Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1977


Deborah Hentz Hundley has also recently retired from ministry in Virginia. On her Facebook page, she writes, “ Beginning my last week as rector of Christ Church, Roanoke. Much to do. At the top of the list: Giving thanks for this amazing community and for the people who...

Kristin Foster, with husband, Frank Davis welcomed their first grandchild, Hattie, born to Tyler and her husband last year. Grandmotherly duties take place in Minneapolis, a four hour drive from the farm where Kristin and Frank live. Kristin is serving a Messiah Lutheran...

Ron Degges has just completed his 5th anniversary as President of the Disciples Home Missions, the domestic mission arm of the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), and is on sabbatical until April, 2014, in part, at YDS. I had asked our class to comment on the...


Class of 1976


RICHARD COGLEY has just completed a lengthy tenure as chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University where he teaches the history of Christianity in Europe and North America. Before coming to SMU, he taught at...

Texas University Park, United States
Posted: 2011


JEANNE DEVINE is now at Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, and is thrilled to be near her grandchildren. As an alumna of Yale College ’72, she volunteers with the Yale Alumni Schools Committee to recruit high school seniors for...

Texas Austin United States
Posted: 2011


NORMA COOK EVERIST returned to Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA, in autumn 2011 after a guest professorship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, last spring. This will be her 33rd year as professor of church and ministry. Norma...

Iowa Dubuque, United States
Posted: 2011


DOUGLAS HALVERSON lives as an Anglican Benedictine in Menomonie, WI. He served until spring 2011 as the Oxford University Alumni Society secretary for Minnesota/Western Wisconsin and has been a university chaplain, professor, and Benedictine...

Wisconsin Menomonie, United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE GROB is the executive director of the North Florida Susan G. Komen affiliate. Previously, he spent five years implementing an HIV and AIDS prevention education program through the Anglican Church in South Africa. He has been involved in...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


DICK CLAY practices law in Louisville KY. His wife, Elizabeth, a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is active at Louisville’s Second Presbyterian Church. They have a son at Connecticut College, one at Columbia College in...

Kentucky Louisville, United States
Posted: 2011


BEVERLEY A. NITSCHKE, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical studies and historical theology, has served for years as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in both campus and congregational...

Petawawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2011


EARL E. JOHNSON served as the national spiritual care coordinator for the American Red Cross from January 2002 until summer 2011. He deployed 53 chaplains via the American Red Cross Disaster Response to the tornado-stricken Midwest and South....

LEE HARDGROVE has retired from United Methodist ministry and U.S. Army chaplaincy after three years of active duty including a tour in Afghanistan. He and his wife have moved to Rhode Island to be near family. They enjoy touring the Newport...

Rhode Island United States
Posted: 2011


PAIGE LINDSEY SMITH enjoyed time spent with Janet Edwards in September when she attended son Fitz’s Pittsburgh wedding, a Buddhist-Mexican-Native-American-and-even-sorta-Jewish ceremony in the back yard of the kids’ rehabbed house in North...

RICH ISRAEL has spent most of the last 35 years in Cleveland, OH, in ministries relating to social justice including working for school desegregation and public education, advocating for the elderly in long-term care, and running an agency that...

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011


RICHARD COGLEY has just completed a lengthy tenure as chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University where he teaches the history of Christianity in Europe and North America. Before coming to SMU, he taught at...

Texas Dallas, United States
Posted: 2011


JEANNE DEVINE is now at Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, and is thrilled to be near her grandchildren. As an alumna of Yale College ’72, she volunteers with the Yale Alumni Schools Committee to recruit high school seniors for...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011


NORMA COOK EVERIST returned to Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA, in autumn 2011 after a guest professorship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, last spring. This will be her 33rd year as professor of church and ministry. Norma...

Iowa Dubuque, United States
Posted: 2011


DOUGLAS HALVERSON lives as an Anglican Benedictine in Menomonie, WI. He served until spring 2011 as the Oxford University Alumni Society secretary for Minnesota/Western Wisconsin and has been a university chaplain, professor, and Benedictine...

Wisconsin Menomonie, United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE GROB is the executive director of the North Florida Susan G. Komen affiliate. Previously, he spent five years implementing an HIV and AIDS prevention education program through the Anglican Church in South Africa. He has been involved in...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


TOM NEILSON is currently senior pastor of First Congregational UCC, Council Bluffs, IA, after two years of semi-retirement in Texas. He has worked in human rights and outreach in Latin America for 28 years with International Christian...

Iowa Council Bluffs, United States
Posted: 2011


DICK CLAY practices law in Louisville KY. His wife, Elizabeth, a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is active at Louisville’s Second Presbyterian Church. They have a son at Connecticut College, one at Columbia College in...

Kentucky Louisville, United States
Posted: 2011


BEVERLEY A. NITSCHKE, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical studies and historical theology, has served for years as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in both campus and congregational...

Petawawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2011


EARL E. JOHNSON served as the national spiritual care coordinator for the American Red Cross from January 2002 until summer 2011. He deployed 53 chaplains via the American Red Cross Disaster Response to the tornado-stricken Midwest and South....

California Berkeley, United States
Posted: 2011


LEE HARDGROVE has retired from United Methodist ministry and U.S. Army chaplaincy after three years of active duty including a tour in Afghanistan. He and his wife have moved to Rhode Island to be near family. They enjoy touring the Newport...

