Joel C. Daniels is Associate for Evangelism at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. As Associate for Evangelism, he coordinates the parish’s adult education offerings and assists with inviting, orienting, and integrating new persons into the parish. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Father Daniels is also a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Mind and Culture, assistant editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior, and a visiting scholar at Boston University, from which he received his doctorate in 2014. His book Theology, Tragedy, and Suffering in Nature: Toward a Realist Doctrine of Creation was published in 2016. He serves on the Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese of New York, focusing on dialogue with the Eastern churches. In addition to Boston University, he is also a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and Columbia University.
Molly Field James is an Episcopal priest who serves on the Bishops’ Staff as the Dean for Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter (UK). She holds a MDiv from Yale Divinity School. She is an Associate Priest at Christ Church Cathedral and Grace Church in Hartford, Connecticut. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Hartford Seminary and the University of St. Joseph. Previously, she has served as a parish priest and a hospital chaplain. Her husband, Reade, is a mechanical engineer, and they have two children, Katherine who was born in October of 2010, and Halsted who was born in April of 2014. In addition to ministry and education, Molly loves cooking, reading, films and spending time in the splendor of God’s Creation.
H. Peter Kang currently serves as a clergy consultant for a University of Southern California research study of Religious Development in Later Life and a supply priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Prior to this, he was the Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Saint Francisville, Louisiana and a staff chaplain at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (aka “Angola”). He has a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Virginia and an M.Div. from Bexley-Seabury Seminary. Peter and his wife, Samantha, live in Santa Barbara, where she is enrolled as a graduate student in Religious Studies at UCSB.
Rachel Kessler is priest-in-charge of Harcourt Parish and chaplain of Kenyon College. She is an alumna of Kenyon College, majoring in English and philosophy. After college, Rachel moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she earned her Master’s of Divinity from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in 2011. Rachel was ordained a deacon in 2011 and a priest in 2012 within the Anglican Church of Canada. She was appointed priest-in-charge of Harcourt Parish and chaplain at Kenyon College in the fall of 2015. Before attending seminary, Rachel earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, specializing in Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking, books and movies, obscure board games and hanging out with her border collie/lab/beagle mix Bilbo.
Walter Knowles is an independent scholar, priest, and liturgical musician in Everett, WA, an exurb of Seattle. His research centers on the intersection of music, theology, and liturgy, particularly in late antiquity and medieval Europe. As a participant in the “academic gig marketplace”, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Saybrook University, and also teaches at the Séminaire de Théologie Eglise Épiscopale d’Haïti. Walt is an active publishing member of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, Societas Liturgica, and the North American Academy of Liturgy. His last major article was “A method in their praxis” in Worship. He is a priest associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, and actively performs, conducts, and leads worship as an organist and conductor.
Lyndon Shakespeare is an Episcopal Priest who has served parishes in Washington, DC, Virginia, New Jersey, and Long Island. From 2011–2013, Lyndon was the Director of Program and Ministry at Washington National Cathedral. As a scholar-priest, he teaches and publishes in the areas of theological anthropology and ecclesiology. His PhD thesis, written while as a member of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, has been published in the Veritas series of Cascade Books with the title, Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management.
Kara N. Slade currently serves as Theologian in Residence and Associate at Trinity Parish, Princeton, and the Episcopal Church at Princeton, the campus ministry serving Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College. She is also finishing her PhD in Christian theology and ethics in the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke, with research interests that include Karl Barth, Søren Kierkegaard, the ethics of science and technology, and medical ethics. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering (and served on the faculty there) before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as a research engineer. Her dissertation is focused on theological engagements with modern, scientific narratives of time. She has served on the pastoral staff of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, as well as in suburban and rural parishes in North Carolina and Alabama.
The Rev. Shawn Strout is a PhD candidate at The Catholic University of America in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology. He is working on his dissertation, researching the topic of the history and theology of the offertory rite in Anglicanism. In Spring 2017, he began as a Teaching Fellow at CUA. He also works as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and adjunct faculty for The Stevenson School for Ministry. Rev. Strout is a 2012 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. He also holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Bible. He was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in June 2012 and as a priest in January 2013. He currently serves as the Assistant Priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. In his spare time, Fr. Shawn loves to read, watch sci-fi movies and television shows, travel and take his two border collies on long walks in the woods.
John B. Switzer is Professor of Theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he also serves as founding Director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding. He formerly served as Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry. His teaching has twice been recognized with institutional awards; his article on the use of Augustine’s Confessions in freshmen theological studies recently appeared in Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education published by the association Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion. He is a transitional deacon in the Diocese of Mississippi and serves as the diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer. John is an oblate-member of the Benedictine Community of St. Joseph. His wife, Patsy, is chef-owner of Lagniappe Restaurant and Catering, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. His academic credentials include an interdisciplinary PhD in theology and education from Boston College.
The Rev. Dr. David A. Zwifka serves as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lewistown, PA. He has been active in ordained ministry in the diocese since he was licensed in 2008. Since coming to the diocese, Father Zwifka has been active on various diocesan commissions and committees [Congregational Development Commission (old iteration), Commission on Liturgy and Music (now the Committee for Liturgy and Music), Ad Hoc Commission on Same Gender Blessings]. He served as Director of the Office of Finance and Diocesan Administration from 2011-2013. Since 2008 he has served as a member of the faculty in the Stevenson School for Ministry and currently leads the formation section for ministry interns. Most recently, he began service on the Diocesan Formation and Mission Commission. His education has included studies at the Catholic University of America (JCD), Christ the King Seminary (MAT/MDiv), and Houghton College (BA).