Luther comes to the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, where for several years he was Senior Chaplain and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department. Luther previously served as Chaplain at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Maryland, and taught at the St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Luther holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies, as well as a law degree, from Stanford University. Luther completed his theological training at Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he received his Master of Divinity degree with honors.
Luther has published widely on topics of theology and education. His essays have appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, Oxford’s Oral History Review, and in the recent anthology, Reasons for Being: The Character and Culture of Episcopal Schools, published by the National Association of Episcopal Schools.
For many years prior to his ordination, Luther practiced appellate law at a major Washington law firm, where he had an active public service practice, particularly in the areas of civil rights and advocating for the homeless. He served on the Board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and represented a wide range of pro bono clients, including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Volunteers of America, the NAACP, the Georgetown University Sex Discrimination Clinic, as well as numerous other public interest groups and indigent individuals. Luther’s transition from the law to ministry was featured in the April 2013 issue of the American Lawyer.
Luther and his wife, Pat, have two adult daughters, one of whom lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of whom lives and works in Boston. During the summer months, Luther serves as the Minister of Emmanuel Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea, on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Greg grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Social Studies in 2013. After growing up in the United Church of Christ, Greg joined the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard during his junior year of college and has worshipped with us ever since. Greg is currently in the discernment process for ordination to the priesthood, having been sponsored for ordination by the Chaplaincy. In addition to serving as the Kellogg Fellow, Greg is an administrative assistant at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston.
Last year, Greg was a Micah Fellow in the diocesan Life Together program, working at the Massachusetts Communities Action Network and living here at 2 Garden. Greg’s excited to start another year with the Chaplaincy in yet another role.
Zach Maher has just started his role at the Micah Fellow for Social Justice and Outreach with the Chaplaincy and Christ Church Cambridge. As part of the Life Together program, Zach lives in intentional community with other Micah Fellows at 2 Garden St. He grew up in Montague, the northernmost town in New Jersey before heading to a safety school in Connecticut. He was active in the Christian community, particularly the Christian a cappella group, and he graduated in 2013 with a B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics and a heart that had been broken every Saturday before Thanksgiving. (However, he did not have school on Monday.) For the past year, Zach lived in Berlin, Germany, working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a special school for students with conduct disorders. He is looking forward to growing in knowledge of the Episcopal tradition and discerning God’s call over the course of the next year. Zach enjoys playing the cello, singing, tinkering with technology, reading interesting articles, and getting to know new people.
Sarah Newbury is a senior at Harvard College concentrating in Applied Math with a focus in Physics, and pursuing a citation in Spanish. She lives in Cabot House, and is originally from East Windsor, New Jersey. While growing up, she regularly attended an Episcopal church in New York, and so has felt right at home being a part of the wonderful community of the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, which she joined in the fall of 2012. In addition to the chaplaincy, Sarah is also busy playing the piano and serving as a site coordinator for Harvard-Radcliffe MINHUET. This year, she is excited to help lead the Chaplaincy as student president, and looks forward to fun times and spiritual growth with the ECH community!
Mr. Franklin Li, Vice President
Franklin Li is a sophomore at Harvard College, currently living in Cabot House. He is from Natick, Massachusetts, and plans to concentrate in Mechanical Engineering with a citation in French. Although Franklin was not particularly religious as a child, he sought out the Episcopal Chaplaincy in the winter of 2013 and quickly grew to love the community. At Harvard,Franklin also writes for the Editorial Board of the Harvard Crimson, and is a member of the Club Swimming and Club Water Polo teams. He is looking forward to more great Sundays at ECH!
Nicholas is a third year Masters in Divinity student at the Harvard Divinity School. Originally from Hillsdale, MI, he graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a B.A. in Social Studies. While an undergraduate, he also pursued private music study in organ and harpsichord with Peter Sykes of the Longy School of Music and started playing for ECH. Nicholas’s post-collegiate years led him first to Argentina, then back to Boston for two years of the Episcopal Service Corps (Micah Fellow shout out!). He entered Harvard Divinity School in Fall, 2011, focusing on the intersection of theology, political economy, and practices of social transformation. Raised a Roman Catholic, Nicholas became an (unabashed!) Episcopalian after a loss of faith during his college years. For coming to a new understanding of Christianity and returning to it, he has primarily to thank former ECH chaplain Ben King. Nicholas has served as an organist with the Episcopal Chaplaincy since January of 2006 (absent 2008-2009). In his spare time, he enjoys running, cooking, readng (too much), playing/singing music, and above all, laughing.
Ruth Roper has worked in Congregational (UCC), Unitarian Universalist, MCC, and American Baptist churches, and was Coordinator of Music and Worship Programs at the Harvard Divinity School, where she received her Masters of Theological Studies. Her undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton was in Music History and Performance, studying organ, piano, flute, and choral conducting. She has directed or accompanied numerous vocalists and choral ensembles around the Boston area over the past decades, most notably the lively, popular 250+ voice Mystic Chorale. She has a personal interest in music by women, in revising the language of traditional sacred music to include all people (“inclusive language”), and is a passionate hymn-lover, always eager to share musical, historical, and poetic notes to draw the choir and congregation into the magic of this incredible body of song.
Christopher Whiteman is a second year MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School. He graduated from Harvard University Extension School in 2013 with an ALB with a concentration in religion. For thirteen years he was the organist and choirmaster at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, MA and the majority of his organ studies were with Dr. David Runner at Milligan College in Tennessee.
The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy
The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy is made up of alumni and friends of the Chaplaincy. They manage its financial affairs and help direct its mission. This year’s board includes:
The Rev. Dr. Edith W. Dolnikowski, President
Prof. Adrian Vermeule, Vice President
Mr. Jeremy Siegfried, Treasurer
Ms. Jenny Wolahan, Clerk
Prof. John A.E. Pottow
Prof. Richard Parker
Mr. Christopher Kaneb
Ms. J. Carey Bloomfield
The Rev. William P. Billow, Jr.
The Rev. Joseph O. Robinson (ex officio)
The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE (ex officio)