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Workshop Presenter Biographies
for the
149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany


Shine!

Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:16


Workshops are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Workshop Presenter Biographies

 
Rebecca Alamillo
Workshop: Shining Light into the Darkness of Domestic Violence


Rebecca Alamillo has been the domestic violence community educator for Columbia and Greene counties for several years. She is also the domestic violence court advocate for both counties. She is active at St. Luke's in Chatham and is the Vice President of the Hudson Valley Deanery.
 
The Rev. Katherine Alonge-Coons
Workshop: Puppets of Grace: Shining in Christ's Love


Mother Kathy serves as Rector at Grace Church, Waterford. She is a bivocational priest who is a licensed clinical social work and Commissioner of Mental Health in Rensselaer County. Much of Mother Kathy's career has been spent in working with children experiencing emotional disturbance. She and others at Grace Church use puppets at Sunday worship and special events to share the joy of Jesus.
 
Ms. Shannon Ames
Workshop: Taizé: Worship in Community


Shannon Ames has worked with the Diocese of Albany in many capacities over the last 5 years - most notably in the youth ministry and Beaver Cross Day Camp programs. After taking six months away to participate on an international mission trip through Youth With A Mission, she found herself back in the capital district - now as parish administrator at St. Paul's Church in Troy and also part-time staff at Oaks of Righteousness. She loves being able to serve the body of Christ through worship and is excited to present Taizé here at Convention.
 
The Rev. James Brisbin
Workshop: Border to Border: Boots on the Ground Ministry


For nearly 20 years, Father James worked in and traveled to virtually every country in Southeast Asia searching for jewelry and handicrafts to sell in the U.S. What he didn't know then was that God was preparing him for a life in ordained ministry, working with and ministering to Southeast Asian refugees. His travel experience has enabled him to lead a growing community of Christian refugees from the Karen, Karenni, and Kachin Burmese ethnic groups who were being resettled in Rensselaer, Albany, and Troy. Now Rector of St. Francis Mission, in the West Hill district of Albany, he leads a congregation that is 95% Burmese refuges. He also heads the Albany Refugee Resettlement Ministry (ARRM) of the Diocese of Albany. He still travels to Southeast Asia, but now it is to visit the nine refugee camps that dot the border between Burma and Thailand.
 
The Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown
Workshop: "Shine!" - What God is Like, and How We Become Like Him


Father Brown is Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Potsdam, Dean of the Saint Lawrence Deanery, Archdeacon, and Canon Theologian for the diocese. Father Brown came to faith in Christ in his early twenties. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary, also in New York City. In his spare time, Father Brown is an accomplished jazz guitarist and an avid reader.
 
Rebbecca Castillo
Workshop: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Shining at Saint Michael's Colonie


Rebbecca is a Schenectady native. A former helicopter electrician in the U.S. Navy, she now works in Malta as a Toxic Gas Logistics Coordinator. Rebbecca grew up Methodist, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and has been a member of Saint Michael's, Colonie for five years. She has taught Sunday School, sung in the choir, participated in outreach, and served on the vestry. She enthusiastically and energetically loves taking care of people and with the innocence of a child at times, showing God's love to others. Rebbecca is the mother of a beautiful nine-year-old daughter, Elaina. She will complete her training to become a Catechist of the Good Shepherd in 2017.
 
The Rev. Mark Chesnut
Workshop: The Bible and Integrity for Men


Fr. Mark Chesnut has been a priest in the Albany Diocese since 2014, currently leading the ministry at the Center for Healing and Spiritual Direction at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Married for 38 years, Mark and his wife, Darlene, have two kids and have shared numerous ministry opportunities, including the healing ministry and serving as Sunday School teachers and superintendents. Before ordination to the priesthood, Father Mark directed his own real estate appraisal business for 28 years, with experience in real estate sales and management as well. Before that, he managed a Christian bookstore for eight years.
 
The Rev. Anne Curtin
Workshop: Shining Light into the Darkness of Domestic Violence


Mother Anne is a teacher, an attorney, and an Episcopal priest. She is the Executive Director of Healing a Woman's Soul, a Christian organization that provides spiritual support to domestic violence victims in shelters and halfway houses and provides education on domestic violence to churches and other organizations. She is associated clergy at Saint Paul's, Kinderhook.
 
