Search Committee

The members of the Search Committee for the 11th Bishop of Central Pennsylvania were chosen by the Standing Committee, to reflect all regions in our diocese.  We introduce ourselves here by parish and book currently being read for spiritual nourishment.

Elaine Austin
St. Thomas, Lancaster
Lancaster County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
As We Grieve by Jan Groft

I am rereading this as a reminder of the many places and ways we find grace.

Keith Carr
Blue Ridge Summit/Transfiguration
Franklin County

Keith Carr

Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Forward Day by Day

The Rev. Veronica Donohue Chappell
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
Jersey Shore, PA


Robert Granzow
St. John’s Marietta, PA
Lancaster County


Betsy Ivey
Curate at St. Andrew’s, Shippensburg
Cumberland County

Betsy Ivey

Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Being As Communion by John D Zizioulas

Zizioulas propounds an understanding of the Trinitarian God based in community.

Linda Myers
St. John’s on the Square, Carlisle
Cumberland County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The book is a series of essays about the oppression of women in (mostly) developing countries. The presentation and explanation of these important human rights issues was inspiring, and gave me a clearer understanding of gender equality and economic development.

Churchill Pinder
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg
Dauphin County

The Rev. Christopher Pyles
Rector, St. John’s, Bellefonte
Centre County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: The Grantchester Mysteries (2012), by James Runcie

Similar to Ralph McInerny’s Father Dowling Mysteries, in James Runcie’s collection of short stories, Sidney Chambers is a(n Anglican) priest who, in the context of “normal” parish work, finds himself going far beyond the scope of priestly ministry by investigating a murder. While I hope I never have to do that, the book is a pleasure to read because – even though it’s set in 1950s England – it speaks to timeless truths of the priesthood that resonate with me in the present.

Nancy Rementer
St. John’s, Marietta
Lancaster County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

I’ve just begun and read, “Our hunger for significance is a signal of who we are and why we are here, and it also is the basis of humanity’s enduring response to Jesus.” This one sentence reminds me of how important it is that we continually strive to be in a relationship with the living God who loves us unconditionally and affirms who we are and whose we are so we may reach out to others in love. In this world that does not always “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself,” I find it comforting to know that who I am and why I am here is a response to Jesus and not so much a response to the world’s expectations of who I should be. This is the message of love and affirmation all of us need to hear and each of us must pass on.

Steve Sampson
All Saints, Brookland
Potter County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Robert Sheranko
Christ Church, Berwick
Columbia County


Richard Wall
St. Andrews, State College
Centre County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
an Inspector Morse mystery – The Way Through the Woods, by Colin Dexter

All kinds of clever points can be made about detectives as Christ-like figures, restoring harmony, appreciating human nature and complexity, revealing truth, battling persecution and misunderstanding. But more than anything, this is a great read, and a welcome sight at the end of a long day!

Becky Wagner-Pizza
Trinity Episcopal Church and Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport
Lycoming County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus by Robin R. Meyers

Our church Adult Forum group is currently reading and discussing this thought-provoking book. As the title perhaps alludes, the book is at times controversial and at times potentially life-changing, sometimes simultaneously. Agree or not, I suspect it will at least give me a chance to think with more intent about my long held beliefs and theological assumptions and about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Charlotte Weaver-Gelzer
Search Committee Chair
St. John’s, Lancaster


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Collected Sermons (2013) by Walter Bruggemann (my hero)

And then I read a poem each, by Leonard Cohen and Ursula le Guin. And then, for balance, I read a little in Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Together these books fund creativity, keep complacency at bay and turn my focus more regularly on neighborhood than marketplace.

Janis Yskamp
Rector of the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County, All Saints Brookland and Christ Church Coudersport
Potter County


Recent Book for Spiritual Enrichment?
Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith, by the Presiding Bishop

I have read this several times before and often find myself returning to some of the selections contained. One of the reviews contained on the jacket cover says it best, “Invites us to gain strength from the stories of courageous mission leaders, listen for God’s call into new and sometimes risky places and to become transformative leaders for the church today.”- The Rev. Margaret R. Rose. This book is a wonderful resource for all of us discerning our call to God’s service.