The Living Church Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, is a corporation governed by thirty men and women representing a wide cross-section of bishops, priests, and laity from across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. The members meet annually in Milwaukee to discuss and review the affairs of the foundation and its publications, to nominate and elect new members, and to worship and remember friends of the foundation who have died during the past year. Foundation members serve three-year terms, and are not term-limited.
Foundation members also nominate and elect from their number a Board of Directors, which has direct responsibility for managing the affairs and finances of the foundation. The directors meet twice yearly, once with the larger foundation and once separately. Their responsibilities include appointing an Executive Director (currently Dr. Christopher Wells) and overseeing the proper management of the foundation’s resources. The Board of Directors must consist of at least four officers — President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer — but have no more than twelve members. Directors must be nominated and elected by the foundation: in this way, the Board of Directors remains accountable to the larger foundation membership.
Board of Directors
The Rev. Thomas A. Fraser, President
Miriam K. Stauff, Vice President
Daniel Muth, Secretary
G. Thomas Graves III, Treasurer
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson
Howard M. Tischler
The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, Nashville, Tennessee
The Rev. Michael B. Cover, South Bend, Indiana
Prudence Dailey, Oxford, England
The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest, Mauritius
The Rev. Thomas A. Fraser, Riverside, Illinois
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard, London, England
G. Thomas Graves III, Dallas, Texas
Mrs. John M. Hayden, emerita, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Rev. Dr. Charles Henery, Delafield, Wisconsin
Jordan Hylden, St. Louis, Missouri
The Rev. Jay C. James, Raleigh, North Carolina
David A. Kalvelage, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Houston, Texas
The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, South Bend, Indiana
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Alexandria, Louisiana
Richard J. Mammana, Jr., New Haven, Connecticut
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Springfield, Illinois
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Daniel Muth, St. Leonard, Maryland
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Bujumbura, Burundi
The Rev. Canon Michael Perko, Albuquerque, New Mexico
David R. Pitts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Colin Podmore, London, England
The Rev. Dr. Michael Nai Chiu Poon, Singapore
The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, Southport, Connecticut
The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Toronto, Ontario
Kenneth A. Ross III, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Grace Sears, Richmond, Kentucky
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith, Jerusalem
Miriam K. Stauff, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Howard M. Tischler, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lana Valenta, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Shirleen S. Wait, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Bishop Andrews was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma in 2009. Prior to this he was the president and vice chancellor of Thorneloe University, Sudbury, Ontario, 2001-09. He studied classics at the University of Colorado and theology at Regent College and Wycliffe College, where he received his M.Div. He was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia in 1986 and went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University in 1995. He continues to teach sessionally at Thorneloe.
Bishop Andrews has been active in the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada since 1997, serving as prolocutor and member of the Council of General Synod, and as member of the Anglican Consultative Council. He was chair of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, and is a former National Chaplain to the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He was a member of the Primate’s Theological Commission. Bishop Andrews is married to Fawna, and they have two daughters, Clare and Ellen.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt
Bishop Bauerschmidt was consecrated Bishop of Tennessee in January 2007. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, at the time of his election he was rector of Christ Church, Covington, in the Diocese of Louisiana. Ordained in 1984, he served parishes in the dioceses of Western Massachusetts and North Carolina, as well as on the staff of Pusey House, Oxford. Educated at Kenyon College and the General Theological Seminary, Bishop Bauerschmidt holds the D.Phil. degree in Theology from Oxford University. He is married to Caroline Pearce Bauerschmidt, and they have three children.
Bishop Bauerschmidt has an abiding interest in Church history, in particular Early Church, English Reformation, and the Oxford Movement, with a growing focus on the history of ideas.
The Rev. Michael B. Cover
Father Cover is a doctoral candidate in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame, an associate priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mishawaka, Indiana, and an examining chaplain in the Diocese of Northern Indiana. A 2008 graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, he was ordained priest in 2010 by the Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert. His research interests include Paul the Apostle and his reception in early Christianity, Philo of Alexandria, the Fourth Gospel, the Epistle to the Hebrews, Rabbinic Judaism, and the historical Jesus. Trained as a classicist at Harvard College and the University of Oxford, Father Cover suffers for a seemingly insatiable love of languages, ancient and modern (he is currently learning Armenian). He is married to Susanna, an editor and homemaker, and the two enjoy spending time with their daughter, Elizabeth.
