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Class Notes

Welcome to 2005'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


Judith Allison ’05 M.Div. is serving as associate rector for pastoral care at a large Episcopal church - St. Bartholomew's in Poway, CA, which is three miles from her home. Her second call, her service at St. Bart’s started in January 2007. San Diego was hard hit in fall 2007 with wildfires: 364 houses burned to the ground in Allison’s neighborhood alone, but Allison reports that there is a great community spirit and ongoing recovery. She enjoys her family and two grandsons, now 5 and 7.  She had a good week of continuing education at Church Divinity School of the Pacific last summer with Prof. Herbert Anderson of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, who was interim at Yale in 2004-05.

Shannon (Hinkle) Buckmaster ’05 M.Div. and her husband Paul welcomed a son, Bennet Josephbuckmaster Buckmaster, on July 23, 2008 in Newberg, OR. Anna (who was born while Shannon was at YDS) is thrilled to become a big sister and has accepted the position with joy and determination to be a helper.  She was so excited to meet him that she insisted her grandma bring her to the hospital the minute he was born.  The family loves being a family of four.  In September, Shannon will return to teach another full year at George Fox University, with only one class per semester so that she can be home often.

After completing CPE, Shirle Moone Childs ’05 M.Div. stayed on at Hartford Hospital as a volunteer Chaplain. She added St. Francis to her list and volunteered there until a few months ago when they hired her as a Chaplain and she now works four hours a week.  Shirle is an ordained Deacon in the AME Zion Church, and will be eligible for Elder's Orders next year. She is the Minister of Visitations serving at the Metropolitan AME Zion Church. When she was a student at YDS, Shirle went to Ghana, West Africa, along with 11 other classmates.  She returned from that trip and started a non-profit organization, GBOA, God's Bridge Over the Atlantic, Inc. and since that time, while still organizing the corporation, She received donations of clothing, equipment, medical supplies and monetary contributions which have all gone to the little rural village, Penyi Hata, in the Volta Region of Ghana where she is a developmental Queen Mother.  Her organization has developed a brochure and Christoper Tat ’05 M.Div. is assisting in establishing a web page.  Shirle still makes two trips a year back to Ghana and progress is being made, but help continues to be needed.  Their appeal will spread to the Yale community in the near future.

Ian Doescher ’05 M.Div. and Jennifer Creswell ’05 M.Div. moved back to Portland, OR in January 2008.  Jennifer is serving as the Priest-in-Charge for St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church in Gresham (a suburb just to the east of Portland), and Ian is in his fourth year of a Ph.D. program in Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, finishing his degree from afar.  Their children Liam and Graham have just turned 5 and 3 (respectively), and are both enjoying preschool.  You can keep up with their lives at www.creswelldoescher.com.  

Luke Gelinas ’05 M.A.R. and his wife Rachael are spending lots of time on their two daughters, Sophie (3) and Clara (8 months), as Luke works on completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

In the summer of 2007, Lucas Grubbs ’05 M.Div., ’08 S.T.M. accepted the position of Canon Pastor at St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, ID.  Life is gloriously full and busy with cathedral life, skiing, backpacking, organizing young adult ministry and loving life in Idaho.  Lucas also received an STM in Liturgical Studies from YDS/ISM in 2008.  Meredith Farmer Grubbs ’06 M.Div. is currently enrolled at Boise State University pursuing her nursing degree.  Both are happy, healthy and well in the gorgeous state of Idaho and the vibrant city of Boise!


Rachel Mumford ’04 M.A.R. and her husband Jason joyfully announce the birth of their daughter Julia Lena, on July 13, 2008. Julia seems to like Schumann and Count Basie, and her parents are getting lots of dancing practice to keep her happy. She also enjoys staring at letters - a potential biblical scholar in the works? Rachel will begin teaching religion part-time at the National Cathedral School in January.

William Ng ’05 M.A.R. returned to Hong Kong in 2005 and served as Novice Director for his Franciscan community for a year and a half. At the beginning of 2007, he was transferred to Taiwan, first serving as the Postulant Director and then returning to Novice Director.  His duties include accompanying new men entering the Order of Friars Minor. Besides being engaged in formation ministry, he has been leading seminars and retreats on spirituality and the arts, using a YDS/ISM vision. For three Sundays a month, he drives 20 km into the mountains to lead Sunday liturgy at a priest-less Catholic mission in an Atayal village. The Atayal are a tribe of Taiwanese aborigines, belonging to the Austro-nesian culture. Not being ordained, William says a short and sweet "dry mass" - i.e. the liturgy of the Word plus the Communion Rite, skipping the Canon.

Brian T. Johnson ’05 S.T.M. serves as a chaplain at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  His recent book, The Spirit of Service:  Exploring Faith, Service Learning, and Social Justice, was a finalist for the Lilly Fellows Program Book Award.

Jennifer Rosner ’05 M.Div. is currently working on a Ph.D. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and teaching at Azusa Pacific University. She is working in the area of Judaism and Christianity and will write her dissertation on Karl Barth and Franz Rosenzweig.

Angela Rowley ’05 M.Div. was named the first Chaplain in the Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Hospital. In this new position, Angela is responsible for providing daily spiritual care and support to patients and their families, and the Emergency Department staff.

John Thorpe ’05 M.Div. is currently serving as Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Newton, IA.  He served as Curate and Associate Rector of St. Peter's church in downtown Albany, NY, for three years.  John and his wife, Beth, have a two-year old son, Edwin.  John can be reached via Facebook and at ThorpusMagnus@yahoo.com.

