Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1995


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, OTIS MOSS III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was honored with the alumni award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry.

Illinois Chicago, United States
Posted: 2011


GRETCHEN STROHMAIER is a bereavement counselor for Hospice in Missoula, MT and is the church school director at Holy Spirit Episcopal Parish.

Montana Missoula, United States
Posted: 2011


JENNY ARTHUR was ordained by Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in May 2011. She serves as minister of pastoral care.

Tennessee United States
Posted: 2011


DAHN DEAN GANDELL has been rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Honoeye Falls, NY, for 10 years. She is missioner for global companionship and chair of the Rochester deputation for General Convention in 2012. She is a certified yoga...

New York Honoeye Falls, United States
Posted: 2011


LISA B. HAMILTON is a member of the CREDO spirituality faculty.

PAM TYLER and Charles own San Geronimo Lodge, which they are remodeling as a retreat center. She serves St. James Episcopal Church in Taos, NM.

New Mexico Taos, United States
Posted: 2011


CHI CHUEN CHAN and Fong have been in Hong Kong since 1997. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Hong Kong, China
Posted: 2011


SHAWNTHEA MONROE MUELLER is senior minister at Plymouth Church (UCC) of Shaker Heights, OH. She has written two books, one co-authored with classmate Shannon Craigo-Snell. She sits on the board of the Deaconess Community Foundation.

Ohio Shaker Heights, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTINE TRAINOR MCSPADDEN is canon for cathedral life at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA.

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


JULIE REUNING-SCHERER is pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Newington, CT.

Connecticut Newington, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID C. MAHAN is the director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale. He is a guest lecturer with ISM.

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


RICHARD BUGYI-SUTTER is master-general of the Society of St. Michael, an Anglo-Catholic priestly fraternity, and convenes the “Anglican Use Society in Colorado,” a local response to Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Colorado United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, OTIS MOSS III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was honored with the alumni award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry.

Illinois Chicago, United States
Posted: 2011


GRETCHEN STROHMAIER is a bereavement counselor for Hospice in Missoula, MT and is the church school director at Holy Spirit Episcopal Parish.

Montana Missoula, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1992


BECKY GARRISON has three new books out (see Alumni Books section). Also, she is a panelist with the Washington Post’s “On Faith” column.

MAGNUS T. BERNHARDSSON lives with his wife, MARGARET MCCOMISH ’93 in Williamstown, MA. They have two children, Benni (14) and Karen Magnea (11). Magnus teaches Middle Eastern History at Williams College and Margaret is...

Massachusetts Williamstown, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT BARKER was consecrated the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Nebraska on Oct. 8 at the La Vista Convention Center in Omaha, NE. Ecumenical and interfaith guests were included in the gathering, considered a “homecoming” for Barker, 48, an...

Nebraska Omaha, United States
Posted: 2011


BECKY GARRISON has three new books out (see Alumni Books section). Also, she is a panelist with the Washington Post’s “On Faith” column.

MAGNUS T. BERNHARDSSON lives with his wife, MARGARET MCCOMISH ’93 in Williamstown, MA. They have two children, Benni (14) and Karen Magnea (11). Magnus teaches Middle Eastern History at Williams College and Margaret is...

Massachusetts Williamstown, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT BARKER was consecrated the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Nebraska on Oct. 8 at the La Vista Convention Center in Omaha, NE. Ecumenical and interfaith guests were included in the gathering, considered a “homecoming” for Barker, 48, an...

Nebraska Omaha, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1991


DAVID BRYCE is in his third year as senior minister of The First Church In Belmont, Unitarian Universalist in Belmont, MA. He is currently taking a class in the supervision of student ministers at (gasp!) Harvard Divinity School; but he wears...

Massachusetts Belmont, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID WILLIAMSON is the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hermitage, PA. A heart attack in March 2010 hasn’t slowed him down—he’s also the chaplain of the fire department, police department, and the local Boy Scout camp, and a...

Pennsylvania Hermitage, United States
Posted: 2011


KEVIN CORCORAN earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, got a job in the philosophy department at Calvin College (where Nick Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus, taught before moving to YDS in ’89 and where current Noah...

Michigan Grand Rapids, United States
Posted: 2011


MARK RIGG earned an S.T.M. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2008 on the way to being ordained in January of this year. Ordination marked the end of an 18-year teaching career and the start of parish ministry. Mark serves...

Pennsylvania (Near) Reading, United States
Posted: 2011


JANE NEWALL and partner Debbie celebrated the birth of their fifth child, Adian Cadel, born August 29, 2010. In June 2011, Jane left Rainbow Cathedral MCC and relocated to Woodstock, CT. She is currently the chair of the National Clergy...

Connecticut Woodstock, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT BADER-SAYER completed his Ph.D. at Duke under Stanley Hauerwas, taught for 12 years at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA (yes, home of “The Office”), and is in his third year as professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID BRYCE is in his third year as senior minister of The First Church In Belmont, Unitarian Universalist in Belmont, MA. He is currently taking a class in the supervision of student ministers at (gasp!) Harvard Divinity School; but he wears...

