Chapel


At The Episcopal Academy, we believe worship and character education go hand-in-hand with intellectual and social development.

Chapel, a 30-minute Episcopalian service, takes place weekly for the Lower School, and three times a week for Middle and Upper Schools. Guest speakers, dignitaries, and students address the Chapel theme for the year. Middle and Upper School students take further responsibility by planning their own services through their respective Chapel Council and Student Vestry.

Chapel provides an opportunity to inspire students to think how they can lead lives of purpose, faith and integrity. It also offers time for students and faculty to ask two important questions: What do I know about the world, and what do I want to do about it?

An inclusive, Christian community, The Episcopal Academy welcomes and embraces all people with warmth and authentic hospitality. Chapel is where our musicians first perform in public; where ancient stories come alive; and where our entire community comes together to encourage one another on our journeys of faith.

Chapel News

Discover Chapel through the inspiring words of our guest speakers and interactive programs. Keep up to date with our Chapel Program through our Chapel News page, or watch our Upper School Chapel talks on Youtube.


Tim Gavin

tgavin@episcopalacademy.org

Tim Gavin was ordained to Holy Orders on January 12, 2013. He has worn many hats at the Episcopal Academy: Media specialist in the library, Dean of Students, Form Dean, English and religion teacher, and Lower School Chaplain. Tim can boast that he has taught every grade at EA since his arrival in 1988.

Now our Head Chaplain, Tim directs the spiritual program and offers pastoral care to our community. He also leads the partnership program for St. Marc’s School in Haiti, and has developed a partnership between EA’s fifth grade and St. James School (Philadelphia) fifth grade.

Tim is married to Joyce and has two sons, Jake and Nick. He loves to run long distances and coaches varsity cross country and track.


Rev. Bert Zug

azug@episcopalacademy.org

Bert Zug first fell in love with Episcopal Academy while watching his brothers play soccer for EA in the early 1960s. He entered Episcopal in Kindergarten and graduated in 1978. His daughter graduated in 2003, his son in 2006.

Bert has worked at EA for almost 20 years, teaching Middle School students and leading the Middle School Chapel program. He considers it a privilege to give back to the institution that was so formative to his early life and faith.

Bert received his B.S. in Religion from Trinity College. After working as a youth minister for five years, he was sponsored for ordination and moved to Sewickley, PA to attend Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. He graduated with an MDiv in 1990.


Barbara Abbott

babbott@episcopalacademy.org

Interim Lower School Chaplain Rev. Abbott specializes in Transitional Ministry and has worked at several area churches, including St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Ardmore), Church of the Redeemer (Bryn Mawr), St. John's (Huntingdon Valley), Advent (Kennett Square), and St. Francis in-the-fields (Malvern). She studied theology at Lutheran Theological (Mt. Airy) and General Theological Seminary (NYC) and was ordained in 2004.

Prior to her ministry work, Rev. Abbott taught French language and literature at the university level. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of a book on French Renaissance poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have four daughters and live in Ardmore.

The Episcopal Academy offers three chaplains who are on-call to serve the spiritual and intellectual needs of the entire community. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Fr. Tim Gavin at 610.656.5474. Read more about our chaplains' services below:

The Episcopal Academy Chapel program is home to many rich traditions. Read more by selecting the tradition from the menu below.

Designed by alumnus and Pritzker Prize winner Robert Venturi ’44, the Class of 1944 Chapel seats 900 and features a 180-degree arc. The Chapel is the centerpiece of Episcopal’s campus. Situated at the highest point of the Clark Campus Green, it is home to many historic items taken from Christ Chapel on Episcopal’s former Merion campus, including stained glass windows and organ pipes.

Chapel Organ

The Chapel organ required more than four years of planning and construction. It was completed by R. J. Brunner & Co. of Silver Spring, PA in 2008. Read more here.

Bible Study meets twice monthly. All are welcome to attend the class, which meets at 8 a.m. in the chapel conference room.

We will study the concept of Radical Hospitality and how we can apply the concept to our daily lives. The Bible, time and time again, offers illustrations of the concept. From the moment of creation in Genesis, God offers radical hospitality to humankind by making them in his image. Abraham demonstrates radical hospitality to the three strangers who visit Sara and him. The prophets explain that Israel's exile is the result of neglecting offer Radical Hospitality to the poor. The father of the Prodigal Son embraces his youngest son with Radical Hospitality as he returns home after losing everything. Of course, Jesus' ministry, passion and death are all motivated and informed with the concept of Radical Hospitality.

We as a community can hold fast to what is good by living Radical Hospitality and welcoming everyone into our community, granting them dignity, affirmation and love. Through Radical Hospitality, we can make the stranger our neighbor and break through the barriers that separate us.

Please join Bible Study to explore how Radical Hospitality can be applied to our everyday lives.