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Workshop Presenter Biographies for the 147th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany


Workshops are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Workshop Presenter Biographies

 
Rebecca Alamillo
Workshop: Who is Your One in Four?


Rebecca Alamillo is a life long member of St. Luke's, Chatham. She has been working in victim services for 15 years, and has been working at Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence for the last 12 years. She is Vice President of the Hudson Valley Deanery.
 
Torre Bissell
Workshop: Evangelism: Recruiting, Training and Deploying Evangelists in Our Diocese and Parishes


Mr. Torre Bissell was a missionary teacher (along with his wife Jean) in West Africa for a dozen years. Since returning to the US he has written and taught computer courses and heads up a team of 150 diocesan intercessors for the Diocese of Albany. During the past year he has led over 80 people to Christ.
 
Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown
Workshop: Making the Connections: What does the Trinity have to do with "Three Streams"?


The Venerable Dr. Christopher Brown is the Rector of Trinity Church, Potsdam. He grew up in the Boston area and studied Asian religions at Amherst College before coming to faith in Christ in his early twenties. He received his M. Div. from General Theological Seminary and a PhD. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary. He has served parishes in Manhattan, and in Westchester and Ulster Counties. He is the Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Albany, Archdeacon and Dean of the St. Lawrence Deanery, and Provincial Chaplain for the Community of St. Mary.  Fr. Brown writes the annual diocesan canonical exams, and is the author of a regular column in the Albany Episcopalian.  He is also a jazz guitarist and serves as on the convention music team.
 
Most Rev. George Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury
Workshop: From the Inner City to Lambeth Palace: A Half-Century of Ordained Ministry


Archbishop Carey came to faith as a teenager, entered the military, then completed university and seminary. He holds a PhD from the University of Durham. He served as a curate and then in theological education. He became rector of St. Nicholas parish in Durham and in two years tripled the size of its congregation, the story of which is documented in the book The Church in the Marketplace. Lord Carey was appointed bishop of Bath and Wells in 1987, and four years later was enthroned as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury. Since retiring, he has been an active member of the House of Lords, serving as Lord Carey of Clifton. He still preaches and teaches across the Anglican Communion.
 
Rev. Mark Chesnut
Workshop: Vestry Retreats at Christ the King


Fr. Mark Chesnut, recently ordained a priest, has strong experience as a lay leader. He has led Bible study groups and been part of them for years. In addition, he has taught Sunday School to every age group, and has also been, with his wife, Sunday School Superintendent at Christ Church, Schenectady where the Sunday School staff wrote their own curriculum.
 
Ven. David Collum
Workshop: Things That Are Working Well: A follow up discussion on the results of the Parish Leadership Conferences


The Venerable David J. Collum has been Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints, our Diocesan Cathedral, and one of the Diocese's Archdeacons since 2010. As Dean, he has a passion for God's Word and for the building up of God's people. Since becoming the 20th Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints, Dean Collum has organized an Annual Bible Symposium, restored the Diocesan Acolyte Festival, and sought to use the Cathedral as a way to encourage and support others from around the Diocese.
 
Timothy Condon
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Tim and his wife, April Austin, have been members of St. Michael's Church in Colonie for eleven years. He has served two terms on the Vestry, has been a committed Stephen Minister for seven years, was blessed to attend Cursillo, and participates in parish retreats. Tim has represented St. Michael's as a deputy at Diocesan Convention. He gladly uses his talents in the kitchen to prepare meals for church functions. He also volunteers at the Church of Messiah soup kitchen, the Capital District Habitat for Humanity, and the Ronald McDonald House of Albany when time permits.
 
Rev. Anne Curtin
Workshop: Who is Your One in Four?


Mother Anne Curtin is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of Healing a Woman's Soul, Inc., a ministry to women who are victims of domestic violence. She is a parishioner at St. Paul's, Kinderhook.
 
Noel Dawes
Workshop: The Welcome Home Initiative©


Chaplain Noel Dawes is a combat-experienced British Army infantry officer with four combat deployments in the Northern Ireland 'Troubles' under his belt. He deployed operationally numerous other times around the world to other possible trouble spots, keeping the peace. During 30 years of active duty, he continually prepared for war-like operations and trained others for the same. His wife, Meryl, proactively supported him throughout his military service. They have been involved in the healing ministry for 25 years, including helping to lead and organize about 20 Welcome Home Initiative retreats since 2008.
 
