree from General in 1961 and was ordained to the Episcopal ministry in that same year.

After retiring early due to complications of advanced Lyme disease, he followed his wife to St. Columba’s Church in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where she served as their Pastor for ten years. They lived together in Boothbay Harbor for 20 years, moving to Cumberland in 2015.

His most enjoyable pastimes were devising unusual mechanical contraptions and gadgets, rebuilding engines, and a lifelong love of boats and boating. He was a lover of all animals, but especially dogs.

He is survived by his wife; their daughter, Gretchen Russell Fehlau, and her husband, Richard; their three sons: Gregory and his wife, Catherine Jump Russell; Thomas and his wife, Sara Kozlovich Russell; and Asa and his wife, Marion Kelch Russell.

He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Emily and Kirby Russell, Ry and Julia Russell, Joshua and Zachary Fehlau, and Simeon Russell; his first great-grandchild, Robin Winter; and his beloved dog, Sadie.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; two older brothers: John J. Russell and Dr. Theodore M. Russell, and his faithful canine companion of many years, Cobie.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 32 Emery Lane in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

General Hosts Launch of the Desmond Tutu Program to End Global Hunger

General Hosts Launch of the Desmond Tutu Program to End Global Hunger

Last night at General Seminary, the Rev. Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu and other leaders at Conservation South Africa, FreshMinistries, and other organizations throughout the Anglican Communion for the launch of the Desmond Tutu Program to End Global Hunger launched a new program that offers solutions to these problems and how the church could participate in that mission.

Reading the Bible, Experiencing the Arts, Engaging Issues of Justice

Reading the Bible, Experiencing the Arts, Engaging Issues of Justice

One of the great joys of teaching at General is having the resources of the world’s cultural capital at your doorstep.  My colleagues are accustomed to offering our students invigorating ways to explore New York City as an integral part of their education.  Rev. Emily Wachner empowers students through field education placements, as they become contributing members of church communities around the city. Dr. Kevin Moroney leads students to explore some of New York’s holy sites and architectural wonders in a course called The Sacred City. Dr. Michael Battle brings his students learning about prison ministry to a juvenile detention center in Queens, to deepen their understanding of what it means to be arrested and confined as a youth.  To see and experience the medieval world, Dr. Clair McPherson leads his students to the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum.

A New Call for Deborah Lee ‘17


The Rev. Deborah A. Lee, Class of 2017, has been called as Associate Rector for Discipleship and Community Life at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, New York. In this new role, Deborah will focus on membership development, supporting the parish’s mission of radical welcome, and helping them move towards deeper engagement and connectivity. As with all associate clergy, she will celebrate, teach, and preach and take part in baptisms, weddings, visitation to the sick, and funerals. Deborah's first Sunday at St. Bart's will be October 6 at the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.

 For the past two years, Deborah has served as sole Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul's Church in Chester, New York, while concurrently serving as Assisting Priest at Christ Church in Warwick. On Sunday mornings she traveled the ten miles between churches to lead or assist services for each parish before noon. At St. Paul's, she oversaw all aspects of congregational life--pastoral, liturgical, programmatic, and administrative--and led the parish through a significant restoration of the nave and sanctuary. At Christ Church she assisted the Rector in all aspects of congregational life while facilitating a weekly Bible study.

 Deborah is a skilled spiritual director and counselor with international experience as a leader and educator. She served as Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community for Trinity Church, Wall Street, worked as a counselor and educator in Lima, Peru, and coordinated international programs for BorderLinks in Arizona. She spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching at a school for visually impaired students in Morocco. Deborah is conversant in French and Spanish, and has a passion for helping people with diverse backgrounds and needs.

 Deborah earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Colorado Christian University and graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and a minor concentration in French before earning her Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from General. As an undergraduate, Deborah also studied at the School for International Training in Cameroon.

A New Call for Lauren McLeavey ‘13


The Rev. Lauren T. McLeavey, Class of 2013, has been called as rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal  Church in Port Washington, New York.  A native of Massachusetts, McLeavey was heavily involved in church youth activities. After high school, she attended Syracuse University and was the president of the Episcopal Campus Ministry there.

