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The Episcopal Café is operated by 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).


Managing Editors

Amy Haynie is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator and Associate Clergy at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Prior to accepting this call, she served as Priest in Charge for the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls. Haynie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Midwestern University, and then later attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, graduating cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree. She is a member of the Standing Committee in Fort Worth and has served as a General Convention Deputy. She is also the Speaking to the Soul Editor and a panelist on the Cafe’s monthly podcast, From All Points


Tracie Middleton brings a background in journalism, PR, and communications to her role. She earned a BA from Austin College and an MA from Lamar University. She became an Episcopalian while living in southeast Texas, attended the Iona School for Ministry in the Diocese of Texas and was ordained in 2009. I fort Worth she has served on the Commission on Ministry, the Disciplinary Board, and as Diocesan Disaster Coordinator and as a deputy to General Convention. She is passionate about the distinctive call of deacons and the gifts they offer in connecting the church with the world. Middleton is Vice President of the Association for Episcopal Deacons .

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. He has been part of the Cafe team since the very beginning.


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.


Amy Spagna is a priest from the Diocese of Virginia. She has served parishes in Bethlehem and Rhode Island, where she focused primarily on formation, pastoral care, and communications. She will be spending the upcoming academic year as an STM student at the School of Theology at Sewanee. Amy’s secular interests include singing, cooking, coffee, ice hockey, and learning to play the piano.

caraCara Modisett is an M.Div. student at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and postulant for holy orders (priesthood) in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. She has served as music director at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal, Roanoke; communications director at St. John’s Episcopal, Roanoke and Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, Tennessee; and communications advisor for the 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, and has worked as editor of the regional Blue Ridge Country, a reporter, producer and on-air announcer for WVTF public radio, staff collaborative pianist at Radford University and English instructor at Ferrum College. 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.



Speaking to the Soul

Amy Haynie is an Episcopal priest in the continuing Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, TX and editor of Speaking to the Soul.  She also joins us in our monthly podcast, From All Points


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: http://kimberlyknowlezeller.com or follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyKnowleZeller/


Leslie Scoopmire is a priest in the Diocese of Missouri, serving as an assisting priest at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. She is a retired US history and English teacher. A native Tulsan and fourth-generation Oklahoman, she is 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 Saudi Arabia 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 as Priest Associate at Church of the Good Shepherd, and Chaplain of The Community of St. Brigid, both in Town and Country, MO.  Pushing the envelope on defining “bivocational”, she also spends part of the week as laboratory director of two small hospitals in northeast Missouri.  She is also a 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.)


Laurie Gudim  works is a religious iconographer and writer in Fort Collins, Colorado.  You can view some of her work at Everyday Mysteries.She has recently published her novel, Loving the Six-Toed Jesus, available from Amazon.


Linda Ryan co-mentors 2 EfM Online groups and keeps the blog Jericho’s Daughter.  She lives in the Diocese of Arizona and is proud to be part of the Church of the Nativity in North Scottsdale


Dana Kramer-Rolls is a parishioner at All Souls Parish, Episcopal, Berkeley, California and earned her master’s degree and PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.


Rob Gieselmann is an Episcopal priest and writer, also educated in law and economics. He has served six parishes in Idaho, Tennessee, California and Maryland, and written three published books: The Episcopal Call to Love, and A Walk through the Churchyard, and Irony and Jesus: Parables, Miracles & Stories. The father of two grown children, Rob experiences God most when he finds his bare hands digging in black soil. He is currently living in Sun Valley, Idaho and serving as Interim Priest at St. Thomas Church.


Book Reviews

Elizabeth Felicetti is our book reviews editor. She is the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, and will graduate with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding School of Writing in 2020. She also reviews book for Christian Century and Kirkus Reviews. Elizabeth is obsessed with books and birds, and is writing a memoir about her reluctant pilgrimage with the Virgin Mary. Read more on her Web site, https://elizabethfelicetti.com/ .


Jon White is the Cafe Podcasts Editor and From All Points panelist.  Jon is Rector of St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Camillus, NY and was formerly Rector at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley, WV.  He is a graduate of Portland State University in Oregon and Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.


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Charles Wilson is priest at large 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.


ClayOla Gitane is the Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim, Washington. Prior to ordination, she was a Master Level Social Worker for 30 years in Fort Worth, Texas, where she developed and administered several programs and resource networks serving clients in community and medical settings. She earned an M.Div cum laude from Perkins School of Theology, where she won the Jerry R. Hobbs Award in Worship, with additional studies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. After ordination, she served in several parishes affected by the schism in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and served in that Diocese on the Commission on Ministry, as Clergy Representative for the West Deanery, on the Nominations Committee and Executive Council, and as an Alternate Deputy to General Convention. She also founded the Clergywomen’s Support Group as women moved into that Diocese to serve as pastors.


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