Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2009


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


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



Class of 2008


Dan Binder is having a great time at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, TX, where he teaches world religions, ethics, history of Christianity, and New Testament. He did CPE this past summer (better late than never, he says), and he’s looking for ways to bring...

Abby Cooper plays with her spunky one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lucy while she prepares for the last stages of her qualifying exams for her Ph.D. in American History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is expecting to give birth to another baby girl in...

Anna Doherty completed a yearlong CPE Residency from August 2008—09 at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. Since winter 2009, Anna has served as vicar of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Hartford, WI. She enjoys parish ministry and, in her spare time...

Christopher Doucot is the father of two teenage boys and continues in urban ministry with the Hartford Catholic Worker. For the past two years he has also been teaching race, class and gender at Central Connecticut State University and in the fall will teach...

Caroline Levy is serving as chaplain at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Ordained earlier this year in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she is enjoying providing pastoral care to people with spinal cord, brain, and orthopedic injuries and their...

Tom Meredith is serving as an addictions counselor for drug- and alcohol-addicted youth in Wernersville, PA. He works with 15 to 27 year-old young men who come to his facility for one month of inpatient treatment. An addict himself, Tom brings deep compassion...

Dawn Stegelmann is curate at Trinity Episcopal, Southport, CT, where she has served the past two years. She was the priest-in-charge for four months this year while the rector was on sabbatical and loved it. Earlier this year, she and her husband traveled to...

Willis J. McCaw was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church in Middletown on October 3. Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dale Peterson participated in the service of installation, as did YDS Professor Yolanda Smith. Alumni Brian Bellamy ’05...

OBY BALLINGER has now served for two years at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. Oby also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. Husband Javen Swanson...

Minnesota St. Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT CLYBURN is currently teaching as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon).

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


ABIGAIL COOPER is enjoying life with 3-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Alice and writing her dissertation on slave religion in Civil War refugee camps as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

DAN BINDER is teaching religion and philosophy at Episcopal High School in Houston, TX, and working toward a D.Min. in educational leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Texas Houston, United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, CHRISTOPHER DOUCOT, founder and leader of St. Martin de Pores Catholic Worker House in Hartford, CT, was honored by the Alumni Board with the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice....

Connecticut Hartford, United States
Posted: 2011


LINDER LADER followed the suggestion of fellow YDS alumna AMALIE ASH ’10 (currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida), in early 2011 and was called as temporary supply pastor to the Second...

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


CAMERON RANDLE is an Episcopal priest serving in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. On Nov. 13, 2011, Cameron was instituted as rector of the churches of St. George’s Parish, a colonial-era faith community established in 1636. He is priest and...

Virginia Pungoteague, United States
Posted: 2011


OBY BALLINGER has now served for two years at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. Oby also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. Husband Javen Swanson...

Minnesota St. Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT CLYBURN is currently teaching as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon).

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


ABIGAIL COOPER is enjoying life with 3-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Alice and writing her dissertation on slave religion in Civil War refugee camps as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania United States
Posted: 2011


DAN BINDER is teaching religion and philosophy at Episcopal High School in Houston, TX, and working toward a D.Min. in educational leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Texas Houston, United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, CHRISTOPHER DOUCOT, founder and leader of St. Martin de Pores Catholic Worker House in Hartford, CT, was honored by the Alumni Board with the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice....

Connecticut Hartford, United States
Posted: 2011


LINDER LADER followed the suggestion of fellow YDS alumna AMALIE ASH ’10 (currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida), in early 2011 and was called as temporary supply pastor to the Second...

Florida Ft. Lauderdale, United States
Posted: 2011


CAMERON RANDLE is an Episcopal priest serving in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. On Nov. 13, 2011, Cameron was instituted as rector of the churches of St. George’s Parish, a colonial-era faith community established in 1636. He is priest and...

Virginia United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 2007


ALICIA BROOKS completed a Master of Science in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Maryland in May 2011 and was licensed as a graduate professional counselor in Maryland in September 2011. In December, she is beginning work as a family...

Maryland Annapolis, United States
Posted: 2011


MEGHAN HENNING is finishing her Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University. While writing her dissertation, she has been living in Boston with her husband, Doug, and their dog, Barkli. In addition to writing, Meghan has been teaching as adjunct...

Massachusetts Boston, United States
Posted: 2011


MINDY ROLL has had a busy year! Mindy was called as Lutheran Campus Pastor to Texas A&M and Blinn Colleges in September of 2010, was ordained in November, engaged in January of 2011, installed in March, and finished her S.T.M. in May. But...

Texas United States
Posted: 2011


ANDREW NURKIN completed his M.F.A. in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems recently appeared in the North American Review, Rattle, and Drunken Boat, among other places.