Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1976


I am celebrating 25 years as Senior Pastor in my congregation St. John Lutheran Church. I never imagined that I would spend so many years in this place but I have been blessed with a healthy congregation and many fine pastoral colleagues through the years. The ministry here...



Happy news from Virginia from Earl Johnson: Dr. Douglas Ward and the Rev. Earl Johnson were married Dec. 28, 2013, at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., by the Rev. Sidney S. Symington. The legal ceremony took place earlier in the District of Columbia. Ward is...



My husband Patrick (whom many of you have met) and I moved last year to my little home-town in North Alabama.  It was a move to bring us closer to our families since Pat was ill. Patrick passed away peacefully at  Thanksgiving from prostate cancer. I would like to...




Class of 1975


Latest publications include Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy (Palgrave MacMillan) and blogs in Huffington Post http://www....


After spending most of my academic careet at the University of Miami, I am now Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame.


I retired in 2013 after 38 years of parish ministry. I'm now teaching church history fairly regularly for Fuller Theological Seminary, both in the Northern California extension and for Fuller Online. Still living in Grass Valley, CA; still happily married to Lois (...


I retired in 2007 from First Christian Church, Moline, Illinois after 11 years as Senior Minister. I retired on December 31st, 2013 from 5 1/2 years as a Full-time Hospice Chaplain with the Genesis Health System, Davenport, Iowa and the Clarrisa C. Cook Hospice House....


I am settling into my appointment as Assistant to Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, West Virginia Area, UMC. Lin and I love to make trips to Minneapolis to visit our son, John Michael and Sara, and play with John Lee our grandson. I still love backpacking and running, both of which I...


Earlier than anticipated, I retired as Sr. Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, IA. on June 30, 2013. Wife (Pr. Sally Meyer - MDiv., LSTC, 1994) and I have relocated to the NW Chicago suburbs, Grayslake, specifically. We are involved in many ways at a local...


I am the Sr. Chaplain at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, CT. I love my work and only wish I had realized this calling earlier. I also work as an On-call Chaplain at YNHH, very different from daily ministry to the elderly who are so supportive and loving. Each day I am...


Fuller Northwest, where Pam Scalise and I do most of our teaching, now has new offices and classrooms, just south of the Northgate area. Since our offices are in the "coffeetown" of Seattle, our students can walk to *six* different coffee shops within ten minutes...



Class of 1974


I teach in the Humanities department at Saint Mary's School (Raleigh, NC), an Episcopal day and boarding high school for girls. 



Rector of the Episcopal Churches of Schuyler County, New York.  Board President of the Community Dispute Resolution Center, Ithaca, New York.  Community Spirit Award of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.  Avid downhill skier in the hills of the Finger...



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...


Bob Roberts, Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University, published EMOTIONS IN THE MORAL LIFE (Cambridge U.P., 2013) and was Senior Fellow in the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ during 2013-14. He and Elizabeth are grandparents...


I am serving as an Intentional Interim Pastor in the Southeastern PA Synod of the ELCA. On Oct. 1, 2013 I began my fourth interim "gig" - at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church of Perkasie, PA. I continue to reside in Wyncote, PA.


I just retired in July, after serving as President of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.  Kathy and I have moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. We are enjoying uninterrupted time with each other, family, and friends. I continue as an ELCA...




Class of 1973


Continuing to serve as Chaplain and Senior Vice-President of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Also direct the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba which has been instrumental in helping students discern their call to ministry.


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.



Class of 1972


Married Christopher Cook on October 5, 2013, Mayflower Community Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN., following more than 23 years in a committed life-partner relationship. Completed three years as Interim Associate Minister for Mayflower Community Congregational Church,...


Retired on November 3rd, 2013 after serving 4 years with Epler's UCC, Leesport, PA. Named as Pastor Emeritus at Hamilton Park UCC having served there from 1990 - 2009. Plans to enjoy grandchildren, travel, boating and fishing, golf. Available to cover for pastors on Sabbaticals.


I retired as Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo in 2004. Since then, I have enjoyed interim pastoral work, and am now part time Vicar of St. David's Episcopal Church in West Seneca, NY. I am also an immigration attorney with a practice in Buffalo. My wife,Galen, and I have...


Bishop Seabury Church is now Bishop Seabury Anglican Church, and a part of the Missionary outreach of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America). The Venerable Ron Gauss is still Rector going into his 40th year. Ron just celebrated 41 year of...


I went on from YDS to grad work in Philosophy at UCSD in the 70's, then back to seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary in the 80's. Since I started seminary at YDS in 1966 and finished the MDiv in 1986, I like to say I was on the "20-Year Plan." I was ordained to the...


John is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Area of The United Methodist Church. Elected to the episcopacy from Indiana in 1996, he served eight years in Minnesota before being assigned to Ohio in 2004. He and Elaine have three sons and seven grandchildren.


