A New Call for Anne Kitch ‘95

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The Rev. Anne Kitch, Class of 1995, has been called as the new Rector of St. Luke’s Church, Phillipsburg, N.J. She will be with the parish for Holy Week, and will begin full time ministry on May 1, 2019.


Kitch currently serves as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Bethlehem, PA. Ordained in 1995, she began her ministry at St. Peter’s Church in Peekskill, NY and later became the Canon for Lifelong Christian Formation at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, PA. She has been on the staff of the Diocese of Bethlehem for the past 11 years serving in a variety of capacities including formation, transition ministry, congregational visioning, and leadership development. Kitch is a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and serves on its Finance Committee. She grew up in the Episcopal Church and experienced a call to ministry as a young adult while serving as a youth minister. She majored in English at Carleton College, and received her MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas, before attending General.

Kitch loves preaching, teaching, working with people of all ages, and visioning how the Church can be a vibrant witness for the love of Jesus in the world. She is the author of several books in the area of Christian Formation including The Anglican Family Prayer Book and Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting and blogs at SacredStumbling.blogspot.com. Her husband, James Peck, is a Professor of Theatre at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  They have two young adult daughters.

A New Call for Susan Ironside ‘10

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The Rev. Susan R. Ironside, Class of 2010, is the new Rector of Grace Church, Madison, NJ, effective in the fall of 2018. She previously served as Rector of the Church of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville in the Diocese of New Jersey as well as in parishes in Chatham as a seminarian and in Westfield as a curate.

Ironside was the recipient the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize.  She has served on various committees in the Diocese of New Jersey including the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Liturgy. She currently serves as a faculty member for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. She is passionate about preaching, and works with preachers around the country in an on-line mentoring project. 

Prior to seminary, Ironside had a career as a Registered Nurse, working with adults in crisis, so pastoral care has an important place in her life and schedule.  

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Breedlove ‘92

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The Reverend William Otis Breedlove, II, Class of 1992, died March 8, 2019 in New Brunswick, NJ. He most recently served as an Associate at St. Barnabas’s Church in Monmouth Junction. He previously served in the diocese of New Jersey at St. Andrew’s Church, Trenton; St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Holly; and Trinity Church, Swedesboro. He also served in a number of interim positions and organized and worked in the Resource Room at Diocesan House for many years.

Born January 15, 1941, Breedlove was the son of a Baptist minister who followed in his father’s path and after college and seminary, was ordained in the American Baptist Church. His years at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago started him down a different spiritual path from that in which he had been raised and shortly after his ordination in the Baptist Church he left that tradition and became an Episcopalian.

After receiving a M.S. in library science, Breedlove spent time at The Free Library of Philadelphia working mostly in adult literacy and outreach services. He also served as the director of two public libraries in New Jersey. In the late 1980s, he again began to explore ordination. After Anglican Studies and training as a spiritual director at General, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw. He was an active spiritual director and a life professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis as well as serving as the Formation Director for the Province of the Americas.

Services will be on Saturday, March 16th at 11 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 142 Sand Hills Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. 

New Music from Ron Clingenpeel ‘78

Fr. Ron Clingenpeel, Class of 1978, has released a new CD: On My Way Home. Eight original songs influenced by American folk music represent an eclectic folk style from South Louisiana and are the latest in his journey: practical, historical, and spiritual.

With many years of service to the church as parish priest, campus chaplain, Canon to the Ordinary, and Cathedral Dean, Clingenpeel returned to his folk roots several years ago. Organizing the Great American Folk Song Singalong, Fr. Ron brought together a group of talented musicians to give a variety of voices and styles to traditional American music.

The Great American Singalong gathered energy as many were reunited with the great songs, and others were introduced to what some consider the heart of the American soul of the 20th century – Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Leadbelly, and many others. Now in March, 2019 comes a new CD by Fr. Ron & Friends: they can be found on Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, Gigmasters, and at the website bishopsmusic.net.

A New Call for Andrew Cooley ‘85

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The Rev. Andrew Cooley, Class of 1985, has been called as Interim Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy.

Cooley has been serving the Interim Ministry Network since 2011, with calls at St. Paul’s, Walla Walla, WA; Grace and St. Stephen’s, Colorado Springs, CO; St. Mary Magdalene, Boulder, CO; St. Luke’s, Fort Collins, CO; and Christ Episcopal Church, Aspen, CO. He previously served as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Durango, CO from 1995-2011, and before that as Vicar at St. Nicholas, Littleton, CO and St. Patrick’s, Pagosa Springs, CO. He was Regional Missioner from SW Colorado from 2005-2011 and a member of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese from 1997-2003 and 2011-2013.

He has been elected six times as a deputy from Colorado to General Convention. From 2009-2012 he was a member of the Liturgical Resources Task Group to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where he worked on the development of liturgy for same-sex blessings. From 2000-2006 he was a member of the House of Deputies Standing Committee on the State of the Church.

IN MEMORIAM: Albert Minor ‘55

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The Rev. Albert Neely Minor, Class of 1955, died January 4th, 2019. He was born in Jennings, LA, on March 6, 1930, grew up in Griffin, GA, and made Knoxville his home for the past fifty-four years.

He was a graduate of University of the South (Sewanee), and the University of Tennessee before attending General. He began his vocation in the priesthood in Fort Valley, Georgia; then served as campus minister at East Tennessee State University before being called to Tyson House Episcopal Student Center at the University of Tennessee, where he served as college chaplain for the Diocese of East Tennessee from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. 

Minor was widely respected for his active involvement in many religious organizations, as well as local and regional community organizations over the past 50 years. Those included the Campus Ministry Council, Fort Sanders Historical Association, Bridge Refugee Program, and the Prison Ministry of St. James Church. He served on the National Advisory Committee for Ministries in Higher Education, and Board of Governors for the Appalachian Peoples Service Organization (APSO) / Coalition for Human Needs. He co-chaired the General Convention Youth Program for the Appalachian Region and served as mentor and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Stephen Phillip Minor. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Carroll Wood Tuthill Minor, children Deborah Williamson (Warren), Michelle Rule (Tony), and David Minor. He also leaves five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren - all who truly loved their "Gigi," and special family friend Rebecca Hare. 

A requiem mass was held on Wednesday, January 9th, 4:00 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville.


His final request – "Mourn not. Offer prayers of thanksgiving for his time of life among us."

A New Call for Jay Gardner ‘17

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The Rev. James (Jay) Wynn Gardner III, Class of 2017, is the new rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Cullman, Alabama.

Gardner is originally from Alabaster and attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned degrees in philosophy and music. He then attended Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. Afterward he moved to New York City to attend General and become a priest of the Episcopal Church. After graduation he served in New York as Curate at Calvary-St. George Episcopal Church in Manhattan.

Gardner and his wife Paige welcomed their son William just over a year ago and decided to return home to Alabama be closer to family.With him being from the Birmingham area and his wife being from Athens, Gardener said, “Cullman is ideal in every sense.”

When asked about his new role and goals, Gardner said, “Keep preaching grace; that’s really the big goal. There’s a lot that goes on in this parish as it is. I don’t want to change that. My job as I stand in that pulpit each week is to make sure people know that God loves them. That’s my job.”

Light and Darkness Held in Tension: A Reflection from the Pew

Light and Darkness Held in Tension: A Reflection from the Pew

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd was packed with dignitaries, faculty, the Board of Trustees, current seminarians, alumni and friends. The 2019 Paddock lectures were concluding not only by conferring Honorary Doctorates to former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.  Anticipation was building to witness a sermon by Curry, whose preaching has made him beloved to a worldwide audience.

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Kelley ‘53

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Edward Allen Kelley, Class of 1953, died peacefully at home in Ridgefield, CT on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the age of 91. He was the loving husband of the late Margaret Talbott Kelley.

 Kelley was born in Clinton, MA on June 28, 1927, the only child of Edward Francis Kelley and Lillian Marion (Keigwin) French, and the stepson of William French. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1945 and promptly joined the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. Though the war ended before he saw combat, he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1947 and then attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT on the GI Bill, graduating in 1950. He received a Masters of Sacred Theology from General in 1953.

 Apart from early employment at the soda fountain of Clinton’s drugstore, Kelley spent his entire career in book publishing, working first for Colonial Press in Clinton from 1953 to 1957, then for the religious publisher Morehouse-Barlow Company in New York City, initially as the manager of its bookstore and then as Vice President/Editorial Director. From 1974 to 1983 he was Senior Vice President at Oxford University Press, followed by a period as a publishing consultant, where the books he shepherded included the collected writings of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He ended his distinguished editorial run as President & Publisher of Morehouse Publishing Company in Wilton and Ridgefield, retiring in 1997.

 Allen met his wife Margie while both were living and working in New York City, and they married in 1962. They moved to Ridgefield in 1968, where they raised their three children. Allen was a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for over 50 years, serving on its Vestry and as Senior Warden. He was very involved in the life of the church, teaching Sunday school, manning the “Garden Spot” at the church Nutmeg Festival every summer, and, after his wife’s death in 1995, establishing with his children the Margaret T. Kelley fund to support young people and their understanding of the world.

 Kelley loved golf, jazz, reading, his ancestral home of Ireland, The New York Times, tennis, a good martini, his family, and blueberry pie, not necessarily in that order. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs; after their World Series title in 2016 he declared he could die a happy man. He enjoyed, with Margie and his children and grandchildren, many happy summers in the Cape Cod town of Brewster, MA. In an interview he gave to his grandson Aidan for a second-grade biography project, Allen said the things that were most important to him were “family, justice, and peace in the world.” And that what he would most like to be remembered for was “being a good friend.”

 Allen is survived by his three children and their spouses: Catherine Kelley and her husband Erik Oley, Edward Kelley and his wife Allison, Michael Kelley and his wife Kim, as well as his seven grandchildren: Aidan, Ava, Connor, May, and Fiona Kelley, and Liam and James Oley.

 A celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street in Ridgefield. A reception will follow at the Ridgefield Community Center (The Lounsbury House). Interment will be private.