After graduating from college, McLeavey moved to Queens and joined Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, where she taught Sunday School, was on the Vestry, and became Senior Warden at age 25. After graduation and ordination, she served on Long Island for three years as Priest in Charge of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Great River, and Curate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip. In 2016, she moved with her family back to Massachusetts where she became the rector of St. Anne’s in North Billerica, Massachusetts until being called to St Stephen’s. 

McLeavey said, “I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at St. Stephen’s and to start my ministry in and around Port Washington.”

A New Call for Bill Cavanaugh ‘81

The Rev. Bill Cavanaugh ‘81, right, with his wife, the Rev. Ellen Tillotson ‘83.

The Rev. Bill Cavanaugh ‘81, right, with his wife, the Rev. Ellen Tillotson ‘83.

The Rev. William Cavanaugh, Class of 1981, is the new Missional Priest-in-Charge at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, CT.

Cavanaugh grew up outside of Philadelphia, and after graduating from General took a position in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from an eight-year detour on the west coast in Oregon, Cavanaugh spent the bulk of his ministry in Texas, serving 14 years at the Church of the Epiphany in Richardson.  He was recently made an Honorary Canon in the Diocese of Dallas.

After his recent retirement, Cavanaugh moved to Connecticut to begin a new chapter with his spouse, the Rev. Ellen Tillotson, Class of 1983.

A New Call for Christine Lee, 2012


The Rev. Christine Lee, Class of 2012, has been called as the new, fulltime, Priest-in-Charge at St. Peter’s Chelsea, New York. Lee is the first female priest-in-charge and the first Asian American priest in its history.

Most recently, Lee was vicar at All Angels Church, New York. She is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on leading organizational and congregational change. In September 2012, she became the first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Prior to that, she completed her Anglican studies at General and served on an interim basis at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  She spent time working as a community organizer for Habitat for Humanity NYC and was formerly on staff at All Angels’ Church as the Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach.

Lee attended the Moody Bible Institute and received her Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, both in Chicago. She also served as a campus minister with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She lives in Harlem with her husband Jimmy Lee.

Familiarly known as St. Peter’s Chelsea, the church shares a long history with General Seminary. It was founded in the early 19th century by Clement Clarke Moore, author of A Visit from St. Nicholas, and one of our earliest professors. Both General and St. Peter’s were built on property donated by Moore.  Rev. Lee will be formally commissioned at St. Peter’s Chelsea during a service to take place in January 2020.

Lee will be starting a new church vitalization program at St. Peter’s, including a Sunday School for kids, leadership training and other congregational development programs.

“I am looking forward to being a part of this new season in the life of St. Peter’s Chelsea,” said Lee. “I have been inspired by the leadership at St. Peter’s and their desire for the church to be a sign of life and hope. There is a lot of fear and anxiety in our world today, and sadly some of that has been caused in the name of God. Our desire is for St. Peter’s to be a place where all are welcome and can encounter the love of God in these challenging times.”

Ongoing building restoration work will continue at the church, which Lee will be involved in. She will also bring in a new group of members to join the current congregation.

“I am very excited and encouraged by St. Peter’s Chelsea in calling Christine Lee as their new priest,” said Reverend Allen K. Shin, Class of 1996, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. “With additional new members blended with the existing congregation, a new vision for mission and growth will emerge under Christine’s leadership. St. Peter’s as an incubator community for development and revitalization of other communities in the Diocese is a new paradigm that has not been tried before. This is truly an exciting new project in this Diocese.”

A New Call for Andrew Durbidge '14


The Rev. Canon Andrew Durbidge, Class of 2014, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke and St. Matthew’s Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. Durbidge has been a priest in the Diocese of Long Island since 2015 when he was ordained at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City N.Y.  Originally from Sydney, Australia, Durbidge moved to New York in 2011 to study at General.  He was Chief Sacristan from 2012-2013 and graduated with a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Prior to ordination, Durbidge was a chaplain resident at New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York. Prior to relocating to New York, he was the principal of DBL Property, a project management and real estate consultancy based in Sydney. With this experience, Durbidge became the Diocese’s Real Estate Manager, overseeing all large real property projects on behalf of the Diocesan Trustees. He is also Board Chair of Housing Development Finance Corporation developing 21 supportive housing apartments for the Ali Forney Center, the country’s largest LGBTQ housing and services provider.