transitions

A New Call for Matt Burdette ‘17

photos: Dickie Hill

photos: Dickie Hill

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Burdette, Class of 2017, has been called as Rector, Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas. His first call to the Diocese was as curate at Church of the Good Shepherd. During his second year there he led a parish partnership with a struggling mission, Church of Our Savior, Pleasant Grove. Over the course of a year, weekly attendance grew from 13 to 30. This involved serving both churches each Sunday; 8 a.m. on one side of town, and 11 am on the other.

 Saint Christopher’s is near Southern Methodist University, where Burdette has been involved with young adult and college ministry for over a year. He was called as Priest-in-Charge in March 2019, and was made Rector on July 1. They have a thriving preschool, and the parish is excited for growth and future possibilities.

A New Call for Shane Scott-Hamblen ‘15

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The Rev. Dr. Shane Scott-Hamblen, Th.D. Class of 2015, has been appointed Canon Educator for Italian-Language Ministry in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe by the Rt. Rev. Mark D. W. Edington. From 2014-2018 Scott-Hamblen was General’s Affiliate Professor of Church History, Sacred Music, and Organist, as well as a Spiritual Director.

Scott-Hamblen has been serving as Resident Priest at Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara, and previously served as Rector of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, New York from 2002 – 2018. He was Regional Dean of the Mid-Hudson Deanery from 2002-2005, and before that Rector of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Indianapolis.

First a Benedictine Monk, Scott-Hamblen was received into the Church of England where he served in the Parish of St. Peter, Diocese of Guildford and the Parish of St. Mary and St. Peter, Diocese of London before transferring to the Episcopal Church USA. He earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and then did graduate studies at the Anglicum and Collegio Sant’Anselmo, Rome as well as earning an MA in Spirituality and  Pontifical License with a minor in Anglican Studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He did his post ordination training in the Diocese of London at Oak Hill Theological College.

Scott-Hamblen has served on many New York Diocesan Committees, including chairing the Liturgical Commission from 2005-2009, the Budget & Finance Committee from 2004-2011, and the Resolutions Committee from 2003-2010. He was Chaplain to Volunteer Fire Company No.1, Cold Spring, N.Y. from 2002-2018.  

A New Call for Jesse Lebus ‘15

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The Rev. Jesse Lebus, Class of 2015, has been called as Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sea Cliff, New York. He has previously been serving as curate at St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor.

A native of Kentucky, Jesse graduated from the University of Louisville and worked for small town newspapers before moving to California. It was there that he met the brothers of the Society of St. Francis, Episcopal (SSF). Jesse was a brother in that community for over 6 years, living in San Francisco, Berkeley and eventually moving to Long Island in 2009 to live and work at Little Portion Friary in Mt. Sinai. During this time he began his studies for ordination at General.

Jesse met his wife Meredith at the rectory of Christ Church, Oyster Bay and after prayerful discernment left SSF. They were married in 2014 and Jesse was ordained in December 2015. While serving at St. John’s their family grew to include two daughters.

A New Call for John Rumple ‘11

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The Rev. John G. Rumple, Class of 2011, has been called to serve as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois starting September 8, 2019. Ordained in the Diocese of Indianapolis, he has served as Rector of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Greencastle, Indiana for the past six and a half years.

Rumple holds a PhD in New Testament Language, Literature and Theology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, an MDiv from Emmanuel School of Religion, an MA in Preaching the New Testament from Johnson University, and attended General for a certificate in Anglican Studies from 2010-2011. He has taught classes on early Christianity and New Testament as adjunct faculty for the past ten years at the University of Indianapolis in their Philosophy and Religion Department. His husband, Christian, is leaving his Instructor of Mathematics position at Ivy Tech Community College and will be searching for a teaching position in the Chicago area. 

A New Call for Roxane Gwyn ‘10

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The Rev. Roxane Gwyn, STM Class of 2010, has been called to serve as third Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Georgia as of March 2019.  A native of Georgia, Gwyn was ordained and mostly recently served parishes in the Diocese of North Carolina.

She also holds a BA in English from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MDiv from Duke University with certificates in Anglican Studies and Gender/Ministry/Theology.

 In late June, Gwyn and St. Nicholas celebrated The Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a New Rector. The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Diocese of Atlanta, preached, presided over the renewal of Baptismal vows, and blessed the continuing ministry of parish and priest. 

