School for Ministry - Instructors

Instructors are drawn from clergy and lay leaders within the Diocese. All of them have completed graduate level study in their areas of specialty, usually at the advanced degree level, or have served in ministries related to their specialties.

Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Ecclesiology

Bishop Provenzano, eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, was consecrated in September of 2009. He serves as President of Province II of the Episcopal Church and as a member of the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice. He also serves on the House of Bishops' Committee on Pastoral Development. He is an active member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

Rev. Canon Michael Delaney, Liturgics

Michael Delaney is Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and the Liturgical Coordinator for the Diocese of Long Island. Previously Michael served as Interim Dean of Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey, Rector of the Church of Saint Andrew, Staten Island, NY, and Director of Pastoral Care at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ. Michael's studies are in Theatre Arts and Music and he holds a BA in Voice and Conducting from Seton Hall University and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ted Gerbracht, History of Christianity and Director of Academic Programs

Ted Gerbracht has taught at the Mercer School for more than a decade, with a special interest in Anglican reform movements in English and North American Episcopal Church history. His doctorate, in history, is from New York University. He has served the Episcopal Church on its General Board of Examining Chaplains and is a member of its Board of the Archives.

The Very Rev. Michael T. Sniffen, Homiletics and Liturgical Theology 

Michael Sniffen is Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation and has won awards in pulpit oratory and manner, as well as pastoral leadership and innovative ministry. He was a steward of the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops in London and has been honored with a Luce Fellowship at the Center for Christianity in Global Contexts. His academic work has been in Liturgical Studies at Drew University from which he received the M.Div., M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees.

Rev. Dr. Michel Hull, Holy Scripture

Michael Hull is Director of Studies and Tutor in Biblical Studies at the Scottish Episcopal Institute (Edinburgh), which trains women and men for ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He also serves as an Assistant Priest at St. Vincent's Chapel (Edinburgh), the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal, and a member of the of Executive Committee Theological Educators' Network (UK). He earned his doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University (Rome).

Rev. Dr. John McGinty, Philosophy and Theology

John McGinty is Rector of the Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury at Shoreham, NY. He has served at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, as Diocesan Communication Director, and as Dean of Mercer School of Theology and Canon for Formation. He previously served as a Roman Catholic priest in Boston and at the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. His doctorate in Systematic Theology is from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Rev Dr. Joseph Diele, Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Theology

Joe has led theological reflection groups for ordinands at the School for the past five years. Father Joe has served in a variety of ministries; he has pastored parishes, served as a hospital and hospice chaplain, and has been a spiritual director and retreat leader. He has master's degrees in theology, counseling, and Spiritual Direction and a Doctorate in Ministry, specializing in Jungian Psychology.

Rev Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Pastoral Care and CPE

Mother Broderick is Vice-President of Mission at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where she oversees the Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education programs. She previously served as Rector of St. John's, Hempstead, and at several congregations in the Diocese of New York.

Rev Canon Bruce D. Griffith, Th.D.

Canon Griffith is Rector Emeritus of Christ Church, Oyster Bay. Ordained in the Diocese of Minnesota, he began his ministry at St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis, and served thereafter in Toronto, Buffalo, and Rochester before coming to Long Island in 1987. He has taught theology for many years at the Mercer School and holds a research doctorate in theology from the University of Toronto.