Meet Our Board

James Krueger

Founder and President, Head of the Christian Order of the Cloud

Currently serving as Priest in Charge at Saint James Church Lake Delaware in the northwestern Catskill Mountains of New York State, which is also the home of Mons Nubifer Sanctus, I hold a B.A. in the Humanities with a minor in Writing and Literature, an M.A. in Gerontology and Long-Term Care Management, an M.A. in Theological Studies with a focus in Ascetical Theology and Spiritual Direction, and a certificate in Eastern Orthodox Theology through the 3 year Antiochian Orthodox Church’s Saint Stephen’s Program. Prior to ordination, I was Executive Director of a grassroots community organization in the rural Catskill Mountains for nearly a decade, and dabbled in the music business as an award-winning songwriter and performer.

My inspiration for Mons Nubifer Sanctus grows out of my own sinuous faith journey, which has taken me from a respectable suburban Protestant upbringing to surprising places: a cave for fasting and prayer in Utah; a Zen Buddhist monastery where I studied for over 7 years; overwintering in a tipi in the Catskill Mountains; seminary; a year living in an old hunting camp; a small Anglo-Catholic parish in rural New York; and now to Mons Nubifer Sanctus as founder and President.

There is a fullness of Christian life and teaching that was not being presented to me in the church experiences I knew. I was searching and questioning, I was wrestling with my demons, I was in need of face-to-face mentors and guides, I was in need of spiritual companionship along the lonely and uncertain paths on which I found myself. I had discerned the depths of the authentic Christian way in a study of the saints and early Christian writers, but reading and thinking about spiritual transformation was not enough; I had to live it–and living it was a different thing entirely than thinking and reading about it.

I founded Mons Nubifer Sanctus in order to provide a rigorous and authentic training in the Christian spiritual life that is accessible to the everyday person. At the heart of this training is the practice of contemplative prayer, or hesychia (silence, stillness). In this still silence the hard shell of our hearts can break and the seed of faith germinate. Because of the spiritual confusion of our age, which was personally very difficult for me to navigate, it is vitally important to me that the training at Mons Nubifer Sanctus and the practice of contemplative prayer that we teach are grounded within their native ecosystem, which is the fullness of the ancient Christian faith as handed down in the collective life of the Church catholic, aimed at union with God the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

Rev. Canon Paul Hunter

Treasurer

I was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by the Right Reverend William H. Love on July 20th, 2013, and served as Canon for Mission at the Cathedral of All Saint in Albany, New York. In that role, I also served as the Cathedral’s ‘missionary to the city,’ leading congregational outreach to the neighborhoods of Albany. Currently, I teach Latin and Classics at Holy Trinity Classical Christian School in Beaufort, SC. For many years now I have been practicing and studying contemplative prayer, and I believe that contemplative prayer forms a vital link between the Eucharistic worship of the Church, everyday life, and the church’s evangelical mission to the world. Therefore, it is my pleasure to serve on the Mons Nubifer Sanctus Board of Directors and to help further its mission to Church and world.

Scotty Gladstone

Secretary

A life-long Anglo-Catholic baptized Easter 1954, I am inspired by Liturgy done well and enjoy singing and chanting in choir. My introduction to Lectio Divina a few years ago has heightened my interest in contemplative prayer, which helps bring one into a deeper relationship with Christ. I have served in a number of leadership positions in two local Episcopal Churches as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Albany over the years, and I have had the opportunity to attend Seminary for a year.  I am blessed to serve on the Mons Nubifer Sanctus Board of Directors in order to further this most important ministry of authentic training in the Christian life for the everyday person.

Fr. Nathaniel Kidd

Board Member

As an Anglican priest and academic, Fr Nathaniel strives to retrieve the treasures of the ancient Church for the modern world.  Having been rooted in the tradition through a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Colorado College in 2006, and a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House in 2012, today he is continuing his education with graduate studies at Marquette University, where his research specializes in the demonology of the Medieval Greek church.  Fr Nathaniel lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Sarah and daughter Madeleine.

Marly Youmans

Board Member

Joseph Epstein wrote that Isaac Bashevis Singer “in a thoroughly secularized age, through the power of storytelling, can still persuade his readers that other possibilities exist and that life is not without meaning.” A longtime maker of poems and novels, I have aspired to do likewise. I’m honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Mons Nubifer Sanctus, drawn by the center’s devotion to the beauty of the liturgy–that form in which human beings become part of a living work of art–and to the contemplative Christian Life.

Laurie Kearns

Board Member

JOnathan Schau

Board Member

I have spent most of my life in library and museum work. Formerly a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, Pennsylvania and S. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where I served as a vestryman, I have recently moved to Cooperstown, NY, where I spent some time as Chair of the Committee on Outreach at Christ Church Episcopal, was involved in its Stephen Ministry, and also did work with the Jail Ministry of Otsego County. I am currently a Catechumen at Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery in Jordanville, NY. I am a member of several Christian guilds and am currently working on locating and hand printing Victorian and Edwardian offices and prayers.

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