SPRINGFIELD, NJ / March 2018



Registration is now open for The Episcopal Preaching Foundations two annual Preaching Excellence Programs (PEP and PEP-II), serving Episcopal seminarians and parish clergy respectively:

PEP, the five-day Preaching Excellence Program conference for Episcopal seminarians will be held at the Roslyn Center, May 28-June 1, inspired and led by luminaries including Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta, Gary Jones, St. Stephen’s, Richmond, VA, and Dean Sam Candler, Cathedral of St. Phillip, Atlanta.

PEP-II serving clergy in their early years of parish ministry. This year’s PEP-II conference Preaching Across the Divide, will be held June 5-8 at the Claggett Center, Adamstown, MD.

Considered a rite of passage for future church leaders, PEP features a week-long retreat in a fraternity of peers from sister institutions, with direct access to some of the Anglican Communion’s most storied preachers and homiletics faculty. A rare opportunity to concentrate on the preaching skills that are essential to future parish leaders, PEP counts among its alumni Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and the current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

 The PEP format offers a mix of worship and prayer, plenary sessions, preaching groups, workshops, fellowship, and personal quiet time. At the heart of the experience is the preaching group whose essence is giving students a place to preach in an environment of trust and learning, with an opportunity to grow from constructive feedback.

Admission to PEP is by invitation, following nominations by seminary faculty. Students pay a nominal $100 contribution to the cost of the program, with the balance funded by EPF, supplemented by contributions from students’ seminary and diocese. This year’s PEP student body will include Episcopal seminarians from the leading seminaries in the US, the Anglican Church of Canada, and a first-time cohort of Diocesan-sponsored postulants from the Iona Collaborative.

PEP-II, June 5-8: Inspired by the success of PEP, “PEP-II” the EPF’s companion annual three-day retreat for recently ordained clergy builds on the preaching wisdom earned through the first years of parish leadership, to develop the powerful preacher latent in every parish leader.

PEP-II brings top-tier homiletic faculty, and recognized parish leaders together to offer a rich mix of workshops, plenary sessions, individual coaching, and, supportive critique.

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“There’s a moment when recently ordained clergy recognize their readiness to build on the preaching skills earned through years of seminary and parish leadership…”- Gary Shilling, EPF Founder.

PEP-II clergy mastering hand gestures. Photo: Christine Parton-Burkett

Led by faculty Wesley Allen (SMU), Micah Jackson (SSW), Nathan Kirkpatrick (Duke), Kimberly Jackson, priest and social activist, Stephen Smith, Rector, Dublin, OH, 2018 PEP II Preaching Across the Divide will address the practical challenges faced by clergy every Sunday in bringing God’s word to parishioners who may hold starkly differing world views from the person in the next pew.

Registration Information for PEP and PEP-II can be found at:

About the Episcopal Preaching Foundation

Recognizing the importance of good preaching in church growth Economist Gary Shilling founded the Episcopal Preaching Foundation in 1987 with the mission to raise the standard of preaching in the Episcopal Church. To date more than 2,000 Episcopal clergy have benefited from EPF preaching programs. The Foundation’s outreach includes the PEP conference, PEP-II for parish clergy in their early years of ministry, and Diocesan preaching conferences designed in partnership with Diocesan leadership.

For more information contact: Email:; Tel: 973-376-6014

OR Peter Wild, Executive Director, Tel: (203) 448-8801; email: