Class Notes

Alumni Name Class Year Note Posted
Victoria Strang 2017

Victoria has recently been hired as the Policy Advocate with Faith Communities at Human Rights Watch. This is a new position at the organization funded by a desire to work more cohesively with...

January 15, 2021
Giles Scofield 2006

Giles Scofield has been appointed adjunct professor in the Faculty of Theology, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1, 2021
James Meredith Day 1980

James Meredith Day has recently been unanimously elected Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain, appointed Senior Alumni...

January 15, 2021
Aaron Rathbun 2013

I’m just writing to share the exciting news that I was just appointed the Director of Spiritual Life at Choate Rosemary Hall here in Connecticut. 

September 17, 2020
Dianne Bilyak 2006

Dianne Bilyak, M.A.R. 2006 has a memoir, Nothing Special: The Mostly True, Sometimes Funny Tales of Two Sisters, being published by Wesleyan University Press. The book is the winner of the...

December 21, 2020
Campbell Harmon 2004

I am now in my 11th year performing as Edgar Allan Poe for libraries, schools, museums, and some stage venues in and around the New England Area.  Check my website for my upcoming shows at...

February 17, 2020
Antipas Harris 2002

After graduating from Yale Divinity School, Antipas L. Harris earned a D.Min. and a Ph.D. He now holds a dual appointment as the founding president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and one of the...

January 20, 2020
Lawrence (Larry) Buxton 1978

Now at approximately mid-year 2020, I am re-retired and pursuing life as a new author, seasoned clergy coach and part-time prof at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC. In Sept., Front Edge...

July 22, 2020
Jim Bortell 1965

I retired as a United Methodist minister in Central Il. and then served part time a Mennonite USA church for ten years. I conceive my last ministry is environmentally centered. I am a certified...

January 14, 2020
Ivan Burnett 1965

The last four years I have written and self-published three volumes of hymns, hymn tunes, preludes and anthems. They have been used by churches in various denominations in more than ten states,...

September 22, 2020
John Kelley 1962

With our town finding itself with a new library and a resulting influx of new volunteers, I’ve taken on a new volunteer challenge: taking the library on the road, bringing it on a weekly basis to...

March 6, 2020
Holly Wilson Whitcomb 1978

Rev. Holly Wilson Whitcomb has just come out with her fifth book, “The Practice of Finding: How...

September 16, 2019
Scott Fruchter 1976

Since YDS days, Scott earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Louisiana State University. He has worked for the Lutheran Church, the Circuit Courts as a Sentencing...

September 16, 2019
Carol Adams 1976

Carol Adams reported that her book Burger appeared in Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” Series last year and received a number of glowing reviews! She has also had several essays in the ...

September 16, 2019
Peter Shidemantle 1976

Peter has retired after 26 years at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church in Syracuse!

September 16, 2019
Chuck Wildman 1970

Anne and I are celebrating one year in residence at Linden Ponds, South Shore, Boston. The move from Cape Cod was challenging but worth the effort. We downsized the stuff but upsized the...

September 11, 2019
Jeff Matsler 2015

Chaplain (MAJOR) Jeff Matsler recently retired from the US Army. His final position was as the US Army Medical Command Bioethicist, the only uniformed bioethicist in the Department of Defense,...

August 13, 2019
Vanessa Falgoust 1980

I am honored to serve as Chaplain for the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York State just north of New York City. I am ever grateful to my YDS teachers David Duncombe and Henri...

July 21, 2019
Kenneth Kline 1975

This year has been one of great change, with the loss of my wife, Joane, in September, 2018, and then Open Heart Surgery in January, 2019. I am most of the way through the STM Degree at YDS...

June 25, 2019
Allen McSween 1969

I am not a 'true' member of the class of 1969. After graduating from Union Theological Seminary in VA in 1968, I did an STM degree at YDS, finishing in 1969. My wife Susan and I had our...

June 11, 2019