Prudence Dailey is Chairman of the Prayer Book Society in England, and has been a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England (which meets two or three times annually, with members elected for five-year terms) since 2000. In 2012 she co-founded the “Yes to the Covenant” campaign to promote the adoption of the Anglican Covenant. She has previously worked in health service administration, and as a business systems analyst in the IT Department of a multinational retailer. She is a graduate of Merton College, Oxford.
The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest
Bishop Ernest was consecrated as 15th Bishop of Mauritius on June 24, 2001. He is the son of Archdeacon Gerald Ernest. He studied at Madras University India and graduated with a B.A. in Commerce in 1979. Subsequently he followed a 3-year full time course in Theology at St. Paul’s Theological College, Mauritius, followed by pastoral studies at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. He obtained a certificate in Communication and Geriatric Counseling in 1999-2000. He has, since 2005, served as a Procter Scholar of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He was ordained priest in June 1985 at St. James Cathedral, Port Louis, Mauritius, and served successively from 1986-2001 as Rector of Christ Church, Mahebourg, St. Agnes Church, Rose Belle, and St. Clement’s Church, Curepipe. He was Missionary Priest to Reunion Island from 1997-2001.
On January 24, 2006, Bishop Ernest was elected Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean, and re-elected as archbishop on August 8, 2012. He served as Chairperson for the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, 2007-2012; received the G.O.S.K, the second highest distinction awarded by the Republic of Mauritius; was a member of the Design Group of the Lambeth Conference and Anglican Gathering for 2008 and was awarded the St. Augustine Cross; and was elected Secretary of the Global South Primates Steering Committee of the Anglican Communion in August 2012.
Bishop Ian is married to Kamla and they have one son, Julian.
The Rev. Thomas A. Fraser
Father Fraser was ordained to the diaconate in June 1972 by Bishop James Montgomery at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, and to the priesthood in December 1972. He was first assigned to St. Mark’s, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1972-73, and then became curate of Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, Illinois, 1973-75. Father Fraser became rector of St. Paul’s Parish in Riverside, Illinois, on February 1, 1975, and has led the parish ever since.
Father Fraser serves as president of the Living Church Foundation, as executive director of the St. Paul’s Community Services Foundation, and as Warden of the Chicago branch of the Order of St. Anne.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard
Professor Goddard is Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Tyndale House, Cambridge, and teaches part-time at Trinity College, Bristol. He previously taught ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1996 and job-shared a curacy with his wife, Elisabeth, before moving to Wycliffe. He is a Fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute and serves on the leadership team of Fulcrum, a group seeking to renew the evangelical centre in the Church of England. Until recently he served as editor of the Anglican theological journal Anvil. Dr. Goddard wrote his doctoral thesis on the life and thought, particularly the political thought, of Jacques Ellul, and in recent years has mainly concentrated his writing on sexual ethics and the life of the Anglican Communion. He is currently writing a book on Rowan Williams’s ministry as Archbishop of Canterbury, due to be published by Lion Hudson in 2013. He lives with Elisabeth (vicar of St. James the Less, where he often preaches) in Pimlico, London, and they have two children.
G. Thomas Graves III
Tom Graves has over thirty years of management experience in oil and gas exploration and production, currently as managing partner of Katy Resources LLC and recently as president and CEO of Toreador Resources Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed oil and gas exploration and development company operating in the United States, France, Turkey, Romania, Hungary and Trinidad. He currently serves as treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the corporation of the diocese and the standing committee, and is an alternate deputy to the General Convention.
Mr. Graves is a member of the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, where he recently chaired the rector search committee and is a former senior warden. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Uganda Christian University Partners and of Nashotah House. Mr. Graves, who earned bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, serves as treasurer for the Living Church Foundation.
Phyllis M. Hayden
Phyllis Hayden is a former president of the National Altar Guild and a longtime active member of the Diocese of Eau Claire. Mrs. Hayden has served as a member of the Living Church Foundation for over twenty years, and is a past member of its Board of Directors. She resides in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where she is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Henery
Father Henery is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, after which he worked for a year as a community organizer in Oklahoma City. He received master of sacred theology and doctor in theology degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained to the priesthood in 1973, he has served Episcopal parishes in New Hampshire, New York, and Wisconsin.