The Rev. Lynne Curtis, CSW
Workshop: Pastoring Those Impacted by Addiction


Deacon Lynne has served as a Deacon in the Diocese since 1991, first at St. George's, Clifton Park and then at St. Luke's on the Hill, Mechanicville, where she has been for the last eight years. She worked as a Social Work Supervisor for Hospice of Saratoga for nearly 20 years before retiring to get more involved in ministry both in the parish and as a member of the Healing Team at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. She is now active in recovery and youth ministry at Saint Luke's, and facilitates Comfort For Those Who Mourn, an ecumenical grief support group.
 
Rev. Jean-Jacques Deravil
Workshop: Let Your Light Shine Through the Haiti-Episcopal Church Partnership


Fr. Deravil is a priest of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Haiti, having been ordained in April 1998. He studied Theology for two years in Haiti, and for three years at Codrington College and the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Father Jacques has worked as Priest-in-Charge of churches in many parts of Haiti and was director of Holy Cross Hospital in Leogane for two years (2006-2008). Currently Fr. Deravil has been Priest-in-Charge of Saint-Esprit [Holy Spirit] Parish Church in Las Cahobas and its missions since June 2013. Father Deravil is married to Fenide and they have one daughter.
 
Ms. Sonia Dobson
Workshop: Shining the Light Effectively to Reach the Next Generation


Sonia has been serving at Scripture Union for the past seven years as Northeast Regional Director, with responsibilities for ministry expansion in New York and New England. Born in Jamaica, Sonia accepted the Lord at age eight. As a teen, she was an active volunteer in the Inter Schools Christian Fellowship and Scripture Union office in Kingston, Jamaica. While there, she developed a deep love for missions to youth. Today, Sonia travels the region conducting children's outreach ministry workshops at churches, conferences, and with partner organizations such as The Salvation Army. She has also done workshops at the Children's Pastors' Conference, Urban Youth Workers Conference, and URBANA. Sonia is currently a member of Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains, New York.
 
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Workshop: Having Gifts that Differ

Sister Mary Elizabeth has been a professed member of the Community of Saint Mary for more than 20 years, currently managing the community's farm. She is a member of the Christ the King Healing Team, having studied with Francis and Judith McNutt at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida, and mentored under Father Nigel Mumford during his tenure at Christ the King. She conducts quiet days and retreats and has taught on general topics of Christian Spirituality.
 
The Rev. Dr. Desmond Francis
Workshop: The Fruit of the Holy Spirit as the Distinguishing Mark of Shining for Jesus


Father Desmond is married to Jean Marie and is currently the Rector of Trinity Church, Lansingburg (Troy). Previously, he served the Lord in the Church at both the parish and diocesan levels in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and in India. He has two adult children, Leah and Aaron, and one grandchild, Mylaya Sarita. He graduated with a Doctorate in Christian Missions from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. His pride and passion is to proclaim in word and deed that "Jesus Christ is Lord!"
 
Mrs. Marianne Gorchov
Workshop: Safeguarding God's Children


Marianne Gorchov has more than 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, New York.
 
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.
 
Rev. Karl Griswold-Kuhn
Workshop: The Cranmer Option: An Anglican Perspective on Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option.


Fr. Karl Griswold-Kuhn is the Rector of the Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls. After growing up in a charismatic megachurch for a number of years, he left the church - and his faith - for the next decade. In the Spring of 2008, he took a trip to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York, where he rediscovered his faith and a call to ministry. Fr. Karl was ordained in 2011 and is an associate of Holy Cross Monastery. He is passionate about seeing the church renewed through Biblical teaching, ancient monastic wisdom, and an increased commitment to individual discipleship.
 
Rev. David Haig
Workshops: Pastoring Those Impacted by Addiction


Fr. David Haig is 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, and a priest, he has seen it all! He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Cathy, for the past 35 years. They have three children: Ryan, 33, who is married and they have a little girl; Jesse, 30, who is married and works in the family contracting company; and Shelly, 21, who is attending 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.
 
The Rev. Dr. William R. Hinrichs
Workshop: Keeping Faith in Mind


Father Bill is a graduate of Nashotah House who was ordained in Colorado. He and his family moved to the Diocese of Albany in 1987 when he was called to serve as Rector of Saint John's in Massena. In 1991, he moved to Clifton Park where he served as Rector of Saint George's for 17 years. In 2008 he retired from full time parish ministry and began working for the Alzheimer's Association. From 2009 until 2016 he served part-time at Christ Church in Duanesburg and is currently the Rector of Saint John's in Cohoes. During his tenure in the Diocese, Father Bill has served on the Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Education Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, and has been elected Deputy to General Convention three times. He is a trained Stephen Ministry leader and has served as mentor, diocesan coordinator, and trainer for the Education for Ministry program. He received his D.Min. from Drew University.
 