Massachusetts Belmont, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID WILLIAMSON is the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hermitage, PA. A heart attack in March 2010 hasn’t slowed him down—he’s also the chaplain of the fire department, police department, and the local Boy Scout camp, and a...

Pennsylvania Hermitage, United States
Posted: 2011


KEVIN CORCORAN earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, got a job in the philosophy department at Calvin College (where Nick Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus, taught before moving to YDS in ’89 and where current Noah...

Michigan Grand Rapids, United States
Posted: 2011


MARK RIGG earned an S.T.M. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2008 on the way to being ordained in January of this year. Ordination marked the end of an 18-year teaching career and the start of parish ministry. Mark serves...

Pennsylvania Reading, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT BADER-SAYER completed his Ph.D. at Duke under Stanley Hauerwas, taught for 12 years at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA (yes, home of “The Office”), and is in his third year as professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1990


TOM VAN TASSELL is in his 15th year as co-pastor of the First Congregational Church of Spencer, IA. He co-pastors with his wife, Wendy. Tom is serving as chair of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies for the National...

Iowa Spencer, United States
Posted: 2011


CAROLINE STACEY is currently serving as rector of St. Luke in the Fields Episcopal Church in the West Village in NYC. She married Scott Askegard, a research scientist in microbiology currently working for a biotech company in Long Island. They...

New York New York, United States
Posted: 2011


ELIZABETH RIPLEY transitioned from a long career in the hospital field to serving as executive director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation in 2008. This foundation shares ownership in the local hospital and makes grants to...

Alaska United States
Posted: 2011


EMILY GIFFORD received an MA in modern U.S. history from Central Connecticut State University in May of this year, and in November, she appeared on “Jeopardy!” and became a one-day champion. She shares, “Unfortunately, my winning game aired on...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JOSEPH CISTONE received his D.Min. form Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in May. Joe writes, “Living on Mount Desert Island, Maine this academic year as my spouse Alyne serves as a visiting professor in human rights law at the College of...

Maine Mount Desert Island, United States
Posted: 2011


STEVEN C. BOGUSLAWSKI was re-appointed to a second term as president of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies, effective June 9, 2011.

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


TOM VAN TASSELL is in his 15th year as co-pastor of the First Congregational Church of Spencer, IA. He co-pastors with his wife, Wendy. Tom is serving as chair of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies for the National...

Iowa Spencer, United States
Posted: 2011


CAROLINE STACEY is currently serving as rector of St. Luke in the Fields Episcopal Church in the West Village in NYC. She married Scott Askegard, a research scientist in microbiology currently working for a biotech company in Long Island. They...

New York New York, United States
Posted: 2011


ELIZABETH RIPLEY transitioned from a long career in the hospital field to serving as executive director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation in 2008. This foundation shares ownership in the local hospital and makes grants to improve the health of...

Alaska United States
Posted: 2011


EMILY GIFFORD received an MA in modern U.S. history from Central Connecticut State University in May of this year, and in November, she appeared on “Jeopardy!” and became a one-day champion. She shares, “Unfortunately, my winning game aired on...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JOSEPH CISTONE received his D.Min. form Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in May. Joe writes, “Living on Mount Desert Island, Maine this academic year as my spouse Alyne serves as a visiting professor in human rights law at the College of...

Maine Mount Desert Island, United States
Posted: 2011


STEVEN C. BOGUSLAWSKI was re-appointed to a second term as president of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies, effective June 9, 2011.

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1989


RICK KING is in his fourth year as senior minister of First Congregational UCC in Longmont, CO, and in April received a Healthy Community Award from Boulder County Public Health for his work with the St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition,...

Colorado Longmont, United States
Posted: 2011


ANTHONY CERULLI won an EURIAS Fellowship, with affiliation at the Insitut d’études avancées-Paris, for 2012-13. He has also been awarded an NEH Fellowship for 2012-13. Currently an ACLS fellow, he teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges...

RICK KING is in his fourth year as senior minister of First Congregational UCC in Longmont, CO, and in April received a Healthy Community Award from Boulder County Public Health for his work with the St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition,...

Colorado Longmont, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1987


Sherry Jordon teaches Reformation theology and women’s studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.   She loves teaching, especially about women and the Reformation.  She enjoys gardening and canoeing in the summer, snowshoeing and...

Minnesota St. Paul United States of America
Posted: 2010



Class of 1986


Bob Meditz continues to reside in Wethersfield, CT, work in Hartford in commercial banking, and pursue a Ph.D. at Exeter/Hartford Seminary on a part-time basis.  His wife, Linda, is completing her Ph.D. in history at UConn.  Their oldest daughter,...

Connecticut Wethersfield United States of America
Posted: 2010


Ruth Brooks is still working (21+ years) as the psychiatric chaplain for the Yale-New Haven Hospital but wishes she could retire.  Her heart has been stolen by her soon-to-be three granddaughters (ages 4, 2, and 0) and by the earth...

Henry G. Brinton is writing a book on Christian hospitality, having visited a number of congregations on sabbatical that do an especially good job of welcoming and including people: The Iona Community, Saddleback Church, Reconciliation Parish (Berlin), and...