Alum Spotlight: The Rev. Charles “Chuck” Wynder, Jr. ’12

February 1, 2024
Alum Spotlight: The Rev. Charles  “Chuck” Wynder, Jr. ’12

The Reverend Charles “Chuck” Wynder, Jr. serves as the Dean of Chapel and Spiritual Life at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He periodically consults with parishes and dioceses with a particular emphasis on congregational healing and revisioning to advance mission and ministry. Wynder previously served on the Presiding Bishop’s Staff of The Episcopal Church, where he worked to enhance the denomination’s capacity for advocacy, witness, and engagement to advance social and racial justice.

“Episcopal Divinity School shaped and informs all that I do in ministry,” shared Rev. Wynder. “The faculty animated my imagination, analysis, and embodied ministry at the intersection of theology, spirituality, justice and organizational life. My understanding of the world and praxis was transformed through the teaching and scholarship of the amazing faculty. The ideas and experiences of EDS are always in dialogue with the context of ministry in the larger world.”

Reverend Wynder earned his B.A. in political science at Syracuse University, where he attended on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. A Truman Scholar, he earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He then served six years as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Wynder continued his public service as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, executive director of a federally funded legal services program, and vice president of programs for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He served several years as an adjunct professor at Hampton University teaching Constitutional Law: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. He lives on campus with his wife, Bethany Dickerson Wynder, and their son Chase.

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