Alumni Class Notes


Class of 2013


I have just been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program in Pastoral Counseling at Erskine Theological Seminary. In addition, I will be a presenter at the National Leadership Conference of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. convening January 20-24 in Dallas, Texas. I am...


Currently teaching in China.


JENIFER CHATFIELD is currently a priest at St. James In The City Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, CA.


Ordained and installed as Pastor of First Church, Congregational in East Haddam, CT on February 23rd, 2014.


Jordan Haynie Ware, '13 M.Div., was the first woman to be ordained priest at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, TX in 
July 2013. She has since been serving as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in that parish, where she has doubled...


After graduation I accepted a position as a lay associate with Broad Street Ministry in Center City, Philadelphia. As a worshipping community we provide social services for the homeless (including serving over 52,000 meals last year), and I work on incorporating...


A few highlights from after graduation in 2013: I got the opportunity to perform at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington in August 2013. I started serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Stanford in October 2013. I released "Vol...


If someone had told me a year ago that I would be an Assistant Rector in a parish in Connecticut, I never would have believed it.  But here I am happily writing an update from St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish in New Canaan, Connecticut. I am so very thankful that I was...




Class of 2012


I am currently a post graduate tutor/researcher at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds. My research is in the area of religion and politics/elections in Africa and I teach undergraduate classes in religion and theological...


Matt is an adjunct professor of Religion and Philosophy at Chemeketa Community college in Salem, Oregon. He's also a member of the Board of Directors for St. Paul Lutheran Seminary. At the end of 2013, his chapter "The Tongues of the Saints: The Azusa Street...


Hayley is currently living and working in Changsha, Hunan, China, exploring the world of teaching, Chinese language, and spicy cuisine. She is in the last year of her Yale-China Association Teaching Fellowship and is looking forward to a future that is as multi-...


I married the wonderful and lovely Stephanie Wong (MDiv, 2013) shortly after her graduation, and we moved to Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I was ordained a deacon in March 2013 and a priest in September 2013. I serve as a curate/associate rector and director...


After graduating from YDS I moved to New York City. I am the Manager of School Relations for Inner-City Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for low-income students to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. I married...


PhD Candidate in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen Recipient of the New Testament and Early Christianity Studies Scholarship.


I am currently serving as an Associate Priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head Island, SC, where I live with my wife and two daughters. I oversee ministries with children, youth, and families, and I am helping to develop a comprehensive communications strategy...


Rachel works in communications for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that responds to basic human needs and works for peace and justice in about 60 countries around the world.


Sungduk is teaching Hebrew and the ancient Civilization of the West Asia in Seoul, Korea.


In 2012, I began a Ph.D. in world Christianity at Cambridge University. My research concerns the mass movement of Christian conversion that took place among the Dinka people of southern Sudan during Sudan's civil war in the 1980s and 1990s. I am grateful for the...



Class of 2011


I began a PhD program in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Fall of 2013. My course of study will allow for joint collaboration with faculty at the Schools of Nursing and The Berman Institute of Bioethics, and I hope to develop my dissertation...



Class of 2010


CRISTINA CABRERA is in her third year of her PhD program in Cultural Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), in Giessen-Germany. Among other news, she tied the knot to former exchange student at YDS, Julian Hensold, on October 2013...


Class Note for Website: M.A. in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Brown University.


Hope (Stephenson) Menninger was married to Charles Menninger in June 2013 in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Hope is currently living in St. Louis, MO, working as an Emergency Medical Technician, and planning to apply to Physician Assistant programs this fall. She attends...


Amber and I are happily settled in Orlando, Florida, where I have been the rector of St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church since the fall of 2011. Our son, Alexander, was born in 2010 and our daughter, Aimee, was born in 2012.


Andy Smith currently serves as Finance Director at the City of Forest Acres, SC. He was Chrismated in the Orthodox Church at Theophany in 2012. In May 2013, Andy married Shannon (Deer) who teaches religious studies at the University of South Carolina - Aiken;...


Since graduation from Y.D.S., my ministry has been writing and publishing books with spiritual themes. To find them online goto www.SandySmythBooks.com.

My recent book, SERMONS...



Class of 2008


I'm in my fifth year as pastor of Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. My husband Javen Swanson (M.Div. '09) and I are the proud new owners of a cute little...


My daughter is five years old, and I am a Candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Rhode Island!


Tom Meredith (M.Div., 2008) has, like Dante and the Israelites before him, been wandering in the wilderness for the past few years. Currently nearing the completion of an MA in counseling psychology at the University of West Georgia, Tom is starting to see some light...


In August 2013 after completing a residency with Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Jeannine Oakes moved home to Chicago where she entered into a civil union with her partner Denise Daugherty, a relationship which was then blessed by her home congregation in November....


Mark Powell's fourth novel, THE SHELTERING, is forthcoming from Story River Books, with an introduction by Pat Conroy.


I am the pastor of the South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury, CT.



Class of 2007


Peter is a part-time staff chaplain at Hennepin County Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Minneapolis, MN. He is also a Ph.D. student in pastoral theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Peter and his wife Kristin (a middle school teacher) live in...


Wallace and Margaret Ann Marsh welcomed the birth of their first child, William Bradford Marsh on April 27, 2013.


Kurt has served as Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life at Colby College since the Fall of 2012. He and his wife, Joanna, are the proud parents of Lillian, who also came along in the Fall of 2012. Life is good.


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. Tamara,...


Travis and Jennifer continue to live in St. Louis, with their growing boys Justin and Evan. Travis' book, "Walking the Labyrinth," (IVP) will appear in October 2014, and he continues work on his PhD in English/creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Social Networks: www.stbarnabaschurch.org


The Reverend Nora Smith is currently the rector of the The Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal) in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY.



Class of 2006


The Rev. Rob Boulter, MDiv 2006, recently published a workbook with Morehouse called "Preparing an Episcopal Funeral." It is a practical guide for planning a funeral in the Episcopal tradition. Available through Cokesbury...


Kaji Spellman married Patrik Douša on August 14, 2013 in La Jolla, California after moving to the area for Kaji to accept a call as Senior Minister of The Table: La Mesa, a United Church of Christ congregation. Patrik continues his work in web engineering for the University of...


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 “...


Succesfully completed my dissertation and I'm in the process of publishing my papers and continuing on for a second doctorate.


Updated his information and is currently living in Hamden, CT. 



Matthew Kustenbauder, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at Harvard University, has received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright will fund ten months of research in South Africa for his dissertation, “South African...



Joe Primo is CEO of Good Grief, located in New Jersey, and the President of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. His book "What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids about Death and Dying" came out this past year with Abingdon Press.


Its been a busy four years since starting my call at American Lutheran Church in Billings, MT. I met my now husband, Erik, on my installation day. We got married 18 months later. This fall we welcomed our daughter, Marit Rose. We are busy taking advantage of all Montana has to...



Class of 2004


Karen Eiler (aka Karen Jones/Karpow) was appointed to Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY, in July 2013. Memorial is a reconciling church, active in many social justice issues, and Karen is having a blast. Please get in touch if you're in the area! ...


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 contact...


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