Tim and Scott

Scott Gunn and Tim Schenck serve as the self-appointed Lent Madness Supreme Executive Committee (an appropriately arrogant title considering they first met as members of the now-defunct Board of Governors of the now-defunct newspaper Episcopal Life). Tim handles the overall administrator/editor-in-chief role while Scott takes care of technology and marketing. Since Tim is the founder of Lent Madness, he insisted that his bio be listed first. Unfortunately, since Scott also has the password, this may change.

Scott and Tim both consider one another to be their online archnemesis. Lent Madness will likely do nothing to change this but hope, like Easter, springs eternal.

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The Rev. Tim Schenck

The Rev. Tim Schenck is rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts, on the South Shore of Boston. He is the author of four books full of humor and faith including the recently released Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide (Morehouse 2015) and Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent & Easter (Forward Movement 2015). Tim writes a monthly syndicated column for Gatehouse Media titled “In Good Faith.” When he’s not tending to his parish, drinking coffee, or blogging at Clergy Confidential, he’s likely hanging out with his family that includes his wife Bryna, two sons Benedict (16) and Zachary (14), his dog Delilah, and a ferret named Mimi. Friend him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @FatherTim.

Scott Gunn

The Rev. Scott Gunn

The Rev. Scott Gunn is an Episcopal priest and self-confessed technophile. He serves as the Executive Director of Forward Movement in Cincinnati, Ohio, whose historic mission is “to reinvigorate the life of the church.” Scott is also a Deputy to General Convention, which will raise or lower his “street cred” depending on your perspective. Though Scott is happily married and the proud owner of a dog named George, he will never, ever have ferrets at home. His blog is Seven whole days, where you’ll read church rants and raves, thoughts about technology, and random musings. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, flickr, or LinkedIn.

As members of the Supreme ExecuSECtive Committee, Scott and Tim have many fascinating conversations both online and in-person (only when absolutely necessary). These interactions almost always involve coffee since they tend to bore one another with tedious commentary about liturgical minutiae and the relative merits of various saints.

In this photo, taken after a particularly intense meeting of the Supreme Executive Committee, Scott and Tim appear to be sick of one another as they discuss St. Dymphna, patron saint of madness.

48 Comments to "Tim and Scott"

  1. Joe Donovan's Gravatar Joe Donovan
    February 1, 2012 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    Great stuff. Looking forward to Lent and your contributions. Just started Divinity School at Regent U in Virginia Beach VA. Working on several advanced degrees. Meditations help smooth the way.


  2. Tres's Gravatar Tres
    February 3, 2012 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I came across the Lent Madness info while reading today’s Forward Day by Day meditation – the whole idea sounds great, and hats off to the writer as there are some WONDERFUL turns of phrase on these pages! I look forward to learning more about the saints in what promises to be a fun approach.
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

  3. February 5, 2012 - 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Tres, thanks for your note. We hope you love Lent Madness, and it would be excellent if you shared this with all your friends and neighbors. Random strangers too. We’re hoping to have a wide impact — because we think fun, Lent, and Christian formation can all be had together.

    Oh, and I’m glad to hear you’re a Forward Day by Day reader. Hope you enjoy that too.


  4. Harry Moncelle's Gravatar Harry Moncelle
    February 9, 2012 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    I am a teacher at Apex High School in Apex NC. This semster I have an especially challenging third period class of at risk students who are taking world history the second or third time. I teach the class in a manner that is different from their previious experinces and I have found it very helpful to do my daily meditation 2nd Period before these folks arrive. I was excited to learn of the Lent Madness ! I am new to the competition so I’ll be an enthusiastic participant but alas, not very knowlegeable about the saints!

  5. Grace Matthews's Gravatar Grace Matthews
    February 25, 2012 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    HELP! HELP! HELP! I bought 2 books for the Nook with Saints, the Lent Madness one is included… unfortunately, both ebooks have the saints by church celebration date… no indices to find them by name!! AAAARRGG!!
    I guess I’m going to have to GOOGLE every saint to learn their feast days. Perhaps you might supply it wit the saint’s info from a book that indexes that.
    An additional note… I missed the first day of voting (nearly the second) because I didn’t know I had to click your name at the bottom to get to the new “competitors” and the ability to vote. You might make that a little clearer to us who didn’t figure that out except by accident.
    And finally, telling everyone I know, Episcopalian, lapsed Catholic, and I don’t know what about Lent Madness as my evangelical action for Lent.
    Love ya, yall… from Texas.

