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Class of 2003

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Class Notes

Welcome to 2003'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


Deirdre Eckian ’03 M.Div. continues to enjoy serving as an assistant rector at Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, DC.  She particularly enjoys working in a town where there are many YDS/BDS alumni to run into!  Deirdre was also married in May 2008 to James Leslie, and they live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC with their beloved cat, Steve-O.


Zack Mabe ’03 M.Div., ’05 S.T.M. is entering hismabe fourth year as Pastor of the Terryville Congregational Church in Terryville, CT.  His wife, Melissa Bergfeld, and he welcomed the birth of their first son, Joshua, in August 2007.  They recently bought their first home, and are now settled in West Hartford.  This fall, Zack looks forward to reconnecting with YDS by having a student intern at his church through the Supervised Ministry program.


Cathy Rafferty Quinn ’03 M.Div. and her husband Peter Quinn have two daughters, Nora and Molly (born August 2006 and March 2008 respectively). Cathy serves as Assistant Rector at St. John’s Church Lafayette Square in Washington DC where she has been for the last 3 years. They love seeing familiar YDS faces in DC and encourage classmates to be in touch! She lists her email address as cathy.quinn@stjohns-dc.org.



Mark Scott ’03 M.A.R. received his Ph.D. fromscott Harvard University on June 05, 2008. Sarah Coakley supervised his dissertation, Cosmic Theodicy: Origenon the Problem of Evil. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Esther works at Harvard part-time and is active at their church: Newton Presbyterian. Their son James, almost two years old, keeps them busy. Mark continues to cling to his Canadian identity by playing hockey in what little spare time he has left. He started on online Facebook group called Yale Divinity School Alumni, which has over 200 members.

Anne Turner ’03 M.Div. is living in Amherst, MA, where she is now working part time as an Associate Rector at Grace Episcopal Church.  Anne is continuing, part-time, to work on her S.T.M. back at YDS, as well.


Elizabeth Ursic ’03 M.Div. is a tenured professor of Religious Studies at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, AZ, where she teaches World Religions, Women and Religion, and Religion in the Modern World.  She is also finishing a Ph.D. dissertation on liturgical enactment of Sophia theology at Arizona State University.  She continues to play cello at her Franciscan parish, where she is also a spiritual director.


Todd Vetter ’03 M.Div. was recently called to be the Senior Minister at the Pilgrim Church (UCC), in Duxbury, MA, after three and a half years as the Associate Minister at the Orange Congregational Church (UCC) in Orange, CT. Todd and Sarah Hare Vetter ’02 M.DIV, are expecting their second child in October. For the past four years, Sarah served as the Pastor of the Diamond Hill United Methodist Church, in Cos Cob, CT.


Notes from 2007


Daniel C. Gunn ’03 S.T.M. served for four years as the Assistant at Christ Church Bronxville after graduating from YDS.  In 2004 he began studies toward the Ph.D. in religious history at Drew University.  In the fall of 2005 Gunn was selected to participate in a Study Tour of Southeast Asia as an Emerging American Policy Leader with the Asia Foundation as a Freeman Fellow.  In April of 2006 he accepted a call to be the rector of St. Stephen's Church, Pro-cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.

Laura Juliet Ide ’03 M.A.R. is teaching English to grades 9 and 10 in Italy at the American School of Milan.

Sarah Kadden ’03 M.A.R. writes that she is living in the Burlington, VT area, teaching and farming on a working farm/education center/historic site/amazing place called Shelburne Farms.  She is also heading into her thesis term in an M.A program in environmental education and contemplating her next step, which will likely be teacher certification.  That’s the current plan, though it is apt to change. If anyone from the class of ’03, or even any member of the YDS community should be up this way, her door is always open and everyone is welcome anytime.

Zach Mabe ’03 M.Div. continues to enjoy working as Pastor of the Terryville Congregational Church UCC in Terryville, CT, and his wife, Melissa Bergfeld ’04 M.S.N. continues to enjoy working as an OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner.  They are settled in Newington, CT, where they enjoy being close to West Hartford and other parts of Connecticut that they never saw while at Yale.

Lisa Jeffcoat ’03 M.Div. lives with her spouse, John Paul, in Valle Crucis, NC, which she first visited several years ago on a YDS travel seminar. She is the Training Liaison and Events Coordinator at the Original Mast General Store. She teaches the high school class at High Country UCC.


Chandler Poling ’03 M.A.R. lives in Northern Manhattan with his wife, Emilita, and two year old son, Elias. He recently joined the Orthodox Church in America, and is a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection in the East Village. He hopes to attend seminary soon. Meanwhile, he earns his living as a Legal Assistant. He is happy.

Mark Scott ’03 M.A.R. is completing his Ph.D. in The Study of Religion (Theology) at Harvard University. He is teaching and working on a dissertation entitled: "Cosmic Theodicy: Origen on the Problem of Evil." He lives with his wife Esther in Watertown, MA and they are expecting the birth of their first child, a boy, on October 31, 2006. In keeping with his Canadian heritage, Mark continues to play hockey. He is the captain of the Harvard graduate student intra-mural hockey team, which won the championship against the Harvard undergraduates last spring (take that Justin Ray--I'm coming for you next).

Heather McClendon Sinclair ’03 M.Div. is blessed to be the pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Shelton, CT, a congregation of about 150 active members near Bridgeport and New Haven.  In a joyous celebration on June 9, 2007, Heather was ordained an elder in the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She is involved in various community and church groups and occasionally serves as an on-call chaplain for Griffin Hospital.  Her husband, Skip, is attending Quinnipiac Law School and discerning what it means to be a “pastor's husband.”

Anne Turner ’03 M.Div. is finishing four years as the Assistant Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA.  She and her husband Steve (and their almost-two-year-old daughter Lucy) will be moving to Amherst, MA in August, where Steve will begin teaching at UMass Amherst.  Anne plans to return to Yale (part time) in the fall to pursue the S.T.M. degree.