Dr. A. Gary Shilling 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. Dr. Stephen Smith 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. Rev. 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.
Charles A. Cesaretti 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 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.
Bill and Hope Eakins have served as Rectors of parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut and, following retirement, as Interim ministers. Bill has been a Trustee of his alma maters, Trinity College and Oriel College, Oxford; Hope has served on the boards of the Society for the Increase of Ministry and Berkeley Divinity School. Hope has also been the chair of the Examining Chaplains in the Diocese of Connecticut, and both Bill and Hope have been readers of General Ordination Examinations for the Episcopal Church. They live in Hartford Connecticut, have three sons and three stepsons and ten 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 was 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.
Everett Puri 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.