Beyond the Close

A New Call for Jim Robertson ‘12


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


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


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


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.




September 26-27 

The 198th Matriculation Ceremony Evensong and Celebratory Dinner 

This special set of days is a time to welcome home our beloved alumni and greet our new students. It is a time to formally welcome all new students to the seminary community:  with a Matriculation Ceremony held during Evensong (Thursday Sept. 26th, 2019). Evensong is followed by a reception and dinner. There are also a number of campus-wide activities open to all, happening around these momentous events, including: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright (Sept. 26th) and Preaching Advent Workshop (Sept. 27th).

If you are a student (new or current), faculty-member, or staff person at General, please RSVP for the welcome dinner here:

If you are an alum, please RSVP here: This link is ONLY for alums, not current students, staff, or incoming students.

General on the Road: Upcoming Regional Gatherings 2019-2020


General Seminary is continuing our series of

Regional Gatherings for Alumni and Friends

Fall 2019: Albuquerque, NM, New York, NY, and Washington, D.C.!

Diocese of Rio Grande

Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:15-2:15 pm

Hosted by the Very Rev. Mark Goodman ‘91 and the Very Rev. Joseph Britton ’89

St. Michael and All Angels Church, 601 Montano Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Please RSVP by Friday September 6, 2019 to (click the link or copy & paste into your browser):


Diocese of New York

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15-2:15 pm

Hosted by the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, Dean, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and Chair, Board of Trustees

the Deanery, Cathedral House, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, N.Y. 10025

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 to (click the link or copy & paste into your browser):

Diocese of Washington

Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:30-2:30 pm

Hosted by the Rev. Jadon Hartsuff ’12

All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Please RSVP By Monday, September 30, 2019 to (click the link or copy & paste into your browser):


Please join us for to visit with the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Class of 2004, 13th Dean and President and engage the continued conversation on building future service to our church with integrated curriculum and formation, especially The Wisdom Year. Please feel free to bring your spouse, partner, friends, Warden, Vestry Members, Parishioners, Prospective Students or anyone interested in theological education and the future of our church.

Since 2016 we have visited Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, Baltimore, Massachusetts, Maine, Western New York, Atlanta, Southwest Florida, Missouri, Washington, D.C., Western North Carolina, Louisiana, Manhattan, Seattle, Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Georgia, Los Angeles, Florida, Nashville, TN, Long Island, Salina, Kansas, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, WI, and most recently Wilmington, Delaware, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Sanibel Island and Palm Beach, Florida.


Friday, February 21, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky

Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas

Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Short Hills, New Jersey

Monday, April 20, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina

Join the roster of our hosts!

The Very Rev. Daniel Ade ’92, The Rev. Timothy Boggs ’07, The Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown ’07, The Rev. William Cavanaugh ’81, The Rev. Randolph Charles ’76, The Rev. Charles “Chip” Connelly ’07, The Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Davis, The Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, The Rev. Tommy Dillon ’96, Mr. Mills Fleming, The Rev. Marian Dulaney Fortner ’96, The Rev. Dennis Fotinos ’71, The Rt. Rev. Dr. R. William Franklin, D.D. ’18, The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz ’93, The Rev. Eric Greenwood ’73, The Rev. James Harlan, The Rev. Carol Hubbard ’01, The Rev. Joel Ives ’96, The Rev. Paul Jeanes, III ’97, The Rev. Hopie Welles Jernagan ’08, The Rev. Luke Jernagan ’06, The Rev. David Killeen ’04, The Rt. Rev. Steven Miller ’84, The Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie ’74, The Rev. Gideon Pollach ’06, The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, The Rev. Dr. Stan Runnels, The Rev. Dr. Ellen Sloan ’02, The Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith, The Very Rev. Bobby Smith, The Rev. Marguerite Henninger Steadman ’97, The Rt. Rev. William “Chip” Stokes ’90, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Strup, The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, D.D. ’09, The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey ’97, The Rev. Susan Thon ’89, The Rev. Ellen Tillotson ’83, The Rev. J. Donald and Mrs. Stacie Waring, The Rev. Michael White, The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96, The Rev. Susan Wrathall ‘06

If you are interested in hosting a gathering in your area, please contact

Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, Alumni, and Church Relations via email at or by phone to (646) 717-9705.

See a slideshow of pictures from previous Gatherings:


A New Call for Melinda Hall ‘12


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

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.