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Nancy Young 3.31.2015Nancy Young, President –I came to the Episcopal Church as an adult. I fell in love with the liturgy; the Eucharist; the homilies centered on love, grace, and forgiveness. As a literature major, I felt at home amongst the ritual, the symbolism, the appeal to the senses (“smells and bells”), the embracing of mystery, and the acceptance of divergent thought. I felt drawn to be an active part of the church. Through the years, I have served as an adult Sunday School teacher, lector, lay Eucharistic Minister, acolyte, vestry member, Senior Warden, Building Committee member, Capital Campaign Committee member, Order of St. Luke intercessor and healing team, EfM graduate, convention delegate, Cursillista, retreat facilitator, and have held leadership positions in the ECW (Diocesan Board) and Daughters of the King (Diocesan President, Province 2nd VP, Province 1st VP, Province President, National Council). In 2010, seeking deeper spiritual growth, I became a founding member of The Episcopal Community and its Circle of Leadership.

In addition to church activities, I enjoy gardening, reading, photography, and family activities with my son, daughter, five grandchildren, siblings, and mother (who lives with me). My sisters and I recently begin checking off our bucket list by hang gliding in north Georgia. I am particularly drawn to learning to live each moment intentionally, to experiencing the many ways of praying, and in assisting others in spiritual formation. You can’t take the “teach” out of a teacher. As I learn to listen “with the ear of the heart” and allow my life to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and God’s lavish healing love, I find encouragement and support in The Episcopal Community.


Patti Joy Posan

Patti Joy Posan, Vice President – I am blessed to have been raised by a father and mother, both of whom had a deep faith, not only in our Lord, but in the inherently goodness in all people. My father was an Episcopal Priest and my mother was a Jungian therapist – from my father I learned the basic tenants of my faith and from my mother I learned about my own power as a woman, created in Christ’s image. I am happiest when I am relating to children and am honored to be a part of their journey to adulthood. I am a Advocate for children with Special Needs and those who are Dependent and Neglected. My husband and I are honored to be raising two of our ten grandchildren – it is through their eyes that we see the world anew. I am blessed in knowing that I do not step a step that Christ is not beside me, and it is this deep faith and awareness of all that is holy around me that leads me forward each day.  Yes, I am marked as Christ’s own for ever. In my spare time, I am the Executive Director of SPCK/USA, the oldest Anglican mission agency. I love to read, write, walk in the woods, garden, commune with nature, and just be present in the moment.

Chris Butterworth

Chris Butterworth, Treasurer & Spiritual Formation Chair – is a Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader. She lives with her husband, The Rev. Gary Butterworth who she has been married to for 32 years and attends All Saints Episcopal Church in Gastonia, NC. Chris has done custom sewing and vestments with her business, Threads of Grace.

Becky Taylor ScottBecky Taylor Scott, Secretary – is a member of Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan, AL and on the Altar Guild. She has served as a Vestry member, Hospitality Team Leader and is an active member of the Outreach Ministries at Nativity, Dothan. Rebecca has led The Episcopal Church Women Commission as president for our diocese and has recently been asked to serve on the Cursillo Commission. Becky says “My daily devotional and prayer time with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as Bible study, Holy Eucharist and the Daily Offices are vital to sustaining my spiritual life. Additional help comes from serving the Lord through volunteering and maintaining Godly friendships and community.Becky said, “I work hard at following a Rule of Life strongly influenced by The Rule of St. Benedict. I also try to group-reunion with my fellow Cursillistas on a weekly basis as I find it is always helpful to have someone to be accountable to on my journey with Christ throughout the days and weeks.” Becky is President of the Province IV ECW.

Andi SilbermanAndi Neal Silberman, Chair of Governance – I am a cradle Episcopalian who was raised in the church with wonderfully spiritual parents.   As a young child I remember asking my parents how we know when something is of God.  Their response was simple yet profound.  My parents answered, “If it is not loving, it is not God”

I have served the church in ministry through mission trips, altar guild, hospice, choir, in leadership positions, teaching Sunday school, visiting shut-ins and with fellowship.  However, one of the most important things that I have ever done is study and graduate from the Education for Ministry Program (EFM) with my sweet husband.  EFM is offered by The University of the South School of Theology.  It changed me.  EFM helped me connect the dots for turning my baptismal vows into action.

