Alumni Class Notes


Class of 2013


Jean-Daniel serves as youth and young adult minister for the Montréal and Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada, Canada's largest Protestant denomination (a union of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian) and as the Anglican and United...



Kit Novotny has been called by the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, California, to serve as an Associate Minister, where she will be responsible for envisioning, nurturing, and growing the church’s young adult ministries. She and her husband Rev. Nate Klug (also...



Tuesday is serving as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. She lives in the city and loves taking advantage of all the music, arts, and culture New York has to offer.



The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas has moved to Charlottesville, VA to assume the position of Associate Rector and Chaplain of Episcopal Ministries at the University of Virginia for St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church.




Class of 2009


Greta is now serving as the vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  She and Wanda live in Uxbridge, MA and have just welcomed their second grandchild into the world!



Joshua Hill is Chaplain at The Episcopal School of Knoxville and Priest Associate at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in 
Knoxville, TN.



On August 10, 2014, I was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and installed as Associate Pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.




Class of 2008


In 2013, our baby, Isaac Hatch was born. In 2014, our business, Woven Capital was born. Looking forward to seeing what 2015 holds!



 I'm now a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Florida SouthWestern State College. After YDS, I earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University. If anyone ever needs a place to stay in southwest Florida (way down there,...




Class of 2007


I married Andrew O'Brien on December 31, 2012. Many YDS friends attended and participated in the ceremony, including Mindy Roll, Tamara Shantz, Jessica Anschutz, Matt Haugen, Jeremy Deaner, Anna Doherty, Diana Carroll, Sarah 
Lamming, and Justin McIntosh...



Last spring I finished my Ph.D. and graduated from Emory University. Currently my wife Holly and I and our three children Joelle (6), Eleanor (4), and Carl (2) are living in Madison, WI where I am a visiting lecturer of Biblical Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin.




Class of 2006


Ken Hughes was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in May 2013. At graduation, Ken was presented with the George and Sally Telford award for his thesis on the Church and poverty. The Telford Award is presented in recognition of “...




Class of 2004


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...




Class of 2003


In 2014 I became an ACPE Supervisory Candidate and an APC Provisional Board Certified Chaplain. Through Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina, I am currently enjoying and learning through the adventures of supervising CPE interns at Carolinas Medical...



Tay is currently the Incumbent (Rector) of the Church of The Messiah in Toronto, Canada. Tay spend a lot of time of Fresh Expressions/Emergent Church, New Media Evangelism, and Church Planting. He is happily Married to Betsy Moss (nee Yoder), YDS'04, and father to their...



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.



This year has brought many changes to our family. We welcomed our fourth child, Rebekah, on January 06. My first book, "Journey Back to God: Origen on the Problem of Evil," will appear in paperback on June 1st. My second book, "Pathways in Theodicy: An Introduction...



Zack Mabe (MDiv 2003, STM 2005) is entering his 11th year as Pastor of Terryville Congregational Church, UCC.  Zack appreciates a continued connection to YDS through supervising YDS Student Interns, having worked with 4 wonderful interns in recent years. ...




Class of 2002


Beginning on March 1st, 2015, I have joined the Torch Trinity Graduate University as assistant professor of New Testament. Located in southern Seoul, TTGU is an evangelical, non-denominational theological school with over 20 member faculty and 500 students in its degree...



Kate remains in Stamford, CT, serving at the Church of Christ the Healer (Episcopal). She is also Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT, which gives a breadth and variety to her ministry. She writes a daily spiritual reflection called "Water...



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...



Living the dream here at St. Chrys in Chicago. Come visit if you're in the city. Hope you are all doing well.




Class of 2001


In the Fall of 2014, Brandon Nappi founded the Copper Beech Institute, a retreat center for mindfulness and contemplative practice in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Copper Beech Institute applies mindfulness practice to the most challenging issues of our day by offering...



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




Class of 1996


In 2013, founded of Smart Hive, a strategic creative agency focused on telling brand stories with data visualization, information design and visual storytelling....



Is the president of the board of Magdalene St. Louis, a 2-year residential community for women recovering from prostitution,  violence and drug abuse, which is opening its first house this spring. He has also been active in the demonstrations to reform policing and...




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...




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 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


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...



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.



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...




Class of 1977


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...




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.




Class of 1967


Son Dave was married in September to Vicky Stern and is also studying for his Ph.D. in Shakespeare in the United Kingdom. Elizabeth continues Women's Empowerment with the IRC in Congo.  Stephen lives in LA auditioning for commercials.  Husband David, a YDS...



Closest UCC Church is in Nevada, and so we regularly attend the local Episcopal here in St. George.



Chairman, Global Display Solutions, Inc. Rockford, Illinois Board of Directors, GDS, Vicenza, Italy Board of Trustees, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin 50th wedding anniversary in September 2015.




Class of 1962


Ron Byars' book "Finding Our Balance: Repositioning Mainstream Protestantism" will be published by Cascade sometime this Spring.  It develops some thoughts that I wrote about on the Class of 1962 website preceding our 2012 reunion.



My wife, Beverly, died February 27, 2014.  I have moved to the Atherton Baptist Retirement Home in Alhambra, Calif.



John Kelley continues to thrive in his new calling as a volunteer with his town Rescue Squad, driving the ambulance and writing the squad’s grant applications.  He also teaches an Introduction to Genealogy course for the town library several times a year...



Enjoying semi-retirement.  Serving as Scholar-in-Residence at Claremont Graduate University; also doing occasional consulting and speaking.  My wife, Lacreta, and I are in good health for senior citizens.  Still recall with great fondness our 50th...




Class of 1956


This past fall, my wife Kathy and I drove the "See America" route - 11,200 miles out to visit my daughter in Vancouver and travel down the west coast while seeing dozens of the touristy sights.  One stop was in Indianapolis where I presented an exhibit of Swiss...



Retirement from college teaching at Virginia Tech has morphed into adult education course teaching at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. Islam is a popular topic these days, but have also done a series on American film comedians from Buster Keaton to the Marx...




Class of 1952