Rev. Bastiaan Baan (Seminary Director) studied at the Priest Seminary of The Christian Community in Stuttgart, Germany. Following his ordination in 1981 he served as a priest in two congregations in the Netherlands. He has given lectures in several European countries, and has written a number of books about religion and spirituality that have been translated into English, German, Polish and Swedish. Published in English translation: ” The Lord of the Elements”, “Old and New Mysteries – From Trials to Initiation”, “Ways into Christian Meditation”, “A Comment on the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz”. In 2012 Bastiaan Baan was appointed a Director of the Seminary of The Christian Community in Spring Valley, New York.
Rev. Patrick Kennedy (Seminary Director) In April of 2006 Patrick was consecrated into the priesthood in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending the seminary in Stuttgart, Germany, Patrick studied and worked in the field of Early Childhood Education and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Cultural Anthropology. His first sending as a priest was to the congregation in Devon, Pennsylvania. From November 2007 to November 2015 he served as the resident priest in the Washington D.C. area congregation. He now lives in Chestnut Ridge, New York, with his wife and two daughters working both as a director of the Seminary and in the local congregation.
Rev. Oliver Steinrueck (Assistant Seminary Director) was born in Toronto in 1961, grew up in a Camphill Village in Copake, N.Y., graduated from Green Meadow Waldorf School and received a Master’s Degree in history. In 1989 Oliver entered the seminary in Stuttgart and went on to work in congregations in Freiburg, Germany, Chicago, San Francisco and currently in Spring Valley. Since 2000, Oliver has served as Lenker for the Christian Community in North America.
2017 – 2018 Faculty and Guest Lecturers:
Rev. Bastiaan Baan (Seminary Director)
Rev. Jonah Evans
Rev. Daniel Hafner
Rev. Carol Kelly
Rev. Patrick Kennedy (Seminary Director)
Rev. Anand Mandaiker (Circle of Seven)
Rev. Nora Minassian
Rev. Julia Polter
Rev. Oliver Steinrueck (Lenker)
And other guest faculty and lecturers