May 8, 2018
Dear General Seminary Alumni,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of the beloved priest, professor, and friend, the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain. Mitties died earlier today after a brief hospitalization.
Mitties was born in Pasadena, California. After receiving a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, she earned her doctorate in communications from University of California – Los Angeles in 1987. She was ordained in 1996 and taught homiletics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Shortly afterwards, she became Trinity Church Professor of Preaching in 1998. While at General, she was also active as a priest and preacher throughout New York City. From 2007-2014, she served as Vicar at St. Clements Episcopal Church.
Mitties was presented with the Clement Clarke Moore Medal on May 10, 2016. The award states:
With joy and grateful recognition for her many years of service to the seminary as Trinity Church Professor of Preaching and the very special gift of love she brought to the community as a Chaplain at Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11. She has been a tireless servant shining Christ’s light in the world.
Arrangements for her funeral are currently being decided. As you remember Mitties in your prayers, please also pray for her brother Scott as well as the children of her late husband Ron: Jeff, Laurel, and Chontel. We expect for more details to be released in the coming days by the Diocese of New York, related to arrangements.
The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean & President
The General Theological Seminary
of The Episcopal Church