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Adjunct Faculty

Victor Conrado

Before being called to serve as Assistant Rector for Spanish-Language Ministries at St. Mark’s in October 2011, the Rev. Victor H. Conrado was a Roman Catholic Missionary Priest who worked for 11 years in Kenya, Africa.  After being received into the Episcopal Church in July 2011, he worked as Administrator and Assisting Priest at Church of the Atonement in Chicago.

Victor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the St. Bonaventure University in Colombia and completed a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya (a constituent college university of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome). He was ordained priest in 2001 and was received as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Chicago on July 7, 2011. Victor is married to Lucia Conrado. They have two sons, David Antonio and Daniel Santiago.

As a missionary priest in Kenya, Victor worked to start new missions that would be transformed into self-supported and self-ministered parishes. He worked for three years in the formation of new missionaries from Latin America and Africa and for two years as regional director in East Africa for the Roman Catholic missionary society.

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Courses:  Anglican Liturgy and Music:  Theology and Practice

Elise Feyerherm

The Reverend Dr. Elise A. Feyerherm was associate professor of church history & Christian spirituality at Bexley Hall from 2009-2013. She also served at St. James Episcopal Church in Columbus. She is currently interim rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Westerly, Rhode Island. Dr. Feyerherm holds a bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Indiana and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. She earned her Ph.D. is in theological studies with a concentration in the history of Christian life and thought from Boston College in 2001. Dr. Feyerherm has a special love for the music and liturgy of the Church and is interested in the ways contemporary Christians can be formed by ancient monastic practices such as chanting the psalms, daily prayer, and lectio divina.

Courses:  Anglican Liturgy and Music

Valerie Bailey Fischer

Valerie Bailey Fischer is a priest in the Diocese of Newark, adjunct lecturer at the Bexley Seabury Federation, an Episcopal Seminary and a doctoral student at General Theological Seminary. Her research and teaching interests include the continuity between the English Reformation and the development of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Valerie received a master’s degree in sacred theology from Boston University School of Theology in 2009, a master's degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 2004 and is currently a doctoral student at General Theological Seminary.

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Courses:  Global Anglicanism

Michael Gecan

Michael Gecan, a veteran organizer who trained with Saul Alinsky, is an executive member of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). He is a supervisor of IAF groups in both Chicago and New York City and is the author of Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action. He received an honorary doctorate degree from General Theological Seminary in 2011. 

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Courses:  Community Organizing for Missional Living

John Kretzmann

John Kretzmann (Jody) is Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, an action research center located in Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement. ABCD Institute works with community building leaders across North America as well as five other continents to conduct research, produce materials and otherwise support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems. The Institute continues to build on the stories and methods about successful community building reported in the popular book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets (1993, with John L. McKnight.)

A much-traveled speaker and trainer, Kretzmann brings more than forty years of community experience and study to his current position. He was a founding faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program in 1969, and served as director of that institution for six years. He has been a community organizer in Chicago’s West Side, and served as a consultant to a wide range of neighborhood organizing and development groups. In addition to the ACM Program, he has taught at Northwestern University, Valparaiso University and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Kretzmann has worked to develop community-oriented public policy at the national, state and local levels. In Chicago, he served as chair of the Neighborhood Planning Committee for Mayor Harold Washington, and was an active policy consultant through Washington’s four and a half years in office. He serves on a wide range of civic, community, and foundation boards.

Kretzmann’s educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude); a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D in Sociology and Urban Affairs from Northwestern University.

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Eric Law

The Rev. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides leadership resource and training for building inclusive community, intercultural competency, community transformation, congregation vitality and stewardship. He has been a consultant and trainer for building inclusive community for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Churches in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.  He is the author of 7 books:  The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (also available in Spanish), The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed, Inclusion:  Making Room for Grace, Sacred Acts, Holy Change, The Word at the Crossing, Finding Intimacy in a World of Fears and Holy Currencies. He is an Episcopal priest, a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright.  He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist:  Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World.

Courses:  Diversity and Context

Emlyn Ott

Emlyn Ott grew up in Rochester, New York where her parents owned and ran a manufacturing company called, surprisingly enough, “Ottco.” After completing seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, she served as Campus Pastor to Oklahoma State University and as Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma for nineteen years. In 2005, she accepted a call to teach at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and to oversee the work of Healthy Congregations, Inc. She was named as the Dean of Leadership Formation at Trinity in 2012. She has spent portions of each of the past three years providing pastoral support for colleagues currently serving in parishes who are on sabbatical.

Pastor Ott did her doctoral work in pastoral counseling and congregational dynamics. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, cook, gardener and enjoys choral and instrumental music. She is currently working on the goal of hiking/walking every Metropark in the Columbus area. Emlyn is the spouse of Dr. Robert Ward, a musician, educator and conductor who is on the faculty of the School of Music of The Ohio State University. 

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Karl Ruttan

Karl Ruttan is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and retreat leader. He served in parish ministry for over thirty years serving parishes in Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Zambia (Central Africa) and West Virginia. He served as Canon for Life Formation in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in Spiritual Formation from Duquesne University where he also holds a M.S.Ed. in Pastoral Counseling. His M.Div. was earned at Chicago Theological Seminary with Anglican Studies at Episcopal Divinity School. His undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College. In addition to his adjunct work at Bexley Seabury, he does interim work, teaching, and spiritual direction in the Columbus area.

Courses:  Anglican Formation

Stephen Smith

The Rev. Stephen Smith has been rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal in Dublin, Ohio for 11 years.  He received his DMin in preaching from the School of Theology, at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, in May of 2013. He is the author of Saving Salvation: The Amazing Evolution of Grace (Morehouse: 2005). He is on the board of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.  He also served churches in Cincinnati, Lorain, and Hudson, all in Ohio. He received his MDiv from Sewanee in 1988.  Prior to seminary he served as a journalist.

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Courses:  Field Education Seminar

Dwight Zscheile

Dwight Zscheile is an Episcopal priest and assistant professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he joined the faculty in 2008. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. He is author of People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

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Courses:  Congregations in the 21st Century