Officers - The following persons are offered for election for one-year terms. The Constitution limits serving in the same office to no more than six years in succession.
President: The Rev. Robyn Neville has been President since 2016. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the HSEC Grants Committee from 2012 to 2016. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church since 2003, Robyn is currently serving as a chaplain, a pastoral counselor to young women who are transitioning out of the foster care system, and as a theological educator in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. She has held positions as a Visiting Professor of Ecclesiastical History at General Seminary, as a Visiting Instructor of Church History at Emory University, and as an Adjunct Professor of Church History at the Sewanee School of Theology at the University of the South. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. She is a graduate of Harvard (Th.M., Divinity School), Virginia Theological Seminary (M.Div. with honors in Church History), and the College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.A. with Honors in Religious Studies). She has recently been appointed as the Dean and Director of the Center for Christian Formation and Leadership, the diocesan school of theology of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Her publications include a chapter on the Anglican Church in Ireland in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion and two chapters on the Eucharist in early medieval Ireland in the anthology, Treasures of Irish Christianity: People and Places, Images and Texts.
First Vice President: Dr. J. Michael Utzinger has been First Vice-President since 2016 and has served as Secretary. Mike is the Elliot Professor of Religion and at Hampden-Sydney College. He is a member of Johns Memorial Church, Farmville, VA and is active in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University (B.A.), Yale (M.Div.), and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.).
Second Vice President: The Rev. Dr.Robert W. Prichard has been Second Vice President since 2016. Bob served as a Board Member (1996-2002), First Vice President (2005-10) and President (2010-2016). He served as a professor of Church History at the Virginia Theological Seminary from 1983 to 2019. He is author or editor of nine books, including A History of the Episcopal Church and is a graduate of Princeton (A.B.), Berkeley at Yale (M.Div.), and Emory (Ph.D.).
Secretary: Dr. Pamela Cochran has been Secretary since 2016 and has served as First Vice-President. Pam is a professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. She has taught at the University of Virginia, Sewanee: the University of the South and School of Theology, and Bethel Seminary. She is author of Evangelical Feminism: A History, as well as numerous articles and book chapters at the intersection of Christian feminism and American history and culture. She is an active member of St. James Episcopal Church, Monkton, MD
Treasurer: Mr. Robert Panfil has been Treasurer since 2015. Bob had a career in international finance and development, having worked in the Peace Corps, international consulting and 25 years in the World Bank. Since retiring, Bob has been treasurer of a not-for-profit educational organization, director in a successful private sector “startup”, and budget chair at St. George’s, Arlington, VA. He holds a B.S. in finance (Wharton School, U of Pennsylvania) and an M.S. in economics (University of Wisconsin).
Board of Directors - The Constitution limits serving as an elected member to two successive terms. The following persons are offered for election to a three-year term to the Board of Directors.
Ms. Julia E. Randle is Registrar and Historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia (2012- ) and has served as Archivist of Virginia Theological Seminary (1990-2012), during which time the African American Historical Collection was established under her supervision. Publications include numerous articles on Archives and Archivists in The Historiographer and on Virginia Church history inThe Virginia Episcopalian, and Robert W. Prichard with Julia E. Randle, Hail! Holy Hill! A Pictorial History of Virginia Theological Seminary, 2012. Currently she is working with Dr. Edward L. Bond on Volume II of the history of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, focusing on the development of the system since 1950. Previous service includes former president of National Episcopal Historians and Archivists and member of the Board of the Episcopal Women’s History Project. She holds a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary and a M.A.in American Studies from George Washington University. This would be her first elected term.
The Rev. Dr. Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr. is a retired priest in the Diocese of Rhode Island. He holds degrees from Brown University (A.B.), General Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Harvard University (A.M. and Ph.D.). He is the author of A Shield and Hiding Place: The Religious Life of the Civil War Armies (Mercer University Press, 1987) and Episcopalians and Race: Civil War to Civil Rights (University Press of Kentucky, 2000), and co-author of The Encyclopedia of American Religious History (Facts on File, 1996/2001/2009) and The Episcopalians (Praeger, 2004 / Church Publishing, 2005). He is currently writing a study of the multifarious activities – evangelistic, ecumenical, humanitarian, and political – of Episcopalians in the Middle East during the period between the Greek war of independence and the establishment of the state of Israel. Prior to his retirement, he served as a priest in parishes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This would be his first elected term.
The Rev. Dr. Lauren F. Winner is completing her first full-term as a Board Member. She is Asst. Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, which is a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She is Vicar at St. Paul's (Louisburg, NC), and is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., Ph.D.), Clare College, Cambridge (M. Phil.), and Duke Divinity School (M. Div.). She is is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C.
The following are offered for election to fill vacancies of a term ending in 2021.
The Rev. John Runkle, RA is a historical architect and an Episcopal priest. He is the Principal of John Runkle Architects, PLLC, and is Vicar of St. James Episcopal Church in Sewanee, TN. He has served several parishes throughout the mid-Atlantic area since being ordained in 1999. As an historical architect, his career represents a devotion to the care and interpretation of architectural and cultural landmarks. From serving as an architect on staff with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, to surveying archaeological sites of medieval Islamic settlements in the Sahara Desert of North Africa, to preserving, restoring and revitalizing historic worship space in the Anglican tradition, his architectural experience spans over thirty years. He consults with numerous churches, chapels and dioceses in the care of their buildings, including the Episcopal Church Center, who retained him as the Consulting Project Manager guiding the efforts to reconstruct Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the Cathedral Conservator at Washington National Cathedral, where he was responsible for the care of the Cathedral’s building fabric, along with managing its fine arts collections. John’s book, Searching for Sacred Space: Essays on Architecture and Liturgical Design in the Episcopal Church, is a collection of thought-provoking essays that focus on liturgical space and its proper support of common worship. He regularly speaks at conferences and retreats on the theology of sacred space and history of religious architecture, as well as teaches at several seminaries.
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