School of Theology alumni council members represent dioceses or geographical areas. Click on their territory button to see the legend on the map showing the regions they cover. The mission of the council is to support the efforts of the alumni and advancement offices in the following ways:

  • Make a personal annual fund gift.
  • Follow up with alumni in their diocese and nearby areas to secure annual fund gifts.
  • Assist staff in identifying prospective non-alumni donors.
  • Brainstorm with staff on fundraising strategies.
  • Encourage support from alumni parishes through the One Percent Gift for Theological Education program.
  • Encourage alumni participation in the annual DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering.

Robert Beazley

The Rev. Robert Beazley, T’16, is a second generation Floridian having grown up in Tallahassee, Florida. Raised at St. John’s Episcopal Church, he took a semester off from college to live outside of Province IV and experience the broader church. He worked for Episcopal Relief and Development in Galveston, Texas, leading volunteer group in the recovery effort of Hurricane Ike. This work affirmed his call to the priesthood. He met his wife, the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley in seminary and they now live in New Orleans, Louisiana. After serving two years as the chaplain, religion teacher, and associate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School, Robert is now the priest-in-charge of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mandeville, Louisiana. This relatively young church, founded in 1986, is located in one of the fastest growing parishes [counties] of the state. Territory: Louisiana/Mississippi

Jeremy Carlson

The Rev. Jeremy Lloyd Carlson, T'18, serves as assistant to the rector at St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where his primary responsibilities lie in the areas of education and family ministries. Carlson graduated from the School of Theology with an M.Div. in 2018. He holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.A. 1995, J.D. 2004) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (M.A. Ed. 1997). Before seminary, Carlson worked as a lawyer and teacher. Carlson and his wife, Laura, have two remarkably bright and gifted daughters. Territory: Alabama

Suzanne Cate

The Rev. Suzanne (Suz) L. Cate, C’84, T’12, was called to be the 18th rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clemson, South Carolina, in June 2016. Cate holds a M.Div. degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a bachelor or arts from Florida State University. Prior to receiving her call to Holy Trinity she served as the assistant rector in Ormond Beach, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Cate and her husband of 35 years (Will, C’82) have strong ties to the Sewanee community and are always delighted to return to the Mountain. Their grown sons, William and David, live in Nashville, Tennessee. Territory: North Carolina/South Carolina

Ryan Currie

The Rev. Ryan Daniel Currie, C’13, T’18, was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and formed in Sewanee, Tennessee. He received his B.A. from the University of the South in 2013 and his master of divinity in 2018. Besides preaching good news, he loves singing, playing piano, and cooking. He is currently serving as assistant rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Territory: North Carolina/South Carolina

Katie Hargis

The Very Rev. Kathleen Anne Hargis, T’15, is a native of Cache, Oklahoman. She received her B.A. from The University of Oklahoma in 2009. She earned her M.Div. at the School of Theology in 2015. Hargis currently resides in Hastings, Nebraska, with her Sewanee dog, Abi. She currently serves as dean and rector of St. Mark's Pro-Cathedral in Hastings and as Vicar of St. John's in Harvard. Hargis also currently serves as a member of the bishop and trustees of the Diocese of Nebraska and as a board member for The Benedictine Way Monastery. Territory: Midwest

Claire Makins

The Rev. Claire Templin Makins, C’01, T’17, is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She received her B.A. in 2001 and her M.Div. in 2017, both from the University of the South. Prior to attending seminary, Makins and her family lived in San Angelo where she was a high school liberal arts teacher and tutor. She and her husband, Daniel, have two children, Cal and James. Makins serves as associate rector at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, where she participates in the leadership of the New Member Formation Class, helps to coordinate Christian Education, and participates in pastoral care and the liturgical leadership of the church. Territory: Texas

Sarah Milford

A Northwest Arkansas native, the Rev. Sara Michelle Milford, T’15, graduated from Bentonville High School to go on to earn her B.A. from Hendrix College. She and her husband, Casey, have four children, two of whom graduated from St. Andrew’s-Sewanee after Milford’s graduation from the School of Theology in 2015 (M.Div.). She now serves as vicar of All Saints’ Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal de Todos Los Santos in Bentonville, Arkansas, and advocates for social justice issues in the community. Territory: Missouri/Arkansas

