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Workshop Presenter Biographies
for the
148th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany


Abide in Christ
Bear Fruit
Glorify God


Workshops are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Workshop Presenter Biographies

 
Mrs. Linda Abwa
Workshop: Endurance, Relationship and Hope: What Our Partners in Maridi Teach Us About Mission


Linda served in mission outreach to people living with HIV in Nigeria for twelve years, before returning to Northern Ireland in September 2015 to take up her Partnership Coordinator role with CMS Ireland. She now coordinates partnerships between the Church in Ireland and Dioceses in South Sudan, DR Congo and the Diocese of Egypt. A visit to South Sudan has been one of the highlights of her role with CMS Ireland so far. She is married and is the mother of six-year-old twins who love to hear the stories of her travels in Africa.
 
Ms. Rebecca Alamillo
Workshop: Domestic Violence: Responding With Faith


Rebecca Alamillo is a life long parishioner of St. Luke's Church in Chatham. Professionally she is the Shelter Coordinator and Greene County Non-Residential Service Coordinator for Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence.
 
Mr. Caleb Ames
Workshop: Hear From Our Youth!


Mr. Caleb Ames is the Program Director for Beaver Cross Camps and is the Youth Events and Activities Coordinator for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
 
Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown
Workshop: Abide With Me: Making Sense of John's Gospel


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.
 
Mr. Tim Burns
Workshop: Try and Fail and Go Again...


Tim Burns is the Diocesan Youth Officer for Down and Dromore and has been in that role for nearly two years. He works alongside youth workers and volunteers, supporting them and developing youth initiatives that complement what happens in parishes. Before that Tim spent 8 years working with a church in Dublin as a youth pastor. He is passionate about seeing young people know Jesus and giving everything they have to following him. Tim is married to Leah and they have a two-year-old son, Seth.
 
Rev. Mark Chesnut
Workshops: Foundations: Do You Need Them?, Healing Prayer: You Can Do It!


Fr. Mark Chesnut currently assists at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, especially within the Healing Center. He has served as Deacon and Curate at St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown, NY, and for many years attended Christ Church in Schenectady, NY with his wife Darlene and two children, where he had extensive experience in the healing and prayer ministries, and Sunday School.
 
Mr. Timothy Condon
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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: Domestic Violence: Responding With Faith


Mother Anne Curtin is the Executive Director of Healing a Woman's Soul, Inc., which ministers to women who are victims of domestic violence in halfway houses, domestic violence shelters and parishes. She is an Episcopal priest.
 
Rev. Lynne Curtis, CSW
Workshop: Bishop's Call: Spare God's Children


Deacon Lynne Curtis, CSW serves at St Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville where she co-leads both St Luke's VBS and Youth Group downtown in the housing projects. Before working for nearly 20 years as a Social Work Supervisor for Hospice of Saratoga, she worked as a school social worker in 3 elementary schools in Scotia, NY.
 
Chaplain Noel Dawes
Workshops: Welcome Veterans, Welcome Healing, What's New In Alpha: New Ways To Introduce and Grow Christianity


Chaplain Noel Dawes, a former British Army infantry officer, has four combat deployments in the Northern Ireland 'Troubles' under his belt. He deployed operationally numerous times around the world to other troublesome places, keeping the peace. During 30 years of active duty, he continually prepared for warlike operations and trained others for the same. His wife, Meryl, actively supported him for over 23 years. They have been involved in the healing ministry for 26 years, including helping to lead and organize about 23 Welcome Home Initiative© retreats since 2008. Noel and Meryl worship at St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne and live in Glens Falls. Noel and Meryl have been missionaries with ACCTS (accts.org) to the armed forces of the world since leaving active duty in 1994.
 
Ms. Sonia Dobson
Workshop: Participating In Christ's Mission; Identifying With His Heart


Sonia Dobson has been serving at Scripture Union for the past seven years as the Northeast Regional Director with responsibilities for ministry expansion in the eight states between New York and Maine. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Sonia accepted the Lord at age 8. As a teen, she was an active volunteer in the Inter Schools Christian Fellowship and Scripture Union office in Kingston, Jamaica and while there developed a deep love for missions to youth.
 
Sr. Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Workshop: Thoughts Matter: Holiness and the Renewal of Our Minds

Sister Mary Elizabeth has been a Sister of the Community of St. Mary for twenty-five years. She is the manager of St. Mary's on-the-Hill farm, raising cashmere goats and working with local youth. She is presently on leave from the Healing Team at Christ the King while she provides care for a senior sister living at a distance from the convent.
 
