transitions

A New Call for Jeff Dailey ‘18

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The Rev. Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Class of 2018, is now serving as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Rochelle, NY.  He most recently served as the founding pastor of All Nations Lutheran Church, a mission congregation, from 2015-2019. 

 Prior to that, Dailey served as Director of Music at various churches, including Incarnation Lutheran Church in Brooklyn for 14 years, Church for All Nations in Manhattan and St. Paul's-St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Staten Island.  

Now retired from a career as an administrator and professor of arts education, Dailey earned his PhD from NYU, with additional study at Wagner College, The College of Staten Island, New York Theological Seminary, General, and Union Theological Seminary.  A noted performer, he remains active in the performing arts, as a stage director and as a musician/conductor.  He has far-ranging scholarly interests, so his preaching will often bring together a variety of disparate fields and ideas. 

Dailey welcomes all to attend services on Sundays at 10 AM.  The church is located very close to the Metro North RR station in New Rochelle.

A New Call for Jim Robertson ‘12

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The Rev. James Robertson, Class of 2012, has been called as the Interim Rector at St. Paul's Church, Bloomsburg, PA. 

Bishop Audrey Scanlan ordained Robertson to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on June 15 at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA. Jim completed interim ministry training in March and June, and two weeks before ordination, he received the call. He will serve until St. Paul's calls a new rector. 

 A new initiative is being rolled out at the diocesean convention in October called "Shaped by Faith." As we are aware in the Church, the old model of "one parish, one rector," is becoming no longer the norm.  St. Paul's will be investigating the notion of two neighboring parishes sharing one priest and Robertson will help facilitate that transition.

Robertson previously served on staff at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of West Missouri from 2014 until the Spring of 2018.

A New Call for Spencer Cantrell ‘18

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The Rev. Spencer Cantrell, Class of 2018, has been called as Curate at All Saints’ Park Slope in Brooklyn, New York beginning September 1, 2019. Since graduation he has been serving as a Chaplain Resident at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and also served as Priest Associate at St. Mary’s in Harlem.

Cantrell will oversee vital parish life programs while returning to General to pursue his S.T.M. He joined All Saints’ as Priest Associate last February. Before the call to holy orders, he received his B.A. in Philosophy/Religion from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. While at General he was awarded the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize and the Martyrs of Memphis Award for Outstanding Service.

Born and raised in rural west Tennessee, he came to New York as an Episcopal Service Corps member, working as a legal advocate in NYC Civil Courts on behalf of poor and marginalized New Yorkers with the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center. He has a background in community organizing and faith-based campaigns for social and economic justice.

A New Call for Annette Chappell ‘03

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The Rev. Annette Chappell, Class of 2003 and a former officer of the Alumni Executive Committee, has accepted a call to be Interim Rector of Church of the Holy Trinity, Essex, Maryland effective September 2, 2019. She completed her time as Interim at Holy Trinity, Churchville, MD on June 30. Chappell previously served as Interim Rector at Sherwood Parish, Cockeysville, MD after retiring as rector of the Church of the Redemption, Locust Point (Baltimore), MD.

Chappell is a charter member of SCP North America and served for two years as convener of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of SCP. She has also served the Diocese of Maryland on diocesan committees and doing supply and interim work. Before entering holy orders, Chappell was Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Towson University.

A New Call for Jim Jelinek ‘70

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The Rt. Rev. James L. Jelinek, Class of 1970, retired Bishop of Minnesota and a former trustee, has been called as Interim Rector of Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island. Jelinek will lead the parish until its 31st rector is called to succeed the Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards, who stepped down in April.

Most recently, Jelinek served as Interim Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to his 17 years as Bishop in the Diocese of Minnesota, Jelinek served as Rector of St. Aidan’s Church in San Francisco, California, and St. Michael and All Angels in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A Wisconsin native, Jelinek graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha before attending General.

A New Call for Megan Sanders ‘07

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The Rev. Megan E. Sanders, Class of 2007, has been appointed by the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche as Chaplain to the Canterbury Downtown Campus Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of New York beginning September 1, 2019.

Sanders has been serving as Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant Valley, since May 2015. She previously served as Interim Pastor at the Church of Saint Andrew on Staten Island from 2013-2015, as Port Chaplain and Tri State Church Coordinator at the Seamen’s Church Institute at the Port of Newark, NJ from 2008-2013, and as Assistant to the Rector for Children and Families in Essex Fells, NJ from 2007-2008. Originally from Washington, DC, Megan grew up a military and government kid in the DC and Florida areas. She received a B.A. from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL before attending General.

Sanders will provide Chaplaincy services for students at New York University, the New School, Pace University, Cooper Union and other campuses downtown, while also serving as Coordinator of the Young Adult Network. She will facilitate regular worship in partnership with Grace Church New York, providing an Episcopal voice and presence with respect to campus issues. She will also participate in the multi-faith, multi-cultural life of the NYU Global Center and the Global Spiritual Life community at NYU.

A New Call for Melinda Hall ‘12

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The Rev. Melinda Hall, Class of 2012, has been elected Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania. She will be the cathedral’s 8th dean, its youngest, and first woman.

 Hall, vicar of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brookville, Pennsylvania, was elected unanimously on Friday by the cathedral chapter, the church’s governing board, which includes the Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania. She will take up her new post on October 15 and will be installed early in 2020.

 “I’m honored and excited to be in ministry with the people of the cathedral,” Hall said. “This is a fascinating time for Erie and for the cathedral congregation. As downtown Erie redevelops, the cathedral’s more open spirituality and tradition of beautiful worship can provide opportunities for people to find a sacred space where they can connect to themselves and to God. “At the same time, the church needs to be a voice of faithfulness making sure people on the margins aren’t left out of change,” she said. “At the core of who I am as a priest is the conviction that the church exists for the world.”

 A native of Kentucky, Hall taught English in South Korea and studied in England and Lebanon before being ordained a priest in 2013. She grew up in the evangelical Christian church and was initially drawn to Anglicanism while attending choral evensong during a study abroad term at Oxford University. She holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a certificate of Anglican Studies from General.

 “Melinda is a gifted preacher, teacher and pastor, and she is deeply committed to our region and its people,” Rowe said. “Her faithfulness to the gospel and energy for collaborating with the community make her the ideal leader for this new chapter in the cathedral’s history.” The Very Rev. Dr. John P. Downey, who has served as dean of St. Paul’s since 1987, will leave the position on October 1 for a final sabbatical and retire at the end of 2019.

 “Melinda impressed the chapter with her vision for the cathedral, particularly its role in the remaking of Erie and its downtown,” wrote Ed Palattella, who chairs the cathedral chapter, in a letter announcing Hall’s election. “The chapter is excited about her desire to expand the mission of the Cathedral by building on Dean Downey’s steady leadership, always drawing strength from Christ’s message of hope.”

 Hall is married to the Rev. Nathan Royster, a Presbyterian minister. The couple have a four-month-old son, Luke, and will move to Erie in the fall. Before then, Hall will resign her position on the Brookville Area School District Board, to which she was elected in 2017.

 The Cathedral of St. Paul, home to a 250-member congregation, was founded in 1827 and became the cathedral of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania when it was established in 1915.

A New Call for Matt Burdette ‘17

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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.