  6. February 25, 2012 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi Grace,

    The best way to quickly find your saint is the search function. So if you’re looking for Augustine of Canterbury just search for that (or for Augustine). As a bonus, you’ll also see the other entries where he’s mentioned. You’ll also enjoy the fact that the entries are all cross-linked. So if one entry mentions Gregory the Great as involved in the narrative, you can click Gregory’s name and go directly to his entry.

    I’m not sure I understand what happened with your voting, but I’m glad you have figured it out. Each day (Monday through Friday, except for today) a new blog post will appear at about 8:00 a.m. EST. That will have the place to vote.

    Happy evangelizing!

  7. Deborah Dunn's Gravatar Deborah Dunn
    February 26, 2012 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Lent Madness is the most fun I’ve had during Lent EVER (except when I was really young and still emptying coffee cups during the coffee hour in the tiny parish church in the tiny Texas town where I grew up). I have traveled a lot and somehow made my way to California (you’d think that Lent in California would be a lot spicier than it is, but it ain’t). So I tell you…it’s an answer to prayer. Go Mary Mag! You can take it all…Cranmer has nothing on you! Thanks, guys. Blessed Lent Madness.

  8. February 27, 2012 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    One of my students from our Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders (SFML) Doctor of Ministry cohorts alerted me of your site, reflecting one of the shows our cohort is developing for a new cable channel idea, the SFML Network: “The Godliest Warrior” (“Protestant and Catholic spiritual giants square off in single elimination to determine who is…the godliest warrior?…”–knockoff of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior”) Other shows in development: “American Icon,” “Extreme Interior Castle Makeover,” “So You Think You Can Chant.” We hadn’t thought offering any sports, but I guess our people will need to talk to your people to negotiate the rights!

    • February 28, 2012 - 12:30 am | Permalink

      Dave, that sounds awesome. We’re ready to talk!

      You might also consider The (Parish) Office, The Tithe is Right, and Law & Order: Old Testament.

  9. Becky Adams's Gravatar Becky Adams
    February 29, 2012 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Tim and Scott, I am enjoying Lent Madness- so far I am 5 for 5…I must be in the light of the Saints! I have to say, I am sorely distressed see that Bonhoeffer and Merton will face off (given they advance, which I am certain they will) in the Saintly 16. Of all the Saints listed, they my favorites and I wish they were on oposite sides…I could see them meeting up for the Golden Halo.

    Nonetheless, this is a wonderful Lenten disciplen and would love to see something similar begun for Advent.
    Sincerely yours,
    Becky Adams

  10. Kari Anderson-Pink's Gravatar Kari Anderson-Pink
    March 1, 2012 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Hello Tim and Scott,

    I think your daily emails are a day off. I’ve been getting the email notifications for the match-ups one day after the voting has happened. (Today’s email was for Merton vs. Chase – yesterday’s match-up.) Thankfully, I was resourceful and went online to cast my vote on the website, so I have not missed a day yet. Thought you’d like to know as this could have drastic consequences to voting! (Maybe this is why my choice of saints lost the last two days!)


  11. Candyce Loescher's Gravatar Candyce Loescher
    March 5, 2012 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    I can’t vote today!?! For some reason, not matter how I open the site, the voting space is not there. And I haven’t even voted multiple times!
    Thanks to you for Lent Madness. This is my second year and I look forward to it.
    Hats off and halos to you!

  12. Deborah Dunn's Gravatar Deborah Dunn
    March 14, 2012 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit it! I’m not sure I only voted once today. Having not had my morning Lent Madness coffee out of my Lent Madness mug my fear is that I may have voted twice. Mea culpa! It was not intentional. Do you want to make an example of me or can I vote tomorrow?

  13. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    March 30, 2012 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I noticed that you say the voting opens at about 8:00 am EDT. Since the voting is getting closer with each contest, I would like to know what time voting closes? (include timezone please.)