A New Call for Joshua Walters ‘06

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The Rev. Joshua D. Walters, Class of 2006, has accepted a call to serve as 10th rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, McLean, Virginia as of September 2019. He has been serving as rector of Christ Church, Pittsford, NY since September 2012. 

A native of Indiana, Walters grew up on his family’s farm in rural southwestern Indiana. He majored in history at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, before earning his Masters of Divinity at General. While in seminary, he served as the seminarian-associate at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights. 

Walters was ordained in the Diocese of Indianapolis.  He previously served as the associate rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Winnetka, Illinois, on the North Shore of Chicago. Prior to his call to Pittsford, he was on Long Island where he served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church and Day School in Massapequa, New York. 

A New Call for Scot McComas ‘03

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 The Rev. Scot McComas, STM Class of 2003, has been called to serve as Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale, AZ. Since early 2015 he served as the Rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Southlake, TX, which is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Prior to St. Martin’s he served as Upper School Chaplain at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas from 2012-2015, and concurrently as a trained intentional interim rector at two parishes in the Dallas area.

 McComas is a native of Dallas, Texas and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and History from Southern Methodist University in 1991. After graduation he worked as a loan officer and bank manager for two years at a predecessor bank of Bank of America. After that he studied psychology at the University of Texas-Arlington in preparation for a doctoral program in psychology. After a year of study, McComas decided to pursue theology and attended Harvard Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1999.

 He then served as a faculty member at Palmer-Trinity School in Miami, FL, teaching world history, world religions, civics, and ethics. McComas then felt the call to ordination and moved to New York City in late summer 2002 to attend The General Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.M.).

 After graduation, he accepted a call to be Assistant Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Charlotte, NC, where he served for six years. After that he served for a year as Associate Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, New Jersey before returning to Texas in 2012. McComas was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Miami, FL on January 10, 2004 and to the priesthood on August 27, 2004 in Charlotte, NC.

Matt Jacobson ’17 to Join General as Asst. Dir. of the Chapel

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The Rev. Dr. Matthew Jacobson, Class of 2017, will join the staff of General as Assistant Director of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd beginning Michaelmas term 2019. Jacobson will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations as well as working with students to improve their chapel skills. He will also be part of the team of priests that serves at the altar in chapel.

Jacobson will also continue as an Assisting Priest at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, NYC, where he has been serving since graduation. Before the call to ordained ministry he earned a BA in biology at Swathmore College and an MD at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. In addition to his background in Medicine, Jacobson has experience in hospital chaplaincy. He has worked at the Rockefeller University, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell, and been a Chaplain Resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

A New Call for Richard Norman ‘93

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The Rev. Canon Richard H. Norman, Class of 1993, has been named the new Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, following the retirement of the Rev. Canon Michael Durning, Class of 1987. Since April 2018 he has served as the Canon for Mission and Ministry.

Before the call to the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Norman served as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and School, Monroe, LA since 2013. His prior ministry experience includes service at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minn; Church of the Redeemer, Greenville, S.C.; All Saints, Chevy Chase, Md.; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Abbeville, La.  He also served as priest in charge of parishes in the Diocese of London. He holds S.T.M. and M.Div. degrees from General, an M.A. and B.Sc. from Louisiana State University and has trained in Congregational Wellness, and Stephen Ministry. 

A New Call for Renee L. Fenner ‘05

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The Rev. Renee L. Fenner, Class of 2005, has been called to serve as Priest-in-Charge for the Episcopal Church of All Saints and Ascension, St. Louis, MO.  Since 2010 she served as the Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Florissant, which is located in North St. Louis County.  Prior to St. Barnabas she served as Canon Pastor and Liturgist of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.

Fenner is a native St. Louisan and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Webster University.  After graduation she taught acting and dance and performed for many years in Springfield, IL.  Upon returning to St. Louis in the early 80’s, Rev. Fenner enjoyed working for both local affiliates of PBS and CBS.  Afterwards she belonged for several years to a religious community, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  In 1999 she joined the Episcopal Church and graduated from General in May of 2005.  She was ordained to the transitional diaconate on December 22, 2004 and ordained as priest on June 24, 2005.  During her time of ordained ministry Fenner has served on Diocesan Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, and on Diocesan Council (she is currently fulfilling a remaining term on Council at the bequest of Bishop Smith).  She is also serving on the Bishop Transition Committee.

She is passionate about her family, good liturgy, and being in service to and with God’s people.  She loves listening to Gospel music and enjoys art in all forms.  In her “spare time”, Fenner is an active member of Hawthorne Players, a community theatre group in Florissant, and enjoys working on and offstage.