Cameron O'Riley

The Rev. Lori Cameron O’Riley, T’16, is a native of Georgia currently serving in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She received her B.S. from Shorter College in 2000. She earned her M.Ed. at the State University of West Georgia, and her M.Div. from the School of Theology at the University of the South in 2016. O’Riley and her kitten, Augustine (Gus), live in Dublin, Ohio, where she serves as the assistant to the rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. O’Riley is the coordinator for children and youth ministries as well as overseeing Christian formation for all age groups with special attention to intergenerational opportunities. Over the past year, she has become immersed in efforts towards “Becoming Beloved Community.” Additionally, she engages in pastoral care and the liturgical leadership of the church as a member of the clergy. Territory: Michigan/Indiana/Ohio

Quinn Parman

The Rev. Fritz Quinn Parman IV, T’13, grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his B.A. from the University of North Florida in 2007. After graduation, he began serving the church as the director of youth ministries at St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville. While on staff at St. John's, Quinn discerned a call to the priesthood. He received an M.Div. from the School of Theology in 2013. He, his wife, Rachelle, and their children, Fritz and Mary Karis, now live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he serves as rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and School. Territory: Kentucky/Tennessee

Ricardo Sheppard

The Rev. Ricardo Wayne Sheppard, T’16, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1975 at the age of nine. Sheppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps out of high school and served for nine years with distinction until he was honorably discharged in 1993. He served as the associate minister for youth and outreach at the Hebron Baptist Church in Brooklyn before joining The Episcopal Church. He earned his bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in social science from the College of New Rochelle, a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a diploma in Anglican studies from the School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sheppard served as the priest-in-charge at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2016–2019, and is currently serving as the rector of The Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Washington, D.C. Sheppard is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing the love and hope of God to the greatest and the least in the Kingdom. Territory: Northeast

Benjamin Thomas

The Rev. Benjamin Allen Thomas Jr., T’17, received a master’s degree in humanities and social thought from New York University, and his master of divinity from the School of Theology, Optime Merens. Prior to ministry, he worked in New York City for 12 years in social entrepreneurship, international economic and community development, and investment and finance. He is an Oblate in the benedictine Community of St. Mary, a contemplative Episcopal community that links care for the environment with Christian spirituality. He serves on the boards of Metropolitan Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping those on the edge of homelessness, and the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province. He is a member of the Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association. His poetry has appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, Curator Magazine, and the Sewanee Theological Review. He is a passionate human rights advocate. He and his wife, Anna, have five children. Territory: Florida

Tim True

The Rev. Timothy Emmett True, T’13, grew up unchurched in California. Baptized in college and sensing a call to ordained ministry, more than 20 years passed before he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of West Texas after graduating from Sewanee’s School of Theology in 2013. After six years of parochial ministry, True is now the chaplain of Imago Dei School in Tucson, Arizona, a member school of the Episcopal Urban Alliance. True is presently a student in the School of Theology’s Advanced Degrees Program pursuing a doctor of ministry degree and exploring the sensitive topic of preaching advocacy for the marginalized to a privileged church. True and his wife, Holly, have five children, four of whom are alumni or students at the University of the South. In his free time, you can find True hiking in the mountains surrounding Tucson. Territory: West + Alaska/Hawaii

Bonnie Underwood

The Rev. Bonnie Gordy Underwood, T’15, serves as the priest-in-charge at All Saints Episcopal Church in Warner Robins, Georgia. She loves serving in both her local community and within the Diocese, particularly in her role as the spiritual director of happening. Before attending seminary at the School of Theology, Underwood lived in many parts of the country, having worked as an executive with ADP as well as serving in the United States Marine Corps as both an enlisted Marine and an officer. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. Underwood lives with her husband, Jess, two dogs, and a cat, and loves coordinating family time with their six adult children and their families, including four beloved grandchildren. Territory: Georgia