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    Ms.Stephanie B. Doss '02 M.Div.
    603 Coral Street
    Tulare, CA 93274-8225



Class Notes

Welcome to 2002's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2008 for publication in Spectrum 2009.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



Notes from 2008


David Auten ’02 M.A.R. is now serving as Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Taunton, MA.  His wife, Erin, recently had their second child in January.  They named him Joshua.  David and Erin’s first born, Isabella, is now 2 ½ and loves to remark how “God made the moon!”  David’s first book will be published later this year entitled Embrace:  Strangeness, Mediocrity, and the Living God.

Stephanie Bingham Doss ’02 M.Div. has served the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Tulare, CA as Pastor since December 2002.  She and her husband Bryan are blessed with their two-year-old Claire.

Rafael Dy-Liacco ’02 M.A.R. is a member of the faculty of Theology, Loyola Schools, at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Last January 2008 he received an award from the Fr. George Gorospe, S.J. Fund for Research and Publications in Theology for work he presented at the 8th Annual Convention of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines. This March, with fellow faculty Dr. Markus Locker, the university research council awarded a Scholarly Work Faculty Grant for their research proposal in Practical Biblical Theology. The grant will lighten Rafael’s teaching duties for several semesters.

Rosinah Rose Gabaitse ’02 M.A.R has three children now, Rami Ame was born on the 24 February 2005 and his brothers (twins!), Thami Ao! and Lemi Awetse, were born on July, 24 2006. She has been hired as a Biblical Studies lecturer at the University of Botswana, and in August of 2008 she is moving to Pietermaritburg South Africa to pursue her Ph.D. In April Rosinah won the university of Botswana award as the most promising young lecturer in the area of Gender and research. She can be reached at rosegabaiste@yahoo.com

Jody Guerrera’s ’02 M.Div. daughter Jill and heguerrerar husband Vance gave birth to her first grandchild, Julia Elaine Grant on March 14, 2008 in Keene, NH.  This was a double blessing, as it was the fourth anniversary of Jody’s ordination.  Jody has been serving as the associate pastor of the Sharon Congregational Church in Sharon, CT and remarks that, “God has been good and my work is an incredible joy.”

Kate Heichler ’02 M.Div., ’05 S.T.M. is priest-in-charge at the Church of Christ the Healer (newly renamed!) in Stamford, CT. She continues to be passionate about alternative and "emergent" forms of Christian worship and community. Kate serves as chair of the Episcopal diocese's missions committee in Connecticut, is on the boards of the Nambale Magnet School being built in western Kenya for children orphaned by AIDS, and of the Inter-Faith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, as well as a myriad other involvements. She has begun work on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Hartford Seminary.  Her e-mail is kateheichler@sbcglobal.net.

Amanda Wasson Hullinger ’02 M.A.R. recently relocated from New York City to Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three daughters, Clara (5), Adelle (3) and Eleanor (4 months).  In addition to being a mother, she works part-time as a birth doula.  Her family is very involved in the ministry of Grace Central Presbyterian and is participating in the creation of a "daughter" Presbyterian church that will begin holding worship services in a different Columbus neighborhood next year.

Nature Johnston ’02 M.Div. is serving as Rector of Episcopal church of the Nativity, Grand Junction, CO.


After Yale, Kelly A. McGannon ’02 M.A.R. taught humanities, women's studies and self defense classes at Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN), Hiram College (Hiram, OH) and the University of Montana, Missoula.  After years of leading a gypsy lifestyle, she is now nestled in Washington DC conducting Ph.D. research on the intersection of cultural heritage and war (Princeton University, 2004), working for the US Government, and writing a work of fiction she hopes to publish upon completion.

Claudia F. Muro ’02 M.Div. has made a career change from the church world to academia.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor in Philosophy, Ethics, ESL/EAL, and Developmental English at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT.  She and T. Ryan Jeffers, an aerospace engineer, are getting married on September 19, 2008 just north of New Haven on Long Island Sound.

Clare Overlander ’02 M.Div. is the interim minister of the Schroon Lake Community Church, U.C.C. and U.M.C. Retaining her passion for justice, Clare enjoys exploring the gorgeous, if somewhat remote, environs of the Adirondacks.

