The Rev. Cn. Dr. Samira Izadi Page is the Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries. She was born and raised in Iran as a Muslim. Samira and her family fled Iran due to persecution and obtained political asylum status in the U.S. Samira converted to Christianity. She earned her Master of Divinity and doctorate in Missional Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Samira has committed her life to bringing the hope and love of Christ to those whose hope, dignity, and humanity have been taken away by oppressive governments and circumstances. She is the author of Who Is My Neighbor and frequently speaks nationally and locally at conferences, churches and other venues on issues of interfaith relations, Islam and Christianity, and refugee outreach. Samira works across denominations with pastors and mission leaders moving local congregations into new ways of mission and outreach. Gateway of Grace serves refugees from sixteen countries and six religious backgrounds.
Father John W. Kline, Priest Associate
The Reverend Canon John W. Kline was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. Active throughout high school as both an athlete and musician, he graduated from West Chester University (1955) where he majored in brass and voice. In 1959 Fr. Kline graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with an Master of Divinity degree, later earning the S.T.M. degree from the same institution. He served pastorates in Bittinger, MD and Lancaster, PA prior to entering the Episcopal Church.
After a year of orientation in the “Anglican Ethos” at the Philadelphia Divinity School, Fr. Kline was ordained Deacon (April, 1965) and then Priest (August 1965) by the Rt. Rev. Harvey D. Butterfield, Bishop of Vermont, and was called to be Rector of St. John’s Church, Randolph and Christ Church, Bethel, Vt, where he discovered himself preaching before the retired Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Arthur C. Lichtenberger, D.D.
Returning to Pennsylvania, Fr. Kline served as rector of churches in Williamsport, Sunbury and Sharon. While at St. Matthew’s, Sunbury, he became active in the healing ministry of the Church, was made a Chaplain in the Order of St. Luke the Physician, and led healing missions in the dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Northwestern PA.
While serving as Rector of St. John’s, Sharon, PA, the bishop, the Rt Rev. Donald J. Davis, appointed Fr. Kline to be his Archdeacon, with oversight of seventeen mission congregations. Four years later he was called to The Church of the Ascension, in Bradford, PA, from which he retired in 1997 after fourteen years as Rector.
While in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Fr. Kline served as secretary, and then president of the Standing Committee for nineteen years, and was eight times elected a Deputy to the Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church, where he served on the Music (Hymnal Revision) and Canons Committees. With his wife, he served on Marriage Encounter teams, and he also served as a Spiritual Advisor for Cursillo. He was also the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, and in 1995, the bishop, The Rt. Rev. Robert D. Rowley, conferred on him the honorary title of “Canon Ecumenist”, in recognition of his long-standing work for Christian Unity at the diocesan, state, provincial and national levels of the Episcopal Church.
Following retirement in 1997, Fr. Kline and his wife moved to Plano TX. In the Diocese of Dallas, with the permission of the bishop, The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, D.D., he has served as interim priest at St. Matthias, Athens TX, and at the Church of the Ascension, Dallas. In 1999 he was appointed (part-time) Priest Associate at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Plano, where he also served as interim priest in 2003-04.
Fr. Kline is married to the former Jane E. Beeghley of State College, PA, and they have three children and two grandchildren, all in the greater Dallas area. They both enjoy gardening and travel, and cheering for Penn State. Fr. Kline is an avid golfer and is also active in genealogy.
No information provided
Formerly the Treasurer 2017-2020 and now
is responsible for QuickBooks processing of
church financials and transactions.