From 1983 to 2008, he was the Dr. William Schaff Helmuth Professor of Ecclesiastical History and the John Maury Allin Distinguished Professor of Homiletics at Nashotah House. He serves as the director for spiritual life at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. For the past 20 years, he has also been priest-in-charge of the Church of St. John Chrysostom in Delafield.
Jordan Hylden is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where he received his M.Div. summa cum laude in 2010. A 2006 graduate of Harvard College and a past Junior Fellow at First Things magazine, his writing has appeared in First Things, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and The Living Church. He is a candidate for holy orders in his native diocese of North Dakota, and is newly married to Emily, a student at Duke Divinity School and a postulant in the diocese of Albany. He serves as a development consultant for the Living Church Foundation.
The Rev. Jay C. James
Father James is the rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves as chairman of the board of trustees for St. Timothy’s School, an Episcopal school serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Previously he served for seven years as curate at All Saints’ Church, Ashmont, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Fr. James also serves as the director of St. Michael’s Conference, an educational gathering for high school and college students in West Hartford, Connecticut.
David A. Kalvelage
David Kalvelage was executive editor of The Living Church and its associated publications for 19 years, before retiring in 2009. He is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism and spent 20 years working for newspapers in Janesville, Wisconsin; Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and Albany, New York. He was assistant to the Bishop of Albany for five years before joining The Living Church in 1990. He has been a warden and vestry member of several parishes, a member of the standing committee of the Diocese of Albany, a deputy to two General Conventions and alternate deputy to a third, and a member of the Episcopal Church’s Deployment Board. He is the author of Cathedrals of the Episcopal Church, published in 1993. Mr. Kalvelage and his wife, Mary Ann, are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of three.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
Dr. Levenson, born in Birmingham, Alabama, earned his bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served as assistant chaplain at the University of the South; associate rector at St. Luke’s, Birmingham; rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana; rector of Christ Church Parish in Pensacola, Florida; and rector of St. Martin’s Church, the largest Episcopal Church in the U.S. with over 8,400 baptized members.
Dr. Levenson has been a featured speaker and retreat leader across the U.S. He has had nearly 50 articles published in various publications, including The Living Church, The Anglican Digest, The Episcopal Teacher, Decision Magazine, The Sewanee Theological Review, and Beeson Divinity School’s The Beacon, and recently published two seasonal meditation books: Provoking Thoughts, for Lent, and Preparing Room, for Advent. He and his wife, Laura, continue to serve in ministry together, and they have three children: Evelyn, Jones, and Luke.
The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II
Bishop Little was elected bishop of Northern Indiana in 1999. Previously he served as rector of St. Joseph’s Church in Buena Park, California, and All Saints Church, Bakersfield, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California and holds a master of divinity degree and an honorary doctorate from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of two books, Ears to Hear and Joy in Disguise, and his writing has appeared in Christianity Today and The Living Church.
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop MacPherson became the third bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana on November 2, 2002. Educated at Cypress College and the Episcopal School of Theology at Claremont, he was ordained deacon and priest in 1980, after a management career in the publishing business with the Times Mirror Co. in Los Angeles, California.
Bishop MacPherson has served congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and from 1988 to 1993 served as canon to the ordinary and executive officer with Bishop Frederick Borsch in Los Angeles. In 1993 he moved to Dallas with Bishop James Stanton, newly elected Bishop of Dallas, to serve as canon to the ordinary and executive officer of that diocese. Elected bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in 1999, he was consecrated bishop in 1999. Bishop MacPherson has served as president of Province VII of the Episcopal Church, and as chair of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of the South (Sewanee) and Nashotah House.
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
Richard Mammana is a graduate student in the history of Christianity at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, and a 2002 graduate of Columbia College. A member of the Living Church Foundation since 1999, Mr. Mammana has written widely in academic and ecclesiastical journals, including The Living Church, Sobornost, Anglican Theological Review, Anglican and Episcopal History, The Anglican, The Episcopal New Yorker, Touchstone, The International Bulletin of Missionary Research, The International Journal of Orthodox Theology, and other periodicals.