After graduating from YDS, Leah Marie Perry ’02 M.A.R. earned an M.A. at New York University in Humanities and Social Thought in 2002.  She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, specializing in gender, race, immigration, American Studies, and popular culture.

Following graduation in 2002, Elizabeth Pipes Rooney ’02 M.A.R. moved to Beverly, MA, where she worked at Gordon College as the Associate Dean of the Chapel.  Her primary responsibilities involved planning the campus-wide chapel services for the college twice a week.  While in Beverly, she met and married Jeff Rooney in 2003 and they had their first child, Elijah in 2005.  Wanting to be at home part-time and to live near her family, Elizabeth, Jeff and Elijah moved to Fresno, CA in the summer of 2005 where Elizabeth took a position as youth director at a local church.  Their daughter Rebekah was born in 2006, so Elizabeth is now very busy with two preschoolers and an active ministry.  Jeff is a Spanish teacher and also assists Elizabeth in the youth ministry.  Elizabeth and Jeff have enjoyed working in an urban environment, although they get excited about trips to the mountains and to the coast to escape the summer heat.

Joan Sorenson ’02 M.Div. is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Stratford, CT.  After YDS, she did a "Lutheran Year" at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia completing an S.T.M.  She also spent a year as an intern at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT and was ordained on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2005, beginning her call at Grace the next day.  She and her husband Paul look forward to continuing their current ministries.

John Spencer ’02 M.A.R. and his wife Allison Hope Gray Spencer are living in Durham, NC, where they have been for the past 6 years. Spencer is Registrar and Director of the Office of Student Records at Duke University School of Law where he spends most of his days saying "no" to faculty and student requests. Allison is playing key role in the re-development of Durham's historic city center. They have two pups, Ida and Camper. His e-mail address is spencer@law.duke.edu and he invites classmates to send a note or come visit if near Durham. He is very much looking forward to the reunion in October.

Amanda Wasson Hullinger ’02 M.A.R. recently moved from New York City to Columbus, OH with her husband, Ryan, and their three daughters. They welcomed Eleanor Elizabeth Hullinger into their family on March 8, 2008. She weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces. In addition to being a mother, she works part-time as a certified labor doula (www.dona.org). The family is actively involved in their church, Grace Central Presbyterian, an urban church plant in central Columbus.


Notes from 2007


Stephanie Bingham Doss ’02 M.Div. and her husband Bryan Doss welcomed their daughter Claire Margaret Doss into the world on May 1, 2006. Stephanie has entered her fifth year of ministry as pastor of First Congregational Church of Tulare, United Church of Christ.  She can be reached by email at shorbingham@sbcglobal.net.

Rafael Dy-Liacco '02 M.A.R. is a member of the faculty of Theology, Loyola Schools, at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.  Last January 2008 he received an award from the Fr. George Gorospe, S.J. Fund for Research and Publications in Theology for work he presented at the eighth Annual Convention of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines.  This March, with fellow faculty Dr. Markus Locker, his research proposal in Practical Biblical Theology was awarded a Scholarly Work Faculty Grant by the university research council.  The grant will lighten his teaching duties for several semesters.

Wendy Tinklenberg Fisher ’02 M.Div. and her Fisherhusband, Jeff, were delighted to welcome their son, Trey, into the world on January 23.  Wendy serves as a hospital chaplain in Willmar, MN and Jeff is one of the pastors of Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg, MN.


Burke Gerstenschlager ’02 M.Div. has been hired as the Biblical Studies Acquisitions Editor for T&T Clark International, an imprint of Continuum International Publishing Group, based in New York City.

Ken Leonczyk, Jr. ’02 M.A.R. is a law student working toward his J.D. at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2009. Ken also continues as an Anglican priest canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Ken's research and ministry work are focused on human rights and Muslim/Christian relations in East Africa- particularly Sudan and Kenya. Ken continues to serve as Canon to the Diocese of Kadugli Nuba Mountains in the Episcopal Church of Sudan. He also is a speaker at Evangelism and Apologetics conferences throughout the US.

Deborah Meister ’02 M.Div. accepted a call last year to serve as Rector of Christ Church (Episcopal) in New Brunswick, NJ. She is also the proud owner of a new puppy, named Dante.