Candidates for Bishop

   Candidates for the 16th Bishop of Massachusetts

The Standing Committee announces Candidates for the 16th Bishop of Massachusetts the following slate of candidates presented by the Discernment Committee. Their biographical sketches follow. To read their essays in response to five questions posed by the Discernment Committee, click the links following their biographies.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Holly L. Antolini

The Rev. Holly AntoliniHolly Lyman Antolini has served as Rector of St. James's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA since 2008, leading the congregation in their project to build a new parish house as part of a condominium development. She is Dean of the Alewife Deanery and was Alternate to General Convention 2009.

Previously, she served as Associate Rector at St. Paul's, Richmond, Virginia and Dean of a Region in that diocese, and for 12 years in the Diocese of Maine, as Vicar of an island mission, Interim in a college-town congregation, Missioner to a tiny inner-city church plant, and finally Director of a contemplative environmental ministry with youth and young adults, "the small voice ministry at pin point farm." A graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, she also served as Deputy and Alternate to General Convention from both Maine and Virginia, and two terms on Maine’s Standing Committee. She has mentored seminarians and deacons-in-formation, worked to combat racism and other ‘isms, and been a pilgrim in search of environmental sustainability.

In her "sabbath time," Holly gardens, hikes, reads, swims, plays piano, entertains her cat, Pauli, and cooks with her two "foodie" daughters, Tina and Tessa.

To read Rev. Antolini's essays, click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Timothy Crellin

Timothy Crellin has been Vicar of St. Stephen’s Church in Boston since 1999, and is the founder of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs.  Previously he was Associate Rector of Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill.  He graduated from Brown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Tim has been providing leadership in the Diocese for more than twenty years.  He wrote the proposal for the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, and developed the original vision for Mission Hubs.  Under his leadership, the B-SAFE summer program has expanded to serve more than 600 youth, and he helped to establish the B-PEACE Campaign following the death of a beloved parishioner.
Tim’s experience working with fifty partner churches has taught him that engagement in God’s mission is the key to both the present and the future of the Church.  He is inspired by the witness of Episcopalians across the Diocese and eager to foster the work of our baptismal covenant: to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”   
Tim lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Jenny, the Executive Director of Youth on Board, and their son, Adam, a student at Boston Latin School.  Tim is an avid runner, cyclist, reader, and Red Sox fan.

To read Rev. Crellin's essays click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Ronald D. Culmer

The Rev. Ronald CulmerThe Reverend Ronald D. Culmer is Rector of St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Pleasanton, California, and is enrolled in the joint D.Min. program at Seabury-Western and CDSP in Congregational Development.  Ron, as he is known by his friends, graduated from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific and served as Rector and Headmaster of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Winnetka, California.

Reverend Culmer is active at the deanery and diocesan levels, and served as Vice President of the Standing Committee, Chair of the Eastmund Fund, Chair of the Diocesan Nominating Committee, and member of the Alumni Council and Board of Trustees of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Ron is married and has two children, two dogs, and one goldfish in a house small on size but big on love.  He is an avid reader of poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, a longtime fan of Firefly and Dr. Who, and enjoys scuba diving, hiking, yoga, and bird watching, as time permits.  Reverend Culmer strongly supports music programs of all sorts, has sung in choral groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, plays guitar and writes both poetry and publicly preformed music.  As his friends and parishioners will attest, he is a wine and food aficionado.

To read Rev. Culmer's essays, click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Alan M. Gates

The Rev. Alan M. Gates is Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a large congregation on Cleveland’s east side where he has served since 2004.  Previously he served in the Dioceses of Chicago, Western Massachusetts, and Massachusetts.   He was ordained priest in 1988 at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, MA, having been ordained deacon at the Washington Cathedral.

A graduate of Middlebury College, he worked as a Russian linguist and Soviet analyst at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State before enrolling in seminary at Episcopal Divinity School.  He is vice-chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Seminary Federation.  Prior involvements have included board service with the Teleios Foundation for US/Russian church relations, and St. Leonard’s House ministry for ex-offenders; faculty for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation; and mentoring numerous candidates for parish ministry.  In the Diocese of Ohio he has chaired the Commission on Ministry and is currently on the Standing Committee.

Alan is passionate about collegial parish ministry and community involvements.  He has been married since 1980 to Patricia Harvey.  They have two grown sons, Philip and Ethan.

To read Rev. Gates' essays, click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Ledlie I. Laughlin

The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin was installed as the twentieth rector of St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 1999.  A graduate of Oberlin College, he attended Yale Divinity School; spent a year in Kyoto, Japan practicing the Tea Ceremony and has since served as parish priest in four dioceses, nurturing congregations – large, small; struggling, thriving; urban, suburban, inner-city, and of varied racial socio-economic populations.   In each, Ledlie led the congregation to respond creatively and compassionately to the needs of its neighbors. 

