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Jason A. Fout

Academic Dean, Associate Professor of Anglican Theology

Jason Fout (Seabury ’01) is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley Seabury. Fout joined the faculty in 2009. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was ordained a priest in 2001, and has served in the Diocese of Western Michigan and the Diocese of Ely (Church of England), and is presently licensed in the Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio. Fout teaches courses on Anglican theology and ethics, Christology, and liturgics as well as a course on urbanism, architecture and city planning for church and community leaders. He also teaches the Learning from London travel course on contemporary mission and evangelism. His research interests include constructive theology, particularly Christology and issues around divine and human agency; theological exegesis of scripture; historical and contemporary Anglican theology; theological analysis of the built environment; Scriptural Reasoning; and missional theology.

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Peter Ajer

Assistant Professor of New Testament

Peter Ajer holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a PhD in Biblical Studies (New Testament) from the Graduate Theological Union with an allied focus in Political Science, focusing on Peace and Conflict Studies. Ajer has been a lecturer in New Testament Studies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and part-time faculty at the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary’s College of California. He has taught Bible courses, both Old and New Testament, and Human Rights Ethics. His current research explores the gathering motif in the Fourth Gospel and the social construction of space in Paul’s letter to Philemon. Ajer was born and brought up in Uganda and is the author of The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.

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Julie Lytle

Director of Distributive and Lifelong Learning Initiatives, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Julie Lytle joined the faculty in 2018 as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Distributive and Lifelong Learning Initiatives. She has degrees from Boston College, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julie teaches courses in congregational development, digital evangelism, educational leadership, and faith formation and has extensive expertise in the area of distance education. She was on faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School and developed their distributive distance learning model for masters degrees prior to her appointment at Bexley Seabury. Her research interests explore the intersection of theology, faith formation, and technology and the ways people connect with one another and resources to enact the Dream of God.

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Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Kay Apigo is a scholar of the Old Testament with expertise in Tradition History, Reception Criticism, Children’s Studies, and Children’s Literature Studies. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) where she wrote her dissertation, “YHWH’s Flood, Noah’s Ark: Adaptations of the Genesis Flood Story Then and Now,” on the development of the Noah’s Ark story in children’s Bibles throughout American history. Her experiences as a biblical scholar and a mother of two young children have led to an understanding of the Bible as a multigenerational story at the core of its culture and the identity of its ancient audience. She brings this language of storytelling to her teaching of the Bible, presenting the Old Testament as literature told and retold in the context of human history. Kay is a classically trained singer and a lover of music, art, and theater. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, David, a Physicist, their two children (a three-year-old son and a ten-month-old daughter), and their Tibetan Spaniel, where they spend most of their time cooking together, hiking local trails, and renovating their recently purchased fixer upper.

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Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership

A native of Rochester, New York where her curiosity about life was nurtured in her parents’ truck manufacturing company.  A graduate of The College of Wooster, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Phillips Theological Seminary, she was ordained in the former Lutheran Church in America (now ELCA) in 1986 and has served as a parish pastor, pastoral counselor, campus pastor, non-profit CEO and seminary professor since that time.  She is an avid reader, especially of new fiction and first person short stories.  She is moving steadily toward a goal of hiking in every national park in the US.  She has musical theatre and Schubert lieder on her I-pod and a pile of books are her night table.  Her home continues to be in Columbus, Ohio and she will be commuting to Chicago on a regular basis with her new responsibilities at Bexley Seabury.  Emlyn is the spouse of Dr. Robert Ward, Director of Choral Activities at The Ohio State University.

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Assistant Director of Formation and Contextual Learning and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. 

A Medievalist by training, Eileen completed both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Notre Dame and taught church history and theology at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Prior to ordination, Eileen was a campus minister at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2004 Eileen received her M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. and was ordained in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. From 2007 to 2018 Eileen was the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan, IL. She is currently completing her thesis for the D.Min. in Congregational Development at Bexley Seabury. Her practical ministry specialties are building maintenance and church finance.

Having grown up along the Mississippi river in Iowa and Wisconsin, Eileen has a keen interest in the intersection of economic and environmental justice and their impact on communities. She serves on the steering team of Lake County United (an IAF affiliate), co-chairs Clean Power Lake County, and is a founding board member of Waukegan to College.  She and her husband, Ross Shanley-Roberts, recently moved to Highland Park. They have two daughters and two pugs.

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seifert_milnerM. Milner Seifert is Lecturer in Liturgy and Music. He teaches courses in liturgical music and serves as worship coordinator. Seifert has a Master of Music in Music History and Literature (1976) from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (1993). From 1969 until 2003 he was choral director at Evanston Township High School. Seifert served as choir director for three different congregations from 1970 to 2012. He has led various parochial and diocesan workshops on liturgy and music. In the past he has been a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Chicago and has served on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (1997-2003).

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Tom Ferguson is an Affiliate Faculty member at Bexley Seabury and Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandwich, MA.  From 2011-2016 he served as Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Church History at Bexley Seabury.  Tom teaches courses in Constitution and Canons, Anglican and Episcopal History, Global Anglicanism, and ecumenical and interreligious relations.  He has a particular interest and passion for ecumenical and interrelgiious cooperation and collaboration, having previously served as Deputy to the Presiding Bishop for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.  His history of Christianity, Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth was published by Church Publishing in the series Church’s Teachings for a Changing World.

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John Addison Dally is a writer, educator and priest. His particular interest is theological pedagogy—how people learn about God and religion in meaningful and transformative ways. As a result, his teaching is based in experience rather than lecture, an approach that works especially well for diverse communities of learners. Dally is the author of Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God (Alban, 2008) as well as eight plays, a cycle of pageants for children based on medieval mystery plays, nine works for speech choir, and two novels. Dally serves as Professor Emeritus of Theology and Culture for Bexley Seabury and is a resident priest at Church of Our Saviour in Chicago.

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Wondra_Ellen_2015Ellen K. Wondra is research professor emerita of theology and ethics. She has degrees from Pomona College, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Her teaching and research interests include the theology and practice of authority; the intersections of gender, race, and class; and the development of Anglican theology for a global church. A widely published author, Wondra served nine years as editor-in-chief of the Anglican Theological Review, and is now serving ATR as editor of the Practicing Theology section. Wondra has served the Episcopal Church in numerous capacities at the diocesan, national and global level. In 2014, Wondra was elected to the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, a global think tank of ecumenical theologians; her term extends through 2021.

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Roger A. Ferlo is the President Emeritus of the Bexley Seabury Federation and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation and the Practice of Ministry. Ferlo came to Bexley Seabury in 2012 from Virginia Theological Seminary, where he was the associate dean and director of the Institute of Christian Formation and Leadership and also served as professor of religion and culture.

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