  14. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    April 4, 2012 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I am a little disturbed by the nullification of votes for Emma … particularly because it is likely that they were all INDIVIDUAL votes from employees at Queens Hospital, which could easily show up as a single voting place, depending on how they have web access set up got employees. I happen to know (and I DO NOT WORK at Queens), but a friend does, and the employees there were told about this competition today, for the first timey. Are employees of Queens Hospital not allowed to vote?

    • April 4, 2012 - 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Actually, Elizabeth, it was St. Andrew’s Priory School. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between a group of employees voting and one person sitting at a computer and voting repeatedly or using other means in an attempt to skirt the system. I think one person was voting irregularly, and we have no way just to block one computer.

      In the history of Lent Madness, so far I’ve only been wrong about this stuff once. Our goal is not to disenfranchise anyone, but rather to make the contest fair for all. We’re delighted there’s wide interest in Lent Madness, and we hope people will invite their friends to vote and not try to vote repeatedly for any saint.

      Next year, we may look at ways to require individual registration to vote. That will solve many problems.

      If someone has a concern, I can be reached by email at scott@lentmadness.org.

      • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
        April 4, 2012 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

        Ok. Thanks for your reply. Its just seemed very coincidentald with the timing, cause the hospital employees were told around 10 am Hawaii time… I do appreciate your response!

        • April 4, 2012 - 7:03 pm | Permalink

          Glad to dispel the mystery of the Supreme Executive Committee (except for our secret handshake, of course). I see all those votes coming from the hospital, but it’s clear they are from multiple people. Enjoy the rest of the competition.

          • May 20, 2012 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

            This is my first Lent, I converted from a pesudo-evangelical protestant background. This Lent is going well. I accidentally ate meat on a Friday but for the most part I have kept Lenten resolutions: to give up coffee and energy drinks and to read & pray at least 30 minutes a day. There were times when this did not occur but the days I have kept to it have greatly increased my love for the church, the Mass and the body of believers. I have a renewed vigor in my reading and prayer life and I have just recently started attending morning Mass when possible. (for those that haven’t read it, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist was a beautiful read. It’s illumination of Christ’s New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament foreshadowings has profoundly affected my understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist.

  15. Lisa from TX's Gravatar Lisa from TX
    April 7, 2012 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I have enjoyed the fun of Lent Madness and learned along the way. I know it took a lot of effort, time and thought to pull it off. My hat (so to speak–I don’t wear them bc I am one of those people who become even less photogenic in a hat, plus either my hair is too big or my head is too large to find hats that fit!) is off to the two of you.

    I have a suggestion for next year (or you could even backtrack this year’s Madness). I saw you included resources but someone mentioned good books they discovered through comments. I would love to have a list of books by or about these saints, especially those that would be discovered a definitive biography for those more popular saints that get whole books written about them, not just a page in a list of other saints. For example, I have read MacCulloch’s book on Cranmer. I think a lot of the people who read LM would appreciate such a compilation.

    Thanks again for a great Lenten experience!

  16. Junior Abraham's Gravatar Junior Abraham
    April 10, 2012 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    You promised Monday Madness this week and I can’t find it! Please advise.

  17. Millie Hart's Gravatar Millie Hart
    November 29, 2012 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    O Supreme Executive Committee,
    Those of us working in the battlefields of Christian Education and who are currently in the throws of Advent Wreaths and Christmas Pageants are also busy planning our Lenten programs. This year I will be forcing Lent Madness on my congregation through our weekly Lenten program. To be more successful at this endeavor, it would be helpful if we could get the dates for all of the first round battles. This would allow me to tell those whom I coerce into being a cheerleader when their holy battle will take place. Not trying to be unreasonable, but maybe you can catch your breath after Epiphany and get us this info early in January. Please and thank you.

  18. Cindy Parker Robertson's Gravatar Cindy Parker Robertson
    February 1, 2013 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    How can I get the countdown clock on our church website??

  19. Steve K's Gravatar Steve K
    February 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Looking for higher resolution graphics of the Lent Madness vertical banner to use in our worship media package for projection. Our minister is doing a sermon series based on your highly competitive brackets. Thank You.

