Ministers for the 2018 Season
The Reverend Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan
St. James School
The Revd. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan was appointed headmaster of Saint James School in June of 1992. A teacher and chaplain at both the school and university levels before he came to Saint James, he is one of the few Episcopal priests still serving as the head of a secondary school in the United States. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Father Dunnan holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Harvard University and master's and doctoral degrees in theology from Oxford University in England.
The Reverend Christopher H. Martin
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
San Rafael, California
The Reverend Christopher Martin has been the rector of St. Paul’s– that is, the head priest or pastor– since 2004. Christopher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and was educated at Yale University, where he completed both his B.A. and his Masters of Divinity. He has served churches in Seattle, Hartford and Los Angeles. He loves to lead ‘worship in the beauty of holiness,’ to teach the spirituality of Jesus and to be with people in the important moments of their lives. He met his wife, Chloe, in 1986 when they were both in their first year of college. They have two boys, Harper and Simon. He leads a national reform movement called The Restoration Project and published a book of the same name in 2013.
The Reverend Wayne W. Meisel
Director of the Center for Faith and Service
McCormick Theological Seminary
Wayne Meisel is the founder and executive director of The Center for Faith and Service (CFS) at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, where works to help promote innovation in theological education. Through a variety of initiatives, The Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.
Prior to his work at The Center, Wayne served as the Director of Faith and Service at the Cousins Foundation in Atlanta, GA. and was the founding President of the Bonner Foundation. As a Presidential appointee to the Commission on National and Community Service, Meisel served as one of the architects of the AmeriCorps programs and also as a charter board member of Teach for America.
Meisel is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The Reverend Hillary R. Bercovici, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Trinity Institute for Spiritual Formation
Dr. Hillary R. Bercovici is a life-long summer resident of Watch Hill. An Episcopal priest, he has been in parish ministry since 1984. Dr. Bercovici was born and raised in Manhattan, where he worked after college as a NYC-EMS Paramedic in Harlem and the South Bronx, before entering seminary and graduate school. Holding an interdisciplinary PhD. in Psychology and Theology, Dr. Bercovici also maintains a part-time practice of pastoral psychotherapy.
The Reverend Dr. Nancy S. Taylor
Old South Church
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Nancy S. Taylor has served since 2005 as the 20th senior minister and chief executive officer of Old South Church (gathered in 1669). The dual nature of this role reflects Old South’s identity as both a thriving urban church, and as an historic leadership institution in Boston (and, as such, steward of storied events and personages, of a National Historic Landmark Building, as well as collections of rare books and silver).
Nancy studied at Macalester College (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and Chicago Theological Seminary (D. Min.). Before her call to Old South Church, she served as Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC where she was instrumental in introducing legislation making clergy mandated reporters of suspected child abuse; worked to establish a public voice for the UCC; supervised a $1.5 million Lilly Endowment grant for pastoral excellence program; hosted Freedom Schooner Amistad’s visit to Boston Harbor; and worked with interfaith leaders in the aftermath of 9/11.
Nancy’s ministry has been recognized through several awards and honors: the Rabbi Murray I. Rothman Award for outstanding inter-religious leadership; Yale Divinity School’s award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry; the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry Building Bridges Award; the Hewlett Packard Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights; Macalester College’s George W. Davis Memorial Prize in Religion. She also is the recipient of three honorary degrees.
Nancy serves as the co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Yale Divinity School; as an independent trustee of Pax World Funds (the oldest socially responsible mutual fund listed on the New York Stock Exchange) and is chair of the Funds’ Compliance and Governance Committee. She serves as trustee emeritus of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.
The Reverend Alice Trowbridge
Caldwell Presbyterian Church
Lake George, New York
Reverend Trowbridge was born and raised in NY and CT and spent summers during college working at the Weekapaug Inn. She earned a B.A. in Art History from
Occidental College, worked at Christie’s Auction House, served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali, Africa, and then returned to NYC where she earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Reverend Trowbridge spent the first decade of her pastoral ministry in Chicago, serving as an associate pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church. She then moved to NY and served as Parish Associate at the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls for several years. She met her husband, Jeb, as ninth graders at The Hotchkiss School, and they have three daughters: Annabelle (13), Lilly (10), and Kate (7). Reverend Trowbridge is the pastor of Caldwell Presbyterian Church, a small but vital congregation of about 120 in the heart of the village of Lake George.
The Reverend Dr. Casey Baggott
Community Church of Vero Beach
Vero Beach, Florida
Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott joined the staff of the Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004 and serves as Executive Minister. She helps in the leadership and planning of worship, authoring the liturgy used in the services of Community Church. She teaches a variety of classes, leads prayer ministries, and serves as liaison with other staff members and boards.
