Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2013


I have just been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program in Pastoral Counseling at Erskine Theological Seminary. In addition, I will be a presenter at the National Leadership Conference of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. convening January 20-24 in Dallas, Texas. I am...

A few highlights from after graduation in 2013: I got the opportunity to perform at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington in August 2013. I started serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Stanford in October 2013. I released "...

After graduation I accepted a position as a lay associate with Broad Street Ministry in Center City, Philadelphia. As a worshipping community we provide social services for the homeless (including serving over 52,000 meals last year), and I work on...

JENIFER CHATFIELD is currently a priest at St. James In The City Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, CA.

Currently teaching in China.

Jiamusi, China
Posted: 2014


Jordan Haynie Ware, '13 M.Div., was the first woman to be ordained priest at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, TX in July 2013. She has since been serving as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in that parish, where she has doubled participation...

If someone had told me a year ago that I would be an Assistant Rector in a parish in Connecticut, I never would have believed it.  But here I am happily writing an update from St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish in New Canaan, Connecticut. I am so very thankful that I was...

Ordained and installed as Pastor of First Church, Congregational in East Haddam, CT on February 23rd, 2014.

Allysa De Wolf will be ordained by the United Church of Christ on June 8th at Newtown Congregational Church in Connecticut. She has accepted a pastoral call to be the solo minister at First Congregational  Church in Santa Barbara. She will begin her ministry in...


Class of 2012


I am currently serving as an Associate Priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head Island, SC, where I live with my wife and two daughters. I oversee ministries with children, youth, and families, and I am helping to develop a comprehensive communications...

Hayley is currently living and working in Changsha, Hunan, China, exploring the world of teaching, Chinese language, and spicy cuisine. She is in the last year of her Yale-China Association Teaching Fellowship and is looking forward to a future that is as multi...

Changsha, China
Posted: 2014


Matt is an adjunct professor of Religion and Philosophy at Chemeketa Community college in Salem, Oregon. He's also a member of the Board of Directors for St. Paul Lutheran Seminary. At the end of 2013, his chapter "The Tongues of the Saints: The Azusa Street...

I married the wonderful and lovely Stephanie Kammerer '13 M.Div. shortly after her graduation, and we moved to Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I was ordained a deacon in March 2013 and a priest in September 2013. I serve as a curate/associate rector and...

Rachel works in communications for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that responds to basic human needs and works for peace and justice in about 60 countries around the world.

After graduating from YDS I moved to New York City. I am the Manager of School Relations for Inner-City Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for low-income students to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. I...

Sungduk is teaching Hebrew and the ancient Civilization of the West Asia in Seoul, Korea.

Seoul, Korea
Posted: 2014


I am currently a post graduate tutor/researcher at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds. My research is in the area of religion and politics/elections in Africa and I teach undergraduate classes in religion and theological...

Leeds, United Kingdom
Posted: 2010


PhD Candidate in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen Recipient of the New Testament and Early Christianity Studies Scholarship.

Aberdeen, Scotland
Posted: 2014


In 2012, I began a Ph.D. in world Christianity at Cambridge University. My research concerns the mass movement of Christian conversion that took place among the Dinka people of southern Sudan during Sudan's civil war in the 1980s and 1990s. I am grateful for...

St. Neots, United Kingdom
Posted: 2014



Class of 2011


ANGELA SHELLEY WIGGINS is remaining in New Haven for the year while she applies for doctoral programs in liturgical studies. In January, she’ll begin an extended CPE unit. As one of the millions of unemployed, she also hopes to have a paying...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID CHOULES is finishing his first semester at the University of Pennsylvania law school and living in Philadelphia. He is still married and has one boy who is now 15 months old.

Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States
Posted: 2011


KIM ABEEL (now Kim Abeel Coelho) married Nickholas Coelho, an accountant from NYC. They are living in Summit, NJ, where Kim directs the ethics programs at The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. Kent Place is a non-sectarian girls’ day...

New Jersey Summit, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KELLEY SHEPHERD moved to the DC area where Kelley found work with Cambridge Associates. He reports that he loves “watching global markets move, and finance genuinely feels like ‘the calling.’”

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


RACHEL DUNCAN is living in New Haven and is the pastor of Canaan United Methodist Church in Canaan (not to be confused with New Canaan), CT. This summer, Rachel rode her bike from Seattle to New Haven in hopes of getting some more education for...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANGELA SHELLEY WIGGINS is remaining in New Haven for the year while she applies for doctoral programs in liturgical studies. In January, she’ll begin an extended CPE unit. As one of the millions of unemployed, she also hopes to have a paying...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID CHOULES is finishing his first semester at the University of Pennsylvania law school and living in Philadelphia. He is still married and has one boy who is now 15 months old.