Allison Branco Tichy ’05 M.Div. and Carlos Branco welcomed their first child, a son Lucas, into the world in November, 2007. He arrived two weeks past his due date, but was well worth the wait.  He is a happy and curious baby who is always on the lookout for his next adventure.  Lucas's current skills include drooling, blowing raspberries and eating copious amounts of Cheerios. Given his exceptional promise, his parents have no doubt that he will grow up to be a future Yalie!  The family still lives in West Hartford, CT, and Allison currently works part-time for an affordable housing advocacy group.

Lynda Tyson '05 M.Div. is serving as Senior Associate Rector at Saint Luke's Parish in Darien, CT.  She finds her Parish ministry filled with richness and challenge in this large and thriving congregation. Lynda and husband Charlie are enjoying southern Connecticut and love being in close proximity to children and grandchildren.  Charlie continues to serve on the board of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

On June 14, Jeff Wells ’05 M.Div. was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.  Since July of 2005, he has served as the pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY.  He serves as the chairperson of the New York Annual Conference Board of Church and Society. Jeff is also proud to be a YDS class agent for the class of 2005.

Andie Wigodsky ’05 M.Div. and John Rohrs ’05wigodsky M.Div. welcomed a daughter, Anna Stewart Rohrs, on November 21, 2007.  As new parents, Andie and John report being overwhelmed with joy and just plain overwhelmed!  John continues to work as an Associate Rector at Christ Church, Raleigh, NC, and Andie continues to serve as the Chaplain at Saint Mary’s School, an all-girls Episcopal high school.


Notes from 2007


Judith Allison ’05 M.Div. is serving as associate rector for pastoral care at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Poway, CA, an inland county suburb adjacent to San Diego. St. Bartholomew’s has a multi-clergy staff and a joyous and growing congregation. Judith is still adjusting to life in California, where her sons and two grandsons keep her connected.

Shannon (Hinkle) Buckmaster ’05 M.Div. married Paul Buckmaster in Newberg, OR, on July 7, 2007.  The couple invite visitors at their website: www.mywedding.com/shannonandpaul/.  Shannon is teaching part-time at George Fox University and her daughter, Anna, is doing well.


Edward W. De Barbieri ’05 M.A.R. has won a Fulbright Scholarship to study the “Irish co-operative movement in an expanding global economy” at the Centre for Co-operative Studies of the University College Cork. His year-long study will include coursework, independent research, and writing a case study of the Barryroe Co-op, a large and successful dairy in West Cork. He plans to enroll as a visiting student at the Faculty of Law in Cork. In his proposal for the scholarship, De Barbieri wrote, “Co-operative movements have proven to be economically more viable in poor and isolated communities than free market enterprises. The question is why? It has been shown that co-DeBarbierioperative models hold certain values in common.” He plans to explore the idea that “what people believe and how they make their daily living is very connected. How they relate to one another sets forth an ideal for human interaction.”

Callista Brown Isabelle ’05 M.Div. serves as Associate University Chaplain at Yale University. She was ordained as an ELCA pastor in June 2007. She and Geoff are happy to be back in New Haven and Geoff continues to work at a vintage car restoration business in Stratford.

Jessica Lambert ’05 M.Div. and Nathan Ritter ’04 M.A.R. got married on July 8, 2006 in Baltimore, MD. Jessica serves as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, NJ.  Nathan is pursuing an M.Div. at General Theological Seminary in New York City in order to pursue parish ministry in the Episcopal Church.



After YDS Daryl Morazzini '05 M.A.R. went on to become adjunct faculty, and still teaches at Newbury College in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he teaches Introduction classes in World religions, Ethics, and Western Philosophy, as well as Freshman Seminar. He is also adjunct faculty at Emmanuel College in Boston, where he teaches Autobiographical Writing and Short Fiction: Spiritual Literature. He spent a semester at Andover-Newton Theological Seminary before leaving Religious Studies behind to pursue an MFA at Union Institute and University at Vermont College, in the field of Nonfiction Writing, where he ended up working on spiritual and religious writing anyway. He will graduate from UUI in July 2008. Having had time to rebound in faith and health, this fall he will also begin an M.Div. degree at Boston University School of Theology, with aspirations for a Ph.D. in either Theology or Religion and Literature in the future. Also, Daryl deeply mourns the sudden passing of his YDS advisor, mentor, and Professor Lana Schwebel who he misses very much. She was a profound inspiration.

Carolina Robinson ’05 M.A.R. is pursuing a law degree at Villanova University School of Law.  She is an associate editor on the Journal of Catholic Social Thought and a staff writer on the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

John Rohrs ’05 M.Div. and Andie Wigodsky ’05 M.Div. are living in Raleigh, NC.  John is an Associate Rector at Christ Church (Episcopal) and Andie is the Chaplain at Saint Mary's School, an all-girls boarding and day Episcopal high school.  Though they miss their YDS friends terribly, both are happy in their ministries and have found a loving and supportive community. 

Jen Rosner ’05 M.Div. is pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and teaching adjunct at Azusa Pacific University in California. Her area of study centers on ecclesiology as it relates to Jewish/Christian relations and Messianic Judaism, with an emphasis on the relevant contributions of Karl Barth.

Leslie Woods ’05 M.A.R. mWoods weddingarried Kevin Plummer on September 3, 2006 in West Chester United Methodist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Kate Smanik Moyes '05 M.Div. and Cole Shaw Costa '05 M.Div. were bridesmaids and Rachel Mumford '04 M.A.R., Ingrid  Lilly '04 M.A.R., and Aaron Skrypski '05 M.Div. were liturgists.  They honeymooned in Paris and Rome and now reside in Arlington, Virginia. In January 2007 Woods started working as the Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues for the Presbyterian Church (USA) Washington Office.  In this position she continues to do the poverty/economic justice work she had been doing at her UCC national staff internship.