Rev. Scott Evans
Workshops: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2), What's New In Alpha: New Ways To Introduce and Grow Christianity

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. Desmond Francis
Workshop: The Meaning, The Model and The Method of Glorifying God


The Revd. Dr. Desmond Charles Francis is the 16th Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansingburg/Troy. He is married to Jean Marie and the father of two adult children, Lean and Aaron and one grandchild, Malayah. Desmond has previously served parishes in India, and in the U.S. in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Besides playing tennis, doing some gardening, and working out at the gym, Desmond's passion, pride and prayer is to tell the world about the unchanging person - the Lord Jesus Christ and about His unshakeable Kingdom - the Kingdom of God!
 
Rev. Nancy Goff
Workshop: Bishop's Call: Spare God's Children


Deacon Nancy Goff has served in hospital ministry since 1999. In May of 2014, she accepted the position as Coordinator of the Pastoral Care Department at Glens Falls Hospital. She also serves as Deacon Associate for The Churches of the Adirondack Mission.
 
Mrs. Marianne Gorchov
Workshop: Safeguarding God's Children


Marianne 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. She and her husband, Rev. Michael Gorchov, has been providing sex abuse prevention training in the Diocese of Albany for 12 years.
 
Rev. Michael Gorchov
Workshop: Safeguarding God's Children


Fr. Michael Gorchov is the rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy. Before he entered the ministry, he had many years of experience in the field of human services, primarily as a substance abuse counselor. He and his wife, Marianne Gorchov, has been providing sex abuse prevention training in the Diocese of Albany for 12 years.
 
Rev. Karl Griswold-Kuhn
Workshop: What's New In Alpha: New Ways To Introduce and Grow Christianity


Fr. Karl Griswold-Kuhn came to Glens Falls in August of 2014 and is the Rector of The Church of the Messiah. Before coming to Messiah, Fr. Karl was the rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kinderhook, where he and his wife Jen spent three years ministering to the people of Columbia County. Karl received his MDiv. from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate in Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School. Fr. Karl is now an associate of Holy Cross Monastery as well as a member of the Society of Catholic Priests.
 
Mrs. Debby Gross
Workshop: The Heart of Renewed Discipleship is Obedience


Debby Gross is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. She has led a Discovery Bible Study group and has mentored many other women in following the Lord in a daily, practical way based upon the Word of God as living and true.
 
Rev. Dr. Ed Gross
Workshops: Discovery Bible Study: A Way of Making Disciples for Jesus
(Plenary Session 1) Can the Western Church Be Saved?

Ed serves as Coordinator of International Discipleship Renewal with CityNet Ministries. Ed received his doctoral degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1988, the same year he began his publishing career. He has served as a pastor, a missionary, a church planter and a seminary educator. He travels several times annually to Europe and Africa offering RBDs (Renewals of Biblical Discipleship) focusing on New Testament Discipleship. His most recent books are the following: Are You a Christian or a Disciple? (published in 2014) and Disciples Obey (published in 2016). Ed has been married to Debby for 40 years. They have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
 
Rev. David Haig
Workshops: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2), Embracing the Recovery Community
Fr. David Haig the Rector of St. Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville. As a trained actor and director, a professional singer, and for the past 27 years a business owner, a licensed builder, a husband and father, a recovering alcoholic and a priest, he has seen it all! He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Cathy, for the past 32 years. They have three "children", Ryan, who is married and lives in Glens Falls, Jesse, who is married and works in the family contracting company, and Shelly, who attends Liberty University. As part of Fr. Dave's ministry at St. Luke's, he has engaged with the Recovery Community with many becoming wonderful members of the parish community. The mission field is ripe for harvest.
 
Mrs. Sue Hall
Workshop: The Heart of Renewed Discipleship is Obedience


Sue Hall is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. She has led a Discovery Bible Study group and has mentored many other women in following the Lord in a daily, practical way based upon the Word of God as living and true.
 
Rev. Dr. Leander Harding
Workshop: Fresh Expressions: An Approach to Evangelism and Church Growth


Fr. Leander Harding has been in ordained ministry as a priest in the Episcopal Church for more than thirty years and is currently rector of St. Luke's, Catskill. He studied religion and literary criticism at New College of Florida and graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with a 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 and guest preacher and author.
 
Rev. Canon Mark Harvey
Workshop: From the Inside Out: The Gifts of the Spirit in Practice


Canon Mark Harvey has been a priest in the Church of Ireland for over 20 years, and has led his present parish since 2005. He is married to Joanne and they have a daughter, Lydia, who is 12. This is his first visit to Albany, and he is in the diocese this month as part of a sabbatical.
 
Mrs. Pam Hastings
Workshop: The Heart of Renewed Discipleship is Obedience


Pam Hastings is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. She has led a Discovery Bible Study group and has mentored many other women in following the Lord in a daily, practical way based upon the Word of God as living and true.
 
Rt. Rev. Dan Herzog
Workshop: Healing & Holiness: Crockpots and Microwaves


Bishop Dan Herzog has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He has served as a priest in settings as varied as small towns, rural villages and inner city. He was bishop of Albany from 1997 to 2007, during which time the diocese established Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and its Oratory of Christ the Healer. Since January 2014 he has served as Chaplain of Christ the King and now also serves as Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. He and Carol Herzog, his partner-in-ministry, have been married for over 50 years. They have five children and fourteen grandchildren. In retirement, Bp. Dan continues in ministry as a retreat and conference leader and spiritual director.
 
Ms. Julie Hintz
Workshop: Messy Church


Julie Hintz is the U.S. East Coast Regional Coordinator for Messy Church. She came to Albany about 7 months ago via 10 years of mission work in Nepal and Pakistan and 22 years in Christchurch, New Zealand. In New Zealand. Julie worked for ++Philip, serving as the National Children and Families Enabler for the Anglican Church, and was the national Messy Church team leader. She started her first Messy Church in 2011 and has been supporting and training Messy teams since then. Julie has 6 grown children, spread around the world, and one gorgeous wee grandson. She loves reading, meeting people, gardening and dogs.
 
Ven. Harvey Huth
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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.
 
Ms. Rachel Irish
Workshop: What Does It Take To Become a Diocesan Evangelist?


Rachel Irish is a single mother of three children. After a difficult childhood and marriage, Rachel finally surrendered her life to God. From that moment he hasn't stopped blessing her life. Her desire is to share that same love with people who are also struggling through life so that they can feel what it is to be truly alive in Christ Jesus.
 
Mr. John Iseman
Workshop: Hear From Our Youth!


Mr. John Iseman is the Youth Ministry Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and Beaver Cross Camps Overnight Camp Director. John graduated from Colby College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He and his wife Jackie have been married for two years and are blessed to have a beautiful one year old daughter named Eliza. John enjoys reading, learning, and playing just about any sport.
 
Rev. Frank Lockwood
Workshop: Addicition: A Pastoral Approach


Fr. Frank Lockwood is Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church in Coxsackie and works full-time during the week in Albany as counselor for an addictions program. He is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and has been working with those who struggle with addictions of varying sorts for the past 13 years.
 
Rt. Rev. Bill Love
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

Bishop Bill is the Ninth Bishop of Albany. He was ordained a deacon in 1991 and a priest in 1992. Bishop Bill served as a curate at the Cathedral of All Saints for a year, then became rector of St. Mary's Church in Lake Luzerne, where he served for 14 years. He was consecrated bishop on September 16, 2006 and has served the Diocese as a Bishop ever since.
 
Mrs. Karen Love
Workshop: What's New In Alpha: New Ways To Introduce and Grow Christianity


Karen Love attends St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne. A high school Math teacher, she has a passion for teens, mission and women's Bible Studies. An Associate of the Community of St Mary, Karen has participated in youth mission trips to Bolivia, Peru and Northern Ireland, and a recent trip to Northern Malawi with the Sisters. She recently co-led a Youth Alpha program with Chap. Noel Dawes.
 
Rev. Tom Malionek
Workshop: Vine Ripened: What Christian Maturity Looks Like & How to Achieve It


Rev. Tom Malionek is the Rector of Saint Paul's, Kinderhook. He looks forward to growing up before he grows old.
 
Mr. Steve McGrattan
Workshop: All Who Wander Are Not Lost...But They Will Be Soon


Steve McGrattan is a long time member of St. John's Church in Johnstown. His current church involvement includes Vestry, Choir, Men's Quartet, and Family Ministry. Interests outside church are many, including kayaking, camping, boating, and coaching youth lacrosse. Steve is a former licensed NYS Outdoor Guide and currently teaches map and compass classes for Nathan Littauer Health Link. His current passions center on leadership, purpose and direction. Steve, Cheryl and Rory McGrattan live in Fonda.
 
Mr. Leslie McKeag
Workshop: What Does It Take To Become a Diocesan Evangelist?


Leslie McKeag is employed as a civil servant working in Stormont Castle in Belfast, in the office of the First and Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland. Leslie was introduced to 'Though Faith Missions' by a visiting preacher and then 'New Wine Ireland'. An encounter with God through his participation in a mission called 'Walk Cornwall 2' was transformational. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren.
 