Mr. Mammana is the founder and director of anglicanhistory.org, a free online archive of out-of-print Anglican historical texts and related materials. Since 1999 he has been a member of the staff of Anglicans Online, the comprehensive unofficial home of Anglicanism online, with 250,000 monthly readers, and more than 30,000 links to Anglican and Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and other resources. He and his wife, Mary, are members of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
Bishop Martins is a native of Brazil and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Educated at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and the University of California at Santa Barbara before a decade of work in the insurance and retail field in Oregon, he matriculated at Nashotah House in 1986 and received the M.Div. degree in 1989.
He has served as curate and school chaplain at St. Luke’s, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; vicar of St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; rector of St. John’s Church in Stockton, California; and rector of St. Anne’s, Warsaw, Indiana. He was consecrated Bishop of Springfield in 2011. Bishop Martins also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House. The bishop and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1972. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller
Bishop Miller was elected eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee on May 31, 2003. He was consecrated on October 18, 2003, at the Mater Christi Chapel of the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center in Milwaukee. Bishop Miller was born in Detroit on September 30, 1957. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history and received his M.Div. from General Theological Seminary in 1984. That same year, he was ordained a deacon and a priest. He has served parishes in Missouri and Virginia, including service as regional dean and president of the standing committee in the Diocese of Virginia. In 2004 Bishop Miller was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by General Theological Seminary. He is a member of the theology committee of the House of Bishops and serves as co-chair of the Moravian-Episcopal Dialogue.
Dan Muth is principal nuclear engineer for Constellation Energy in the Baltimore, Maryland, region, responsible for overseeing the fabrication of nuclear fuel for a fleet of five reactors in Maryland and New York. He is a graduate of the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is working toward a master’s degree in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A lifelong Episcopalian and son of an Episcopal priest, he is married and has two daughters. Mr. Muth has served on the Board of Directors of the Living Church Foundation for the last five years, presently as secretary, and has been writing for the magazine for the last twenty years.
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi
Born in 1948, Archbishop Ntahoturi grew up in a small village in Matana, Southern Burundi, the son of a poor farming family. After training at Bishop Tucker College, Mukono, Uganda, he was ordained in 1973 and then pursued further theological training at Ridley Hall and St. John’s, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He went into education and civil service before serving as provincial secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi. He became Bishop of Matana in 1997 and Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi in 2005.
Archbishop Ntahoturi actively participated in the work of the Council of the Anglican Provinces of Africa and has been a member of the Anglican Consultative Council Standing Committee for ACC 9-11. He currently leads the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity, Faith and Order. He is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and has served on the Executive Committee of ACT International for the last 12 years.
Archbishop Ntahoturi is involved in seeking peace in his ethnically war-torn country of Burundi and also in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He represented the churches of Burundi during the peace and reconciliation negotiations in Arusha, Tanzania, that were instrumental in bringing peace to Burundi.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Perko
Canon Perko is a former Roman Catholic (Jesuit) priest who serves as dean of the School for Ministry in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. He is an emeritus professor at Loyola University, Chicago, where he was director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Christianity and Culture, and has held faculty fellowships at the University of Chicago, University of London, Ecumenical Center for Theological Research (Israel) and Bar-Ilan University (Israel). Alongside his academic vocation he has served as a spiritual and retreat director for over 30 years. At St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fr. Perko’s ministries include preaching and presiding at services, adult formation, and spiritual direction.
David R. Pitts
David Pitts has been president and CEO of Pitts Management Associates, Inc., since 1981 and chairman and CEO of PMA since 1999. PMA is a national hospital and healthcare management and consulting firm. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Business First Bank of Louisiana, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of General Health Corporation. He is a member of the North American Advisory Board of Sodexo and the member-manager of Pitts Property Management, L.L.C. He is certified in hospital and healthcare administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves on the board of directors of Comprehensive Care Corporation, a publicly traded corporation that provides managed care services in the behavioral health, substance abuse and psychotropic pharmacy management fields.
Mr. Pitts is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Church Pension Group, and the founding chairman of the Church Investment Group. He is a longtime national lay leader in numerous Episcopal ministries, including the Episcopal Church Medical Trust board and Episcopal Relief & Development.
