Sermon Writers

Reverend Danae AshleyThe Reverend Danae Ashley is a native of Spokane, Washington and is an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, and is currently serving part-time as an Associate Priest on staff at St. Stephen’s in Seattle. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and seeks to use art, music, drama, poetry, and movement in counseling, spiritual direction, and creation of ritual, especially for pregnancy and infant loss. Danae is a trained facilitator of the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI), Prepare-Enrich, and Positive Discipline parenting workshops. She is proud to be part of The Young Clergy Women Project and has written for their online magazine Fidelia's Sisters and their Advent devotional published by Chalice Press, as well as being a contributing writer to the Episcopal Church's online ministry "Sermons that Work." Danae is one of the contributors of the upcoming book Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement that will be released in February 2016 by Judson Press. Her favorite past times include hiking with her husband and beloved dog, reading, traveling, visiting with family and friends, dancing with wild abandon to Celtic music, and serious karaoke.
Reverend J Barrington BatesThe Reverend Dr. J. Barrington Bates currently serves as interim rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells, New Jersey. He is also Church Review Editor for the journal “Anglican and Episcopal History.”
Reverend Arlette BenoitThe Reverend Arlette Benoit is a graduate of General Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned her Masters in Divinity with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Rev. Benoit was ordain to the priesthood in June 2013 in the Diocese of Atlanta.
While at seminary Rev. Benoit interned with The Episcopal Church’s Office of Black Ministries. She continues to be involved with the Office of Black Ministries, and assist and provides consultation for the planning of the S.O.U.L (Spiritual Opportunity to Unity and Learn) Conferences for youth and young adults, in addition to working with a team of clergy and lay leaders to develop The Rising Stars (RISE) Experience -- a new initiative aimed at countering the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” where children are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Rev. Benoit was also recently appointed to serve as a Youth Ministry Liaison for the Office of Youth Ministries representing Province Four of The Episcopal Church. She has also served as seminarian at Trinity Wall Street and St. Ann's Church for the Deaf during her time in New York City.
Rev. Benoit now serves at St. Paul's Episcopal Atlanta GA, as Associate to the Rector.
The Reverend Dr. Richard BurdenThe Reverend Dr. Richard Burden was called as Rector of All Saints Parish in 2014. Born and raised in Colorado, Richard received a BA in Theatre Arts from Colorado State University, an MA in history from the University of Colorado at Denver and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied Christian conversion in early 20th century China. He began his first career as a bookseller working at the Tattered Cover in Denver, and after a journey through academia he discerned a call to ordained ministry which led him to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley, CA.
Richard was ordained in 2009 and was first called to the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington to serve as Priest in Charge, and also to help develop a groundbreaking program of leadership and congregational development known as The Network for Pastoral Leadership. In 2013, he began to sense God calling him in a new direction, this time to New England. He is a Fellow of the Beatitudes Society. He says, “I went into ordained ministry because I wanted to be a catalyst for individuals and communities to become the people that God needs them to be and to do the work God so urgently needs them to do.” With his spouse Monica he is also a parent to two school aged children. His recorded sermons are available at, you can contact him through the All Saints Brookline Facebook page, twitter @allsaintsbline, and instagram.
Susan ButterworthSusan Butterworth is a Master of Divinity candidate at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her area of special competency is Anglican, Global, Ecumenical and Interfaith Studies. She is currently an intern with the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is in the process of writing a thesis and planned book on the anti-apartheid work of the Anglican dean of Johannesburg Cathedral, Gonville ffrench-Beytagh.
35001143_imageThe Reverend Anthony Clavier is the Vicar of St. Thomas' Church, Glen Carbon, with St. Bartholomew's, Granite City, IL. He also serves as the Co-Editor of The Anglican Digest.
The Reverend Jason Cox has served as associate rector for Youth Ministries at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., since 2011. Prior to working at St. Columba’s, he directed the Episcopal Urban Intern Program, a year-long service and discernment program for young adults, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Before ordination, he served as an intern in the Episcopal Urban Intern Program, working with homeless clients in a transitional housing facility on L.A.’s skid row.
The Reverend Ben Helmer is a retired Episcopal priest who served small congregations in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Arkansas. He was officer for rural and small community ministries for the Episcopal Church from1999-2005.

