Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1986


Rev. Dr. Riley McRae continues to serve as church administration at First Presbyterian Church, downtown San Diego. He also voluteers with United Methodist Churches in the San Diego area and with the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the UM Church. He and wife, Trish,...



I am blessed to continue enjoying ministry to the campus community at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. In spare time that comes after time with family (husband, 2 teens and one fast approaching) I'm honing my skills as a community mediator and reluctant...



Now in my 24th year teaching sociology at Centre College. Susan and I are almost empty nesters, and happy about it. I have started a new course on "The Happy Society" and am researching happy Calvinists (not an oxymoron). I will be a commissioner to the...




Class of 1985


I am delighted to be serving as Pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, NY - a congregation with refugee and immigrant roots that is responsive to the changing circumstances of its downtown, urban setting. We have recently welcomed Habitat for...



In addition to my full-time work teaching at the University of Alabama, I have taken a job in the Dean of Students Office as the Coordinator of Campus Ministries and have accepted a position on the preaching staff at the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. With...



In October 2013, I celebrated the milestone of my tenth anniversary as pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Richmond Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland. Margaret Mills (pictured at my left), Associate Association Minister of the Western Reserve Association,...



Jill (my wife at YDS) and I have now been married 33 years and now have a son, Nathan, 13 years old. I'm currently employed at Brown University in its IT department.



Anne Stanback '85 M.A.R. is currently the Director of State and National Partnerships with the Equality Federation, a national organization that provides strategic support and resources to state-based LGBT advocacy groups. She and her wife, Charlotte Kinlock, just...



John P. Trump is Pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina. 




Class of 1984


Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Simmons School of Management Director, the Center for Gender in Organizations and Professor of Practice. Working in Boston and living on beautiful Cape Cod; enjoying a new baby grand piano.



Becoming quite the Ecumenist and Interfaith devotee in my third year as Director of the Washington Theological Consortium. Happy and challenging work. Continue to run a busy household of three teens with my spouse, Joyce Mercer. Aging gracefully and with...



A heart attack at age 70 turned retired clergy woman Dorothy Greet's life upside down. Now with a Cornell certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition in one hand and THE CHINA STUDY by T. COLIN CAMPBELL, PH.D., in the other, Dorothy Greet's goal is to educate others...



Brian A Hatcher, Vidyasagar: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian. New Delhi: Routledge, 2014



The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was invited to be part orthe World Council of Churches consultation on Syria immediately prior to the Geneva 2 talks in January 2014. (See attached photo.) In addition to...


Class of 1983


In my 13th year of teaching music at Sacramento Country Day School, preschool through grade four. Also maintain a private violin studio, and in my 20th year as music director at Florin United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Spend summers pursuing service and teaching projects...



Christine Chakoian’s new book, "Cryptomnesia" will be published soon from Abingdon Press. In addition to writing, Christine has been a contributor to Covenant Bible Study, also published by Abingdon. COVENANT is a 24-week in-depth group Bible study. Each session includes...



Enjoying retirement with grandsons, writing, reading and speaking to groups about Memoir writing in connection with genealogy. Published my memoirs entitled, The Pastor Has Gorgeous Legs. Winters in Florida are very busy.



Installed as the settled minister at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodinville, Washington in October of 2013 after serving them for 3 years in a contract to call capacity.



Anne Bryan Westrick's novel, BROTHERHOOD (Viking 2013), is getting great reviews. Publishers Weekly called it "an impressive debut." Middle schools have added it to reading lists, and church youth groups are using the book to kick off conversations about racism and bullying...




Class of 1982


I am enjoying my time as Executive Vice President at Union Seminary in NYC, where I work with the President and YDS graduate Serene Jones. Additionally, my partner Michael and I traveled to Southeast Asia for the Christmas holidays to spend time with our godchildren...



I continue as Rector of All Saints', Atlanta, now in year 16. I enjoyed a sabbatical leave this summer although that is a challenging model with young children and a working spouse. I am in a fifth term on the board of BDS (with time off here and there for good behavior...



I am in my twentieth year teaching in the religion department at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. My area of specialty is Reformation history with a focus on Martin Luther. My wife, Ann, is a public health nurse. We have two sons, Isak (27) and David (22). Major distractions...




Class of 1981


John Williams (MAR 1980, ISM) and I will celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary next summer! I am now serving as Chaplain for the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center. Twice a week I bring my keyboard to the inpatient floors for services with lots...




Class of 1980


I pleased to share that I began my new call as Pastor of Grafton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Yorktown, VA on January 1, 2014. Graton Christian Church is actually the oldest church in York County and no less Alexander Campbell himself once preached...



I'm in my 14th year as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, NJ (www.leoniapres.org). It's a small but healthy multicultural church. I just finished a year as Moderator of the...



Hi! I am having a lot of fun as Director of Episcopal Service Corps-Maryland, a young adult volunteer year/ living in community program affiliated with the national ESC network. We are currently recruiting for our 4th year- not only is every person different, so is...



I continue to work as co-director of Mary & Martha's Place, an ecumenical women's spirituality center. In this shoe-string operation, I teach, do publicity, haul tables and whatever it takes to create programing that provides safe space where women explore their...



I flunked retirement and am working very part-time at St. Ann's in Old Lyme, as Associate for Formation and Communication. Jan Hammil served here as a student intern while at YDS and The Rt. Rev. Kirk S. Smith was rector in the Mid 80's-early 90's.  Lots of YDS roots...



I am currently the "Missional Priest" for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Milford, CT. A less than half time annual contract developmental position. Also working per diem in healthcare, both as a hospice home care and acute care chaplain in CT. Finished the...




Class of 1978


In my 8th year leading the UCC in Massachusetts – and loving it. Devote about 20% of my time working on climate change regionally, nationally and interdenominationally. Two foci: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline (In August 2011 spent 3 nights in Washington DC jails...



Wife Sarah retired after a career as a middle school English teacher in the public schools; she likes working in the yard and has a part-time job at the information desk in the public library. Daughter Shannon, 31, graduated with honors and highest distinction...



I've been serving at Burke UMC, a large congregation in the DC suburbs, since 2007; my thinking now is to stay til 2017. I'm transitioning into personal and professional coaching, having become a BCC (Board Certified Coach) and working now towards ICF (International...



After a quite spectacular midlife crisis, my life has happily settled down to one of great satisfaction...and thus reasonable happiness. I hold the Perkins Chair of History at my old alma mater: The Hill School, where I teach history and philosophy. Boarding...



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...



I'm completing my 12th year as pastor at Westport UMC following stints in NYC and Long Island. Our daughter Olivia just graduated Boston University and has a job (thankfully) in Florida; Will is in his freshman year and loving BU. Sara continues in her work as...



If anyone has been wondering what Jack Krch has been up to the past 35 years, visit him at pastorjackkrch.com. Bring your own coffee.



Thomas Lloyd’s new choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was selected as one of only sixty new compositions out of a pool of 1,618 proposals to receive a grant from New Music USA’s inaugural project grants program.  The grant will fund a commercial recording by...



Kevin closed up shop on his 30 years of educational fundraising at two independent schools and three colleges, and opened a new shop as a fundraising consultant affiliated with The Compass Group, a national firm based in Wash, DC. Kevin is pursuing...



Twelve years serving as Senior Minister of First Congregational Church in Riverside, CA, an hour inland for L.A. Had the privilege of officiating at my 25 year old son's wedding in December.



After 36 years serving five different parishes in Ohio, I will retire on June 10 and relocate to Canton, MI. Jane and I have already bought our house there, two miles from our daughter's family, and we are eagerly looking forward to watching our two year old...



To say I am chagrined that it has been so many.many years since I have communicated with the faithful class secretaries would be an understatement. But here is a brief (well...it is not so brief...you may wish to drastically edit it!) account of the 36 years...



Richard and Susan Holmer stopped by for a visit yesterday out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fading memories were reignited, with visions of YDS yesterday resurrected in our hearts and minds. Richard has hardly aged a bit!




Class of 1977


After fifteen years as Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church - Sharon Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia, I retired in September, 2013 and moved to Connecticut. Its good to be back near my alma mater!



Rachelle Birnbaum retired on September 1, 2013, and moved to Southbury, CT, close to family. She loves being retired and is now close enough to attend YDS Convocations, which she did this past Fall.



Joy Bussert is currently residing in Northfield, Minnesota while serving as an Interim Pastor for the SE MN Synod of the ELCA. She enjoys the rolling river bluffs of southeastern Minnesota. She finished, but has never published, her doctoral dissertation from Union Seminary,...



Ron Degges has just completed his 5th anniversary as President of the Disciples Home Missions, the domestic mission arm of the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), and is on sabbatical until April, 2014, in part, at YDS. I had asked our class to comment on the...



Kristin Foster, with husband, Frank Davis welcomed their first grandchild, Hattie, born to Tyler and her husband last year. Grandmotherly duties take place in Minneapolis, a four hour drive from the farm where Kristin and Frank live. Kristin is serving a Messiah Lutheran...



Chris Glaser has blogged “Progressive Christian Reflections weekly for three years at: http://chrisglaser.blogspot.com  with 100,000 visitors, not including 400 weekly subscribers. Posts are archived by...



Deborah Hentz Hundley has also recently retired from ministry in Virginia. On her Facebook page, she writes, “ Beginning my last week as rector of Christ Church, Roanoke. Much to do. At the top of the list: Giving thanks for this amazing community and for the people who...



Mary Kay Will has retired and moved back into her home in Upland, CA. She faces, “the daunting task of downsizing---donating, recycling, and throwing away the accumulation of many years. “  She is grateful for her 4 siblings who have been very supportive as they have...