Mr. John Iseman
Workshop: Leaving a Legacy: Youth Ministry


John is the Youth Ministry Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. John graduated from Colby College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He and his wife Jackie have been married for three years and are blessed to have two children, Eliza and Josiah. John loves working with youth to help them grow in their faith and in their skills and talents to be all God created them to be.
 
The Rev. James Krueger
Workshop: Desert that Blooms, Darkness that Shines: The Way of Contemplation


Father Krueger serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. James' Church in Lake Delaware in the northwestern Catskill Mountains. He is the founder of Mons Nubifer Sanctus, a center dedicated to fostering "full-contact discipleship" centered on training in the contemplative disciplines. Fr. Krueger holds a B.A. in the Humanities with a minor in Writing and Literature, an M.A. in Gerontology and Long-Term Care Management, an M.A. in Theological Studies with a focus in Ascetical Theology and Spiritual Direction, and a certificate in Eastern Orthodox Theology. His inspiration for Mons Nubifer Sanctus grows out of his own sinuous faith journey, which has taken him from a respectable suburban Protestant upbringing to surprising places, including a cave for fasting and prayer in Utah, a Zen Buddhist monastery (where he studied for over 7 years), and overwintering in a tipi in the Catskill Mountains.
 
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand
Workshop: Ministering with Refugees in the Horn of Africa


Bishop Grant is a missionary of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders). He is Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa within the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Bishop Grant lives with his wife, Dr. Wendy, in Gambella, situated on the border between western Ethiopia and South Sudan. His work in empowering leadership in this region includes the founding of Saint Frumentius' Anglican Theological College in Gambella, the establishment of a community health outreach program, the training of clergy, lay leaders and theological students, as well as ministry to diverse people groups including Mabaan, Opo, Nuer, Anuak, Mehenger, Tamakoi, Jumjum, Somali, Oromia, Amharic, and Djiboutian communities. Please pray for the ongoing work in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.
 
Dr. Wendy LeMarquand
Workshops: Lessons in Healing Ministry: Cross Cultural Insights, Ministering with Refugees in the Horn of Africa


Dr. LeMarquand is a missionary of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders). Wendy is a family physician with over 35 years of experience in family medicine, tropical medicine, and village medical practice. Wendy lives with her husband, Bishop Grant, in Gambella, situated on the border between western Ethiopia and South Sudan. Their work in empowering leadership in this region includes the founding of Saint Frumentius' Anglican Theological College in Gambella, the establishment of a Mothers' Union community health outreach program, the training of clergy, lay leaders and theological students, as well as ministry to diverse people groups including Mabaan, Opo, Nuer, Anuak, Mehenger, Tamakoi, Jumjum, Somali, Oromia, Amharic, and Djiboutian communities. Please pray for the ongoing work in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.
 
The Rev. Frank Lockwood
Workshop: Pastoring Those Impacted by Addiction


Fr. Frank is the Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church in Coxsackie. He is married with two adult children and three grandchildren. Fr. Frank works full time during the week providing counseling to those who have the disease of addiction. He is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) as well as a certified Recovery Coach.
 
Mrs. Karen Love
Workshops: Beth Moore's Bible Studies for Women, Youth Bible Study Programs


Karen is a retired military aviator and Air Force officer. She attends St. Mary's Church in Lake Luzerne. Now teaching high school math, she has a passion for teens, mission, and women's Bible Studies. An Associate of the Community of Saint Mary and a member of the Daughters of the King, Karen has participated in youth mission trips to Bolivia, Peru, and Northern Ireland, and a trip to Northern Malawi with the Sisters of St. Mary in Greenwich. She enjoys facilitating Beth Moore Bible studies for women and teen Bible studies at St. Mary's. Karen is married to Bishop Bill Love. They have two adult children, Chris and Catie, and three amazing grandchildren, Peter, Caleb and Nora.
 
Mrs. Gillian Maganda
Workshop: The Church in South Sudan: Reflecting the Light of Christ in the Darkness: Philippians 2:14-16


Mrs. Gillian Maganda is CMS Ireland's Personnel Manager and is responsible for looking after their long-term Mission Partners and short-term volunteers, who minister overseas, as well as overseeing their teams. She also provides HR support for the staff team. Having previously worked as a CMSI Mission Partner in Egypt for 6 years, Gillian is well positioned to help guide those engaging in cross-cultural mission. Prior to working in Egypt, she spent 7 years ministering alongside the Episcopal Church in Northern Sudan, Khartoum and worked with internally displaced people from the South of the country. She has been married to David (originally from Uganda) for 26 years, and they have three grown children: Esther, 25, Beth, 24, and Nathan, 19.
 
