Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1995


We have moved back with Skinny(the little black Labrador we adopted in New Haven) in 1997. At present, I am serving as a college professor in psychology in the University of St. Joseph in Macau. Skinny  passed away in 2008. We...



The Rev. Tommy J. Dillon, II, Rector of St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in San Francisco, CA for the past nine years, has been called to become Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, WA. He will begin at...



Dahn is serving as rector for Church of the Ascension in the Diocese of Rochester.  She is the Province 2 clergy representative for Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.  An Ambassador for The Carpenter's ...



My book, The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity (Oxford 2014), recently received recognition from Christianity Today as the best book of 2014 in the Missions/Global Affair category. 



Effective January 2015 I am  the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Dean at Whitman College. As part of Whitman college's strategic emphasis on Inclusion, diversity and equity, I have been asked to lead...



Christine McSpadden (MDiv '95) started a newly-created position on the staff of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Bridging the offices of the Canon Precentor (liturgical) and Canon Pastor (pastoral), she shares in the...



Currently Priest in Charge of the Parish of Milton Regis and the United Benefice of Murston with Bapchild and Tonge, Diocese of Canterbury, Church of England.

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Class of 1994


Book is out from Brill: Calvin's Salvation in Writing: A Confessional Academic Theology.  
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Class of 1993


I have accepted a new call as a mission developer to Joy of Discovery Lutheran Mission in my hometown of Raleigh, NC. After 13 years in Philadelphia and five outside Atlanta, I am excited to return home.




Class of 1987


In June of 2014, Laura Sugg (MDiv '87) moved from her work as Assiciate Pastor & Campus Minister at Westminster PC in Charlottesville, VA to serve as Pastor of Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church, just West of Denver, CO...




Class of 1986


After 10 years as vicar of the Episcopal parish of Trinity Wall Street, I joined the Church Pension Group as Chief Ecclesiastical Officer in the autumn of 2014.




Class of 1985


I left my practice of family medicine at Dartmouth in July of this past year to return to Arkansas to participate in a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine. After 22 years as a family doc I am finally fully engaging all of my background and training in...



LGBT issues continue to be a focus of my vocation and avocation. I serve on the boards of Freedom to Marry and GLAD and for the past two years I have worked as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Equality...




Class of 1984


President of Michigan Colleges Alliance, since 2008--a network of 15 private universities and colleges in Michigan.  Live just outside of Ann Arbor with wife and daughter (Caroline, 7).




Class of 1983


Bernadette DiGiulian is a founder of Shoreline Eldercare Alliance,(SEA) a not for profit organization that guides and educates the wider community about healthy aging and senior life services. This is a group of...



I'm editing a new online, open-access publication for the Institute of Sacred Music: The Yale ISM Review (ismreview.yale.edu). Our inaugural issue was in the fall of 2014. I continue to give talks and write about Catholic liturgy. An article which I wrote for...



On January 24, 2014, I left widowhood and was married to Douglas Pease, a retired Physics professor at UConn. We were married at First Congregational Church of Coventry in an intimate service with our daughters in...



In December 2014, I was appointed  Director, Air National Guard Chaplain Corps, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Our Directorate organizes, trains and equips nearly 600 chaplains and Chaplain Assistants who provide religious support to over 105,000 Airmen...




Class of 1982


I am honored to be serving on the Dean's Advisory Council for YDS.



Ann James's acting career is taking off.  She opens as Kreon in Antigonick March 1 with Chicago's Sideshow Theater, has been invited to be an artistic associate with the company, and is in the last episode of Better Call Saul (just one line, but it meant a trip to...




Class of 1980


I'm in my 14th year as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, NJ (...




Class of 1978


Working as Clinical  and Qualified Medical Examiner (Forensics) Psychologist. My main office is in Pacific Grove, Ca. With 10 satellite office in Ca. I travel between them for Forensic Evaluations and court work...



Plans, hopes and goals for 2015 -- Begin Year #9 at Burke UMC outside of DC; receive ACC credential as a Professional Coach with the ICF (International Coaching Federation); host a travel group to walk the footsteps...



Rick and I continue to enjoy our ministry at United Church of Chapel Hill, UCC.  Our big news is that we are grandparents! Daughter, Rev. Ruth Edens, Director of Development at Andover Newton Theological School, and husband, David Zimmer, welcomed Daniel...



