The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander, Th.D.

Vice President and Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Liturgy, Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Dogmatic Theology
The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Th.D, D.D., was appointed dean of the School of Theology on June 26, 2012

The Reverend Christopher Bryan, Ph.D.

Editor of the Sewanee Theological Review
I want the Sewanee Theological Review to be a faithful heir to that exercise of mind and heart under God which, by reasoned reflection on scripture and tradition, produced the foundational theological achievements of the first Christian centuries: the dogma of the Holy Trinity, the crystallization of the Rule of Faith into the Creeds, and the canon of the New Testament. By “reasoned reflection” I mean (as did Anselm and Richard Hooker), not human reason trusted as if by its own power it could compass divinity, but reason in the service of faith, reason exercised by those who pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, fides quaerens intellectum. The STR is, of course, an Anglican journal: but that does not mean that it is a journal written only by Anglicans. Anglicans have never claimed to be the whole church, and it is not Anglican to claim monopolies of faith or truth. Nor is it Anglican to look for certainty in every question that vexes us. For the present, we know in part. Only hereafter shall we know as we are known.

Sukey Byerly

Associate Director for Alumni and Advancement
Coming from a family of educators and missionaries, having a firm belief in the value of community worship and ritual, and yet not feeling called to follow exactly in my father’s educator’s footsteps, I found the perfect niche for my sensibilities in advancement at the School of Theology. I get to spend every day with people who are teaching and learning, and then I get to tell other people about it. It is a great joy to be paid to have a role in growing the faith and enriching the lives of others.

Anne Chenoweth

Major Gifts Officer
As the first designated major gift officer for the School of Theology, I have been given an amazing opportunity to be a part of a team effort to make a real impact. Fundraising, development, advancement, stewardship, making connections, creating and nurturing relationships, and then inviting people into a partnership through giving, are my passion, my experience of a call.

The Reverend David C. Cobb, D.Min.

Acting Director of Contextual Education
After 30 years of parish ministry, and almost that many as a field education supervisor, it is a great joy to be working with seminarians as they prepare for and engage with the wide range of contextual education that Sewanee offers. In field education and CPE, years of discernment and the demands of a challenging theological education find their fruition as a seminarian begins to practice the work of ministry in parish or chaplaincy. Supporting the wonderful parish clergy who serve as mentors and supporting the work of the Advanced Degree Program means I get to work with an amazing group of clergy and leaders in our Church.

Courtney Cowart, Th.D.

Consultant to the Beecken Center
In my position as associate dean and director of the Beecken Center, I draw on my background as a theological educator and my programmatic leadership with Trinity Grants in New York, as co-director of the office of disaster response in New Orleans post-Katrina, and with The Fund for Theological Education. The School of Theology is a trusted partner with a rich ecology of relationships throughout the Anglican Communion. The Beecken Center is operationally suited to house a new generation of training initiatives, having supported Education for Ministry’s worldwide ministry for all these years. The resources in Sewanee and our network of relationships with other potential partners make for a very exciting combination. I believe the primary reason I am here is to give shape to that opportunity and to gather a community of collaborators to dream big and make those dreams reality.

The Reverend Deborah Jackson, D.Min.

Associate Dean for Community Life, Recruitment, and Admission
Years ago, when I was seeking a seminary to attend, I fell in love with the School of Theology at Sewanee. It was certainly the right place for me as a seminarian and now I am thrilled to be back and in a role that allows me to assist others in their formation for ministry. In my role as associate dean for community life, I work closely with students and their families to connect them with a variety of resources that can enhance their seminary experience. I also collaborate with faculty, staff, and others as needed to help provide an environment of seamless pastoral care and support. I am passionate about overseeing key aspects of community life for students — from new student orientation to deployment assistance for upcoming graduates. It is an exciting time to be at Sewanee, and an honor to facilitate community building that equips church leaders to do the ministry to which they have been called.

Mary Ann Patterson

Director of Publications and Communications, Editor of From the Mountain, Managing Editor of the Sewanee Theological Review
I was drawn to Sewanee after graduating from the Education for Ministry program at my local church in Delaplane, Va. The opportunity to live and continue to learn in such a beautiful place was one that I couldn't resist. Sharing wonderful stories and exciting news has always been a passion of mine and I consider my position at the School of Theology as having provided me with the chance to tell the best story of all.

Connie Patton

Director of Operations and Financial Aid
Family is my deepest passion, and I am committed to do what I can to make good things happen for them. I approach my work with that same philosophy by doing what I can to enhance the learning experience for students and the work environment for colleagues. I enjoy my work as part of a caring community, working together to equip leaders for ministry.

Nickie Peardon

Administrative Assistant to the Dean

The Reverend Canon James F. Turrell, Ph.D.

Norma and Olan Mills Prof of Divinity, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Sub-dean of the Chapel of the Apostles
I am passionate about the study of religious practices in the past and about preparing clergy to lead effective worship in the present and future. The historical perspective helps us to understand what we are doing and to resist the merely trendy, instead pointing us towards the things that endure, translated for an evolving culture. I am both a historian and a priest, and both of these vocations inform my work as a scholar and teacher. My interest in dead Britons of the Tudor and Stuart era coexists with my enthusiasm for good liturgy done well in the present, in the service of God and God’s people