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.
The Very Rev. Dr. Michael T. Sniffen, Dean of Mercer School of Theology , Homiletics and Liturgical Theology
Michael Sniffen is Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation and concurrently the Dean of Mercer School of Theology. The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen 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.
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.
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.
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 is currently serving at the Church of the Resurrection, Richmond Hill, and St. John’s Church, Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York. He also serves on the core advisory team of Fellowship of Anglican Scholars of Theology (FeAST), USPG, London. He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Interreligious Dialogue at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. He is the author of Untouchable Bodies, Resistance, and Liberation: A Comparative Theology of Divine Possessions (Leiden: Brill, 2020) and Church and Religious Diversity (London: CWM/Delhi:ISPCK, 2020).
Dr. Donn F. Morgan, Old Testament
Dr. Donn F. Morgan has taught Old Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific since 1972 and served as President and Dean from 1995–2010. He also taught biblical studies, Christian education, homiletics and other multidisciplinary courses and topics. His special interests include biblical wisdom literature, the Psalms, scripture and canon, the Writings, and the post-exilic period of ancient Israel. He is the author of six books, including Between Text & Community and Fighting with the Bible, and recently edited The Oxford Handbook of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible.
Dr. Robert J. Owens, Old Testament
Dr. Robert J. Owens served as Professor of Old Testament at The General Theological Seminary from 2001 until his retirement in 2016. He previously taught at Emmanuel Christian Seminary and the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, and was Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College in Oxford University, UK. A specialist in the Hebrew Bible and its earliest versions, Dr. Owens has published a number of articles and books on the Bible of the ancient Syriac-speaking church, most recently The Syriac Peshitta Bible with English Translation: Proverbs, Qoheleth, and Song of Songs (2022).
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.
The Rev. Spencer Cantrell, Philosophy for Theology
The Rev. Spencer Cantrell Philosophy for Theology serves as Curate at All Saints’ Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He holds degrees in Philosophy/Religion from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Divinity from General Theological Seminary, where he received the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize and the Martyrs of Memphis Award for Outstanding Service. Previously he served as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary’s Harlem and as a Chaplain Resident at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.