Dr. Colin Podmore
Colin Podmore is a Cornishman who read history at Keble College, Oxford, and trained as a teacher at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His Oxford DPhil thesis was published as The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (1998). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
On the staff of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1988, he was successively Deputy Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity, Secretary of the House of Clergy, Secretary of the Liturgical Commission, and Secretary of the Dioceses Commission. He was also secretary of groups that reviewed the processes for senior church appointments and oversaw the publication of the Common Worship liturgy. He is currently Clerk to the Synod, Director of the Central Secretariat and Director of Ecumenical Relations. It was announced on Oct. 13, 2012 that he will leave Church House at Easter 2013 to take up the post of Director of Forward in Faith UK in succession to the present director, who is retiring.
His publications include Aspects of Anglican Identity (2005) and articles on Anglican ecclesiology, the ecclesiology of the Episcopal Church and the development of the Anglican Communion.
He is a clerk in the parish of St. Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Poon
Michael Poon is a Hong Kong-born Chinese Canadian. He is director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA), Trinity Theological College, and honorary canon of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics, and went on to earn his M.Div. from Wycliffe College Toronto and D.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford University. Dr. Poon returned to Hong Kong in 1984, and served in the Anglican churches in Hong Kong and Macao for 20 years. He was a member of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Provincial Standing Committee and various provincial committees for many years, and was general secretary for the Missionary Area of Macao before he moved to Singapore in 2004.
Dr. Poon now serves on the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order, and is an Anglican member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. He is co-chair of the documentation study group of the International Association for Mission Studies, and editor of several CSCA publication series. He writes on present-day Asian Christianity and Anglican studies. His recent publications include Christian Movements in Southeast Asia, and edited works on Shoki Coe, Ito Loh and John Sung, soon to be published by CSCA. Dr. Poon is married and has three children.
The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter
Father Porter is rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1986, has a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College at the University of London and an M.Div. from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995, and has served as curate at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and as sub-dean and canon pastor at the American Cathedral in Paris. Before he came to Trinity in 2005 Fr. Porter was rector at Emmanuel Church in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his wife, Dorothy, met at Yale and have three daughters.
The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner
Father Radner (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto. He is the author and editor of several books on ecclesiology and on Scripture, including The End of the Church, Spirit and Nature, Hope Among the Fragments, The Fate of Communion, Leviticus: A Commentary, The World in the Shadow of God, and most recently A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church.
A former church worker in Burundi and an Anglican priest, he has served parishes in various parts of the United States, and has been active in the affairs of the global Anglican Communion, including serving as a member of the Covenant Design Group. He is married to the Rev. Annette Brownlee, and they have two children.
Ken Ross has worked primarily in the mineral exploration industry in the United States and West Africa. He has founded three companies, the most recent of which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Ken travels frequently to West Africa and maintains long-standing relationships within the commercial and political sectors. Between careers, Ken wrote several commercially successful books, and was a ghostwriter of speeches, magazine articles, and an op-ed piece for The New York Times. He is represented by the Renaissance Literary Agency in Los Angeles, California.
Ken grew up an evangelical in the Campbellite tradition and became an Episcopalian in his early 30s, joining All Saints Church in Pasadena, California. He has served on the Vestry of All Saints Church, as well as his current parish, Grace Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ken is a graduate of Pepperdine University (B.Sc.) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and has served both institutions as alumni president, trustee and in other offices. He has been actively involved in nonprofit work and has been the founder or co-founder of several foundations and institutions. Ken is married to Michele Ross, a professional event planner, and has a blended family of three adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Grace Sears
Grace Sears currently leads The Order of the Daughters of the King, and edited its magazine, The Royal Cross, for six years. She has represented the Order in Malawi, England, and Brazil, as well as visiting DOK assemblies across the United States. A graduate of Calvin College, she completed her Ph.D. in Renaissance literature at the University of Kentucky. She has taught core curriculum classes at several colleges, served as publications manager for the Department of Surgery at UK, and retired in 2010 from a position at Berea College as special collections and archives assistant.
In 2008-09 she researched and wrote about a former contributing editor to The Living Church, Ada Loaring Clark (“Depression Era President: Ada Loaring-Clark,” The Royal Cross, 74/4, 2009). Active at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Richmond, Kentucky, she has served on the executive council and the standing committee of the Diocese of Lexington.
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith
Dean Smith became the Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem, in October 2011. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his father was the organist at St. John’s Cathedral. His family moved to Yonkers, New York where he was raised. He graduated from Fordham University in 1970, majoring in Russian Studies and Political Philosophy. After receiving a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he served as an assistant at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Lakewood and as rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He then served as rector of St. David’s Glenview, Illinois from 1992, prior to coming to St. George’s.
