The Very Rev. Michael D. Kinman has been a part of the Diocese of Missouri for more than 20 years, from the time he arrived in 1986 to work toward his bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia. There, he met his future wife, Robin, an elementary education student at Stephens College, and he became a part of the community at Calvary Episcopal Church.
After working as a sportswriter for a year after graduation, Mike took over as full-time campus minister at Calvary in 1991. Robin and Mike got married in 1992, and in 1993 they packed up and headed off to New Haven, Conn., where Mike spent three years at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. After graduating seminary, Mike was ordained deacon in 1996 in a service at Christ Church Cathedral.
He began work as curate and then associate priest at the Church of St. Michael and St. George. He was ordained priest in 1997 and, among other things that happened during his three years at St. Michael and St. George (such as the birth of Robin’s and his first son, Schroedter), Mike helped start a campus ministry with students from nearby Washington University in St. Louis.
That ministry took on a life of its own, and in 1999, Mike moved into campus ministry full-time, working as Episcopal Campus Missioner for Washington University and serving on the Bishop’s staff as Diocesan Campus Ministry Coordinator. During his time at Washington University, Episcopal Campus Ministry grew to one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest. He worked with the diocese to orchestrate and raise money for the purchase of what is now Rockwell House, an office and student residence and Episcopal center just off campus. He also had the opportunity to be formed and shaped as a priest by many remarkable students—six of whom are now ordained themselves.
In 2002, Robin and Mike’s second son, Hayden, was born—but that wasn’t the only change going on. Mike’s students at Wash U were starting to travel to Africa and were coming back changed. As he encouraged them to continue their travels, they pointed out that he had never been to these places. So he took six weeks’ sabbatical and went to live and work with the Anglican Church and an NGO in Ghana; later, he went with Bishop Smith and others to Lui, Sudan. Changed by the relationships forged in those travels, he became involved in a national Episcopal movement to reorient the church toward seeking and serving Christ through ending extreme poverty, using the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
That movement would become Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR). In 2006 EGR called Mike to be its first executive director. During his three years as EGR’s executive director, it grew in size and scope throughout the church. EGR was a key mover in making the MDGs the Church’s top mission priority for the past triennium. EGR now has diocesan coordinators in more than 70 dioceses and has become the primary resource for ministry involving the MDGs in the Church.
Mike, Robin, Schroedter and Hayden live in the City of St. Louis, just blocks from Forsyth School, where Robin teaches and the boys attend (and where Robin and Mike love coaching the boys’ sports teams). They love bike riding in Forest Park, going to Cardinals games and spending their annual beach vacation with Robin’s family. They are excited for this new chapter in our life together at Christ Church Cathedral.
On Aug. 16, 2010, The Reverend Amy Chambers Cortright came to Christ Church Cathedral from Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, Mo., where she served the past four years as associate rector. During times of transition, she served twice as priest in charge, her most recent title at Calvary. Previously, she spent two years as assistant minister at the Church of the Incarnation in New York City.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and General Theological Seminary in New York City, Amy has played an active role in the Episcopal Church for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Amy was baptized and confirmed at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes. Later, she was sponsored for ordination by the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York.
Christ Church Cathedral is basing Amy’s job on a model used by some other cathedrals and large, urban churches throughout the Episcopal Church—that of vicar.
As vicar, Amy will work with people across every part of our congregational life, leading and helping us offer our gifts and talents to the service of Christ and the glory of God. The vicar’s job will go beyond the previous canon’s oversight of pastoral care and liturgy to include many other aspects of our congregational life, such as Cathedral Life, Community Ministry, Liturgy and Worship, Christian Education, Pastoral Care, Evangelism/Newcomer Incorporation and Ministry Discernment. Amy also has direct authority over all canons and assisting clergy and shares oversight of Cathedral deacons with Bishop Smith.
Amy’s particular interests include liturgy, pastoral care and the creative aspects of ministry, especially “thinking outside the box” and crafting energizing ways of accomplishing ministry in community. Away from church, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring, and being with her husband, Joe (also an Episcopal priest and the new Episcopal campus missioner for Washington University in St. Louis), and their two children, Day and Molly.
The Rev. Canon John W. Kilgore’s title is Canon Minor, as his duties at Christ Church Cathedral are part-time. He has a full-time cardiology practice in St. Louis and is a founding partner of Metro Heart Group of St. Louis. He practices primarily at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, where he also serves as chief of the division of cardiology.
Canon Kilgore is a native Missourian, having grown up in Joplin and attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in biology, a master of science in public health, and a doctor of medicine. His internship, residency and fellowship were completed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He returned to St. Louis in 1985 and has been practicing cardiology here since.
In 1996 Canon Kilgore entered discernment and in 1999 scaled his practice back enough to begin “reading for orders.” In addition to guided independent studies and tutorials, his theological education was at Eden Theological Seminary and Aquinas Institute for Theology in St. Louis, culminating in a certificate in anglican studies at General Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained priest on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2004, and has been on staff here since that time.
Canon Kilgore commits two Sundays a month to the Cathedral (he is on-call for cardiology every third weekend) and started the Wednesday morning “Working Eucharist” at 7 a.m. In addition, Canon Kilgore is the clergy contact person for discernment of persons who may be seeking ordination or assistance with their call to Christian service.
The Venerable Mark Sluss is archdeacon, Diocese of Missouri–Christ Church Cathedral. He has been appointed to the Cathedral by Bishop George Wayne Smith and oversees the Justice & Mercy and the Hospitality & Evangelism Groups of the Cathedral. A deacon is called to a special ministry to interpret the needs of the world to the Church and to interpret the church to the world.
Archdeacon Sluss grew up in St. Louis and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from Missouri State University in 1987. He has worked for many food companies in the areas of Quality Assurance, first as a Microbiologist, then as a regulatory scientist, and finally as a supply chain procurement analyst. His career has taken him to Omaha and Chicago. He is a graduate and supporter of Education for Ministry (EFM) at the Seminary of the South. Upon returning to St. Louis in the early 2002, Deacon Sluss began discerning his call to the ordained ministry and began studies at the Episcopal School for Ministry. He was ordained a deacon in 2007.
Archdeacon Sluss is pleased to be back in St. Louis and close to his family. He and his partner, Todd Eller, enjoy the many advantages that living in the City offer, including the Fox Theater and Missouri Botanical Garden.