Leaders for church and world: YDS alumni stories

The alumnae and alumni of Yale Divinity School are pastors, scholars, activists, educators, the heads of numerous ecclesiastical and secular oganizations, and more—all exemplifying the YDS mission of service to church and world.

Below is a collection of stories showcasing the leadership and contributions of YDS alumni/ae, in the United States and around the world.

If you have stories of your own to suggest about YDS alums—including yourself—please let us know

October 9, 2023
Jessica Grimes ‘04 M.A.R. has been appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve as Executive Director of the state’s Employment Training Panel. Read more. ***...
September 25, 2023
By Ray Waddle In the spiritual churn of a modern-day biblical Corinth—New York City, that is—the Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston ’89 M.Div. speaks up for mainline Christian...
September 7, 2023
Mateo Jaramillo ’04 M.A.R. is profiled in Hispanic Engineer magazine as a Latino/Latinx leader driving clean energy progress in the United States. Read more. *** Chloë Starr...
September 6, 2023
By Jamie Holmes ’86 M.Div. “It was just stuff. I was downsizing anyway to move into senior housing. In some way, the Camp Fire saved me from having to make decisions about...
August 25, 2023
By Joseph Becker Earlier this year, Blair Nelsen ’19 M.A.R. made the crowded commute to midtown Manhattan for the first United Nations Water Conference in a generation. She...



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