Rev. Scott Evans
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Ordained to the Priesthood in January 2009, Fr. Scott was educated at Fuller Theological Seminary and Nashotah House. He served as Curate at Christ Church in Ballston Spa from 2010 until 2013. He became Priest in Charge at All Saints Round Lake in 2014. He is passionate about healing ministry and evangelism and has served on the healing prayer team at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and as an Alpha advisor. Fr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and is employed at GE Global Research in Niskayuna. He and his wife Dr. Stephanie Evans and their four children live in Burnt Hills.
 
Rev. Laurie Garramone
Workshop: Be Scared, Be Very Scared


Mother Laurie has been blessed to teach English at local colleges, to direct Literacy programs and to have served as the former Coordinator of Education in the Diocese of Albany, but most people seem to know her as "Alex's mom" these days. (Alex is one of our Diocesan Youth Ministry interns, but she is also Christian's mom!) She is currently the Rector of St. John's Church in Johnstown. St. John's is the second church where she has been called as a priest, and every day she is stunned by the joy she feels as she continues to serve God.
 
Mrs. Marianne Gorchov
Workshop: Safeguarding God's Children


Mrs. Marianne C. Gorchov, M.A. has over thirty years of experience in substance abuse treatment and family mental health. She was in private practice as a psychotherapist and is the past Director of Community Services (DCS) for Hamilton County, NY.
 
Rev. Michael Gorchov
Workshop: Safeguarding God's Children


The Rev. Michael Gorchov is Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy. Before he entered the priesthood, he had many years of experience in the field of human services, primarily as a substance abuse counselor.
 
Rev. David Haig
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Over the past 35 years, Fr. Haig has been a husband, father, teacher, coach, actor/director, singer, contractor, entrepreneur and business man. Now an ordained priest in the Diocese of Albany, he is serving as the interim priest at St. Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville, NY. He dabbles in projects such as The DASH Event and is loving all that God has in store.
 
Rev. Dr. Leander Harding
Workshop: Things That Are Working Well: A follow up discussion on the results of the Parish Leadership Conferences


Fr. Leander Harding has been in ordained ministry as a priest in the Episcopal Church for more than thirty years. He studied religion and literary criticism at New College of Florida and graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with an M.Div., cum laude. He received a Ph.D. from the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. After twenty-six years in parish ministry he joined the faculty of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2005. He is a well-known retreat leader, guest preacher and author.
 
Canon Robert Haskell
Workshop: Vestry Retreats at Christ the King


Fr. Bob Haskell has been Canon to the Ordinary for eight years. Before this, he led churches in Binghamton, Syracuse, Philadelphia and Oneonta for 30 years. His primary continuing education interest during his ministry has been evangelism, church growth and church leadership. He is married to Margaret. Together, they have two grown children and live in Burnt Hills.
 
Rt. Rev. Dan Herzog
Workshop: Vestry Retreats at Christ the King, Plenary 1


Bishop Dan Herzog has been a priest of the Diocese for over 40 years. He served as 8th Bishop of Albany from 1997-2007. He and Carol have been married 50 years and are blessed with 5 children and 14 grandchildren. He presently directs the Healing and Spiritual Formation Ministry at Christ the King.
 
Rev. Christina Hunter
Workshop: We Showed Up, We Prayed, God Did Stuff


The Rev. Christina Hunter hails from Southeastern Ohio. After she received her Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in 2010, she moved to Troy to co-found Oaks of Righteousness. Her passions are urban adult ministry, working with addicts and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Rev. Paul Hunter
Workshop: We Showed Up, We Prayed, God Did Stuff


The Rev. Paul Hunter grew up in Southern California, and received a Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in 2012. Fr. Hunter serves as Canon for Mission at the Cathedral of All Saints. He is passionate about reaching the city with the good news of Jesus Christ, with a specific emphasis on serving the poor and marginalized in Albany.
 
Ven. Harvey Huth
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Archdeacon Harvey was ordained to the Diaconate in 2003 and appointed Archdeacon by Bishop Dan Herzog in 2005. He has served at St. Boniface in Guilderland, St. Christopher's in Cobleskill, and is currently serving at St. Stephen's in Delmar. He serves as Director of the Deacon Formation Program, Secretary of the Diocesan Convention and member of the Standing Committee. Archdeacon Harvey lives in Voorhessville with his wife Nancy.
 
Rt. Rev. Grant LeMarquand
Workshop: Great Commissions


Bishop Grant has been the Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea) within the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa since 2012. He and his wife Wendy live in Gambella, Ethiopia where the church is poor but growing. Before going to Ethiopia, Grant was Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA and he was canonically resident in the Diocese of Albany.
 
Dr. Wendy LeMarquand
Workshop: Walking in the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit


Wendy LeMarquand is a medical doctor working in the Gambella region of Ethiopia in the areas of health and Christian discipleship. She is married to the Rt. Rev. Grant LeMarquand.
 
