Beyond the Close

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Breedlove ‘92


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

A New Call for Andrew Cooley ‘85


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


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


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.”

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Kelley ‘53


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.


A New Call for Tim Carr ‘13


The Rev. Timothy Carr, Class of 2013, has been called as the 8th Rector of All Soul’s Episcopal Church in Miami Beach, FL, effective May 1 2019.

Carr has been serving as Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Church, Boonton, NJ, where he was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2017. He previously served at St. John’s, Union City, NJ where he founded The The Thrift Store, The Children’s Music Program, and The ESL Program. Prior to this he served at Trinity Cathedral in Miami specializing in children’s programs and founded the first ever Cathedral Camp in its history. Tim also served at the bilingual community of St. Edward the Martyr Church in East Harlem as a seminarian intern involved in facilities care as well as worship experience.

IN MEMORIAM: Ian George ‘64


The Most Rev. Ian Gordon Combe George, Class of 1964, D.D. 2003 died January 29, 2019 at the age of 84.  He was the archbishop of Adelaide, Australia between 1991 and 2004.

Born August 12, 1934, George was ordained a priest in 1964 after an early career as a lawyer. He held curacies at St. Thomas’s Mamaroneck and St. David’s Burnside, and was then Priest-in-Charge at St. Barbara’s Woomera. After this he was a chaplain and lecturer in history at the University of Western Australia. He was Dean of Brisbane from 1973 to 1981 when he became Archdeacon of Canberra. In 1989, he was appointed an assistant bishop of the diocese until he was transferred to Adelaide.

George was recognized in the 2001 Australia Day Honours as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for service to the Anglican Church, ecumenism and to the community through engagement in social policy issues and international relief work.” His passion for refugees was a hallmark of his social engagement, in particular during his time as Archbishop of Adelaide.

A keen supporter of the arts, especially the visual arts, George loved to make links between the great Christian themes of forgiveness, redemption, and resurrection and the great masters. His Good Friday tours of the Art Gallery of South Australia were one way he expressed his love of the arts.

In 2004, just several months before he was due to retire, George resigned from the role of archbishop after a report was released on the church’s mishandling of sex abuse cases. Assistant Bishop Tim Harris told Australian press sources that George had lived in Melbourne following his resignation and had been very reflective and mindful of the concerns of others. In 2016, George made a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, admitting that he should have done more to help victims during his time in charge, and that he felt “a deep sense of remorse.” “I accept that my failure to act in a way which placed the welfare of survivors of abuse and their families at the centre of the diocesan response,” said Bishop George, “resulted in further hurt to those survivors and their families. I am truly sorry that my leadership failed them.”

George suffered a stroke in late 2018, and another in early 2019 leading to his death at The Alfred Hospital two weeks later. He is survived by his wife, Barbara George. A Thanksgiving Service for his life was held in St. John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Road, Toorak on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, followed by a private cremation.

IN MEMORIAM: Ward H. Clabuesch ‘53


The Rev. Ward Clabuesch, Class of 1953, died on December 26, 2018 at the age of 91 after a long illness. Born in Bad Axe, MI, on June 1, 1927 Clabuesch was raised in Pigeon, MI, a small farming community in the Thumb area. After high school he entered the US Navy and served in the Pacific theater for 18 months, most notably as a cook on an LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) where he cooked for 40 men and baked 20 loaves of bread a day - mixed by hand in two batches! Preparing wonderful meals became a life-long hobby. During his time in the service he discovered the Episcopal Church.

In the fall of 1946 he entered Michigan State University and completed a degree in history. In 1950 he entered General. As a seminarian he worked in London, England, for one summer at St. Paul’s, London Docks, and another summer he did pastoral clinical training at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. On June 27, 1953 he was ordained to the Diaconate and on December 26, 1953 he was ordained to the Priesthood - both at All Saints’ Church in Pontiac, MI. As if by design, he died on the 65th anniversary of his ordination.

Clabuesch served at All Saints as assistant for two years, and then was elected Rector of St. Paul’s, Corunna, where he served for six years. In 1961, he was called to be Rector of St. Luke’s Church in Allen Park, and in 1971, called as Associate Rector to Christ Church, Dearborn. In 1976 he became the Rector of Christ Church, Dearborn, where he served until his “retirement” in 1992. He continued to serve in the Diocese of Michigan as both a supply and interim priest. He also served at St. Gregory’s in Boca Raton, FL, in the winter months for a number of years. Ultimately, he ended his career where it began, at All Saints’ Church, Pontiac. He celebrated his last Eucharist there December 29, 2013 - the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Throughout his career, Clabuesch was active on many Diocese of Michigan commissions and committees, including the Music Commission, the Ecumenical Commission, the Education Committee, the Future Planning Committee, and the Standing Committee. He also served as a Dean of the Westside Convocation and was on the board of the Whitaker School of Theology. Always community-minded he served as Chapter Chairman of the American Red Cross in Shiawassee County and in Dearborn as Chairman of the March of Dimes, member of the board of Michigan Cancer Society, member of the Human Subjects Review Board at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Oakwood Hospital. He was a founding member of the Board of the Dearborn Pastoral Center, and a member of the Dearborn Religious Alliance. He was a faithful Rotarian for several decades. When he returned to All Saints’ in 1994, he became involved in many of their community endeavors, but his favorite was Bound Together, an after school tutoring and meal program that is still going strong today.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Bertha Clabuesch, his brother E.J. Clabuesch, and his sister Dorothea Porter, Fr. Clabuesch is survived by his partner Charles Sajewski, his daughter Anne Campbell (Mark) of Commerce Twp., MI, his son Stephen Clabuesch (Cecilia) of Santa Cruz, CA, his grandchildren, Kyle Baldwin, Sean Baldwin, and Piper Shin, and his great granddaughter Emma Baldwin. “Uncle Ward” is also survived by many nieces and nephews who always looked to him for wisdom, guidance, and a good story!

A Memorial Service was held on January 26, 2019 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike St., Pontiac, MI.