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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.



Kathy Funk_0001Kathy Funk, Treasurer – I am a cradle Episcopalian and have served my beloved church in many ways over the years, including Altar Guild, ECW and parish fundraising, parish treasurer, along with Daughters of the King: Past Province VIII President, Province VIII Leadership Board, and National Council.

Two of my most favorite ways to serve have been teaching Sunday school for pre-school through elementary aged children. I love children and especially their perception of what they hear and how they interpret stories. I also have been involved in many outreach programs from putting together holiday food baskets and gathering new toys, to helping organize the distribution of water while people wait in line during the desert summer months for food from outreach centers.

I have been married to the love of my life for over 51 years, and we have three children and eight grandchildren. I am still involved with the family business as Chief Financial Officer.

I love to cook, sew, and garden. I enjoy just sitting and watching nature. I love animals of all kinds; even the rabbits that destroy our plants are beautiful to me. This is the time I meditate and marvel at everything God has given us to enjoy. Even my two precious Labrador Retrievers do not chase the rabbits or the birds from the yard.

A little over a year ago I started taking music lessons again for the violin and mandolin. I had not played in years and find this very rewarding.


Andi SilbermanAndi Neal Silberman, Secretary – 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

Donna HairstonDonna HairstonI didn’t grow up in an overly religious household.  My dad is a Southern Baptist, and my mother was a cradle Episcopalian.  My mother’s family was originally from Banbury, England and have roots in the Church of England.  I was raised basically in the Episcopal faith by my mother.  I attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts with my mother.  I did not get baptized until I was an adult (St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Woodbridge, Virginia).  This was a decision I did not take lightly.  I searched many churches/faiths, but I kept coming back to the Episcopal faith.  I love all the rituals that are in the Episcopalian faith.  I have been on the Vestry; attended Cursillo; served as a leader of women’s bible study; and was a member of the Daughters of the King.  When approached about the new women’s community being formed within the Episcopal Church, I prayed about what God wanted me to do.  Since The Episcopal Community is based on our baptismal vows, I felt led to be one of the original members of the group.  We are marked as Christ’s own for ever.  This really resonates within my soul. I am married and have only fur children (Gracie and Zoey).  I enjoy helping others in need.  I try to live every day to its fullest and to be a good Christian.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I am an avid Vols Fan. I attend St Andrew’s, Panama City, Florida



376Sylvia James  – Worship Chair. Sylvia lives in Estill Springs, TN and is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church Winchester. I am committed to living out my baptismal covenant and using the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide, to nurture and support my sisters as we walk our spiritual journeys. The Episcopal Community is a  welcoming, loving fellowship which offers Episcopal women a unique opportunity for personal spiritual growth while serving our church and all of God’s people.

Sally NicholsSally Nichols – I live in San Diego CA and have two grown children and four grandchildren. I am a cradle Episcopalian who married a Baptist. Together we have enriched our spiritual lives. We are both active at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Among our duties are serving as chalices bearers and as members of the healing ministry, The Order of St Luke. I have served in all levels from parish life to national church committees, a journey which has been such a blessing. One passion we have as a family is helping the needy. We sponsor children around the world. I started the Diocesan Advent Baby Shower; which supplies baby items for the needy. When Steve retired we began traveling, but our first priority is time with our grandchildren.  The The Episcopal Community has enriched my life with a sisterhood that supports and challenges my spiritual growth.


Chris ButterworthChris Butterworth, 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, Membership Chairis 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.”

Sue SchlanbuschSue 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. At present I am the Parish Administrator of St Mark’s Church, in Marine City, Michigan.



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.