I live in Wetumpka, Alabama with my husband and best friend, Mark.  We have four grown children and eight beautiful grandchildren.  In addition, we have two Brittany Spaniels and a grand-cat.  Mark and I love nature, animals and all water sports.  I recently retired from the Alabama Senate where I worked as the executive assistant to the Senate Majority Leader and was the clerk of the Senate Confirmations Committee.  Now I am serving as the Assistant Director of Licensure for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

The Episcopal Community is a community of women who share the passion of living into our baptismal vows.  I cannot imagine my life without this community! If you live in Alabama and are interested in becoming a member of The Episcopal Community, email me at

 Morning Prayer GC78 SLC Lorna MacDonaldLorna MacDonald – 


Sue Schlanbusch, AdvisorI am a life time Episcopalian. I attended Whitaker School of Theology along with my husband in the priesthood study. I have been a hospital chaplain and also worked in Milan Federal Prison. In 1997 I became National President of the Daughters of the King. I have served on the boards of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, of SPCK/USA, and of local youth organizations. I also served as the Arch Diocese of Detroit Cursillo Secretariat. At the request of several Bishop’s, I worked with two other past DOK Presidents, to begin The Episcopal Community, in 2009.

Committee Chairs

 Sylvia James  – Worship Chair – I am passionate about loving and serving all of God’s people, the Episcopal Church and about equity within the whole human family .My parents and my church family were wonderful models as I began my life’s journey.    I loved to learn, to read, to be alone with God and to help people in need; Music and being in the midst of God’s creation nourish my soul. I love to teach, to hunt for seashells on a sandy beach and be with my family, my soulmate and husband of 51 years, my 2 beautiful children and 4 precious grandchildren . My life as a priest’s wife has been an incredible gift from God and has opened doors to ministry that I would never have dreamed of, from going on medical mission trips to Guatemala to encouraging me to use my God given talents. The beautiful people who have enriched this journey I will be forever grateful for. My precious therapy dog who taught me about unconditional love and the women at Tutwiler prison who taught me about the power of forgiveness and changing lives.  EFM nurtured my early years and now Celtic spirituality is showing me new paths to Christian living.   I give thanks to God for giving us The Episcopal Community to enrich the spiritual life of our church, and I am committed to doing whatever I can to help it to flourish. This wonderful community of Christian women encourages, supports and loves me as I am. They challenge me to reach deeper within myself and to walk closer with my Lord.

Kathleen Nyhuis, Membership Chair – My husband and I came to the Episcopal Church as newlyweds.  I have served in parish and diocesan

Kathleen Nyhuisadministrative and pastoral areas for over 25 years, and nationally with the PBFWR, now ERD, for twelve. A rule of life has been followed since I became a Daughter of the King over 40 years ago. Although I was part of the vision and formation of The Episcopal Community, prior commitments kept me from joining until this year.

I have long been active in multi-cultural ministries, mediation, chaplaincy and liturgical arts.  I am a lifetime advocate for women and children, especially those who have been abused.

My beloved died ten years ago, and I have for the past seven years cared for the elderly and dying.

I am inspired by our Presiding Bishop and his call to this branch of the Jesus Movement!


philipduncanThe Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan II, Chaplain – Retired Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, was consecrated on May 12, 2001.  Previously, he served as Dean and Rector of Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas (1993 – March 2001). St. Matthew’s is an urban congregation in the inner city of Dallas with 2,100 baptized members and 1,500 communicants.  Prior to his time as Dean, Bishop Duncan served as rector of St. John’s Church, Clearwater, Florida, from 1972 to 1993 and curate of Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey, from 1970 to 1972.Bishop Duncan earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  He received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York City and Doctor of Ministry in evangelism from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.  He was honored by The General Theological Seminary, The University of the South, and Virginia Theological Seminary, by their granting Doctor of Divinity degrees.For sixteen years, Bishop Duncan has been a reader, chaplain, and a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains.  As bishop, he serves on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, representing the Episcopal Church in ecumenical dialogues with the United Methodist Church; serves on various hospital, seminary and University boards; served on the Committee for the Armed Forces for the Episcopal Church; is an associate of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a religious order for men focusing on spirituality; and a member of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.  In the Diocese of Dallas and Southwest Florida he was a deputy and an alternate to General Convention; member and president of the Board of Pinellas County Comprehensive Addiction Services, Florida; was a member of the board of directors of The Children’s Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Thanksgiving Square (an interfaith gathering), and the East Dallas Community Organization.Born December 6, 1944; he has been married to Kathlyn Anne Cowie (Kathy), a registered nurse and school nurse teacher, since 1970. They have two sons, Andrew Gray and Ian James.