Beyond the Close

A New Call for John Rumple ‘11


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. 

General Joins the Episcopal Tent at Wild Goose

General Joins the Episcopal Tent at Wild Goose

Representatives of General Seminary were among the supporters of The Wild Goose Festival, held annually in the North Carolina mountains. Formed in 2010, the Wild Goose Festival is “a four-day spirit, justice, music and arts festival.” This year’s festival included many public leaders of progressive Christianity including William Barber II, Barbara Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Webber, and Marianne Williamson.  Despite storms and rain connected to Hurricane Barry in the gulf, 4,000 people attended the festival this year.

A New Call for Joe Chambers ‘06


The Rev. Canon Joseph M.C. Chambers, Class of 2006, canon to the ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has been named the new Chief of Staff for the Diocese of Texas. In his new position, Chambers will support the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle’s work, amplifying the vision of the Diocese of Texas, supervising the Bishop’s office team and overseeing a variety of projects, initiatives and events that support the Bishop’s work.

“Joe Chambers brings creativity, experience on a diocesan staff, strategic thinking, and a heart for mission to the work of Chief of Staff. He is recognized as a leader in the wider Episcopal Church and it will be exciting to bring a talent of his stature into our office to help serve the people of the Diocese of Texas,” said Bishop Doyle. “He will bring fresh eyes to our own structure and continued mission alignment.”

Chambers enters the position with a history of diocesan management where he served the Diocese of Missouri for four years. Before serving in the office of the bishop, he served as the chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Missouri and the Rockwell House at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been active in wider church leadership in many different capacities, including as a member on the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church.

A New Call for Roxane Gwyn ‘10


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. 

IN MEMORIAM: Wayne Nicholson ‘02


From his classmates, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall, Bishop of Arizona, with the Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg, Bishop of Spokane:

The Rev. Wayne Nicholson, Class of 2002, died on June 10, 2019 following injuries from a car accident.

Wayne had recently retired from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he had served as Rector since 2006. Prior to serving in Mount Pleasant, Wayne had been Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s in Chester, New York. Wayne was sponsored for ordination by St. John’s, San Francisco, where the kneeling cushions he needlepointed are still in use.

At General Wayne notably helped found an on campus homeless shelter under the umbrella of the New York City Partnership for the Homeless. As a leader in the community discernment process he learned that “while opinions may differ, they can be offered honorably, and can be both listened to and heard [and] regarded with reason. But the bottom line that all share – our point of absolute agreement – has been a deep desire to listen for, and follow, the will of the Holy Spirit.”* He also served as a Sacristan, and found a role as the Chaplain to the 1999 seminary Football team. As such he censed the field at VTS and blessed their team in the name of Mary.

Wayne had a wry sense of humor and was a warm and joyful presence to all who knew him. He was president of the Community Council and presented great pieces at the Follies.  He was such a great cook – he did a wonderful Christmas Day breakfast our senior year using only a microwave, and when he had a real kitchen was a gourmet.  He was blessed with a metabolism which allowed him to use whipping cream for his coffee and eat clotted cream ice cream!  He learned to spin and weave and many now have tea towels and scarves he made. 

Wayne and his husband, Harry Nicholson, made a moving “It gets better….” video in 2016 where they testified to their experience that life as gay men did indeed get better, and that it is possible to find your soul mate late in life. They married in 2014.

Wayne and Harry moved to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in late 2018 where they made their home near Wayne’s sister, Nikki Moon.  Friends and family gathered on June 15 for his burial office and Eucharist at St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea in Gulfport, MS.  The Rev. Patrick Sanders, Rector, preached and General Seminary was sung.

*The General Seminary News, Summer 2000

A New Call for Joshua Walters ‘06


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


 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


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.

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Baustian ‘57


The Rev. Donald E. Baustian, Class of 1957, of Ames, IA died Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at the age of 87. Born in Iowa City, IA on March 6, 1932 to Adolph and Jennie Kleemeier Baustian, He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Eva Huffman, and a brother Harold H. Baustian.

He is survived by his wife Beverly Kaiser Baustian of Ames and three children: Anne Ruybal and husband Joseph of Castle Rock, Co; Gregory Baustian and wife Jennifer of Maple City, MI; and Teresa Balsley of Ames, IA. In addition, there are three surviving grandchildren: Zackery Ruybal and Samuel and Taylor Rae Balsley; and, a sister Myra Tunwall of Eldridge, IA; as well as nieces and nephews.

Baustian grew up in Davenport, IA where he attended public schools and graduated from Davenport High School. He attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) for one year before transferring to Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where he received an A.B. Degree and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa before beginning his studies at General where he received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree with honors in Bible. During his three years of seminary he did weekend field work at Saint Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue. During a sabbatical period in 1975, he and his family went to New York City where he pursued advanced studies in New Testament at both General and Union Theological Seminaries, Woodstock College and Fordham University.

Baustian was ordained deacon and priest in 1957 by the Right Rev. Gordon V. Smith, Bishop of Iowa. He and Beverly Kaiser were married in Waterloo, IA on June 15, 1957. Fr. Baustian served in three locations in Iowa (Emmetsburg/Algona, Fairfield and Keokuk) before becoming rector of Christ Church in downtown Little Rock, AR, in 1981. In 1988, at the invitation of the Bishop of Haiti, the Rt. Rev Luc Garnier, both he and his wife joined the faculty of the Theological Seminary of the Diocese of Haiti. At the conclusion of their three year term in Haiti, they returned to Arkansas. Fr. Don served as vicar of Saint John's Church, Camden until he retired from active pastoral ministry in 1997. Between 1991 and 1997 he also served for a time as vicar of Saint Mark's Church, Hope and Saint James' Church, Magnolia. After retiring, he also served a five year term as North American Warden of the International Order of Saint Luke the Physician, a position in which he traveled extensively to lead and teach at conferences on Christian Healing and at Healing Missions all over North America as well as in New Zealand and the Caribbean. The Baustians moved to the Northcrest Community, Ames, IA in 2013. 

After cremation, ashes are to be interred at a later date in Orange Township Cemetery in Waterloo, IA. There will not be a formal funeral service. Friends and family are asked to pray for the repose of Donald Baustian's soul at their own church services. Memorials may be given to Food for the Poor 6401 Lyons Rd Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005, one of the largest international feeding and development organizations or to Bethlehem Ministry P.O. Box 48387 Athens, GA 30604-8387, helping to meet the spiritual, educational, medical and agricultural needs of people in rural northern Haiti.

IN MEMORIAM: Henry Male, Jr. ‘55


The Rev. Canon Henry A. Male, Jr., Class if 1955, of Norway, Maine died peacefully on Friday, May 10 at the age of 89, with his sons at his side.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he was known for his deep compassion and caring for others. Male was born in Atlantic City, NJ, and was the younger of two children to Henry and Adelaide Male. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College, a LTh. from General and ordained in 1955. He was assigned as Vicar to Church of Our Savior in Cheesequake, NJ, and also installed as rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Keyport, NJ in 1956. He served St. Mary’s until he was called to Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, PA in 1967 where he served until he retired in 1993. He was also a Fellow at the College of Preachers in Washington, DC. In retirement he continued to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas in Rumford, ME from 1994 to 2006 and then Trinity Lutheran Church in South Paris, ME from 2006 to 2007. 

Henry’s commitment to ecumenism included leadership roles in the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and trips to the Rome as a part of an Anglican-Roman Catholic Seminar in 1979 and 1984. He had numerous accomplishments advancing ecumenism as one of the pioneer clergymen of the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium in Clarks Summit, PA. His involvement with other organizations over the years included Rotary Club International, Oxford Hills SCORE, several local choral groups, and Ruby’s Gold Mine.

Male was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Ellen in 2015, and his daughter Margaret in 2011. He is survived by his two sons, Henry Arthur and his wife Donna, and Mark Andrew and his wife Melissa. He had three grandchildren: Mark Andrew Jr, Ashley Allison, and Kathryn Margaret. He had one greatgrandchild, Taylor Rose Childs. Also surviving are foster twins Pinky Cleary Kubiak and her husband Gordy of Sun Lakes, AZ and Hank Cleary and his wife Nadia of Red Bank, NJ. He has numerous nieces and nephews as well. 

Holy Eucharist was celebrated in honor of Henry’s life on Thursday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church Episcopal Church in Bridgton. Condolences and tributes may be shared with Henry’s family and friends at