In 1997 he received his D. Min. from the Virginia Theological Seminary with a dissertation on Servant Leadership. His priorities in parish ministry have included Christian formation, a flourishing music ministry, local outreach, and vital connections to the Anglican church in Madagascar, Kenya, Chile and Jerusalem.
Dean Smith is married to Sherry, who has served as a hospice nurse. They have two grown children, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
Miriam K. Stauff
Miriam Stauff, Esq., vice president of the Living Church Foundation, is a semi-retired attorney living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in secondary education, and received her juris doctor degree from Marquette University. She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1958 and has remained active in parish life, including serving as the senior warden at All Saints’ Cathedral, Milwaukee, where she has been a member since 1997. She sits on the board of directors of the DeKoven Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin, and has served as its vice president. She also sat for many years on the board of directors of the Prayer Book Society (U.S.), serving as its secretary. She has three adult sons and six grandchildren.
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
Canon Stevenson serves as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana, a post he has held since two days after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Previously he served as rector to congregations in Maitland, Florida, and New Orleans. Ordained to the priesthood and diaconate in 2000, he was employed for ten years by Malco Theaters, Inc., where he became VP of construction operations before leaving for seminary. Canon Stevenson is a 2000 graduate of Nashotah House, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Howard M. Tischler
Howard Tischler is retired from the Canadian National Railway Company, having served 40 years in the North American railway industry. He graduated from Yale College with a bachelor’s degree and attended the Yale University Graduate School program in railway operations.
Mr. Tischler resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Deborah, where they are members of Hope in the Desert Episcopal Church. He served six years as bishop’s warden at Hope Church, as well as building project manager for the recently completed first phase of Hope’s new campus. He is a deputy from the Diocese of the Rio Grande to the 2012 General Convention. Mr. Tischler has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Living Church Foundation since 1996 and recently completed a 15-year tenure as treasurer.
Lana M. Valenta
Lana Valenta has a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in hospital and clinic labs for many years, and was a health occupations teacher at Garland [Texas] High School.
She was a six-year president of the Dallas chapter of the Daughters of the King; a member of the DOK’s national council, including endowment chair and triennial 2012 chair; and served on the evangelism committee of the Diocese of Dallas. She and her husband, Tommy, are parents to six grown children and grandparents to eight. They divide their time between homes in Dallas and Cashiers, North Carolina.
Dr. Shirleen S. Wait
Shirleen Wait, a Tampa, Florida, native, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1954. She has a doctorate in education and extensive experience as a professor, consultant, and curriculum specialist, and is the author of numerous publications in the educational field. Dr. Wait is retired as a national curriculum specialist from Computer Curriculum Corp., a department of the Simon & Schuster educational division. She owns and operates Atlantic Beach Connections, LLC, a property management company in Atlantic City, Florida.
Dr. Wait has been active in education, pastoral, and evangelism ministries, including Daughters of the King, Faith Alive, and Cursillo. She has served as a member of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism in the Episcopal Church, as a board member for New Wineskins for Global Mission. For the last eleven years she and her husband, Pete, have served as pastors to missionaries for Anglican Frontier Missions. The Waits have two grown children and five grown grandchildren.
Dr. Christopher Wells
Christopher Wells (B.A. St. Olaf; M.A.R. Yale; Ph.D. Notre Dame) arrived as executive director of the Living Church Foundation and editor of The Living Church magazine in September 2009. He has taught theology at the University of Notre Dame and at College of the Transfiguration (South Africa), and has lectured widely in the Episcopal Church on ecclesiology and ecumenism. He served as a lay deputy from the Diocese of Northern Indiana at two General Conventions and as a missionary of the Episcopal Church, and is a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and a theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA). He is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee.
His dissertation, “Sacraments of the Incarnate Word: The Christological Form of the Summa theologiae,” attempted an historical and systematic organization of Thomas Aquinas’s teaching about the Word of God. Dr. Wells’s primary areas of research are the history of Christian doctrine, Thomas Aquinas, ecclesiology and ecumenism, sacramental/liturgical theology, and Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism. He has published articles in the journals Ecclesiology, The Journal of Anglican Studies, Pro Ecclesia, and Anglican Theological Review.