Regular Faculty

The Rev. Dr. William Stafford

A San Francisco native, Bill Stafford was a professor of church history at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) from 1976-2004, and also served as associate dean for academic affairs there from 1997-2004. He was dean of the School of Theology at University of the South (Sewanee) from 2004 until 2012.

Dr. Bradley B. Burroughs

A native of western New York, Bradley Burroughs has experience teaching ethics, theology, and writing, and has also served as a United Methodist pastor. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a B.A. from Allegheny College. His major academic interests are in contemporary Christian ethics, modern social theory, and contemporary theories of virtue.

Dr. Steed Vernyl Davidson

Pastor, United Methodist Congregations in New York and the Caribbean; Instructor, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; PLTS, 2007–; CDSP 2013 --

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller

Lizette Larson-Miller came to theology and liturgy from the field of music, which seemed a surprise at the time! Having studied music and church music at the undergraduate and graduate levels (University of Southern California and Hochschule für Musik, Vienna), she enrolled in an MA course of studies in liturgy (St. John’s University, Collegeville) in order to be a better church musician, but fell in love with the field of liturgical history. From there her interests moved to include liturgical and sacramental theology, and Eastern Christian liturgy, with a PhD in the same (GTU, Berkeley).

The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil

Born in Houston, Texas, in 1935, but raised in New Orleans, which was the home of my father's family.  My school in New Orleans was the Isidore Newman School, where my education opened most of the important doors of my adult life.  After I received my S.T.B. from seminary, I went as a priest to work in the Diocese of Puerto Rico, where I had a pastoral assignment serving six small churches in the South-West mountain range.  During that time I also began teaching at the newly-established Episcopal Seminary of the Caribbean near San Juan.

The Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer

Susanna Singer is a native of England, and has lived happily in the USA for 32 years. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, and earned her M.Div. at CDSP. After ordination she served as Canon Liturgist and Educator at Grace Cathedral, and Diocesan Education Coordinator for the Diocese of California, then earned a PhD in Theology and Education at Boston College. She has taught at CDSP since Fall 2005.

The Rev. Dr. John L. Kater

A native of Virginia, he served as assistant minister and later as rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and also taught for ten years as a visiting professor at Vassar College.  From 1984 to 1990 he served as education officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Panama and priest-in-charge of Iglesia San Francisco de Asís in Panama City.  He Joined the faculty of CDSP in 1990.  Since "official" retirement in 2007, he teaches at CDSP and The School for Deacons in the fall term and at Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong in the Spring.

Dr. Marion S. Grau

Marion Grau is a native of Germany. She studied Protestant Theology and English at the University of Tuebingen and earned her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University, New Jersey. She has taught at CDSP/GTU since Fall 2001.

Mr. George A. Emblom, M. Mus.

George Emblom is from Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Noble Prize in Literature. He began playing the organ for his home parish when he was thirteen years old and has been an active church musician for over 35 years. Thus, George brings a wealth of experience not only to the academy, but to parish life.

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers

Ruth Meyers was born and raised in New Jersey and has served as a priest in the Dioceses of Western North Carolina, Western Michigan, and Chicago. She earned her M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and her MA and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. After teaching for 14 years at Seabury, she joined the CDSP faculty in 2009. She currently chairs The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

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