I was awarded the Perkins Chair in History by my employer, The Hill School. I am now in my 12th year of study of Taijiquan, and I recently wrote an article entitled: "Abraham Lincoln and the Duke of Zhou."



Still at it - year 16 in Oregon-Idaho Conference UMC, strengthening local congregations through experiences of Christian community provided by Camp/Retreat Ministries - 7 sites, 100 employees, 600 volunteers each year in some spectacular locations! Come and see.

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Thomas Lloyd's concert-length choral-theater work "Bonhoeffer" will be commercially recorded with a grant from New Music USA by the professional new music choir The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor and in September 2015 will be the featured work to inaugurate the 10th...



Dennis Lynn Snider has retired after 38 years of full time ministry in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He and his wife Jane have moved to Canton, MI where they live two miles from their daughter, son-in-law and three year old grandson. Last...



I continue to serve as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, or, more accurately but less formally, academic dean of Seattle Pacific Seminary. SPS opened its doors to students in 2009, and we are currently...



Glenn Wagner, MDiv class of 1978, was appointed by Bishop Deborah Kiesey, effective July 1, 2015 as the Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven, MI.  He is also serving the  West...




Class of 1977


Rev. Chris Glaser writes a free weekly blog, "Progressive Christian Reflections," found at...



I continue to serve as Dean of Duke Divinity School,  now in my 5th year in this role.  This past year I published a new book, based on the Hulsean Lectures that I gave in Cambridge University: "Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold...



Thinking with Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein: The Philosophical Theology of Paul L. Holmer, recently published by Wipf and Stock, Publishers. Available at Amazon. Paul L. Holmer influenced the development of the so-...




Class of 1976


As my fortieth year as a U. Methodist pastor, teacher, and story teller comes to a close this June, 30, I am going the way of all flesh.....into retirement.  The next chapter will include more time with wife Sue, our four children, and six grandchildren.  Along...



Since 2010 I have served as pastor of Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX.  I am actively involved in the Yale Alumni Schools Committee here.  Most of all, I enjoy living close to my two ...



Lee Hardgrove completed a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College in May, 2015.  He is continuing to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Graduate Studies in possible pursuit of becoming a Licensed Mental Counselor.  He and his wife...



Executive Director, Casa de Esperanza, acommunity legal services clinic for immigrants and their families, working for a just and humane immigration policy; pastor, Old First church, Middletown, NJ; completing a D....



I am pleased to say that I have a new book coming out this year, entitled: Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel and Pastoral Care (Eerdmans, 2015).  I gave some of these lectures in Australia and New Zealand last fall when I was on sabbatical....


Steve Wende is now pastor at First United Methodist Church in Houston, TX.




Class of 1973


I am retiring February 28, 2014 having concluded nearly 15 years as executive director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. In retirement I will continue as co-chair of the bilateral dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Moravian Church. I will also,...



After a 37 year pastorate at the First Congregational Church, Coventry, CT., I retired in September of 2012. I am now splitting my time between Connecticut nd a retirement home in Florida.



Arthur Keys is president/CEO of International Relief and Development, which operates humanitarian programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and more than three dozen other countries, specializing in post-conflict areas. Art served on the 200th Anniversary...

President of Emory & Henry College




Class of 1972


Muslim reformer, Irshad Manji (irshadmanji.com), asked for my assistance with her work addressing Islamic extremism and advancing a more critically reflective approach toward the Qur'an. I am also writing a book on "Peace Amid Conflict," arguing against oppositional...




Class of 1971


Royal Rhodes, YDS '71, The Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, entitled: "A Final Lesson", to the Class of 2015 -- the 430 graduating Seniors, with their families and friends, on May 15, 2015. The Address...




Class of 1970


Sam Gladding, a professor of counseling at Wake Forest University, keynoted the Philippine Guidance and Counseling 50th annual conference in Manila during May 2014. He spent part of July studying "humor and mental...



Like many of our classmates, I retired last year, July 1, 2014, after completing another 2  year interim in Billings, MT. This was the second interim I did in Billings, the first being at Mayflower UCC and this one being at First Congregational UCC, downtown.

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This has been a year of highs and lows. My 14th time back to Tanzania -- teaching Reformation and Modern Church History, raising funds for a 300' tower for Radio Furaha and a second station opened, Iringa Hope Microfinance ...



Retirement is good.  I volunteer at the Allegheny County Jail and relate to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh.  Our first grandson is now four months old!