Mrs. Karen Love
Workshop: Moore! Moore! Moore!


Karen Love is not a deacon, priest or bishop. She is simply a Christian allowing the Holy Spirit to work through her as she helps to facilitate local women's bible studies at St Mary's Church, Lake Luzerne. She has had the privilege of hosting four studies in the Lake Luzerne area for an every changing group of 15 ladies from five local parishes. Using the Beth Moore Bible Studies has allowed her to dive deeper into the Bible and establish a closer two-way relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Mac MacDonald
Workshops: Living Daniel Strong, Daniel Strong in the Kitchen


Mac has a degree in physical education, health, and science and is a Ceritifed Health Coach. He is a retired Critical Care Technician. He is passionate about helping people achieve optimum health. Mac worships at Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls.
 
Mary MacDonald
Workshop: Living Daniel Strong, Daniel Strong in the Kitchen


Mary is an RN and Certified Health Coach with over 30 years' experience in the weight management field. She is passionate about helping people achieve optimum health. Mary worships at Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls.
 
Rt. Rev. Fanuel Emmanuel Magangani, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi
Workshop: Plenary 3, Mission Panel Discussion


Bishop Fanuel was consecrated in 2010 in the Church of the Province of Central Africa as Bishop of Northern Malawi. Before becoming bishop, he served five years as Dean of St. Peter's Cathedral on Likoma Island. He attended Zomba Theological College and Mzuzu University and is currently working on a doctorate degree at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin. Bishop Fanual speaks ten different dialects and travels many miles to rural areas in Malawi in order to serve the people of his diocese.
 
Rev. Tom Malionek
Workshop: Beyond the Shamrock: Preaching, Teaching, and Witnessing to the Holy Trinity


Father Tom Malionek is Rector of Saint Paul's, Kinderhook, and a recovering modalist. (Click the link for a definition and come to the class find out what that really means, and why it matters!) He is still doing penance for that time when he hadn't done his homework for Father Marthaler's class on the Creeds.
 
Rt. Rev. Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Arctic
Workshop: Soul of the Arctic Video


The Rt. Rev. Darren McCartney, is Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic. He was elected and consecrated Bishop of the Arctic in 2012. He is a former Crosslink's missionary, British Army chaplain and rector of Knocknamuckley in our companion diocese, the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland.
 
Rt. Rev. Todd McGregor
Workshop: Evangelism: Recruiting, Training and Deploying Evangelists in Our Diocese and Parishes


Bishop Todd McGregor has been bishop of Toliara in Madagascar since election in 2006. Since 2007 the diocese has increased from 11 churches to 62, from two clergy to ten, and from 300 Christians to 8,000. Bp. Todd has also served as director of Evangelism and Mission in Northern Kenya. Before that he was in Madagascar involved in evangelism, church planting, and started ten dispensaries reaching to tens of thousands of Malagasy. Bishop Todd is a gifted evangelist and Church planter. He has started nearly 100 churches over his missionary career.
 
Rev. Nixon McMillan
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Fr. McMillan has been the Rector of St. Paul's Church in Albany since November 2009. From the age of 14, he has served churches in Canada and the US as a musician, and more recently as a priest. Before coming to Albany, Fr. McMillan and his wife Ann lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Connecticut.
 
Rev. Mark Michael
Workshop: Using the Liturgy for Pastoral Care


Fr. Mark Michael has been rector of Christ Church in Cooperstown for six years and is also an instructor in the Diocesan Deacon Formation Program.
 
Rt. Rev. Harlod Miller
Workshop: The Essence of Evangelicalism


Bishop Harold Miller was born in Belfast. It was at age 15 at a Boys' Brigade camp that he had a life-transforming experience of Christ. Harold studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, but his theological training was at St John's Nottingham. After a curacy near Belfast, he returned to Nottingham as Director of Extension Studies and Chaplain. Returning to Ireland in 1984, Harold spent 5 years as Chaplain at Queen's University and 8 years as rector of a parish in Cork. In February 1997, he was elected Bishop of Down and Dromore by the House of Bishops. In addition to leading the diocese, Bishop Miller is President of Summer Madness, a Vice-President of Tearfund UK and a Member of the council of Evangelical Alliance NI. Within the Church of Ireland he has a particular interest in liturgy and hymnody and was Co-Chair of AMICUM (the Anglican Methodist International Commission on Unity in Mission).
 
