Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2004


TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON resides in Toronto with NATALIE ‘05, where Natalie teaches at Emmanuel College. Tyler continues to lead the Two Futures Project, is chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, and is...

Toronto, Canada
Posted: 2011


MERCEDES NALLS and her husband, Luke, both successfully defended their dissertations this past spring (’11). Mercedes plans to continue publishing her research while teaching online for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and American Public...

Andrea Olsen Lam and Alan Lam were married in April 2010.

SIDNEY SYMINGTON is in his third year at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Henrietta, NY. He serves as a chaplain at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, teaches writing at SUNY Geneseo, and continues to work in...

New York Henrietta, United States
Posted: 2011


KURT LEVENSALER serves as associate priest at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Danville, CA. He and Leighanne enjoy watching Luke, now 3, continue to dazzle them with his amazing vocals, his impressionistic art, and his zest for life....

California Danville, United States
Posted: 2011


JULIE SMUCKER FULLER and her spouse, Marcus Dean Fuller, announced the opening of their feature film this fall (’11), entitled “One Fall.” Alums can check out “One Fall” on Facebook and Netflix.

EMILY BENNETT wed Benjamin Waller in Hastings, NE on July 17, 2010. Both are instructors at Hastings College, where Emily teaches philosophy and religion and Benjamin teaches English. Both are also pursuing Ph.D.’s.

Nebraska Hastings, United States
Posted: 2011


I am currently serving as a minister at The First Congregational Church in Ridgefield, CT. 

2013 was a busy and wonderful year. Most significantly, Natalie (MDiv 05) and I were overjoyed to welcome our daughter, GeorgiaLillian, in December. She's doing wonderfully. In everyday life, I have advanced to the comprehensive exam phase of my doctoral work in theology and...

Toronto, Canada
Posted: 2014


Karen Eiler (aka Karen Jones/Karpow) was appointed to Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY, in July 2013. Memorial is a reconciling church, active in many social justice issues, and Karen is having a blast. Please get in touch if you're in the area!...

Kathryn Reklis' first book - "Theology and the Kinesthetic Imagination: Jonathan Edwards and the Making of Modernity" will be published by Oxford University Press in June, 2014.

Carissa Wyant is living the dream out on the frozen tundra of Minnesota. She's been teaching college courses for seven years as an adjunct professor in the Theology/Religious Studies areas for Hamline University, the University of St. Thomas and for several public colleges...

Compass Entertainment is proud to announce that it's latest production “Ping Pong Summer', a coming of age story about a family during the summer of 1985, starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, and John Hannah, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in Park...

I currently serve as rector of Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, Maryland, a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. I took my present job in 2007, after serving for three years as curate at Christ's Church in Rye, New York. I'm delighted to say that I remain in close...

Jerome lives in Alabama, where he grew up. A Sometime Professor in the humanities, he has taught various courses in ethics at locals colleges in Georgia and California. Having founded a publishing company, Academe Publishing, under which he has published 6 books and...

Lucas Schulte received his Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in May 2013. His last year of dissertation writing was also his first year of fatherhood, with daughter Cecilia celebrating her first birthday six days after Luke defended his dissertation....

In the midst of her 5th year across the 'Pond', Jenn finished her PhD at the University of Oxford. She continues to serve as Chaplain at Keble College and has added to that a post as Research Lecturer in Theology. Jenn resides with a rescue dog from Lancaster in a...

Oxford, United Kingdom
Posted: 2014



Class of 2003


GWENDOLYN KEHAUNANI HILL pastored Koloa Union Church in Hawaii for seven years. She is presently doing pulpit supply. In May 2010, she completed her D.Min. in preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Hawaii United States
Posted: 2011


JULIET IDE enjoys teaching high school English literature and language at a bilingual Hong Kong school. She is Church Council secretary at Emmanuel Church.

Hong Kong, China
Posted: 2011


LISA JEFFCOAT teaches at Myers Park High School. She sings at Myers Park Presbyterian, where she is a member, and with Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, NC.

North Carolina Charlotte, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRIS JONES is the new clinical director of the Eating Disorder Program at Rebecca’s House. He and wife, Elena, married in 2008 after years of travelling the world together. They live in Orange County, CA.

California Orange County, United States
Posted: 2011


ZACK MABE and Melissa have two sons, Joshua, 4, and Connor, almost 2. Zack is in his third year in the Hartford Seminary D.Min. program.

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


AUDREY SCANLAN received her D.Min. from Hartford Seminary and had her first volume of lesson plans published last summer. In August 2011 she became canon for mission collaboration in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


MARK SCOTT is visiting assistant professor of Christianity at the University of Missouri. He and Esther have three children: David, born Nov. 8, 2010; James, 5; and Hannah, 3. Mark explores Origen of Alexandria’s creative, complex, and...

