School for Ministry - Instructors
Instructors are drawn from clergy and lay leaders within the Diocese. All of them have completed graduate level study in their areas of specialty, usually at the advanced degree level, or have served in ministries related to their specialties.
Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Ecclesiology
Bishop Provenzano serves on the House of Bishops' Committee on Pastoral Development. He is an active member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He formerly served as President of Province II of the Episcopal Church and as a member of the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice. Received as an Episcopal priest in 1984, Bishop Provenzano holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York and a Master of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary.
Rt. Rev. Dr. R. William Franklin, Anglican Studies
Bishop Franklin is Assisting Bishop of Long Island. He was Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York from 2011 – April 2019; and previously served at St. Mark's Church, Philadelphia; at St. Paul's Within the Walls in Rome, for five years; as Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome; and Associate Priest of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Earlier, he served as Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, as a professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York and at St. John's University in Minnesota. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Church History from Harvard.
Canon Dr. Ted Gerbracht, History of Christianity and Director of Academic Program
Ted Gerbracht has taught at the Mercer School for more than a decade, with a special interest in Anglican reform movements in English and North American Episcopal Church history. His doctorate, in history, is from New York University. He has served the Episcopal Church on its General Board of Examining Chaplains and is a member of its Board of the Archives.
Rev. Canon Michael Delaney, Liturgics
Michael Delaney is Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and the Liturgical Coordinator for the Diocese of Long Island. Previously Michael served as Interim Dean of Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey, Rector of the Church of Saint Andrew, Staten Island, NY, and Director of Pastoral Care at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ. Michael's studies are in Theatre Arts and Music and he holds a BA in Voice and Conducting from Seton Hall University and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.
The Very Rev. Michael T. Sniffen, Homiletics and Liturgical Theology
Michael Sniffen is Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation and has won awards in pulpit oratory and manner, as well as pastoral leadership and innovative ministry. He was a steward of the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops in London and has been honored with a Luce Fellowship at the Center for Christianity in Global Contexts. His academic work has been in Liturgical Studies at Drew University from which he received the M.Div., M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees.
Rev. Dr. Michel Hull, Holy Scripture
Michael Hull is Director of Studies and Tutor in Biblical Studies at the Scottish Episcopal Institute (Edinburgh), which trains women and men for ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He also serves as an Assistant Priest at St. Vincent's Chapel (Edinburgh), the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal, and a member of the of Executive Committee Theological Educators' Network (UK). He earned his doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University (Rome).
Rev. Dr. Joseph Diele, Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Theology
Joe has led theological reflection groups for ordinands at the School for the past five years. Father Joe has served in a variety of ministries; he has pastored parishes, served as a hospital and hospice chaplain, and has been a spiritual director and retreat leader. He has master's degrees in theology, counseling, and Spiritual Direction and a Doctorate in Ministry, specializing in Jungian Psychology.
The Rev, Dr. Cecily P. Broderick Guerra, Practical Theology
During her 34 years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, Cecily has served parishes in both the Dioceses of Long Island and New York, including as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and at historic St. Phillip’s Church in Harlem as both curate and priest-in-charge. She also served for eleven years as rector of St. John’s Church in Hempstead. More recently she was Vice President of Mission Integration at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway for Episcopal Health Services. She currently serves as an Interim Minister, clergy coach, and faculty member at the George Mercer School of Theology in the Diocese of Long Island. Cecily has a Master of Divinity from Yale and Berkeley Divinity Schools, and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a certified Franklin Covey Speed of Trust trainer, certified to administer Hogan Assessments, and a professional coach.
Rev Canon Bruce D. Griffith, Th.D. , Theology
Canon Griffith is Rector Emeritus of Christ Church, Oyster Bay. Ordained in the Diocese of Minnesota, he began his ministry at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, and served thereafter in Toronto, Buffalo, and Rochester before coming to Long Island in 1987. He has taught theology for many years at the Mercer School and holds a research doctorate in theology from the University of Toronto.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Moore, Philosophy for Theology
Matthew Moore was born and raised in Los Angeles, and educated at Harvard, the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In the mid-1980s he and his husband (also a native Angeleno) began a gradual eastward journey, landing first in Chicago (for eighteen years) and then in Brooklyn (sixteen years and counting). After completing his Ph.D. at UIC, Matthew taught there and at Northwestern University, before taking a position at Brooklyn College, where he is currently Professor of Philosophy, and has also served as chairperson of the philosophy department, as Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and as Associate Provost. He completed his priestly formation at the Mercer School, and was ordained in 2017.
The Rev. Dr. Sean Wallace, Liturgics
The Rev. Dr. Sean Wallace is Priest-in-Charge at St. Mary's Carle Place. He served previously as Interim at St. Paul's Carroll Street in Brooklyn and was Curate at The Church of the Resurrection and Chantry Priest at St. Thomas Fifth Ave. from 2009 through 2017. He holds M.Div. and STM degrees from the General Theological Seminary. Before ordination he enjoyed a 20-year career as a professional musician, most recently serving as Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies at the University of New Orleans from 2000 to 2006.
His degrees in music include a Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Masters of Musicology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. His current area of research is the history of the Episcopal hymnal, and he has presented several papers on the subject at professional conferences.
Rev. Dr. Joshua Samuel, Theology
Joshua Samuel is an ordained priest of the Church of South India, a member of the Anglican Communion. He currently serves as Priest-in-Charge at the Church of the Resurrection, Kew Gardens.in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.
He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Inter-religious Engagement from the Union Theological Seminary in New York and served as the Visiting Lecturer for Theology, Global Christianity, and Mission at the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
Rev Joseph Campo, Episcopal Church Polity and Ecclesial Law
The Rev. Joseph Campo, M.A., J.C.L. was ordained in 1975 after four years of theological study at the Gregorian University in Rome. He received his Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Ontario in 1983. "Fr. Joe" has served as a parish priest and pastor in both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Churches.
He has taught ecclesial law as an adjunct professor in both Roman and Episcopal seminaries. He also served as a member and later chair of the New York Diocesan Ecumenical Commission.