Founder and Directors

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III

Founder

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III founded SUMMA and directed its first camp in 2012. He remains passionately involved as a Senior Fellow of the Beecken Center and as the principal lecturer in both theology and debate for camp. Rev. Dr. Keller is an Episcopal priest and theologian, most recently serving as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock and now retired. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and earned his master’s of divinity from Episcopal Divinity School. He holds a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in Anglican Studies (2009) from General Theological Seminary. His field was systematic theology, with a focus on theology and science. His dissertation, “Darwin’s Science in Chalcedonian Imagination,” explores, affirms, and explains the deep compatibility between Christian faith and evolution. He is an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow and an honorary Canon of the Diocese of Arkansas.

Dr. Melody Lehn

Director and Principal Lecturer in Argumentation & Debate

Dr. Melody Lehn joined SUMMA as Director for Camp 2022. She is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Women’s and Gender Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Speaking & Listening at the University of the South. Dr. Lehn holds a B.A. in communication studies from Furman University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Memphis. At Sewanee, she teaches courses such as Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, U.S. Public Address, Voices of American Women, and the Rhetoric of Mass and Social Media. Her teaching has been recognized with several awards, including the Dwight L. Freshley Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southern States Communication Association and Sewanee’s College Excellence in Teaching Award. She researches at the intersection of rhetoric, politics, and religion and has published several books, chapters, and articles. Among her recent publications is Rhetoric, Race, Religion, and the Charleston Shootings: Was Blind but Now I See, co-edited with Dr. Sean Patrick O’Rourke.

The Rev. Warren Swenson

Associate Director and Camp Chaplain

The Rev. Warren Thomas Swenson is an Episcopal priest, serving as associate priest of Southeast Tennessee Episcopal Ministry (STEM), a system of yoked congregations on and around the Cumberland Plateau. In addition to his work with STEM, Warren is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester and has served as Visiting Instructor of Rhetoric at The University of the South. His research interests include queer theology, homiletics, and American presidential rhetoric. Warren also holds both Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from the University of the South’s School of Theology.

Seminar Leaders for Camp 2023

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton returns to SUMMA from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has served as a higher education administrator, leader in philanthropy, and political advisor. She has served in leadership positions at Southwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Iona College. In 1996, Dr. Hampton returned to Little Rock to serve as president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, which focuses on racial and social justice. Read more about Dr. Hampton's extraordinary life and career here.

The Rev. Dr. Melissa Hartley

The Rev. Dr. Melissa Hartley oversees all aspects pertaining to worship in All Saints' Chapel and leads Catechumenate (our Christian formation process) at the University of the South. She is a graduate of the University of the South ('93) who majored in Religious Studies and sang in the University choir. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from the General Theological Seminary in New York, along with a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from Drew University in New Jersey. Her soul is fed by spending time with her horse each day and going for trail rides on the beautiful domain during the weekends.

Linnea Minich

Linnea Minich returns to SUMMA Camp 2023 as a seminar leader and lecturer in Library Research Methods. She is an Information Literacy Librarian at The University of the South and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Covenant College, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Romulus Stefanut

Dr. Romulus Stefanut returns to SUMMA Camp as a seminar leader and lecturer in Library Research Methods. He is the School of Theology librarian at The University of the South. He holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago. At the University, he teaches courses in bibliography, research, writing, and Early Christian literature.

Camp Director and Counselors

The Rev. Gina Brewster-Jenkins

The Rev. Gina Brewster-Jenkins returns to SUMMA as the Camp Activities Director. An alumna of The School of Theology at The University of the South, Gina is a school chaplain at St. Paul's Episcopal School in New Orleans. She has been a teacher and youth minister for over 20 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs Scooter and Tessa while kayaking, boating, and hiking. This will be Gina's 6th year serving on the SUMMA staff!

Mary Webster Burke

Mary Webster Burke is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama studying American Studies and Rhetoric at The University of the South, where is is also a tutor in the Center for Speaking & Listening. She is also a member of Alpha Delta Theta sorority. One of Mary Webster's favorite quotations comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

Erin Graffeo

Erin Graffeo joins SUMMA this year as a new counselor. She hails from Vestavia, Alabama and is studying Rhetoric at The University of the South.

Bahley Minor

Bahley Minor returns to SUMMA as Head Counselor and Assistant Chaplain. He is a 2022 graduate of The University of the South in Politics and Rhetoric. Bahley is currently a seminarian in the School of Theology at The University of the South. He is also an avid musician, plays the guitar, and attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester, TN. As in years past, Bahley brings his musical talents to our worship at SUMMA this year.

Alison Ritcher

Alison Ritcher returns to SUMMA Camp 2023 as a counselor. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Alison is majoring in American Studies, with a minor in Rhetoric, at The University of the South. She is also a tutor in the Center for Speaking & Listening.