This summer, our Pastor Duke will be taking a well deserved sabbatical. While he’s gone, we’ve developed a list of pitch hitters that will make you proud.  We want to give them a good showing, so plan to attend church each Sunday at 10:00 to hear our guests.

June 24th

Pastor Robert White. Native of the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the other shore. Graduate of Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) in 1968; taught high School English. Graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary-Gettysburg in 1987. Ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Served congregations in Hanover, New Chester, Spring Grove, and Erie, Pennsylvania, Warren/Lordstown, Ohio. Former Interim Rector (for 5 years) of Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Retired and living in Cambridge. Currently chair of the Dorchester Faith Alliance. In my spare time I enjoy bicycle riding, gardening, reading, cooking, and arguing theology with my ecumenical colleagues. I’m pleased the  Formula of Agreement (1997) permits pastoral interchanges between, among other traditions, the ELCA and the PCUSA.. My wife Louise and I have been married 41 years and have two daughters (Burbank, CA and Erie, PA) and one granddaughter.

July 1st

The Right Reverend Joel Marcus Johnson is a long time Easton resident and retired Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Chesapeake, covering the Delmarva Peninsula, and African diplomatic and academic Anglicans in Washington. He took his education at the University of Chicago and the Seminary of the Diocese of Ely in England. During his ministry here, the bishop served both English and Spanish language missions, and served as episcopal visitor to Mexico and other Latin American nations. In retirement, he has re-purposed his vocation as founder and chief visionary officer of The Oaks of Mamre Interfaith Library and Graduate Center, a special project of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and soon to go under the canopy of a major Washington university. He is married with one grown son, and 18 adopted children in Mexico.



July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Rev. Charles Gilmore, Jr. is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from West Chester University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Rev. Gilmore has served churches in California, New Jersey, and New York City. He has also been a chaplain in several hospitals and health care facilities. After 42 years, Rev. Gilmore retired from full-time ministry and moved to Lincoln, DE in 2015. He currently serves as part-time Hospice Chaplain for VITAS Healthcare in Sussex County, DE, and is an active member of New Castle Presbytery.


August 5th, 12th

Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A Presbyterian minister, Dr. Long has served churches in Georgia and New Jersey. He has taught preaching for over forty years — at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and, from 2000-2015, at Candler. Dr. Long has served as the president of the Academy of Homiletics and as senior homiletics editor of the New Interpreter’s Bible. He has been editor of Theology Today, is currently an associate editor of Journal for Preachers, and serves as an editor-at-large at The Christian Century. He is the author of textbooks on preaching and worship, collections of sermons, and biblical commentaries on Matthew, Hebrews, and the Pastoral Epistles. In 2011, he was awarded the Emory Williams prize for excellence in teaching by Emory University, and in 2015 he received Emory’s “Scholar/Teacher Award,” the top faculty scholarship award of the university. He delivered the 2006 Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and these have been published as Preaching from Memory to Hope. His most recent books are Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral, What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch), and 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.

August 19th

Katie Day is the Schieren Professor of Church and Society at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia where she has been on the faculty since 1985.  Katie has also served congregations in Boston and Philadelphia.  She received her academic training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Union Theological Seminary (S.T.M.) and Temple University (Ph.D., Sociology).  She has published four books, the most recent being, Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street (Oxford, 2014) and has edited two other volumes. Dr. Day has conducted several major sociological studies focusing on congregations and how they reach out to their communities and the wider society, and has spoken and published widely on these topics. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton Seminary, Chester University (U.K.),  Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and at New York Theological Seminary.

Rev. Day is ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  She and her husband Jim have four grown children and four grandchildren.  They live in Cambridge, where they enjoy sailing and the local crab cuisine!


August 26th, Sept. 16th, Sept. 23rd

Rev. Dr. Ileana Lindstrom is a retired pastor in the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), having served Lutheran and Episcopal congregations, primarily in urban centers and, most recently, in rural communities. She became a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland, and began an independent practice—Liminal Solutions Psychotherapy and Consulting, LLC–in Chestertown, MD, in June of 2017. Dr. Lindstrom offers psychotherapy with adults, individually and in groups, who are seeking assistance with recovery from trauma and from other kinds of problematic emotional challenges, and she also provides trauma-informed consultation with organizations and faith-based institutions and agencies.  Dr. Lindstrom has been married to the Rev. Dr. Thomas Sinnott, also a retired pastor in the DE-MD Synod, ELCA, for 20 years.  Their home is in Chestertown, MD.

September 2nd, 9th

Kimberly Bracken Long is editor of of the quarterly journal Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts and co-editor of the 2018 Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  A minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), she served as a professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia from 2007-2017.  Prior to that, Long served as Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her books include From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding; The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship; and The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs. She is also editor of the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, a six-volume lectionary-based liturgical resource and, with David Maxwell, Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook.