Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2010


PETER W. COOKSON, JR. lives in Washington DC and has published two books this year (See Alumni Books).

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


LYDIA SOHN and JAMES ROGERS got married on June 11, 2011 in Claremont, CA. Lydia writes, “Many of you know that we met at BTFO! We are now settling into married life and loving it.” Lydia and James live in a two-...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


STEPHANIE JOHNSON was ordained an Episcopal Priest in September 2010. She is working for Province I (New England dioceses) as energy steward minister, helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint. She is still finishing her requirements...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANDY SMITH is the director of administration and finance at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. In this capacity, he’s responsible for overseeing budget, endowment, and operating activity of the seminary and facilitating the...

South Carolina Columbia, United States
Posted: 2011


CRISTINA CABRERA recently started her Ph.D. in cultural studies at the Excellence Cluster of the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany. So far she has been able to enjoy beautiful locations and great museum...

Giessen, Germany
Posted: 2011


KAZIMIERZ BEM was ordained on Sept. 11, 2011 at Center Church on the Green in New Haven, with his guests flying in from all over the globe. He still almost can’t believe that he was called as pastor of First Church in Marlborough, MA. He finished his S.T.M. in 2011 and is now...

Massachusetts Marlborough, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTOPHER ALLISON is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. His family is slowly, but surely, settling in to Bostonian life, and enjoying the new place and new friends.

Massachusetts Boston, United States
Posted: 2011


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 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


PETER W. COOKSON, JR. lives in Washington DC and has published two books this year (See Alumni Books).

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


LYDIA SOHN and JAMES ROGERS got married on June 11, 2011 in Claremont, CA. Lydia writes, “Many of you know that we met at BTFO! We are now settling into married life and loving it.” Lydia and James live in a two-...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


STEPHANIE JOHNSON was ordained an Episcopal Priest in September 2010. She is working for Province I (New England dioceses) as energy steward minister, helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint. She is still finishing her requirements...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANDY SMITH is the director of administration and finance at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. In this capacity, he’s responsible for overseeing budget, endowment, and operating activity of the seminary and facilitating the...

South Carolina Columbia, United States
Posted: 2011


CRISTINA CABRERA recently started her Ph.D. in cultural studies at the Excellence Cluster of the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany. So far she has been able to enjoy beautiful locations and great museum...

Glessen, Germany,
Posted: 2011


KAZIMIERZ BERN was ordained on Sept. 11, 2011 at Center Church on the Green in New Haven, with his guests flying in from all over the globe. He still almost can’t believe that he was called as pastor of First Church in Marlborough MA. He...

Massachusetts Marlborough, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTOPHER ALLISON is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. His family is slowly, but surely, settling in to Bostonian life, and enjoying the new place and new friends.

Massachusetts Cambridge, United States
Posted: 2011


Since graduation from Y.D.S., my ministry has been writing and publishing books with spiritual themes. To find them online go to www.SandySmythBooks.com.

My recent book,...

Amber and I are happily settled in Orlando, Florida, where I have been the rector of St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church since the fall of 2011. Our son, Alexander, was born in 2010 and our daughter, Aimee, was born in 2012.

CRISTINA CABRERA is in her third year of her PhD program in Cultural Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), in Giessen-Germany. Among other news, she tied the knot to former exchange student at YDS, Julian Hensold, on October...

Giessen, Germany
Posted: 2014


Andy Smith currently serves as Finance Director at the City of Forest Acres, SC. He was Chrismated in the Orthodox Church at Theophany in 2012. In May 2013, Andy married Shannon (Deer) who teaches religious studies at the University of South Carolina - Aiken;...

Hope (Stephenson) Menninger was married to Charles Menninger in June 2013 in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Hope is currently living in St. Louis, MO, working as an Emergency Medical Technician, and planning to apply to Physician Assistant programs this fall. She...

Class Note for Website: M.A. in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Brown University.

John and I welcomed a daughter, Charis Kathryn Helmiere, into the world on Winter's Solstice, December 21. Freddie continues  to teach courses on religion, ecology and social justice at colleges and universities in Seattle, most recently Seattle University....


Class of 2009


Kim Bauser graduated from Yale Divinity School—again (’10 S.T.M.)—and is now sharing her, as she puts it, “ever-increasing awesomeness with the good people of Boston (who, disappointingly, are taking surprisingly long to appreciate it),” as she...

