Alumni Class Notes


Class of 2004


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...



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



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.



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...



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...



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...



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...




Class of 2003


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...



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.



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



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...



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...



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,...



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.



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.



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...




Class of 2002


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.



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 ...



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




Class of 2001


Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp (MAR 01) published, Misunderstanding Stories: Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology, (Pickwick) in 2013.



In July, 2013, the Rev. Janet Waggoner (Mdiv '01) was appointed Canon to the Ordinary and Transition Ministry Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth by the Right Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., Provisional Bishop of...




Class of 2000


Junius published his first book, Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar, in September. The book is available from Fortress Press.



My new publication is Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence (West Minster John Knox, 2013). I'm a lecturer on campus at YDS and an Assistant Prof at Drew Theological School.  My book was mentioned in the Yale Daily...




Class of 1999


Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Asian Studies Hobart & William Smith Colleges.



Amy currently fulfills two part-time positions: (1) Pastor of Canton Community Baptist Church and (2) Adjunct Professor of Intellectual & Creative Inquiry in the First Year Experience Program at Southern CT State University. She is married to Brian, and mother of Kiran (...




Class of 1998


I am happy and honored to announce that starting July 1, 2014, I will be President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  I have loved the past six years that I have spent in the Boston...



I have just had a book published titled From Within  The Storm. It's available now at:...




Class of 1997


Jesse Couenhoven and his wife Amy Tsou were blessed by the birth of their son, Ian Beckett Couenhoven, on August 7, 2013. Jesse, a religion professor at Villanova University, also gave birth to his first book this past summer. Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ--a...



New position: Manager of Spiritual Care at Regional Hospice of Western CT in Danbury, CT



Cynthia D. Weems continues as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Miami, Florida. She recently spent a spiritual renewal leave in Brazil and lives in Miami with her husband and eight year old daughter. All YDS classmates are welcome to visit!




Class of 1995


I’ve written a book with Oxford University Press called The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity that might be helpful to those who want to understand the recent religious history of Latin America. The book looks at the history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Latin...




Class of 1994


I've been living in Missouri for the past five years, to be close to family. I am an online instructor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Sacred Heart University (in Connecticut) and I also tutor writing students. I make time for knitting and...




Class of 1991


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.




Class of 1990


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...



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



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!




Class of 1989


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



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...




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 1986


After four years in Glasgow, I had the opportunity to move to Oxford as Senior Tutor/Tutor in New Testament at St Stephen's House. We miss Scotland, but this was an irresistible opportunity to teach at Oxford and serve the church. I'm madly busy with my...



I am now a Senior Development Officer at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.



I have unsuccessfully retired three times so I'm working part-time as a mediator at the university, a facilitator for municipal clerks earning C.E. units, and an interpreter of career and personality assessments. For off-duty fulfillment, I'm busy gardening,...



I earned a Doctor of Ministry in 2013 from New York Theological Seminary, in the area of Spirituality and Aging. I've been able to use the research to do workshops and writing, including an article published in the Fall 2013 issue of Reflections. There are...



Marie Fortune and I were together awarded a contract to train Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Chaplains on providing pastoral care in matters of sexualized violence. From Jan-June I will travel to 10 Navy and Marine bases to conduct the training.



I am in my tenth year serving as Vicar of Trinity Wall Street. My husband, Tony Furnivall, and I have witnessed an amazing transformation in Lower Manhattan over the years. The parish has become the spiritual heart of the...



Rev. Trish McRae, has served an inner city parish for 22 1/2 years in San Diego. In 2008, she also took on another United Methodist Church in Lemon Grove. She and husband, Rev. Dr. Riley McRae, have a son attending Asbury Theological Seminary and a daughter...