  20. Claudia Hamlin's Gravatar Claudia Hamlin
    February 14, 2013 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Help. My husband and I have separate e-mail but use the same computer and since my husband voted earlier today, the website for Lent Madness won’t let me vote. Is there a way that both of us can take part in this interesting process? Claudia Hamlin

    • February 14, 2013 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Claudia, the easiest way would be for the two of you to vote on separate devise, such as a phone and a computer. If you use two different browsers on the same computer, it would probably work. Note that we keep an eye on this sort of thing, and if we see too many votes from the same address, you are unceremoniously cast into the outer darkness of Lent Madness. That said, you and your husband should be able to vote.

  21. Claudia Hamlin's Gravatar Claudia Hamlin
    February 15, 2013 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    How to we call? I looked all over evreything I found but didn’t find a phone number to call to register a vote. I really appreciate your imput on this. We will enjoy this more with both of us voting and chatting about our choices. Thank you. Clauida

  22. Louise's Gravatar Louise
    February 16, 2013 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    HELP! What am I doing wrong. This week I have only seen part of the Round One brackets which only gave me the opportunity to vote for Daniels/Macrina; Lucy/John; and today the Iggys. Those came from emails. I’ve seemingly missed out on all the other match ups. Why???

  23. Louise's Gravatar Louise
    February 16, 2013 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh wait….confusion on my part. I was on the Round One summary and see the other saints I thought I had missed are actually LAST YEAR’s match ups. Confused me. Disregard!! Duh!

  24. February 17, 2013 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Scott and Tim. I’d like to play Lent Madness, but for some reason the video won’t play on my iMac.
    Meanwhile, looking at your photos really makes me wonder if you two aren’t twins separated at birth. You really do resemble one another. Or maybe it’s the collars and wire-rimmed glasses.
    Anyway, glad to be here an dhope to participate.

  25. February 18, 2013 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    Hello – I’ve never followed March Madness, so I don’t know what the heck the Play-In Round was. Could I have a word of explanation? Thanks from this baseball-watching deacon, Ellen

  26. Lisa Fry's Gravatar Lisa Fry
    February 18, 2013 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys. I am having inordinate trouble voting. More than half the time it will say Vote Now!, but there are no choices listed, and no “vote” button on which to click. I really would like to play, but I am getting frustrated. It is true, my husband (also a priest) and I share a home computer (Sorry, but we can’t afford one each), and I also try and vote from work, where we’re all trying to play. Some can, some can’t. Does this system recognize different email addresses from the same place of work? We all use different computers. I am also frustrated because there is no link to you all to let you know of problems. I find Twitter feed links, follow us on Facebook, but no link to a webmaster or to contact you directly. So I am resorting to this comment stream in the hopes that you will see this. I also have an iphone, which I attempt to vote on. Twice I had the same problem as described above, once it let me vote. I love the whole idea of this, and I’ve been working to get my church involved, but I am getting progressively more frustrated. How do I play when I can’t it doesn’t give me that option??

  27. Marie Monroe's Gravatar Marie Monroe
    February 18, 2013 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    i wanted to let you know how i based my fall SCS on Lent Madness. i teach the Godly Play curriculum to 5th & 6th graders and last fall decided to use your bracket model to teach about the heroes of the church. I figured out brackets for 16 weeks and set a big poster of it in the hallway; each week i told one saint’s story from the Godly Play curriculum along with another, sometimes one that you’d used in 2012 or 2011. On All Saints Day i told the stories of our congregation’s saints who had died last year and entered their names into the brackets. The kids have loved it, and had good conversations about the people and times of the saints, for example, they didn’t like Joan of Arc because she was so war-like, but they liked King St. Olaf just fine. We had our last play-off yesterday, with Mother Teresa vs. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King won. But Carlos of Houston (a member of our congregation) almost beat Dr. King in the preliminaries. i have credited you every time i’ve discussed our fall curriculum, which the kids finally voted to call “Superbowl of Saints” — football is more popular than basketball in Texas. Thanks for the great idea.

  28. February 18, 2013 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Did you know that your “Voting 101″ video contains at least three typos?

