Who We Are

The Episcopal Café is operated by a team of volunteers who give their time to this ministry.  Most of our work is done in teams, with teams devoted to news (The Lead), features (The Magazine) and spiritual reflection (Speaking to the Soul).

Jon WhiteJon White is the Managing Editor and Director of Episcopal Café, Ltd the non-profit corporation created to support the work of the Café.  Jon is Rector of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley, WV and a graduate of Portland State University in Oregon and Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  Jon’s passions in the church are evangelism and ecumenism.  Besides the Church, Jon also has interests in urban planning,  American cultural history, geology and anything created by Joss Whedon.


The News Team

John B. Chilton is an economist, who has taught in universities around the world and who now teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and his PhD in Economics from Brown University. His academic interests are applied game theory, industrial organization, labor economics, public policy, and poverty.


AndrewAndrew Gerns is Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton, PA.


Rosalind_2Rosalind Hughes is a former UK resident now happily settled in the Cleveland, OH area where she is Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid.  Rosalind is a graduate of Keble College of Oxford University and Bexley Hall Seminary. Apart from general parish duties and the Episcopal Cafe, she enjoys leading Prayer Writing retreats, writing poetry, knitting, and playing with cats.


Margaret Wessel Walker has been active in the Episcopal Church her whole life, and has served as a delegate to Diocesan Convention in both Michigan and Chicago. In 2015, she attended General Convention as an alternate deputy for the Diocese of Michigan. Margaret has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She is a self-professed crazy cat lady (she and her fiancé live with four fantastic felines), and her hobbies range from show jumping horses to crochet.


caraCara Modisett lives in Roanoke, Va., where she serves as music director at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church and staff collaborative pianist at Radford University. She is also an adjunct English instructor and literary magazine advisor at Ferrum College. From 2014 until 2016 she served as Minister of Communication for Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) in Memphis, Tennessee and prior to that, she was communications advisor and editor of Epiphany for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. She holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and undergraduate degrees in English and piano performance from James Madison University. Cara was editor of the regional Blue Ridge Country magazine for five years; associate editor for city and regional publications for 12; and a reporter, producer and on-air announcer for WVTF public radio for more than a decade. In summer 2015 she served as curator and writer for the Prayers of the People for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. She tweets at @CaraModisett.


allenDavid Allen currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. A long time Anglican with an eclectic ecumenical background, David was a member of la Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Parish) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México for many years before moving again to the US. Holy Family Parish is the cathedral parish in el Diócesis Del Norte (the Diocese of the North), one of the five dioceses of la Iglesia Anglicana De México (the Anglican Church of Mexico). David first lived in the US in the 1980s with his late partner of blessed memory, Roberto, while David studied theology at SMU in Dallas TX and the Northwest Theological Union in Seattle, where he earned the Master of Theology. David also holds a Licenciatura en Psicología from la Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. David tele-manages a family owned accounting & human resources business in Monterrey that he started with his older sister, a lawyer, and his cousin, an accountant.



Speaking to the Soul

Ann2015bAnn Fontaine returned to the Oregon Coast after 30 years in Wyoming. She enjoys walking on the beach in sun and storm and not having to shovel snow. After receiving her Masters of Divinity from Harvard she served as an intentional Interim Priest in a variety of western Wyoming towns from Jackson WY to the Shoshone Mission. She is currently the Priest Associate at St Catherine/Santa Catalina in Nehalem/Manzanita OR. Her blog is “what the tide brings in” and she is the author of Streams of Mercy: a meditative commentary on the Bible, daily reflection on the Daily Office. She edits the Speaking to the Soul Essays and occasionally does duty on The Lead.


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a writer, ELCA pastor, wife, and mother. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, Missouri. When she’s not at the park with her daughter, out in town, or tending to the garden, you can find her with a pen and paper. Or a good book. And a cup of tea. You can read more at http://www.kimberlyknowlezeller.com


The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a transitional deacon and seminarian in St. Louis, MO in the Diocese of Missouri, currently serving at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in suburban St. Louis. A native Tulsan and third-generation Oklahoman, she is a retired teacher, and a reader, mom, and musician. Her website is http://abidinginhope.blogspot.com.


Tricia Gates Brown is an everyday theologian working as a writer and novelist, garden designer, and emotional wellness coach on the north coast of Oregon. After completing an MA in theology then a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in 2000, I continued to pursue my studies—self-educating in areas of theology, spirituality, and the emotional life. At TheologyOfNonviolentResistance.com I share writings reflecting theologically on present circumstances in the United States.


Kristin Fontaine is an itinerant Episcopalian, crafter, hobbyist, and unstoppable organizer of everything. Advent is her favorite season, but she thinks about the meaning of life and her relationship to God year-round. It all spills out in the essays she writes. She and her husband own Dailey Data Group, a statistical consulting company.


Linda McMillan imagines herself to be a mighty crusader — with a cape — who goes out into the world righting injustices, uplifting the poor and oppressed, sheltering the vulnerable, and generally ushering in the Reign of God.  Did I mention the cape? It’s velvet. The truth is that Lindy is a simple monotheist who loves God, all God’s names, all God’s mothers, all God’s ten thousand mysteries, all God’s scriptures, all God’s creation, and quite a fair number of God’s people. She lives in a small town in China where she writes bad poetry, plays ukulele, and encourages her students to sing and dance every day because that is the one thing that is sure to add value to their lives. Lindy enjoys building schools, doing good deeds, talking to people, going on holiday as often as possible, and drinking bijou. Lindy tries not to sin too much, but it’s hit or miss.

Maria Evans is a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist that, a quarter century into what normally would be a perfectly good adulthood, decided to have a second one.  That second adulthood turned out to be a call to ordained ministry, and she presently serves Trinity Episcopal Church, in Kirksville, MO, as their transitional deacon.  She is a lifelong northeast Missouri native and lover of long-eared equines (donkeys and mules), partly because she understands what it’s like to be “as stubborn as a Missouri mule.” (Psalm 32, verse 9 makes her visibly wince.)



Features Team (the Magazine and From All Points podcast)

brandlonJennifer Brandlon of Portland, Oregon, is a former magazine editor and Associated Press newswoman who now works in nonprofit communications. Raised in an agnostic household, she was baptized in the United Methodist Church as an adult and subsequently found her way to the Episcopal Church.



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Charles Wilson is rector of St. Philip Episcopal Church, an historic African-American parish, in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Bexley Hall (Columbus) and a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He and his wife have two children in middle school and live in Columbus. Fr. Charles has served in diocesan leadership roles and is a member of The Gathering of Leaders.



haynieAmy Haynie is an Episcopal priest in the continuing Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, TX.  She serves as Priest-in-Charge at the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls, TX.  She is also on the Standing Committee of the diocese.  Amy earned her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Certificate in Anglican Studies.  She and her spouse have two young adult sons, three other other young adults who have unofficially adopted them, two dogs and one cat who do not get along. Life is never boring.