Rev. Karen Malcolm
Workshop: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Shining at Saint Michael's Colonie


Deacon Karen Malcolm is Deacon at Saint Michael's, Colonie. She earned her B.A. from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After graduation, she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until she resigned her commission with the rank of Major. She has planned and executed ten-day-long camping trips with forty high school rowers to the Royal Canadian Henley, providing five meals a day with no refrigeration and no one getting ill. Or lost. Deacon Karen has also volunteered at Oaks of Righteousness for almost five years. She and her husband have two daughters.
 
The Rev. Judith Malionek
Workshop: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Shining at Saint Michael's Colonie


Deacon Judith is a Transitional Deacon, currently serving at St. Paul's in Albany. She continues a weekly involvement at St. Michael's, Colonie, in their afterschool program. She has been involved with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 30 years, and has completed all of the trainings for this work. Over the years, Deacon Judith has also worked and ministered in other capacities, including liturgical music, crisis intervention, Christian journalism, and education. She has been married to Father Tom Malionek for 30 years; they have two grown children.
 
The Rev. Patsy McGregor
Workshop: Mission to Madagascar


Mother Patsy is a missionary priest in partnership with the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS-USA), co-founded the ministry of People Reaching People in 1991 and became a missionary of the Episcopal Church to Madagascar. With her husband, Bishop Todd, she served the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean and the Diocese of Antananarivo in a variety of capacities, leading to the establishment of health clinics, a School for Lay Ministry, eleven new churches (including the Cathedral in Mahajanga), and the Ravinala Community, an international, ecumenical, English-speaking church. Later, during their sojourn in Kenya, Patsy managed and expanded Saint Julian's retreat and conference center. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. In 2007, the McGregors returned to Madagascar, and now focus on the most remote and poorest southern territories in the Diocese of Toliara. Evangelism, education, and economic development remain their missionary priorities. The McGregors have two daughters, Corbi and Charese, who accompanied them on their missionary journeys.
 
The Rt. Rev. Todd McGregor
Workshop: Mission to Madagascar


Bishop Tood is Bishop of Toliara, Madagascar. In 1991, with his wife, Mother Patsy, he co-founded the ministry of People Reaching People and became a missionary of the Episcopal Church to Madagascar, beginning in Antananarivo and extending into remote areas of the eastern rain forest. After moving to Kenya in 2002, he became the Director of Mission and Evangelism in Northern Kenya and adjunct instructor of Church Growth, Evangelism, and Leadership at Saint Paul's United Theological College in Limuru. In 2006, Bishop Todd was consecrated Missionary Bishop to southern Madagascar, and the McGregors returned there in 2007. Starting with only 350 parishioners in 11 Anglican communities, together Bishop Todd and Mother Patsy now serve 7,000-9,000 faithful in more than 80 parishes. In 2009, People Reaching People embarked on a partnership with the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS-USA). In 2013, Todd became the first bishop of the nearly created diocese of Toliara. He also serves as chair of the provincial department for Evangelism and Mission and the department of Theological Education.
 
Ann McMillan
Workshop: Prayer Shawl Ministry - Knitting into the Mystery


Ann has been in the Diocese of Albany for 7 and a half years as a member of St. Paul's, Albany, where her husband is the Rector. She has served on the Great Chapter of the Cathedral of All Saints and also on the Commission on Ministry. She was a nurse in her professional life and was drawn to prayer shawl ministry as a means of providing comfort to parishioners. She has had the pleasure of starting many such groups in churches that she and her husband have served and is blessed to see the power of prayer realized on both sides of the shawls.
 
The Very Rev. Nixon McMillan
Workshop: Pastoring Those Impacted by Addiction


Father McMillan has been the Rector of St. Paul's Church in Albany since November 2009. Over the last decade, he has been involved in the lives and recovery of persons addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, and work - material solutions to spiritual problems. His own routine includes three twelve-step meetings a week, and daily readings, quiet time, and contact with a sponsor and sponsees. He grew up in Northern Ontario, the oldest, least handy, and least useful of four sons, and thus typically given jobs like ordering pizza and cleaning up. This background fitted him for an entry-level job with the Miley House Men (below). With them, and later with the men of Saint Paul's Education Wing, he was given greater responsibility, including power tools (a palm sander and something he can't remember the name of). He also got a white hard hat with a cross on the front, in view of his designation as "contractor" by the city of Albany. Now the other workers compliment him for having the only clean hard hat on site.
 