Casey has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, a Master of Divinity degree from United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and has received her Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, in South Bend, Indiana. She has completed additional training in clinical pastoral education, bioethics, and spiritual guidance. She studied in the Summer Theological Institute at Oxford University, England.
Casey’s publications include two full years of liturgical prayers for the Clergy Journal, a sermon series for the Clergy Journal in 2003, and a sermon entitled "With Me" which was chosen for publication along with twenty other sermons in the fourth edition of the Library of Distinctive Sermons.Before coming to Vero Beach, Casey worked in the areas of behavioral research, as a chaplain, and as a consultant in bioethics and spiritual ministries, as well as serving as a parish pastor.
The Reverend Dr. Robert T. Baggott
Community Church of Vero Beach
Vero Beach, Florida
Dr. Robert Baggott served as Senior Minister of two of the largest congregations in the United Church of Christ before coming to The Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004. Dr. Baggott graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was an Honor Initiate with Sigma Nu Fraternity, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where his emphasis was Preaching, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1984. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree, from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Piedmont College is one of two historical colleges of the National Association of Congregational Churches. Dr. Baggott has done further study in the Religious Studies program of Christ College, in Oxford, England.
Dr. Baggott was 1 of 12 clergy chosen to be included in the inaugural Robert Schuler Institute of Preaching in 1990; was invited to preach at the National Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel at the anniversary service of the crash of Pan Am 103. Dr. Baggott has been honored for his religious service by giving the Opening Invocation for the Congress of the United States and by serving as Chaplain for the day.
The Reverend Terence L. Elsberry, M. Div.
Christ Church Greenwich
The Reverend Terence L. (Terry) Elsberry in July of 2017 retired, after 23 years, as Rector of St. Matthew’s and St. Mary’s Churches in Bedford, New York. Before that, he served as Assistant Minister at St. John’s Lafayette Square, known as “The Church of the Presidents,” in Washington, DC. Following St. John’s he was Senior Associate Rector at Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he is now Priest Associate.
He graduated cum laude from Virginia Seminary, having served in his earlier career as Managing Editor of Better Homes & Gardens Apartment Life Magazine and Director of Corporate Communications for Carter and Associates, a corporate real estate company in Atlanta.
In 2002 Terry spent the month of July attending an annual clergy course at Windsor Castle. He has twice been part of the Oxford Round Table, an international colloquium for government leaders and academics from around the world. His biography of Queen Marie or Romania was published by St. Martin’s Press, New York, and Cassell, London. He is the author of “The Bible in 60 Minutes,” and with his brother of “The Power of Doing the Right Thing.”
His board memberships have included the Diocese of New York’s Episcopal Charities and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He currently serves on the boards of The Woodlands Foundation, The Millbank Foundation and of POTS (“Part of the Solution) in the Bronx. In December, 2009, Terry received the annual Episcopal Diocese of New York Award for outstanding service to the diocese for his dedication to hospitals and civic institutions. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Antioch Baptist Church, in Bedford Hills, New York “Conscience of the Community” service award.
Married to Nancy Olds Elsberry, he is the father of four daughters and nine grandchildren.
The Reverend John E. Barclay
First Presbyterian Church
Glens Falls, New York
The Reverend John E. Barclay is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a native of Kentucky, and retired in March after serving as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, NY, since 1980. He is married to Andrea Winter-Barclay and has two daughters, Sarah and Cate; one son, David; and two grandsons, Frederick and Conrad.
The Reverend Richard C. Allen, M. Div.
The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury
South Glastonbury, Connecticut
The Reverend Richard C. Allen graduated with a B.A. from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 1969. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1975. Reverend Allen then served in the Peace Corps from 1969-71 in Malawi, Africa. Reverend Allen has served three parishes: a Lakota reservation in South Dakota, a dairy community in Wisconsin, and now in the bustling suburb of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. This year marks his 30th year in South Glastonbury at the Congregational Church. He remains a frequent visitor to Malawi. His experiences there are brought back to the local church ministry, where his passion is involving people of all ages in life-changing mission endeavors.
The Reverend David W. Good
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David studied philosophy and English literature in college, and after graduating from Yale Divinity School served for 37 years as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT until his retirement in 2012. Now, as Minister Emeritus, he devotes his time as a volunteer for the Tree of Life ministry that was established by the Old Lyme church. Under David’s leadership, the church established a number of cross-cultural partnerships, including the Storefront School in Harlem, NY, Koinonia Farm where he chaired the Board of Directors, the Crosby Scholarship Fund for Haiti, the Green Grass community on the Cheyenne River (Lakota) Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a 16-year partnership with the community of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem in Palestine. He is the author of A Place of Grace and wrote the concluding chapter in the book, Zionism Through Christian Lenses. His wife, Corinne is from Liverpool, England. When not building fences for his Irish Setter, Annie, he likes playing tennis, hiking and splitting wood.