Walker Adams

Director of Recruitment and Admission
I am simultaneously astonished and yet somehow not surprised to find myself here at the University of the South, a place one might argue is THE Episcopal center for learning. One the one hand, I’m a layperson working at a seminary which sometimes gives people pause. On the other hand, I was born and raised in The Episcopal church, went to an Episcopal day school, have worked for Episcopal institutions, and have a degree in theology from this very place. Around here we like to say that “theological education is the birthright of all the baptized.” As a lay person, I am proud and grateful for all the University has done, and is doing, to help advance theological education for the whole Church.

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
“Sewanee is ... ” It is amazing how many different ways one might finish that sentence. Sewanee is beautiful. Sewanee is foggy. Sewanee is magical. Sewanee is small. Sewanee is southern. Sewanee is more than a place. Sewanee is an idea. Sewanee is demanding. Sewanee is caring. Sewanee is stimulating. Sewanee is unique. Sewanee is home. And, of course, this tells only a small part of the story. When folks who have never been to Sewanee talk with me about it, they assume that we are remote, isolated, and not “the real world.” Nothing could be further from the truth. “Come visit,” I’ll say. “Then you will see the real Sewanee.”

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.

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.

The Reverend Deborah Jackson, D.Min.

Associate Dean for Community Life
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.

Sheri D. Kling, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Beecken Center and Associate Dean of the School of Theology
Because my own life has been transformed by the healing power of God, I consider myself a voice for transformation and therefore seek to help people encounter the sacred Mystery at the heart of the universe from which such healing transformation springs. As a naturally interdisciplinary thinker, I weave together any threads I find that will add beauty to the tapestry of psycho-spiritual wholeness and well-being, and that will lead us all to what I call “common flourishing.” It is this mission that is at the core of my leadership style, my teaching, and my scholarship. The abundant life that Jesus promised is the birthright of all beings and of the earth itself, and so it is my hope that my work with the Beecken Center and the School of Theology as a whole will help make manifest that birthright.

Mary Ann Patterson

Director of Publications and Media Relations, 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 Hume, 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.

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.

Graff Wilson

Administrative Assistant to the Dean
As a cradle Episcopalian, working at the School of Theology has been a tremendous opportunity. It’s a privilege to get to work with not only The Episcopal Church and the University of the South, but to share in the development of the emerging leaders from this institution.