Dr. A. Gary Shilling (Founder & Chairman of EPF) is an economic consultant and columnist for Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg View and other publications. Thirty years ago, he founded and still Chairs the Board of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF) which partners with Episcopal dioceses to plan, staff, and conduct preaching conferences for priests, deacons, and lay preachers at the diocesan and national levels. EPF’s signature Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) is for 50-60 seminarians from Episcopal seminaries and other institutions preparing students for Episcopal ordination. They spend an all-expense-paid week honing their preaching skills and are led by four or five homiletics professors, an equal number of skilled parish preachers, a faculty dean, and well-known guest lecturers.
Dr. Shilling has written eight best-selling books on economic developments and investment strategy. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford. He is the president of A. Gary Shilling & Co., Inc., economic consultants. Dr. Shilling has received honorary degrees from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley at Yale, Sewanee and The General Theological Seminary in recognition of his efforts as an Episcopal layman
The Rev. Canon Charles A. Cesaretti (President) is a native of New Jersey and a Rutgers University graduate. He attended the Episcopal Church’s seminary in Philadelphia and completed post-graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary earning a master’s degree in theology. As the assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, his posting included being the envoy to oversee the international church and governmental relations of the Episcopal Church in Central America, East and South Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.
In 1990 Fr. Cesaretti became the assistant to the Rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he was engaged in the research and development of parish outreach and mission.
Fr. Cesaretti is a long time active volunteer and currently a member and Vice-Chair of the Tri-Cities Opera. He is the editor of four books, and author of numerous articles and reviews. Until recently, he was interim rector of St. Paul’s, Montrose. He lives in New Milford, PA.
Carl T. Anderson (Secretary) is a retired partner of Paul Hastings LLP., a leading international law firm, where for over 30 years he focused his practice in commercial transactions, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy in the firm’s Los Angeles Office. From October 2012 until June 2014, he was the Chief Operations Officer of The Episcopal School of Los Angeles, a co-educational day school serving students in grades six through twelve. He is a life trustee and chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. Anderson has served as a trustee of St. James Episcopal School, Los Angeles, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, and Choate Rosemary Hall School, Wallingford, Connecticut. He is currently a director of National Lime and Stone Company, Findlay, Ohio, and Continental Land & Fur Company, Houston, Texas. Mr. Anderson received his B.A. from Stanford University and his JD from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Anderson lives in Los Angeles where he is an active member of All Saints Parish, Beverly Hills.
Everett Puri (Treasurer) is a financial professional with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, NA, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee with a B.A. degree in History and has his CFA designation from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. Everett is presently a Trustee of the University of the South, and in addition he is on the Advisory Board of The Beeken Center at The School of Theology.
He resides in Atlanta with his wife Lombard and their two sons, Allan and Thomas.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith (Dean of Faculty) has a consistent record of providing leadership to a Churches that face a multitude of challenges. In his current position at St. Patrick’s Church in Dublin, Ohio he has successfully expanded programming and significantly increased Sunday congregational attendance. Dr. Smith provides leadership to a youth program that brings together 25 to 40 young people every week there.
His publications include Saving Salvation: The Amazing Evolution of Grace (Morehouse: 2005) and numerous articles and sermons for Forward Movement Publications. Rev. Smith holds a PhD in Ministry Preaching from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He is a dedicated, longtime supporter and member of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.
Mr. Roger W. Parkhurst adds unique perspectives to our Board. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law, and is certified in Mediating Disputes by the Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiations. He has practiced intellectual property law, that is patent, trade secret, trademark and trade dress law, for 50 years. He has litigated such disputes in many federal and state courts and agencies, and often lectured on such topics. He has been president and treasurer of both the 16,000 member American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation.
While he grew up in a mutli-denominational Christian church, he has been an Episcopalian for more than 40 years. His longstanding interest in good preaching and public speaking commenced as early as his high school days, became more focused in a college speech class, and has continued to grow throughout his career.
The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., is president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).
Richardson was installed as CDSP president in October 2010, after more than a decade as professor of theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City.
He is an Episcopal priest, scholar, lecturer and theologian who has written extensively on faith, science, and evolution.
The CDSP president received his B.A. in history at the University of Oregon, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the GTU, where he taught theology in the 1990s.
Richardson is a former parish priest who has worked and studied on both coasts. He is founder and director of the Science and Spiritual Quest Project of the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, the moderator of the Trinity Institute conferences in New York City and the senior theological advisor at Trinity Wall Street.
He and his wife, Brenda, live in the Deanery near the CDSP campus in Berkeley. They have three children.
W. MacDonald Snow Jr. “Don”, retired, was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. The primary purpose of the Corporate Finance Department was to analyze, negotiate and price long-term, unsecured private placement (non-publicly registered) debt securities.
He was on the vestry of Christ Church in Short Hills, the Planning Board of Millburn (Chairman), the Board of Governors of the Short Hills Club and the board of the Township Beautiﬁcation League. He also was a member of two business boards: Alderwood Group and The Asia Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund.
He is a graduate of Harvard College, AB Cum Laude, Economics, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (MBA Finance)
He lives in Short Hills, New Jersey, is the father of three sons and has six grandchildren.
Pamela Wesley Gomez is the Director of Development and External Church Affairs at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She received her MS in counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BS from Randolph Macon College. She is the first staff Stewardship Director in the Episcopal Church and has served for twenty-nine years as a lay professional.
A former Director of Marketing and Education at the Episcopal Church Foundation, she is the co-author of Funding Future Ministry. She is the past President of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes and serves on the boards of the Friends of the Archbishop of Canterbury Committee and Forward Movement. In 2004, she received a SCOM grant to do mission work in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2010 she and The Reverend Loren Meade were awarded Leadership Awards by the Consortium of Endowed Parishes as part of their twenty-fifth anniversary celebration.
She has raised over 40 million dollars for ministry in the Episcopal Church. As part of a women’s build group she has built ten Habitat houses in South Carolina and New Orleans. She and her husband, Max, have six children and eight grandchildren.
Peter Wild is a consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising professional working in the nonprofit sector.
Peter came to work in nonprofit in 2000 with Trinity Wall Street to lead the newly launched national magazine Spirituality & Health which grew to an award winning, advertised supported, bi-monthly thought leader in the field. Through growth, leadership changes, and the 2008 recession, Peter counts the survival of the magazine under the present owners to his success. In addition he co-led the production of three national conferences while at Trinity for clergy leaders at the Kanuga Conference Center with keynote speakers to include Archbishops The Most Reverend Tutu and The Most Reverend Carey.
Peter’s most recent projects have been with two New England nonprofit organizations as Executive Director. Lyme Research Alliance of Greenwich, CT; and more recently The Hull Lifesaving Museum on Boston’s South Shore. Among his successes in these roles Peter is most proud of that revenues doubled during his tenure as Executive Director of Lyme Research Alliance, creating the momentum for a merger of equals to form Global Lyme Alliance, now the largest not-for-profit organization supporting Lyme disease scientific research. At Hull, the expanded Hull Harbor Illumination Festival is symbolic of Peter’s impact on elevating the visibility and donor appeal of the institution and its viability as a vehicle for corporate sponsorship.
A native of the U.K., Peter now lives in Connecticut with his wife Kay. While humbly learning the ropes as a new grandfather, his spare time activities include writing his memorable moments as an offshore sailor, marathoner, therapy-dog owner and beekeeper.