Miley House Men
Workshop: An Urban Challenge: Building Men


Jeff Vunck, Project Manager; Kurt Mason, Building Expert; Bill Clark, Shop and Building Teacher; Bill Neville, General Expert; Mike DeJulio, Head Laborer; Dan Halloran, Second Laborer; Fr. David Haig, Building Construction Professional; Brian Kivilahti, The Next Generation
 
The Rev. Darius Mojallali
Workshop: Sing to the Lord an Old Song: Leading Traditional Hymns with Guitar Accompaniment - For singers and guitar players


Father Darius has served as rector of two parishes, St. John's in Delhi and St. Peter's in Hobart, since 2011. Before that, he served a parish in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts (2008-2010), St. Stephen's in Delmar (1988-2008), St. Paul's in Greenwich, and St. Paul's in Salem (1983-1988). He was ordained in the Diocese of Albany in 1983. Father Darius is married to Stephanie. They have four children and four grandchildren. He has played the violin for 56 years and guitar for 52 years. Since his ordination, he has led contemporary praise and worship music in the diocese in various ways.
 
The Rev. Dr. Ellen C. Neufeld
Workshop: Opening the Ears of the Heart: Discerning, Receiving, and Using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives


Mother Neufeld has been a priest for 23 years. After working in the dioceses of Atlanta, South Carolina, Upper South Carolina, and Newark, she has served in the Diocese of Albany for 17 years - since 2000. She has a master's degree in Christian Spirituality from Fordham University and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, in 2016. She assisted Mother Laurie Garramone for many years in equipping our diocese for Christian Education, including teaching the "Disciple" program, and has taught and helped to form our Deacons-in-Training since 2001. Mother Ellen has also been learning and growing in the field of prayer for healing, especially inner healing. She loves to be involved with people in their process of learning and growing in their relationships with the Lord, and will be offering some seminars on this in Autumn 2017.
 
Rev. Dr. Michael O'Donnell
Workshop: Shining as a Dad: For Fathers and the Women and Children Who Love Them


The Rev. Dr. Michael O'Donnell, Ph.D., is Rector of Saint John's, Ogdensburg. He and Rachel, a school administrator with BOCES of NY, have been married 30 years. They have two married children and a granddaughter. Fr. Michael is the best-selling author of What a Son Needs from His Dad (Baker), as well as a series of books, including Home from Oz (Word Publishing Group), written following the death of the O'Donnells' two-month-old daughter in 1991. Before coming to the Diocese of Albany, Fr. Michael was Priest-in-Charge of a cardinal parish in the Diocese of Colorado, where he was also named Senior Fellow of the Focus on the Family Institute. Prior to his ordination in the Episcopal Church in 2000, he pastored a large seeker church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He is co-founder and senior editor of co-founder and senior editor for Early Faith for Today, a soon-to-be-launched web site that will feature the Early Church Fathers.
 
The Rt. Rev. David Parsons
Workshop: Discipleship Jesus' Way: The 3 - 12 - 70 Plan


Bishop Parsons, a northern Labradorean, began a life of travel, touring Canada and Costa Rica. Rita, who hails from the prairies of Saskatchewan, loved the idea of adventure, and spent a year experiencing life in Europe's Mediterranean islands and North Africa before moving to the Canadian Arctic. A few years later, David showed up next door to Rita. David brought his neighbor, Rita, two loaves of freshly baked bread. Two years later they were married and on an extended honeymoon, living the life of leisure, traveling the world by van. In southern Portugal, God showed up, knocked on the door of their life, explaining that they were outside His will, heading down the wrong road, and called them to the greatest of all adventures as disciples of Jesus who teach others to be disciples. The Parsons have three adventurous sons who love Jesus.
 
Donna Rogers
Workshop: Prayer Shawl Ministry - Knitting into the Mystery


Donna attends St. Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville. About 12 years ago, she became aware of the impact of blessed shawls on the people who receive them. She believes shawls are an immediate connection of prayer and comfort, and that the knitters also have been blessed in this ministry. She learned to knit during high school and concentrated on afghans, primarily Irish knit patterns which tell a 'story' with the choice of stitches. Knitting is both relaxing and stimulating at the same time for her. As retired high school teachers from Central New York, she and her husband Paul moved to this area 15 years ago and came to St. Luke's on the Hill in 2014, helping in choir, shawls, and vestry. She and Carol Dorn 'refreshed' the shawl ministry program in 2015, concentrating on both shawls and pocket prayers. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, and UAlbany. She and her husband have two grown daughters and four delightful grandchildren.
 
