Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?
A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons,
bishops, priests, and deacons.
— Catechism, The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pg. 855


The Rt Rev’d Chip Stokes, XII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey

Bishop Stokes is the chief pastor of parishes, missions, and special ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, including the Episcopal Church at Princeton. He oversees our ministry, counsels our chaplain, and chairs the Campus Ministry Foundation that supports ECP and other campus ministries in the diocese. Read more about Bp Stokes here.

He can be contacted at wstokes [at] dioceseofnj.org.


Deacon of Durham, Canine in Residence

After Bishop Stokes, the real boss and main attraction at ECP (other than the Holy Spirit) is our illustrious Canine in Residence: Deacon of Durham.

Deacon studied Natural Law at Durham before connecting with his life companion and roommate, Mtr Kara Slade (below), having been introduced by The Rev'd Dr Sally French (St Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham, NC). He now pursues a life of the mind in Princeton, residing with Mtr Kara at Procter House (53 University Place).

Connect with him on Facebook (fb.com/DeaconofDurham) and Twitter (@DeaconofDurham). Or drop by Procter House for a bowl of water and Philly cheese steak treats (human food and beverage also available). And if/when you see him walking around campus, do say hi.

The Rev’d Dr Kara Slade, Theologian in Residence & Associate Chaplain

Kara serves as Theologian in Residence at ECP and associate priest at both Trinity Church Princeton ad the chaplaincy. She lives in Procter House with her dog, Deacon of Durham.

A native of Pensacola, Florida and lifelong Southerner, Kara is currently finishing her PhD in Christian theology and ethics at Duke University, with research interests that include Karl Barth, Søren Kierkegaard, the ethics of science, technology, and medicine. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering (and served on the faculty there) before joining NASA as a research engineer. After leaving government service, she returned to Duke in 2009 as a student in the Divinity School, and stayed on for her second doctorate. Her dissertation is focused on theological engagements with modern, scientific narratives of time.

She has served on the pastoral staff of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, as well as in suburban and rural parishes in North Carolina and Alabama. At Princeton, she is a Fellow of Rockefeller College. She serves on the Committee for the Priesthood of the Diocese of New Jersey and as an Examining Chaplain, and is also the vice-chair of the Society of Scholar-Priests. She can be contacted by email (kslade@princeton.edu) or phone (919-698-7193).

As a resident priest on campus, she invites members of the community to contact her at any time in case of pastoral emergency.  

The Rev’d Trisha Thorme, Deacon

Trisha is the Director of the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) at Princeton Universityfacilitating the collaboration of students, faculty, and community partners on community-driven academic projects and working with faculty to integrate such projects into courses throughout the curriculum. Ordained to the diaconate in 2015, she chairs the Diocesan Global Goals/Sustainable Development Goals Task Force and is dually appointed by the bishop to ECP and Holy Apostles’ Episcopal Church in Yardville, NJ. Her ministry at ECP includes assisting with liturgy, preaching, and helping to connect members of the chaplaincy to the wider community and world. She can be contacted at tthorme [at] princeton.edu.


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The Rev’d Joanne Epply-Schmidt, Priest Associate

Joanne was baptized at ECP while an undergraduate at Princeton ('82), served as the Acting Administrative Chaplain during the search for a new chaplain, and now continues her ministry as a Priest Associate. She served for 11 years as a priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington, NJ before joining the staff of Storytelling Arts of Princeton, a non-profit literacy and arts program. She has an abiding commitment to pastoral ministry in and reform of the justice system: teaching storytelling over a decade to adolescent males in the NJ Juvenile Justice System, serving as Program Chair of The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow (Trenton/Princeton Chapter), and leading statewide campaigns to address solitary confinement and mass incarceration. In the Diocese of New Jersey, she chairs the Campus Ministry Commission and serves as vice president of the Campus Ministry Foundation. She can be contacted at revjes1 [at] yahoo.com.



Lily Leonard, Treasurer & Director of Advancement

Lily brings an extensive background in finance and administration to her work at ECP, having served as AssistantVice-President for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a US securities firm in Hong Kong. She subsequently lived and worked in London, Dublin, and Cape Town over the last two decades, including as an administrator for a mathematics program in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Princeton in Africa. She returned to the US in 2002 and continues to work on overseas infrastructure development projects in both Afghanistan and Colombia. An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she serves on the acolyte guild and Grounds Committee, Lily is an avid sportswoman and accomplished international mountaineer completing the seven summits (scaling the highest peak on all seven continents). She lives in Skillman, NJ with her husband of 35 years and can be reached at lilyleonard [at] gmail.com.

Connor Fluharty, Director of Music

Connor oversees all aspects of sacred music at ECP, working with Lux Choir and serving as the organist, conductor, and choirmaster. A recent graduate of Westminster Choir College with a Master of Music, Connor served at First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, NJ, before being appointed to serve at Trinity Church under the direction of Tom Whittemore (Director of Music, Trinity) and lead all aspects of sacred music at ECP.

Connor is married to Leslie Virnelson, a PhD student in Hebrew Bible at Princeton Theological Seminary. His performance of J.S. Bach's "Trio super Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland" BWV 660 on the Paul Fritts Organ, Op. 20, at Princeton Theological Seminary can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the Lux Choir or learning more about sacred music at ECP, contact Connor at fluhartycs1 [at] gmail.com.


ECP hosts anywhere from 2 to 4 seminarians from Princeton Theological Seminary for field education supervision over the academic year (and, by special arrangement, over the summer), including one seminarian in the Teaching Ministry program.

Most often, seminarians come from within the ECP community: seminarians who have been a part of the worshipping body and exhibited particular gifts for ministry that could benefit the whole. Appointments are made in consultation with the chaplains and PTS Field Education Office. If you are interested in exploring a field ed internship at ECP, we would encourage you to first attend our Sunday (8pm Choral/Said Mass, Princeton University Chapel) and Wednesday (6pm House Church Communion, Procter House) services during term to get a sense of life at ECP and then speak to one of the chaplains after the service.
          N.B., Arrangements for the 2018-2019 academic year have already been solidified.

ECP and Trinity Episcopal Church are also working in partnership to form a PTS Anglican Formation cohort open to all seminarians at ECP, Trinity, All Saints' Princeton, and all other Anglican/Episcopal field ed sites within the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and beyond. Seminarians interested in joining this formation cohort should first secure a field ed placement at an Anglican/Episcopal site in the area and then contact Mtr Kara Slade (kslade [at] princeton.edu) to express interest in joining.