Very Rev. Nixon McMillan
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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. Alistair Morrison
Workshop: Fresh Expressions: An Approach to Evangelism and Church Growth


Rev. Alistair Morrison, until very recently, was a priest working as a Curate Assistant in Ballyholme Parish in Bangor, Northern Ireland. In April just past, he and Mtr. Laurie Garramone were married in St John's, Johnstown. Before ordination, Alistair worked in the world of architectural conservation, including the restoration of historic churches. Alistair has an interest in men's ministry, and in 2012 his MTh dissertation, "The New Masculinity Movement: A Viable Model for Engaging Men with God and Church?" was published by the Church of Ireland as part of its Braemor Studies Series.
 
Rev. Hannah Mudge
Workshop: Bishop's Call: Spare God's Children


Mtr. Hannah Mudge was ordained a priest in 2010, and has been working with inner city youth in Troy, NY since 2011. She is co-founder of Oaks of Righteousness Ministry in Troy. Mtr. Hannah especially loves getting the kids into nature, gardening, and creative ways of experiencing the Gospel.
 
Rev. Ellen C. Neufeld
Workshop: From Confusion to Fruit: How to Discern Spiritual Gifts


Mtr. Ellen Neufeld has been a priest for 22 years and has been a part of the Albany Diocese for 16 years. She taught theology at St. Peter's College in New Jersey for many years and has been actively involved with adult Christian education as well as the teaching and training of deacons and priests in our diocese. She recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA by writing a thesis on the use and discernment of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Albany.
 
Rev. Mike Neufeld
Workshop: Addicition: A Pastoral Approach


Fr. Mike Neufeld has served as Rector of St Andrew's Church in Scotia since the year 2000. Before coming here, he served parishes in New Jersey and South Carolina and for 3 years was a Chaplain in the Army. He has been active in working with vets as part of the Welcome Home Initiative©.
 
Very Rev. Derik Roy
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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.
 
Rev. Joey Royal
Workshop: Theological Education in Arctic Canada


Rev. Joey Royal lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is the Director of Arthur Turner Training School. He is married to Jennifer and they have one child (Benjamin, age 3).
 
Mrs. Sue Ellen Ruetsch
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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.
 
Dr. Michael Staples
Workshop: Participating In Christ's Mission; Identifying With His Heart


Dr. Michael Staples, VP National Field Director, is responsible for building an effective and profitable Field Ministries unit within Scripture Union USA. This includes implementation of Scripture Union's Regional Ministry Strategy in 8-10 regions, supervising all field staff and enabling them to meet or exceed Scripture Union's 7 Criteria for Regional Ministries. In addition, he has financial responsibility for the Field Ministries unit, and is actively involved in fund raising at the local and national levels.
 
Rev. Jill Stellman
Workshop: The Dash Event: Sharing the Gospel with the Un-Churched in a Comfortable Setting
(Plenary Session 2)

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 Software Developer.
 
Mr. Tom Tacconelli
Workshop: Making Disciples of Jesus Among the Least and the Lost


Tom Tacconelli coordinates intercessory prayer for Pilgrim Church and is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. He lives in the Boxborough area of Philadelphia and is a leader in the disciple-making movement in the Delaware Valley. He is eager to share how the Lord uses Discovery Bible Studies to change lives by following Jesus.
 
Mr. Dan Towner
Workshop: Making Disciples of Jesus Among the Least and the Lost


Dan Towner serves at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church and is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. He lives in the Boxborough area of Philadelphia and is a leader in the disciple-making movement in the Delaware Valley. He is eager to share how the Lord uses Discovery Bible Studies to change lives by following Jesus.
 
Mrs. Lillian Towner
Workshop: Making Disciples of Jesus Among the Least and the Lost


Lillian Towner serves at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church and is on the CityNet Ministries Mission Team from Philadelphia. She lives in the Boxborough area of Philadelphia and is a leader in the disciple-making movement in the Delaware Valley. She is eager to share how the Lord uses Discovery Bible Studies to change lives by following Jesus.
 
Pastor Jim Wolford
Workshop: My Hope: A Proven Approach To Evangelism In The Local Church


Pastor Jim Wolford has served as the founding pastor of Gallupville Gospel Church since its inception in September of 1978. He has traveled to Scotland, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Cuba and has ministered at retreats, camps and conferences, pouring into the lives of every generation. In addition to serving the local church, Pastor Jim also serves as the Albany Field Representative for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, working in the My Hope project, and Decision America Tour coming to Albany August 25th, 2016. He is married to his wife, Colleen, and has three children. Pastor Jim enjoys walking and running, history, downhill skiing, reading, farming, seeking God's Kingdom, winning souls, and raising up leaders.
 
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