    1. :Accept” instead of “accepted”

    2. “have” is not capitalized (in “…have Voted…”)

    3. “Lent madness is suppose(d) to be fun…” (You missed the “d.”)

    There may be more but watching videos like this twice is as much as I am willing to do without being paid to proofread or edit these things…

    You’ll never be canonized in the Episcopal Church if you cannot spell better than this… 🙂


  29. February 18, 2013 - 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Jon, sure, the video is not perfect. But then again, neither is life. I should also point out that, while the SEC did authorize this video, it was actually created by Maple Anglican, who does all this in his free time between various covert activities. He is unlikely to be recognized in our calendar of commemorations anyway, because we Episcopalians generally take little interest in Canada.

    Also, I wanted to note a few things:
    1. You used a colon instead of a quote in the first point.
    2. You have missed a comma at the end of the subordinate clause in the sentence following the third point.
    3. Strictly speaking, we do not canonize anyone in the Episcopal Church. We merely decide whether to add people to our calendar of commemorations. This is a small grammatical point, but a rather large theological chasm between us and our Roman Catholic friends.

    Despite those small errors, I enjoyed your comment. In fact, I enjoyed it more because of them. It’s all part of the madness of Lent Madness.

  30. Elizabeth House's Gravatar Elizabeth House
    February 19, 2013 - 12:11 am | Permalink

    Hullo… I have more than one question, and at least one of them is based on a post dated from last year, from Grace, who said she bought two books on Saints for her Nook. Are there a similar book(s) for the Kindle? Is there a particular one recommended by either Scott or Tim (it would be MAHVELOUS to discover one or more books — on the saints and relevant to Lent Madness — recommended by both of you!)

    Second, is there an specific order or dates for the first round? Looking at the bracket, it appears that the first four contests were upper left, bottom left, bottom right, top right. Will the rest of the first round contests follow that pattern? Is there perhaps a bracket with dates on it for each separate contest (oh, I DO hope so!), and if so, would it be possible to email it to me? Or at least email or comment here and explain the order of competition?

    Last question: When making a comment here (or in the comments section of an individual contest), how does one manage to get a photo with one’s comment?

    I would like to add that Lent Madness is truly wonderful, and I look forward to reading and LEARNING about those who have served God in a myriad of ways throughout history,. It seems to me that there is as much variety in ways of service as there in the people who serve. And that gives me great hope. I know the hymn “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” has been quoted SOOOOO many times in Lent Madness, but it is so appropriate! Therefore…

    I hereby humbly propose that the hymn “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” prayerfully be considered for the honor of becoming the Official Hymn of Lent Madness.

    Thank you for your time, your consideration and for a program which brings both laughter to my lips and contemplation to my heart.


  31. February 19, 2013 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    I was taught by a mentor that it’s not intentional perfection we strive for but perfection in intent. If we were perfect, there’d been no reason for that messy death so many years ago…. ; )

  32. Elizabeth House's Gravatar Elizabeth House
    February 19, 2013 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Ooooops!!! Color me blind, not because I refuse to see, but because I didn’t bother to LOOK! I found the bracket in the calendar day-by-day format. Had I but scrolled down an inch, I would have seen it. So my apologies for blathering on about dates in the second of three questions above. However, the first and third questions remain, as well as my suggestion about the “Official Hymn” of Lent Madness.

    I do so hope the SEC will forgive (or at least overlook) the error of my ways and see fit to respond.

    If deemed necessary, I can grovel even more…


  33. Nancy Evans's Gravatar Nancy Evans
    February 19, 2013 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    How does one go about contacting the SEC to ask questions regarding granting multiple posts from the same family and ISP?

  34. Clarice L Griffith's Gravatar Clarice L Griffith
    March 1, 2013 - 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Loved # 1 on the top 10! I thought I was one of the “few” who thought Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God, the 3 in 1 had a sense of humor. Not to mention God’s job really is difficult with our “Free Will.” Maybe He/She should reconsider that part… God surely has to LAUGH big time at some of our antics…like Lent Madness which is allowing me to grow on that journey with God. The power of Lent Madness sucks us in to that purple hole inspiring us to go as the Saints did and make a Difference in the world. Go Scott & Tim! Throw your hats in the ring for Jay Leno’s job.