The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, chairs the Episcopal House of Bishops Theology Committee. He serves on the boards of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Forward Movement, and Kenyon College. He is also a trustee for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Breidenthal received a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, and a master of divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif. He earned a doctorate in theology from Oxford University. Prior to his election as bishop of Southern Ohio, he was dean of the chapel at Princeton University, and professor of Christian Ethics at the General Theology Seminary in New York.
Judy C. Bross isthe co-founder and Editor of Classic Chicago Magazine, and the author of “Murray Bay: The Golden Age Summer Resort” and is working on her second book. She is the former director of agency services for Episcopal Charities and Community Services. Prior to joining Episcopal Charities, she was head of the USA Education Charitable Trust. She served as chairman of the Latin School Board of Trustees from 1998-2002, and she has served as president of the Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Junior League of Chicago, and the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute. She is a parishioner of St. Chrysostom’s in Chicago.
In 2004, Bross was selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to receive the Seymour Preston Award, which recognizes a school trustee who has provided exceptional commitment and leadership to his or her institution. In 1997, she received the Mercedes-Mentor Award presented by Chicago Magazine and Mercedes Benz. She has co-chaired capital campaigns for the Latin School (’96), the Chicago History Museum and St. Chrysostom’s Church. At Latin School she has served as president of the Parents’ Council and of Finders Keepers, the former school thrift shop. She has co-chaired the Auction (’89 and ’03) and the 1991-92 Annual Fund. She is married to former Seabury trustee John Bross.
The Rev. Mary Carson is soon to be priest-in-charge of St. James’ in Cincinnati and is a second-generation graduate of Bexley Hall. Her father held an MDiv from Bexley Hall and Mary was granted the same degree in 1992. Prior to her current position, Mary served as interim, priest-in-charge, and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio for 7 years. She was the associate executive director and then interim executive director of Lutheran Chaplaincy Services in Cleveland, Ohio from 2007-2010. Mary was on the staff of the Bishop of Ohio with responsibility for deployment and ministry developmentfrom 1999-2007. In her early years of ordained ministry she was on the staff of parishes in Newport, Rhode Island; Gladwyne, Pennsylvania; and Sandusky, Ohio.
Kathryn “Kitty” Cole is a community organizer whose work life was devoted to housing issues. She joined the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois as a Presbyterian because she was determined to be part of Lake County United, a non-profit, non-partisan organization of civic institutions doing justice. She fell in love with the Episcopal Church and was confirmed several years ago.
Cole has served on the vestry at Holy Spirit, helped lead the mission and outreach ministry, and inaugurated a pilot program with the Waukegan Public Library to teach English as a second language to mothers and children.
The Rev. Susan Daughtry serves as Missioner for Formation in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, where she coordinates the design and delivery of courses, trainings, cohort gatherings, workshops and practicums for the School for Formation. After earning her M.Div. at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006, Susan has served faith communities and camps in Virginia and Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.
The Rev. John Denson is Rector of St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, having previously served as Rector of Christ Church, Exeter, New Hampshire, and on the staff at Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois. John is a graduate of Seabury Western (M.Div ’92; D.Min ’09), and recently developed a Seabury-sponsored workshop, “Hope for the Future: Renewing Congregations for the 21st Century,” which he has presented for congregations and dioceses in Texas, Florida and Ohio as well as for the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes.
The Very Rev. M.E. Eccles is the rector at St. Martin’s in Des Plaines, IL. M.E. holds both a MTS and MDiv from Seabury Western, an MA in Pastoral Counseling from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, and is a licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. M.E. served on the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Chicago, was an Alternate Deputy to two General Conventions and is currently the Dean of the Elgin Deanery.
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. She joined the department in 1972, four years after riots destroyed parts of the city following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At the time African-Americans made of 70 percent of the people living in the nation’s capital; at the same time, the police department was overwhelmingly white and police-community relations were strained. She currently serves as the associate rector of Calvary Episcopal Church where she is the founder of the Center for the Study of Faith in Justice. The Center was founded with a grant from the Episcopal Evangelism Society.
The Rev. Michael Galvin is the former Rector of Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, Indiana. He holds an M.Div from Christan Theological Seminary (2004) and graduate certification in advanced theological studies from Seabury Western (2005). Michael served at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Zionsville, IN for four years before being called to Holy Family. Prior to ordination, Michael had a career as a hospital executive and healthcare management consultant.