Missouri United States
Posted: 2011


GWENDOLYN KEHAUNANI HILL pastored Koloa Union Church in Hawaii for seven years. She is presently doing pulpit supply. In May 2010, she completed her D.Min. in preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Hawaii United States
Posted: 2011


JULIET IDE enjoys teaching high school English literature and language at a bilingual Hong Kong school. She is Church Council secretary at Emmanuel Church.

Hong Kong, China
Posted: 2011


LISA JEFFCOAT teaches at Myers Park High School. She sings at Myers Park Presbyterian, where she is a member, and with Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, NC.

North Carolina Charlotte, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRIS JONES is the new clinical director of the Eating Disorder Program at Rebecca’s House. He and wife, Elena, married in 2008 after years of travelling the world together. They live in Orange County, CA.

California Orange County, United States
Posted: 2011


ZACK MABE and Melissa have two sons, Joshua, 4, and Connor, almost 2. Zack is in his third year in the Hartford Seminary D.Min. program.

Connecticut Hartford, United States
Posted: 2011


AUDREY SCANLAN received her D.Min. from Hartford Seminary and had her first volume of lesson plans published last summer. In August 2011 she became canon for mission collaboration in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


MARK SCOTT is visiting assistant professor of Christianity at the University of Missouri. He and Esther have three children: David, born Nov. 8, 2010; James, 5; and Hannah, 3. Mark explores Origen of Alexandria’s creative, complex, and...

Missouri United States
Posted: 2011


JAMES CLEMENT VAN PELT coordinates the programming for Yale’s Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology, which he co-founded in 2003-04.

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


When I reflect on the more than 10 years that have transpired since our graduation, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for my time at YDS. In two short years my theological horizons were expanded dramatically through my exposure to profound thinkers in my...

Lisa Jeffcoat is a CPE Supervisory Education Student with Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC. She recently passed her APC committee for Provisional Board Certification in Chaplaincy, and will meet a Supervisory Candidacy committee with ACPE in March. She is grateful...

Jennifer Dunfee is the Chaplain of the National Presbyterian School in Washington DC, working with children ages 3-12. Her three children, ages 4, 6 and 8 attend the school. The arrangement works well, except for when she accidentally calls her 3rd grade girl "honey" in class...

After seminary, I married another YDS grad, Stephanie London (2004), moved to Canada and began ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. I am currently the rector at St. Thomas Anglican church in Sherwood Park, AB where I have served for the last year. Prior...

Edmonton, Canada
Posted: 2014


I'm now a competitive powerlifter. Yes, I pick things up and put them down. No, I don't receive money if I win. Yes, I get a shiny medal or a plaque if I do win. No, will not help you move.

Zack Mabe MDiv '03, STM '05, is entering his tenth year as Pastor of Terryville Congregational Church, UCC in Terryville, CT. He continues work on the Doctor of Ministry program at Hartford Seminary, and is continuing to enjoy life with his wife, Melissa, and sons,...

After earning a doctorate in educational studies from Harvard, I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at the Department of Education, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.

Seoul, Korea
Posted: 2014


Cathy lives with her husband, Peter, and four daughters, ages 7, 6, 3 and 1, in Ridgewood, NJ, where she serves full time at home as wife and mom, and part time as Clergy Associate for Family Ministries at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Ridgewood.

M. Cooper Harriss has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Religion in the Americas at Indiana University beginning this Fall, 2014.


Class of 2002


JULIE FAITH PARKER completed her Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Yale. She is now teaching Bible as a visiting assistant professor at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Julie also teaches at YDS during the Summer Study program, so come...

KELLY MCGANNON graduated from the Holistic Studies Institute in NYC in January 2011 and opened her healing practice, Bridge Between Two Worlds (www.bridgebetweentwoworlds.com), where she helps clients rediscover a...

JULIE FAITH PARKER completed her Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Yale. She is now teaching Bible as a visiting assistant professor at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Julie also teaches at YDS during the Summer Study program, so come...

Maine Waterville, United States
Posted: 2011


KELLY MCGANNON graduated from the Holistic Studies Institute in NYC in January 2011 and opened her healing practice, Bridge Between Two Worlds (www.bridgebetweentwoworlds.com), where she helps clients rediscover a...

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


I am serving as the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Ramona, California. My latest book, Eccentricity: A Spirituality of Difference, will be released spring 2014 from Cascade Books. You can learn more about my ministry at fccramona.org.

Amanda (Wasson) Hullinger has recently been hired as Director of Home Groups at Grace Central Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio.

I am currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.

Kate continues as pastor of Christ the Healer, an Episcopal church in Stamford, CT. She is also Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT, based in Stamford. She successfully completed her Doctor of Ministry studies at Hartford Seminary in December of...

Justin graduated from the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program in June 2013 and is now a Robert Wood Johnson/VA Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. The fellowship program trains physicians in health services research, health policy, and ...