Mary Emily Briehl Duba and Jason spent the past year in Bolivia volunteering as classroom aides at a special education school, working with an indigenous women’s community center, and exploring the Andean geography and culture. They have since moved to...

Paul Evans started a Ph.D. program in medieval and Byzantine studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in August.

James Daryn Henry and Nichole Marie Flores were married in August 2010. The happy newlyweds are both working on doctorates in the Boston College theology department, Daryn in systematic theology and Nichole in theological ethics.

Adam Greene is currently the Dean of Spiritual Life at Episcopal High School, Houston, TX. He is responsible for the daily chapel program, the teaching of academic religion, pastoral care, and community service and outreach departments. Last year Adam joined...

Jackie Hall says, “It has been a whirlwind year.” She became pastor of Winchester Center Congregational Church in Winchester Center, CT, on January 1, 2010. She had her Ecclesiastical Council on January 31 and was ordained March 7, 2010. “It is tons of fun...

Marina Hayman shares, “Since graduating from YDS, the primary endeavor related to my education was having a paper published in Boston College’s e-journal, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations [‘Christ in the Works of Two Jewish Artists: When Art is...

Joshua Ashton Hill celebrated with his wife, Hannah Hill, the birth of their daughter Elana Marley Hill on November 3, 2009. They live happily in New Canaan, CT, where Josh is director of children’s and youth ministries at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Johanna Johnson just completed her year as a pastoral intern in Naples, FL, and began this fall at Lutheran Theological School at Gettysburg, where she will complete ordination requirements while earning an S.T.M. in practical theology. She continues to stun...

Michael O’Loughlin is communications manager for the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. He is a regular contributor to America magazine’s blog, ‘In All Things,’ and he just published a chapter in a book entitled Lay Ecclesial Ministry:...

After Yale, Joel Oesch and Tiffany traveled halfway across the country to the “Gateway of the West,” St. Louis. Joel is in the second year of his Ph.D. work at Concordia Seminary and Graduate School, knee-deep in wonders of D-Bon (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) and...

Christine Overstreet is continuing her work as a full-time Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program assistant coordinator at Mount Holyoke College. She is still married to her husband of 25 years, and though no new babies to report (“thank goodness!”), her...

Maggie Stahl is currently residing in Richmond, VA, (“and falling in love with the Commonwealth”) and is coordinator of youth ministry and director of faith formation and sacramental preparation for grades 6-12 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Colonial Heights...

Javen Swanson recently completed his “Lutheran year” (an additional year of study) at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He is now serving as intern pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and spent much of the summer training for his first half...

Jonathan Teubner married Rachel (Winter) Teubner ’11 in August at a ceremony on Bailey Island, ME. They since have sailed across the sea on the Queen Mary II to their new home in Cambridge, England, where Jonathan will be working on his...

Anthony R. Watson is a theology Ph.D. student at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also welcomed a new grandson into the family on July 1, 2010. His name is Anthony R. Watson III, making “Grandpa” Anthony’s new official title, at least in family circles.

LAURA OLSEN is finishing her Lutheran residence year at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. She is in the approval and assignment process for a call to a Lutheran parish, hopefully next year. Laura is concurrently pursuing an S.T.M. at...

Pennsylvania Gettysburg, United States
Posted: 2011


GRETA GETLEIN is now the director of studies for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. So many chapel services, so little time...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


KAREN SCHNEIDER KIRNER is now in her fourteenth year of working in campus ministry at the University of Notre Dame. She directs various choirs and serves as one of four full-time organists for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. She just...

Indiana South Bend, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KOCHENASH started his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian origins at Claremont Lincoln University/Claremont School of Theology this fall.

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


SAMUEL CHEON is working as dean of the graduate school of theological interdisciplinary studies in Hannam University, South Korea. He will stay in Sydney, Australia for his sabbatical year during the next academic year from March 2012....

South Korea
Posted: 2011


LAURA OLSEN is finishing her Lutheran residence year at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. She is in the approval and assignment process for a call to a Lutheran parish, hopefully next year. Laura is concurrently pursuing an S.T.M. at...

Pennsylvania Gettysburg, United States
Posted: 2011


GRETA GETLEIN is now the director of studies for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. So many chapel services, so little time...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


KAREN SCHNEIDER KIRNER is now in her fourteenth year of working in campus ministry at the University of Notre Dame. She directs various choirs and serves as one of four full-time organists for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. She just...

Indiana Notre Dame, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KOCHENASH started his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian origins at Claremont Lincoln University/Claremont School of Theology this fall.

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011