The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector
Fr. Sean was called as the 2nd Rector and Chaplain of the Chapel of Saint John the Divine in May of 2013. Sean received his Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in May of 1999.
Sean enjoys fly fishing, technology, theology, and college football. Prior to serving at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, Sean served at Saint Luke’s in Jackson, Tennessee (a program-sized parish in the Diocese of West Tennessee), and as Chaplain at both Michigan State University and The University of Georgia.
At a Diocesan level, Sean has served the Diocese of West Tennessee as the chair of the Commission on Ministry, co-chair of the Mission Budget Development Committee in the Diocese of Michigan, team member for the Discerning Young Vocations experience in the Diocese of Atlanta, member of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court in the Diocese of Michigan, and member of the Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Michigan.
The Reverend Timothy Hallett, Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Timothy Jerome Hallett served as Rector of the Chapel of Saint John the Divine from 1976-2011, and had a long and storied tenure at the Chapel. “Fr. Tim” sponsored many clergy across the Episcopal Church for holy orders, led the parish to complete the limestone gothic worship space (2008) and led the congregation to become a parish of the Episcopal Church as well a college chaplaincy (1994). In May of 2014, Tim was named Rector Emeritus and he is with us for many special events as his schedule permits. Fr. Hallett resides with his wife Mary in Bloomington, IL, near their children and grandchildren.
Linda Buzard, Organist and Choirmaster
Linda Buzard became Organist at the Chapel in 1988 and Organist Choirmaster in 1990, succeeding her organ professor, Jerald Hamilton, who served the parish for over 25 years. Linda is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in organ performance. She received her Master’s degree in Organ and Church Music at Northwestern University where she studied with Richard Enright. In her position, Linda oversees all of the Chapel’s choral music programs.
In 2005 Linda started the choristers training program at the Chapel and affiliated the Chapel with the Royal School of Church Music in America. Over the years Linda has attended 20 summer courses of the RSCMA with her choristers and has served on the staff as Housemaster, Organist and Proctor. Currently she is the national Exam Administrator of the RSCMA and is validated as an examiner at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Locally she is active with the Tuesday Morning Musical Club, Mu Phi Epsilon and the chorus of the Baroque Artists of Champaign.
Her husband, John Paul, is an organbuilder whose firm builds pipe organs all across America. Linda has two children, Stephen, who is now the assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in New York City and Katie, who is a senior at Princeton studying vocal performance.
Cornicha Henderson-Bates, Parish Administrator
Cornicha grew up in Chicago but has called Champaign-Urbana home for the last 20 years. She attended Parkland College majoring in Business Administration and has experience working with non profit organizations having served as the Program Director for an after school and summer academy and as a Meeting Planner for an agricultural firm.
Cornicha has three children: Brianna, who attends Tennessee State University, Mia, who is in middle school and Brian James, who is in elementary school. Two dogs, Mazie Grace and Nala are also part of the household. She recently married Mark Bates.
In her spare time she enjoys road trips, jogging, shopping and spending time with family and friends. Her life’s motto is: Live the life you desire. Love everyone. Laugh more than you cry.
George Almasi, Sexton
Mr. George Almasi began serving as Sexton at The Chapel of Saint John the Divine in 2016. George cares for the buildings and grounds and helps to ensure our facility is in working order. He does a marvelous job!
George also works as the custodian for First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, IL. Since 1987, George has worked in management and sales in men’s fashion and fine jewelry. George is currently interested in pursuing his own business in men’s and women’s fashion. George attends Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana, IL where he serves in the media ministry. George majored in business administration at Parkland College. He was born and raised in the Champaign, IL area.