The mission of the council is to strengthen the School of Theology community by:

  • Connecting with alumni in their diocese and nearby areas to offer support and share Sewanee updates.
  • Reaching out to current students to provide encouragement and assist in networking.
  • Informing parishes in their diocese about Sewanee and increasing support for the 1% for Theological Education Fund.
  • Welcoming alumni back to the Mountain for our annual Alumni Lectures & Homecoming and other on-campus events.
  • Making a personal gift to the School of Theology's annual fund and urging others to give.

Council Members

The Rev. Christopher Mark Bridges, T'18 | 2025

Priest, Epiphany Episcopal Church - Honolulu, HI - Diocese of Hawaii

Chris holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the University of the South, School of Theology. He has served as an assistant priest at Holy Nativity Church in Honolulu. He was a member of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Honolulu where he held the position of Junior Warden and served in various capacities as a lay person. Chris is a veteran with 25 years of service in the United States Army and his last duty assignment was at Fort Shafter Hawaii. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

The Rev. Lucas Caine Crossland, C'18, T'23 | 2026

Curate, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church - Fayetteville, NC - Diocese of East Carolina

Lucas received both his Master of Divinity and B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of the South. Lucas is passionate about liturgy and how it forms us as individuals and communities, and currently serves as a council member on the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM). Before seminary, Lucas was an AmeriCorps VISTA and worked in grant management. Lucas is married to Sam Young, who is pursuing a Master of Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC.

The Rev. Ann Benton Fraser, T'07 | 2025

Associate Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church - San Antonio, TX - Diocese of West Texas

Ann is a Louisiana native. She currently resides in San Antonio with her spouse and three children. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Diocese of West Texas, the Camp Capers Program Committee, and the newly formed diocesan Mental Health Commission. Either indecisive or decidedly adaptable, she likes Game of Thrones and Call the Midwife, using scissors and glue, making messes and cleaning up messes, quiet and chaos, things Protestant and Catholic.

The Rev. Shari Bishop Harrison, T'22 | 2026

Rector, Christ Episcopal Church - Albertville, AL - Diocese of Alabama

Shari is a native of Alabama and holds a Master of Divinity from the University of the South School of Theology. Shari was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville, Alabama for many years where she served as EfM mentor, treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-chair of the Altar Guild, and other various activities as a lay person. Shari spent twenty years as a civilian in the Comptroller Career Field of the U.S. Army, and served in various locations, including Seoul, Korea; Huntsville, Alabama; the Republic of Panama, and Miami, Florida. Shari and her husband, Sam, live in Guntersville with their pups Ruby and Abbey.

The Rev. Claire Templin Makins, C'01, T'17 | 2025

Vice Rector, Church of the Holy Spirit - Lake Forest, IL - Diocese of Chicago

Claire is a San Antonio, Texas, native and a 2001 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (B.A. Spanish and minors in History and Art History). Claire and her family lived in San Angelo, Texas, where she was a high school liberal arts teacher and tutor, prior to attending seminary. In 2017, she earned her M.Div. from the School of Theology of the University of the South. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Sewanee. Claire has served on the Diocese of Northwest Texas Executive Council and is currently the Dean of the Waukegan Deanery for the Diocese of Chicago - serving as the area diocesan liaison and clergy leader. At Church of the Holy Spirit, Claire focuses on Administration and Internal Operations of the church as the Chief of Staff, as well as Pastoral Care, Adult ChristianEducation, and Liturgy. Claire also participates in the Newcomers Ministry and the Administration Committee of the Vestry. Claire and her husband, Daniel, have two sons.

The Rev. Dr. Nancee Lea Martin, T'00, T'08 | 2025

Interim Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church - Norman, Oklahoma.

Nancee is a spiritual director and Licensed Professional Counselor, and currently serves on the Pastoral Response Team in the Diocese of Rio Grande. She came to the School of Theology from the Diocese of Colorado (T’00 and T’08). All four of her children are graduates of the college (Lark C’00, Lane C’03, Laurel C’07, and Lawrence C’10). She was a Trustee for the Associated Alumni (2006-2008) and for the Diocese of Florida (2009-2014). She was the first female presbyter to serve on the Board of Regents (2013-2019). Her clerical experience includes being a Rector, Campus Minister, Cathedral Canon, Associate as well as Interim Rector and Adjunct Facility for a local college during her twenty years in ordained ministry. She is a graduate of and strong supporter of EFM. Her permanent residence is on Amelia Island and she is canonically resident in Diocese of Florida.

The Rev. Malcolm McLaurin, T'21 | 2024

Malcolm is a priest in the Diocese of Olympia. He currently serves as a curate at The Church of the Holy Cross in Redmond, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Hannah, and two sons, Eli, 13, and Myles, 9. Prior to attending the School of Theology, he spent 20 years in children, youth, and young adult formation in The Episcopal Church. In addition to his M. Div., he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

The Rev. Sara Michelle Milford, T'15 | 2024

Associate Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Fayetteville, AR - Diocese of Arkansas

Sara 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. 

The Rev. Fritz Quinn Parman IV, T'13 | 2024

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 lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he serves as rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and School.

The Rev. Hannah Grant Pommersheim, T'19 | 2024

Hannah is a native of South Dakota. She received her B.A. from Davidson College in 2011. She earned her M.Div. at the School of Theology in 2019. Prior to seminary, Pommersheim and her husband, Kyle, lived and worked in Austin, Texas. After seminary, she served for a year as the research associate for the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at the University of the South. For two years, she served as curate at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. In June 2022 she accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Connecticut.

The Rev. Ricardo Wayne Sheppard, T'16 | 2024

Ricardo 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 B.A. degree with a concentration in social science from the College of New Rochelle, a M.Div. 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.

The Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin, T'15 | 2026

Priest-in-Charge, Historic Saint Luke's Episcopal Church - New Orleans, LA- Diocese of Louisiana

Jane-Allison was born and baptized in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, but grew up in South Carolina, earning her BA from Furman University. She graduated in 2015 from the School of Theology with her MDiv, and then returned to Louisiana for ordained ministry. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry through Sewanee’s Advanced Degree Program. She has served as chaplain at Christ Episcopal School Covington, associate rector at Trinity New Orleans, and Diocesan Youth Event Coordinator. In diocesan ministry, she is a member of the Executive Board, Gaudet Fund Committee, and the Commission on Racial Healing. Jane-Allison is passionate about evangelism, teaching, and pilgrimage. She has traveled to Canterbury, Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, as well as many historic Civil Rights landmarks, and hopes to make many more pilgrimages in her lifetime.