Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1992


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


I finished my term as the chair of the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board (CAB) in 2013 with the opportunity to speak from the Presidential podium. The CAB advocates for reproductive justice and a woman's right to self determination.

Connecticut Woodstock, Denomination | Metropolitan Community Church
Posted: 2014



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


I retired from my teaching and church work in September 2013, and continue to live happily near the beach in North Devon, England.

Appledore, United Kingdom
Posted: 2014


I joined the Army Reserve as a chaplain in 2009.  Nothing I've done has challenged me more completely. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan, working with some amazing Soldiers. I hope more YDS grads will consider military chaplaincy!

Bennie Colclough '90 M. Div. has been promoted to the position of Director of Chaplaincy for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Chaplain Colclough will serve and direct, the clinical chaplaincy program for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He will...


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


I have relocated from PA to NY after residing in PA for 9 years where I worked with the City of Philadelphia and Episcopal Community Services as A Chaplain to Youth in Detention. While in PA I also held the following positions Certified Field Education Supervisor to Palmer...

Hard to believe it has been 25 years. Looking forward to seeing some old (and hopefully) familiar faces.


Class of 1988


I greatly enjoyed our 25th reunion: good people and good thought still constitute YDS! I continue to be at-home full-time as I live my ordination vow of obedience to the Bp of MA, who will soon retire, I hope.


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...

Carlos González and Micki (Eckert) live in Atlanta, about to send son number two to Tulane.  Micki is director of music at Sandy Springs Christian (Disciples of Christ) and runs her business, Chicago Joe's Rock 'n Blues Camp. ...

Scott Smith and Annemarie Chapin Smith have been married 23 years and have five children (Noah, Aaron, Sam, Grace and Mark).  “We live on a small farm near Elm Mott, Texas,” they write, “and have been part of Homestead Heritage, a...

Texas Elm Mott United States of America
Posted: 2010


Scott Smith and Annemarie Chapin Smith have been married 23 years and have five children (Noah, Aaron, Sam, Grace and Mark).  “We live on a small farm near Elm Mott, Texas,” they write, “and have been part of Homestead Heritage, a...

Texas Elm Mott United States of America
Posted: 2010


Beau Weston finished his twentieth year teaching sociology at Centre College in Danville, KY. His essay, Rebuilding the Presbyterian Establishment, was published by the Presbyterian Church (USA), and has occasioned some comment and a published reply...

Kentucky United States of America
Posted: 2010


Peter DeVeau is ecumenical officer for the Diocese of Olympia, where he is rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Seattle. A 2007 Lilly Grant funded a sabbatical in Holden Village, Denmark, Norway, England, Scotland and Ireland. Peter keeps sane and...

Washington Seattle United States of America
Posted: 2010


Beth O’Malley writes, “I’m in my third year as dean of the chapel at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. I love working with young adults (but not being the parent!) and continue to be surprised how much a campus community is like a big parish—counseling,...

Maryland Ellicott City United States of America
Posted: 2010


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


SHERRY JORDON teaches Reformation theology and women’s studies at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. With BILL EAVES ’87 she loves canoeing and hiking in summer, snowshoeing and drinking tea by the fire in...

Minnesota St. Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


HENRY BRINTON has been senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in VA since 2001. Married to Nancy Freeborne, a professor at George Mason University, with a daughter, Sarah, in San Diego and a son, Sam, at Lafayette College. Henry is...

Virginia Fairfax, United States
Posted: 2011