Ledlie describes himself as a visionary leader who sees not-yet-realized potential and draws forth gifts of one and all to generate health in the church body.  Ledlie’s ministry is centered in contemplation and action; his practice of daily prayer and deep commitment to justice propels him to create partnerships and strive for justice in society. He is passionate about solving puzzles – jigsaw, personal relationships, or organizational dynamics.

In addition to serving as Rector of St. Peter’s, Ledlie is President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania and on the faculty of CREDO.  Ledlie and his wife, Sarah, have two grown children.  With New England roots, Ledlie is an avid cyclist, enjoys reading poetry, and loves hiking.

To read Rev. Laughlin's essays, click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Canon Margaret Ewing (Mally) Lloyd

Canon Lloyd’s ordained ministry is grounded in lay ministry beginning in high school, teaching Sunday School, and ending with eighteen years of service at St. Paul’s, Dedham.   After ordination, Mally focused on multi-generational Christian formation as the Assistant Rector, Christ Church, Needham.  She offered healing as an after-pastor and encouraged the expansion of the feeding and homeless ministries as Christ Church, Plymouth’s Priest-in-Charge then rector.  She mentored newly ordained clergy at Fresh Start and served on Diocesan Council, advocating for congregational involvement in diocesan decisons.

Currently Canon to the Ordinary, a many-faceted job which includes ministering to laity and clergy; varied congregations: urban, small town, suburban, large, small, struggling, flourishing; and overseeing Diocesan staff and operations, Mally also serves The Episcopal Church as deputy to General Convention; chair of Program Budget and Finance; and member of the Presiding Bishop nominating committee.

Mally graduated from Brown University, married, taught English and history, and managed her former husband’s building business; they raised three children.  She earned an M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School.

Married to Katherine Ragsdale and expecting a grandchild momentarily, Mally’s soul is nourished by quiet, praying while walking, knitting, painting, writing, reading, the ocean, and time with friends and family. 

To read Rev. Lloyd's essays, click here.

Brief Biographical Sketch for the Reverend Sam Rodman

The Rev. Sam Rodman has served as Project Manager for the Campaign Initiatives in the Diocese of Massachusetts since 2010, engaging congregations, clergy and laity, in collaborative local and global mission through the Together Now campaign.  For 23 years, Sam served as a parish priest in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, most recently as Rector of St. Michael’s in Milton for 16 years from 1994-2010.

While in Milton, St. Michael’s expanded their mission through partnerships and completed a seven year plan that included a capital campaign for a major renovation of the church school building. From 1989-1994 Sam served as the Assistant Rector at Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill. Sam began his service in the Church as an Assistant in the Office of Evangelism and Congregational Development at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. In Massachusetts, Sam also served on the Commission of Ministry from 1995-2004 and was co-chair from 2001-2004. 

Sam has been associated with Bethany House of Prayer for the past four years serving as a retreat leader and chaplain with groups, congregations and dioceses.  He is a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary.  Sam is married and he and his wife have two adult daughters.

To read Rev. Rodman's essays, click here.


Prayer for the election of our bishop

Loving Creator: You call us together and send us forth to be Your disciples in all places. We are grateful for Your leading, accompanying and directing as we discerned the candidates to be our next Bishop. Now guide the hearts and minds of Holly Antolini, Tim Crellin, Ronald Culmer, Alan Gates, Ledlie Laughlin, Mally Lloyd, and Sam Rodman as they each discern a new call to be with us as a faithful pastor and teacher in Christ's name. Give them courage, joy and vision as we continue to draw closer to You. Continue to abide in us as we remain prayerfully open to the call of these candidates to serve as You lead. Make us all, candidates and people, open to Your divine call so that together, our spirits may be transformed. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Oracíon por la eleccíon de nuestro obispo

O Dios Creador de cielo y tierra, Tú nos has llamado y nos has enviado a ser tus discípulos y discípulas en el mundo. Te agradecemos el que nos hayas guiado, dirigido y acompañado mientras discerníamos los candidatos y candidatas para nuevo Obispo. Con humildad te pedimos que gues los corazones y las mentes de Holly Antolini, Tim Crellin, Ronald Culmer, Alan Gates, Ledlie Laughlin, Mally Lloyd, and Sam Rodman mientras que, en lo profundo de su ser, disciernen su propio llamado a servir en nuestra diócesis como fiel pastor y maestro, pastora y maestra en nombre de Cristo Jesús. Te imploramos que les prodigues fortaleza, alegría y visión mientras todos nos acercamos cada vez más a Ti en este proceso. Mantente junto a nosotros y a nosotras mientras contemplamos y oramos con espíritus abiertos al llamado
de estos candidatos al servicio que Tú diriges. Haz que cada persona en este proceso estemos abiertos a tu divina llamada para que juntos como un solo cuerpo, podamos ser transformados de espíritu. Todo esto te lo pedimos en nombre de Cristo, Amén.