Mother Miriam, CSM
Workshop: Building Your House of Prayer upon the Rock


Mother Miriam has been the Superior of the Sisters of St. Mary since 1996 and has given workshops at Convention many times. The Sisters have been at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center since 2003. It is a delight this year to be able to share with the good folks of the Diocese of Albany some of the best of our archival materials telling our mission story from 1865 on.
 
Rev. Ian Montgomery
Workshop: Evangelism: Recruiting, Training and Deploying Evangelists in Our Diocese and Parishes


Fr. Ian Montgomery is a retired priest who serves in the Diocese of Albany as the long-term supply priest at St. Luke's, Cambridge. Prior to coming to Albany, he and his wife Polly served as SAMS missionaries in Peru. Prior to that, both he and Polly have served congregations in New England, the South and the Midwest. Ian was ordained in England and served there before coming to the US. Ian has a passion for mission, missionary work overseas, and the spiritual health of clergy. He serves on the board of SOMA-USA and takes mission trips to wherever he is invited.
 
Rev. Hannah Mudge
Workshop: We Showed Up, We Prayed, God Did Stuff


The Rev. Hannah Mudge grew up in Connecticut and upstate New York. She received a Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in 2010, and moved to Troy to co-found Oaks of Righteousness. Her passions are seeing young people come to know the love of Jesus, music and encouraging creativity and art.
 
Rev. Mike Neufeld
Workshops: The Order of St. Francis, The Welcome Home Initiative©


Fr. Mike Neufeld has been ordained for 21 years. He has served parishes in New Jersey, South Carolina and has spent time as an Army Chaplain prior to his coming to the Diocese of Albany 15 years ago to serve as rector of St. Andrew's in Scotia. He is a member of the Standing Committee and teaches in the Deacon School. He is a member of the Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross and has worked extensively with the Welcome Home Initiative. He is married to The Rev. Ellen C. Neufeld.
 
Rev. Tom Papazoglakis
Workshop: Vestry Retreats at Christ the King


The Rev. Thomas Papazoglakis is rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Malone, NY. He earned an M.Div. in 2002 from Nashotah House Theological Seminary and is currently completing the third year of a D.MIn in Congregational Development there. He is a certified facilitator for the Healthy Congregations Workshop and is certified in conflict mediation through the LMPC Mediation Skills Training Institute. He entered seminary after a twenty-year career as an architect and has also earned an MBA from Tulane University. In addition to thirteen years of experience in working with vestries as a priest, he also has nearly twenty years of experience working with vestries as a lay leader and Vestry Warden.
 
Very Rev. Dr. Steven Peay
Workshop: "...All the Realm Shall Have One Use...": A Survey of the Development and Use of the Book of Common Prayer


The Very Reverend Steven Peay, PhD is the Dean and President and Professor of Homiletics and Church History at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He is a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Albany and a regular contributor to The Albany Episcopalian. Fr. Peay's spiritual journey took several turns before he found his home in the Episcopal Church, starting his ministry as a priest-monk of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA. He was educated at St. Vincent Seminary (where he later taught and was academic dean) and at the University of Pittsburgh and St. Louis University. He is married to Julie, and proud stepfather to two adult sons, Jeremy and Matthew.
 
Rev. Derik Roy
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Fr. Roy has served as Rector at Christ Church in Ballston Spa for 20 years. He began his ministry as Curate at St. Stephen's Church in Delmar, then Christ and St. John's in Rouse's Point, and in Michigan for 14 years. He has always had a passion for church growth and is dedicated to our Diocesan mission of "Disciples Making Disciples." Fr. Roy believes small group ministry is one of the most effective means of achieving that mission. He and his wife Cathy have 10 children and several grandchildren.
 
Sue Ellen Ruetsch
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Sue Ellen grew up in Syracuse, NY and has been a registered nurse for 42 years. She currently works at the NYS Office of Mental Health. Sue Ellen attends Calvary Church in Burnt Hills, where she has been involved in Alpha, Stewardship, Crown Financial Ministries, Daughters of the King and Vestry. She is currently the Director of Christian Education and Formation and has led the Sunday morning adult forum for several years. Sue Ellen has been involved in Cursillo and Healing a Woman's Soul . She is the volunteer coordinator for the Diocesan Convention and a member of the Standing Committee. She has also been elected deputy to three General Conventions.
 
Rev. Jill Stellman
Workshop: Introducing the DASH Event


Mother Jill is currently serving as Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church in Herkimer. In addition, she serves as Communications and Technology Officer for the Diocese of Albany. She has been in the Diocese since 2004 and served at the Cathedral of All Saints before her current parish assignment. Mother Jill was formerly a Software Consultant and Engineer. She and her husband Paul make their home in Richfield Springs.
 
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