Helmer currently lives in Holiday Island, Arkansas with his wife.
mhowellThe Reverend Miguelina Howell is Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. Miguelina is originally from the Dominican Republic.She has served God's mission in her home country as Rector of an Episcopal School and various congregations,Camp Director, Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. She served as member of the Presiding Bishop Staff and Rector of a Parish in the Diocese of Newark. Miguelina is member of The Council of Advice for the Latino Missioner of The Episcopal Church and serves as CREDO Faculty.
Reverend Deon JohnsonThe Reverend Deon Johnson has served as Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brighton MI for the last nine years. A Liturgical Consultant, Deon specializes in helping communities revision their worship spaces to better reflect both their needs and the theology of welcome found in the Eucharist. In his spare time Deon enjoys working on websites and is an avid photographer.
35001143_wedding_lean_poseThe Reverend Edwin Johnson is a smiling, dancing, fitness-obsessed Jesus-Freak who is taken by the way that God continues to manifest in the world. He is currently serving as the Priest-In-Charge of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester, MA. He has an incredible wife, an awesome toddler son and a wonderful community around him. In addition to a fulfilling ministry and family life he is also blessed with the time, health, and resources to teach and perform latin dance and train for competitive weightlifting. He'll preach anytime, anywhere, as sharing God's awesomeness makes his whole being happy.
Reverend Marshall JollyThe Reverend Marshall A. Jolly was called as the 26th rector of Grace Episcopal Church in May 2015. A native of Paris, Kentucky, he earned a BA in American studies from Transylvania University and a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Anglican Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. His published work includes essays on Christian social engagement, theology in the public square, and preaching, appearing most recently in the Journal of Appalachian Studies and the Anglican Theological Review. A US Soccer and NCAA referee, Marshall enjoys poetry, folk music, art, and most of all, spending time with his wife Elizabeth.
Katerina Katsarka was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and emigrated at 16 years of age to the United States to study music and literature. After her English degree she spent years studying theology and teaching children of all ages. In the 1980s she edited Cross Current for the Diocese of East Carolina. In the nineties, she worked for the then Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief in New York as as church journalist. She wrote and created all the public relations material for the Fund and traveled to 26 countries to witness and report on the Fund's grants. She freelanced as essayist for two decades and then started writing books. She has six books in circulation, five biblically based books published by Morehouse and one, her cookbook, published by Globe-Pequot/Lyons Press. Her latest books, two novels, are waiting publication. She lives in Louisville and is a parishioner at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Reverend Dr. John J. LynchThe Reverend Dr. John J. Lynch is the rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Yorktown, Virginia, having previously served in the Diocese of Honduras. He is also the Province III Chaplain to the Order of the Daughters of the King. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Father Lynch writes and publishes the Spanish-language blog “El Cura de Dos Mundos”.
The Reverend Dr. Susanna Metz is currently a bi-vocational vicar in a 9 parish rural ministry team in North Devon and a relief milker for 2 area dairies. She serves as Rural Dean for the Torridge Deanery, Diocese of Exeter. Susan was formerly on the faculty of the School of Theology, Sewanee, teaching contextual education and rural studies. She offers workshops and consultations for small churches and dioceses. She is passionate about agricultural and rural small church issues.
Reverend Dr. Joseph S. PaganoThe Reverend Dr. Joseph S. Pagano is associate rector at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis, MD. Dr. Pagano’s ministry at St. Anne’s is focused on Adult Christian Formation, Outreach, and Pastoral Care. Dr. Pagano’s gifts for preaching, teaching, and care are all grounded in joyful and grateful service to God, to the Church, and to the world. Dr. Pagano received a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Marquette University. His research interests focus on theology and contemporary society, science and religion, religious pluralism, and the theology and ethics of H. Richard Niebuhr. He holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served parishes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Baltimore, Maryland. He also served as Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Theology Department at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pagano is married to the Rev. Dr. Amy Richter and is delighted to serve with her at St. Anne’s. They have co-authored two books, A Man, A Woman, A Word of Love, and Love in Flesh and Bone.
Reverend Whitney RiceThe Reverend Whitney Rice is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Indianapolis and currently the Priest-in-Charge of the Shared Ministry of St. Luke’s Shelbyville and St. Thomas Franklin. A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, she comes to ordained ministry by way of the University of Kansas and Yale Divinity School. See more of her work at
Reverend Dr. Amy RichterThe Reverend Dr. Amy Richter serves as Rector of St. Anne's Church in Annapolis, MD. She holds a PhD in New Testament from Marquette University and is the author of Enoch and the Gospel of Matthew. With her husband, the Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Pagano, she is co-author of Love in Flesh and Bone: Exploring the Christmas Mystery, and A Man, A Woman, a Word of Love.
Reverend Anjel ScarboroughThe Reverend Anjel Scarborough is the rector of Grace Church, Brunswick MD. She is wife, mother, iconographer, writer and retreat leader.
35001143_jemonde_taylor_church_naveThe Reverend Jemonde Taylor began serving as the 11th Rector at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC in 2012. A native of Louisburg, NC, Jemonde grew up in St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and Stanford University. Jemonde worked as an automotive performance and design engineer for Michelin Tire Company in Greenville, SC before entering seminary. He attained his Master of Divinity Degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained in 2009, Jemonde served as a priest at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, as a part of the Lilly Foundation Transition Into Ministry Program from 2009 to 2012.

In addition to serving as rector of St. Ambrose, Jemonde is a member of Diocesan Council, the Diocesan Discipline Board, Chair of Business Affairs and Administration, and Chair of the Faith and Morals Committee. Father Jemonde also enjoys practicing an African-Brazilian form of martial arts called Capoeira. He has interests in digital media, design, photography and playing his trumpet.