The Rev. Dr. Amy Welin, Acting Dean
The Rev. Dr. Amy Welin has been serving as the Acting Dean of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral since August 2017.
Prior to her priestly ordination, Amy worked as an instructor of medieval and world history, an insurance claims processor, and a pastoral associate in a large mid-western church. Before accepting the call of St. Stephen’s in Harrisburg, she served a variety of parishes in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, as a member of the Standing Committee and the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral.
One of the founding members of the Episcopal Clergy Association in Connecticut (ConnECA), and a prior board member of the Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations (NECA), Amy devotes her energy to issues of clergy and parish wellness.
Currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Virginia Theological Seminary, Amy anticipates finishing her thesis on the impact of worship on spiritual formation in 2018. Married to Greg Welin, who is also an Episcopal priest, and mother of four young adults, Amy likes to garden and practice yoga in her free time.
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The Rev. Shayna Watson was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, to parents who migrated from South Carolina, Shayna has strong work ethics, family values, and faithfulness to the Church. Her father was the first African American in his local union and her mother was a steward. Conversations about safety, bargaining, and discriminatory grievances were part of daily life. Shayna, too, wanted to make a difference in the lives of the underrepresented and under served, and her path to ministry began at the age of 9. Shayna has seven siblings, most of whom serve in the field of human services and community activism. The youngest are 7 and 14.
Transitioning from the Church of God in Christ to the Episcopal Church has been an enriching experience. Shayna’s experience in the Episcopal Church USA has been one filled with warm hospitality, and she is happy to be in a place where healing through mission and justice is a priority. Shayna believes that wherever the Church is, the people and the land will flourish and have basic needs addressed. In other words, the Church reflects its community, and the community reflects the Church. What matters most to Shayna when preaching is that the message should always address the spiritual needs of hearers, offering comfort, encouragement, love, reflection, through highlighting the legacy of Jesus Christ.
Shayna graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 with a dual major in Political Science and African Diasporic Studies. She later earned her Master of Divinity with honors from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and an Anglican Studies Diploma from Virginia Theological Seminary. Shayna is a board certified chaplain, having served in hospital and hospice settings in Hershey and Lancaster. She is also a community activist, with a track record of organizing community events and fundraisers, offering anti-racism and cultural sensitivity platforms, and developing innovative ways to converse about challenging topics. One of her pastoral passions is to work with veterans and populations who experience post-traumatic stress. At her core is her capacity to network, collaborate and form partnerships with community members, and interfaith groups as well as with audiences who do not find the church safe. Shayna is the Creator and founder of ΘeoCon (pronounced Thee-Oh-Con): Where Theology Meets Pop Culture Convention, one day comic convention-style event, a first of its kind, scheduled for September 29 at Virginia Theological Seminary. Rev. Watson was ordained a deacon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in 2018.
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Cindy Coombs Harbert joined the St. Stephen’s staff in 2017. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned her degree in Social Work and Education and has completed graduate coursework in Counseling at Messiah College. Over the course of her career, her focus has been in the area of non-profit administration and management.
Cindy has two daughters; Megan, a graduate of Messiah College and a Med Surg ICU nurse at Harrisburg Hospital and Becca, a student at the University of Delaware. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys traveling, reading, walking her dog, Mollie, and attending theater and concert events. She currently serves as a volunteer with Downtown Daily Bread, Open Stage of Harrisburg, and serves as an Elder at the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church where she has been a member for 25 years. She is an active volunteer and fundraiser with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) after losing her husband to bladder cancer in 2014.
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Bernadette Kaiser, Director of Christian Formation
Gene Schofield, Parish Nurse
Gene was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Minnesota where she grew up and was received as an Episcopalian when she married Mike in 1962. After graduating with a BS in Nursing, she served in the Navy at hospitals in Philadelphia and Newport, RI. , worked as the Director of Nursing at nursing homes in MN and PA, and did home care and hospice for 17 years before she retired in 2008. She joined Helen Hendrickson in 2008 in the Health Ministry and also volunteers at the Beacon Clinic, American Red Cross, Hospice of Central PA and serves on the Board of the Episcopal Home at Shippensburg.