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Class Notes

Welcome to 2007'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


Tim Hiller ’07 M.A.R. and Elizabeth Lerohl ’06 M.Div. were married in July 2007. This year Tim worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Augustana College’s Center for Vocational Reflection and taught New Testament at St. Ambrose University’s ACCEL program. He will begin doctoral work in theology at the University of Chicago this fall.

After graduation Erika Hirsch ’07 M.Div. served as Deacon at Faith United Methodist Church in North Haven, CT, while also working full-time at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven. In September she will begin a Ph.D. program in History of Christianity at Boston University. She will be focusing on early Methodist hymnody with Karen Westfield Tucker as her advisor.

Emily Kuhn ’07 M.Div. completed her “Lutheran year” at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She is currently on a year-long internship at Salem Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH.

Micah Luce ’07 M.A.R. completed his S.T.M. at Yale in 2008. He writes: “Three years of the quad wasn’t enough for me. Having completed my M.A.R. and S.T.M. in the last couple years, I’ve decided to pursue an MSBS degree (Manager of the Student Book Supply) at YDS. I’ll be staying in New Haven, working with the world’s greatest students, staff, and faculty, and continuing to throw the baseball on the quad from time to time (though not as often, Dean Attridge, so don’t worry).  I look forward to seeing many of you at convocation this fall—please come by the bookstore and say hello!”

Joey Murphy ’07 M.Div. is the Director of Campus Ministry at Barat Academy, a private Catholic school in St. Charles, MO. He teaches Freshman Theology and coordinates the service-learning program.

Andrew Nurkin ’07 M.Div. currently works at Princeton University’s Pace Center, where he coordinates civic engagement initiatives.

Rachel Pollak ’07 M.A.R. is in her second year at the M.F.A. program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She writes: “I’m very happy in art school, and I love living in Chicago!”

Following graduation, John Quant ’07 M.A.R. andquant his wife moved to Nagano, Japan, where they worked as English teachers in several high schools. He writes: “We have both learned a lot and have enjoyed the experience as teachers as well as the many challenges and opportunities of living in a different culture. We both were involved in the kids’ club at our small church in the town of Miyota, and I had the honor of preaching there on several Sundays.” In June, their first child, Joelle Hope, was born in Japan, and in August the family will return to the US and move to Atlanta where John will begin a Ph.D. at Emory University in Hebrew Bible. It has been a wonderful and exciting year for them, and they are looking forward to the future. Greetings and blessings to you all.


roseVanessa Rose ’07 M.Div. and Matt Dolan were married in December 2007.

Mark Scarlata ’07 S.T.M finished his first year of doctoral study at Cambridge University, working on the ancient versions of Genesis 4. His address is 73 Canterbury Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3QG, United Kingdom.

Julia Seymour ’07 M.Div. has been called to serve as the transition pastor for the Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She was ordained by the ELCA to the ministry of word and sacrament on September 14, 2007.

Tamara Shantz ’07 M.Div. was licensed as a pastor with the Mennonite Church USA on March 23, 2008, at the Easter sunrise service at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, IN. She continues to serve as the Assistant Campus Minister at Goshen College.

Nora Smith ’07 M.Div. was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in September of 2007. Since that time she has been serving at The Church of the Intercession in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem, where she regularly celebrates and preaches in both English and Spanish. She writes: “During the year since graduation, I have had the honor of serving at the wedding of Jenny Gregg ’07 M.Div. and Derek Bodenstab, and of preaching at the wedding of Veronica Carlsen ’07 M.Div. and Peter Tierney III. I recently reunited with Veronica Tierney, Marc Eames, Gary and Linda Loyd, Paul and Ruthie McLain, and Jon and Margaret Chalmers at the Ordination to the Priesthood of William R. Bell in Panama City, Florida, where I was also privileged to preach. It has been a great joy and blessing to maintain the relationships formed at YDS and to watch the unfolding of God's work among my friends in ministry.”

Elizabeth Abernathy Stone ’07 M.A.R. and her husband Cosby Stone are living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Cosby is doing medical research on preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies, and Elizabeth is doing relief work with children. They plan to return to their home in Birmingham, AL in the fall of 2009.  

yadavSameer Yadav ’07 S.T.M. is currently in his second year of the Th.D. program at Duke University, studying theology and ethics. He and his wife Whitney live in Durham, NC.