Rhode Island United States
Posted: 2011


PAIGE LINDSEY SMITH enjoyed time spent with Janet Edwards in September when she attended son Fitz’s Pittsburgh wedding, a Buddhist-Mexican-Native-American-and-even-sorta-Jewish ceremony in the back yard of the kids’ rehabbed house in North...

Alabama United States
Posted: 2011


RICH ISRAEL has spent most of the last 35 years in Cleveland, OH, in ministries relating to social justice including working for school desegregation and public education, advocating for the elderly in long-term care, and running an agency that...

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011


Jim is the Executive Director of Love146, an organization seeking to abolish human trafficking. Learn more at www.love146.org.

I am celebrating 25 years as Senior Pastor in my congregation St. John Lutheran Church. I never imagined that I would spend so many years in this place but I have been blessed with a healthy congregation and many fine pastoral colleagues through the years. The ministry here...

Norma Cook Everist reports that she is still teaching  at Wartburg Theological Seminary, her 35th year and loves it! She just signed another book contract: Images of Grace in the Epistles . . . that make all the difference in daily life to come out next...

Happy news from Virginia from Earl Johnson: Dr. Douglas Ward and the Rev. Earl Johnson were married Dec. 28, 2013, at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., by the Rev. Sidney S. Symington. The legal ceremony took place earlier in the District of Columbia. Ward is...

Lee Hargrove sends news that he completed the course work for a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College which I will receive in May.  He hopes to begin working with the Veterans Community in September utilizing the degree and his experience as a...

My husband Patrick (whom many of you have met) and I moved last year to my little home-town in North Alabama.  It was a move to bring us closer to our families since Pat was ill. Patrick passed away peacefully at  Thanksgiving from prostate cancer. I would like to...


Class of 1975


I retired in 2013 after 38 years of parish ministry. I'm now teaching church history fairly regularly for Fuller Theological Seminary, both in the Northern California extension and for Fuller Online. Still living in Grass Valley, CA; still happily married to Lois (...

After spending most of my academic careet at the University of Miami, I am now Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame.

I am the Sr. Chaplain at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, CT. I love my work and only wish I had realized this calling earlier. I also work as an On-call Chaplain at YNHH, very different from daily ministry to the elderly who are so supportive and loving. Each day I...

Latest publications include Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy (Palgrave MacMillan) and blogs in Huffington Post http://www....

Earlier than anticipated, I retired as Sr. Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, IA. on June 30, 2013. Wife (Pr. Sally Meyer - MDiv., LSTC, 1994) and I have relocated to the NW Chicago suburbs, Grayslake, specifically. We are involved in many ways at a local...

I am settling into my appointment as Assistant to Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, West Virginia Area, UMC. Lin and I love to make trips to Minneapolis to visit our son, John Michael and Sara, and play with John Lee our grandson. I still love backpacking and running, both of which...

I retired in 2007 from First Christian Church, Moline, Illinois after 11 years as Senior Minister. I retired on December 31st, 2013 from 5 1/2 years as a Full-time Hospice Chaplain with the Genesis Health System, Davenport, Iowa and the Clarrisa C. Cook Hospice...

Fuller Northwest, where Pam Scalise and I do most of our teaching, now has new offices and classrooms, just south of the Northgate area. Since our offices are in the "coffeetown" of Seattle, our students can walk to *six* different coffee shops within ten...


Class of 1974


C. ARTHUR BRADLEY served for 20 years in pastoral ministry in Connecticut. At YDS Arthur’s studies in American civil religion and black and women’s theology proved helpful in the second half of his career as he moved from pastoral ministry to...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JACK A. SAARELA began a term in August as interim pastor at the Lutheran campus center at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania after completing a two-year stint as the interim Lutheran pastor at Luther House at Yale. This marks his 26th year...

Pennsylvania Wyncote, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL HEATH has launched a new website, www.revmichaelheath.com, as part of his counseling center, Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Services, that allows visitors to more easily access his mental health segments on...

C. ARTHUR BRADLEY served for 20 years in pastoral ministry in Connecticut. At YDS Arthur’s studies in American civil religion and black and women’s theology proved helpful in the second half of his career as he moved from pastoral ministry to...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JACK A. SAARELA began a term in August as interim pastor at the Lutheran campus center at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania after completing a two-year stint as the interim Lutheran pastor at Luther House at Yale. This marks his 26th year...

Pennsylvania Wyncote, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL HEATH has launched a new website, www.revmichaelheath.com, as part of his counseling center, Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Services, that allows visitors to more easily access his mental health segments on...

New York United States
Posted: 2011


I am serving as an Intentional Interim Pastor in the Southeastern PA Synod of the ELCA. On Oct. 1, 2013 I began my fourth interim "gig" - at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church of Perkasie, PA. I continue to reside in Wyncote, PA.

Hi! I am having a lot of fun as Director of Episcopal Service Corps-Maryland, a young adult volunteer year/ living in community program affiliated with the national ESC network. We are currently recruiting for our 4th year- not only is every person different, so is...

Bob Roberts, Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University, published Emotions in the Moral Life (Cambridge U.P., 2013) and was Senior Fellow in the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ during 2013-14. He and Elizabeth are grandparents of two little...

Rector of the Episcopal Churches of Schuyler County, New York.  Board President of the Community Dispute Resolution Center, Ithaca, New York.  Community Spirit Award of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.  Avid downhill skier in the hills of the Finger...