Pennsylvania United States
Posted: 2011


KIM ABEEL (now Kim Abeel Coelho) married Nickholas Coelho, an accountant from NYC. They are living in Summit, NJ, where Kim directs the ethics programs at The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. Kent Place is a non-sectarian girls’ day...

New Jersey Summit, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KELLEY SHEPHERD moved to the DC area where Kelley found work with Cambridge Associates. He reports that he loves “watching global markets move, and finance genuinely feels like ‘the calling.’”

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


RACHEL DUNCAN is living in New Haven and is the pastor of Canaan United Methodist Church in Canaan (not to be confused with New Canaan), CT. This summer, Rachel rode her bike from Seattle to New Haven in hopes of getting some more education for...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


I began a PhD program in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Fall of 2013. My course of study will allow for joint collaboration with faculty at the Schools of Nursing and The Berman Institute of Bioethics, and I hope to develop my dissertation...


Class of 2010


Jessica N. Bass recently completed a dual degree from YDS and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. As a native of Stamford, Jessica remains in Connecticut and continues to be actively involved in various ministerial capacities. She is also...

Rebecca Henriksen graduated from YDS and ISM in May and by July was in Paris studying French in an intensive language course at The Sorbonne. Rebecca is currently working as the choral and vocal assistant for the ISM and as the manager for Yale Camerata. She...

Daniel Klimek is pursuing his Ph.D. in the School of Theology & Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, while studying and practicing Taekwondo during his spare time. He has been featured on Radio Maria USA, discussing the reported Marian...

Laura Phillipe Larson managed a state senate campaign in Northern Minnesota. August 10 was highly successful, as her team toppled the endorsed candidate in the primary election. (Her mother also won by a landslide in the county commissioner race). After the...

Emerson Morgan will build upon his work in Religion and the Arts at YDS by beginning doctoral studies in historical musicology at the Department of Music at Harvard University, concentrating within medieval and early American music. He continues research into...

Geoff Parker was called as the associate pastor of First Parish Church in Brunswick, ME, on July 18, 2010. He began serving in August, with his wife, Sarah, joining him in Maine in December as she began work toward her doctoral thesis.

Jason Peno is currently in the midst of the post-graduation job search. He lives in New Haven, CT, and looks forward to having time for hobbies. He writes, “Please keep in touch and be sure to update your contact information with the YDS Development office...

Katie Salisbury started her post-YDS life by marrying her college sweetheart, James Halttunen, back in Oregon where they went to school, followed by a honeymoon for three weeks in India. They are currently settling down in the Elm City, and Katie is re-...

Andy Smith graduated from YDS this May after completing the “Lutheran year” at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. In July, he accepted a senior analyst position with O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway near Washington, D.C.—a financial...

Sandy Smyth enjoyed the summer visiting family and friends. She is self-publishing two books this fall with Xulon press: The Spirit-led Organization: Toward an Agapeic and Virtuous Corporate Ethos will be available on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon....

Lael Sorensen was ordained a transitional deacon in June. She is currently assistant rector at Grace Episcopal Church and chaplain at Grace Episcopal Day School in Silver Spring, MD (Diocese of Washington).

Hope Stephenson traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and spent five weeks studying African Christianity at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. She is currently living in Georgia and will be applying to doctorate programs in the fall.

Rachel Watson is looking forward to beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago this fall in religion and literature. She continues to write dramatic fiction.  (Holler if you love to critique genre saecredular.) Rachel and Levi T. Dog are...

Brent R. Damrow was married on October 2 to his partner John Geldert. Nancy Taylor ’81 officiated the ceremony in Boston’s Old South Church. Professor Nora Tubbs Tisdale, Alfred Tisdale, Adele Crawford ’08, Kurt...

Rob James was installed as associate pastor of Union Baptist Church in Mystic, CT on September 26. Dale Peterson participated in the service of installation and was listed in the program as representing YDS.

Amalie Ash is currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, which involves overseeing 57 churches in seven counties in Southeast Florida and the Keys. Amalie also works on an aid program for Haitian earthquake refugees evacuated to South...

HOPE STEPHENSON is living in Atlanta, GA and pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is currently taking courses at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Georgia Atlanta, United States
Posted: 2011


JASON PENO is the general manager for both Blue State Coffee houses in New Haven, CT. Life is super busy, and Jason is hoping for a change of scenery come next July, but he’s enjoying his friends and exploring a variety of hobbies.

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


NICK SHELTON writes, “I am enjoying life on the West Coast, working out of Google’s headquarters in northern California. I’m using my background in religious studies to create community and an interest in religion at one of the world’s best...

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


REBECCA HENRIKSEN is in her first year of the Ph.D. program in theatre arts and performance studies at Brown University. She is studying contemporary evangelicalism, gender, and sexuality through the lenses of ritual and performance theory. She...

Rhode Island Providence, United States
Posted: 2011