Mr. Alex Rohr
Workshop: Taizé: Worship in Community


Alex Rohr thoroughly enjoys traveling and any creative activity, and has no idea what's going on in his life currently. He graduated from RPI with a bachelor's degree in Architecture. Since graduating in 2013, he has worked as a taxi driver, Beaver Cross counselor and intern, as well as a Chipotle restaurant crew member, all of which have taught him different facets of faith in Christ. He is capable and finds worth in visual arts, music composition and performance, writing and also providing balanced, constructive critique of creative works. Lately he has been a volunteer at Christ Church, Ballston Spa, for weekly high school and middle school youth groups, as well as with Oaks of Righteousness, where he helps with weekly Bible studies and monthly Taizé services.
 
Dr. Michael Staples
Workshop: Shining the Light Effectively to Reach the Next Generation


Dr. Michael Staples, President of Scripture Union, has broad experience as a missionary, educator, community development director, and mobilizer of volunteers to work with youth and children. A graduate of Erskine Seminary, he earned a doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Development at Fuller Seminary, then served as an associate pastor in South Carolina, focusing on Christian Education, Youth Ministries, and Training. As a missionary in South Africa, Michael worked with street children during the early years of the Mandela administration. In India, he helped establish a program and facilities to reach at-risk families, including 200 children of prostitutes, with education, health care, and job training. He also served as Regional Director for Global University in India. As a professor at Southeastern University, he involved students in a home for disadvantaged youth that he directed. Michael is passionate about seeing U.S. churches connect with God through the Scriptures and develop a passion and heart for reaching their communities; and children in particular.
 
The Rev. Donna Howard Steckline
Workshop: Mission to Madagascar


Deacon Donna is Deacon-Vicar of Christ Church, Gilbertsville. Together with her husband, Kevin, she has been active on the Diocesan Mission Board and has participated in short-term overseas missions, having been involved in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, the Hudson Bay area, South Sudan, and now Madagascar. She also participates in joint efforts with our partner diocese of Down & Dromore. Donna and Kevin have two grown children, Emily and Christopher.
 
Kevin Steckline, P.A.
Workshop: Mission to Madagascar


Kevin is a parishioner at Christ Church, Gilbertsville. He is a Physician Assistant and has been in practice for almost 36 years. Together with his wife, Deacon Donna, Kevin has been active on the Diocesan Mission Board and has participated in short-term overseas missions, having been involved in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, the Hudson Bay area, South Sudan, and now Madagascar. He also participates in joint efforts with our partner diocese of Down & Dromore. Kevin and Donna and have two grown children, Emily and Christopher.
 
The Rt. Rev. John T. Tarrant, Bishop of South Dakota
Workshop: The Light Shines in the Darkness


Bishop Tarrant was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of South Dakota on October 31, 2009, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He became Diocesan Bishop on February 2, 2010. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952 and raised in rural Michigan. He is a lifelong Episcopalian, nurtured in the faith at St. John the Baptist Church in Otter Lake, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a B.A. degree and received his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1983. He has served congregations in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and South Dakota. He has spent most of his baptized and ordained ministry serving in small Episcopal churches. He and his wife Pat have been married since 1990. Combined they have eleven grown children. Their daughter Jessica lives with them in Pierre, South Dakota.
 
The Rev. Kino Vitet
Workshop: The Ministry of Educating


Father Vitet is a priest of the Diocese of Albany and is Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark's Church, Brooklyn, New York, and Headmaster of Saint Mark's Day School. Fr. Vitet holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, an MSc. in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics, an M.A. Economics from Fordham University, and an M.Div. from Yale University.
 
The Rev. Sue Waldron
Workshop: The Call to Forgive


Mother Sue joined St. Peter's Church in Albany in 2008 and now serves as Associate Rector there. Earlier in life, she earned a B.S. from SUNY Empire State College. While working as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for the state of New York, she discerned a call to ministry and graduated in May, 2008 from Nashotah House with a Master of Divinity. Mother Sue is a long-time member of the Daughters of the King, a world-wide Anglican Prayer order. She also acts as a spiritual director and serves the Diocese of Albany as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry, and also a Homiletics Instructor in the Diocesan Deacon school. In her spare time, Mother Sue enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her grown daughter, Victoria, and their pets.
 
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