I have recently completed seven years as pastor of Scottsville Presbyterian Church in Scottsville, Virginia. which lies 20 miles south of Charlottesville. This pastorate is a second career after having worked for 30 years in the nonprofit and corporate worlds.


Since retiring in 2005, Sara and I have worked five summers as seasonal Park Rangers for the National Park Service, and we have volunteered at a number of parks during the winter seasons; and for those who have been following our Whistleblower Protection Act case...


I retired on May 1, 2013. I had served as General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia for 12 years. Before that I had served three PCUSA congregations in Louisiana and Georgia. My wife and I moved to Roswell, GA to be closer to our grandchildren.



Class of 1971


Benjamin Aune (MAR - 1971) is President and CEO of Operation Access, a non-profit health organization providing donated specialty care to low-income, uninsured patients in the San Francisco Bay area through a network of 40 participating hospitals and 1400 medical volunteers.


Jack is completing his eighth year as dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law, after serving as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. from 1978-90, where he defended Death Row inmates and worked on poverty issues, and after...


I'm blessed to be living an active, healthy retirement from the United Methodist ministry involving fishing, golf, wood turning, music making (Kingston Trio to Dire Straits), occasional teaching, and enjoying my family.


After 42 years following a career in higher education administration at Yale, then Goucher College, then Kentucky Wesleyan College, then back a Yale, I decided to retire as of March 1, 2013. In retirement, I am volunteering at New Haven Reads, informally auditing courses at Yale...


Ruth and I are living in London for six months where I'm serving as Interim Pastor at St. Anne's Lutheran Church which gathers at St. Mary-at-Hill, a Christopher Wren building in the City of London. We'll return to California in the Spring of this year.



Class of 1970


Joe Paul Case, ’70 BD, has retired after 31 years as dean of financial aid at Amherst College. On Case’s retirement, Charles A. Myers of the Amherst Class of 1988 established and endowed the Joe Paul Case Scholarship Fund. A United Methodist minister, Case worked in higher...


Donald currently resides in Crofton, MD. 



YDS in Korea

Dean Gregory E. Sterling, associate dean John Lindner, professor Mary Moschella, and current student Derick Dailey joined 3,000 representatives from 345 church bodies, representing 500 million Christians in 110 countries, for the tenth assembly of...



Ed Dufresne now lives in Penobscot, a small town in Downeast Maine on the banks of the Bagaduce River. He provides pastoral supply for area Lutheran congregations and for Episcopal congregations of the Diocese of Maine. His essays can be found at EdwardDufresne.com.


I am still going strong (God knows why) as chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. I keynoted a couple of conferences in Texas this past year. Closer to home, I was selected to deliver the Poteat Lectureship at Wake in early March. The University...



Life flows much as before, but retirement in a year and a half is beginning to loom. I greatly enjoy the combination of teaching, preaching, social justice ministry and the usual range of pastoral duties I am engaged in here, but more and more of my time in the US is...


I retired at the end of 2013 from an academic career teaching the history and phenomenology of religion at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. My wife, Glenda, took a Sydney-based executive position in the Australian Public Service a year ago I now...


Having retired for the second time and swearing off any more interim pastorates, I’m happy at home with my wife (who just retired from her position as director of accounts payable at Baylor University).  I dabble in genealogy, wondering how come we’re all related to...



Currently residing in PA. 



After "retiring" from twenty years as senior minister of Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington, VA, I flunked retirement and accepted a three-year post as Interim Conference Minister for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ.  Completing that post...




Class of 1969


I am finishing up a fabulous year and a half Interim Associate Pastorate at St. Pauls UCC in Lincoln Park, Chicago. I love living in Chicago and being a part of this vigorous and vital church!



Class of 1968


I continue to live at the Delaware seashore enjoying our new "green" home. I travel extensively--mission trips, group travel, cruise chaplaincies, and track & field (three medals at the World Championships in Brazil in 2013). I continue my interest in the arts...



Class of 1967


Two books of prayers recently published: Pray the Seasons (2012) and Beside Cool Waters (2014) and a book on pastoral leadership: Strong Ministry (2013). Art is an active leader in Nevadans for the Common Good: a broad-based and interfaith organization newly formed to address...



David and I have now retired from preaching and teaching; daughter Elizabeth, a lawyer, works for the IRC in the Congo supporting women who survive conflict; son Dave is pursuing his PhD in Stratford upon Avon in Shakespeare/Theater Design; and son Steve, an actor...


Chairman of Global Display Solutions, Inc. an Italian based electronics company.


Retirement is spectacular.  I loved my career and work, but I love not working too.  Bob and I have more time for each other, exercise, enjoying friends and neighbors, reading, playing games, seeing movies, traveling and being with our four...