Executive Director and Editor: Christopher Wells 414-292-124

Christopher Wells (B.A. St. Olaf; M.A.R. Yale; Ph.D. Notre Dame) arrived as executive director of the Living Church Foundation in September 2009. Wells grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the environs of Calvin College, supplemented by frequent side trips to the United Kingdom, which fed Anglophilia in the family and an ecumenical disposition. At the University of Notre Dame, he pursued doctoral studies in historical theology and served as a lay leader in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, both of which conspired to lead him to TLC. When he is not editing The Living Church, Wells enjoys writing a regular column; overseeing the staff, budget, fundraising, and marketing of TLC; and articulating the evolving mission and program of the foundation in collaboration with elected leadership.

    His work frequently takes him on the road, which affords an interesting perspective on the wider Church, and permits various sorts of ecclesial and ecumenical service. In 2014 he completed a round as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA), and he serves on the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Dr. Wells is a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and Affiliate Professor of Historical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. His 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 on Aquinas and ecumenism in the Anglican Theological Review, Ecclesiology, The Journal of Anglican Studies, and Pro Ecclesia.

    Wells is unmarried and grateful for a wide network of friends who are “family,” alongside his natural father, mother, and brother (see Mark 3:34). He is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.

Managing Editor: John Schuessler 414-292-1241

John Schuessler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire where he studied journalism with a news and editorial emphasis. He has served on the staff of the Living Church Foundation for more than two decades, most of those years as managing editor. He is primarily responsible for editorial production of the foundation’s three publications (The Living Church, The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook and Illuminations), but also oversees TLC’s website and has written many news and feature articles for the magazine. Mr. Schuessler is married and has four children.

Associate Editor: Douglas LeBlanc 414-292-1242

Douglas LeBlanc, a veteran religion journalist, is a former editor with Christianity Today and Compassion International. He is the author of Tithing: Test Me in This (Thomas Nelson, 2010). He joined TLC’s staff in September 2009, after contributing freelance articles for a decade. His writing has appeared in Christian Research Journal, Episcopal Life, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and the weblog His column for Episcopal Life won the award of excellence from Associated Church Press in 2003 and 2004. His writing has appeared in the collections Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing (Seabury, 2005) and Classical Techniques, Contemporary Arguments (Longman, 2006). Mr. LeBlanc and his wife attend St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Associate Editor for International News: John Martin

John Martin is Australian-born and worked with the Diocese of Sydney before moving to London as the first Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion Office. His other posts have included editor of The Church of England Newspaper, head of communications with the Church Mission Society and part-time editing with the UK Christian Medical Fellowship.

Covenant Editor: Zachary Guiliano

Zachary Guiliano joined the staff of the Living Church Foundation in July 2014 as editor of its weblog Covenant. He is a Gates Scholar and PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge and a graduate of Evangel University and Harvard Divinity School. His academic work focuses on the reception history of patristic exegesis, but his interests and publications range widely in church history, biblical studies, palaeography, and contemporary Anglican theology. He is co-editor of two volumes in the series Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology. Before arriving in Cambridge, he served as Kellogg Fellow of the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard.

Office/Business Manager: Ruth Schimmel 414-292-1244

A career change from nursing to accounting brought Ruth Schimmel to the Living Church Foundation in 2009 as the accounting/business assistant. She holds associate’s degrees in nursing and accounting, and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2010 from Ottawa University. Mrs. Schimmel is responsible for the development and performance of the operating budget and daily fiscal matters. She oversees day-to-day office operations, payroll, expense control, human resources, accounting operations, and communication systems.


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