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Welcome to 1969's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2009 for publication in Spectrum 2010.

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.


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In 2002, David Andrews ’69 M.Div. completed a 20-year pastorate at the Congregational Church in Middlebury, VT, where he continues to live. Since then, he’s been Director of Development and Community Relations at the Counseling Service of Addison County. Andrews has done a part-time interim and supply preaching, while keeping time free for his kids and for sailing on Lake Champlain. He enjoys his two granddaughters, Stella and Eva, who live nearby in Brandon, VT.


Joseph Freeman ’69 B.D. pastors Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, Fishers, IN. A local newspaper recently interviewed Freeman for an article where he shares his views on Faith and Life.


Thomas Haupert ’69 M.Div. is continuing a long-term project of listening for the main themes of the New Testament by slowly reading the Greek, a few verses a day ( reading the same in Latin, German, and Spanish to keep those fresh), and also listening for how these same themes are heard and understood in life of a variety of congregations, with the hope of writing, someday, of what he hears in these places.


Alan Johnson ’69 B.D. is Chair of the Membership Committee of the First Congregational Church, Boulder, CO, and has gone on five of the church’s mission trips to New Orleans. He also chairs their church’s Mental Health Ministry, is a founder of the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, and received the United Church of Christ Award from the Mental Illness Network. His book, Encounters at the Counter: What Congregations can learn about Hospitality from Business, Pilgrim Press, 9/09. His sprint triathlons are delayed to next summer.

After graduating, William Murray ’69 M.Div. has pursued a special ministry of informal chaplaincy to leaders. To train himself, he attended Harvard Business School for an MBA and numerous workshops on leadership and communication skills, which William has been teaching to leaders for over 30 years. He can help improve your emotional intelligence, on a donation basis, as his way of making a difference. Bill Murray, http://www.EagleAlliance.com (Isaiah 40:31).


Roger N. Pohl ’69 B.D. recently retired as Director of the Ecumenical Center and International Residence, Ann Arbor, MI, where he worked for 9 years on interfaith, cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. An ordained UCC minister for 40 years, he earlier served three churches in Minnesota and Michigan, and with his wife Joanne taught at Southern Christian College in the Philippines. In the 1990's he was active in the Inter-religious Healthcare Access Campaign advocating for universal healthcare.


A. Craig Settlage ’69 S.T.M., an ordained Lutheran minister, serves in the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is the director for mission support, responsible for strengthening the relationship between the 65 synods of the ELCA and the denomination. His responsibilities include the $60 million in support for the mission and church wide ministries of the ELCA. He and his wife Rachel live in suburban Chicago.


Shin, Na Kyun ’69 M.A.R. is a member of the Democratic Party and the National Assembly of Republic of Korea. She was elected as a proportional representation in 2008. Currently, she is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee and the Chairperson of the Gender Equality Committee in the National Assembly of Korea.


Charles Watkins ’69 M.Div., ’70 S.T.M. and Jane Combs Watkins ’68 M.A.R. are now in their fortieth year of congregational ministry and their seventeenth year at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Decatur, IL. They are joyously expecting the birth of their first grandson at Thanksgiving to Anne-Karine and Ben in Bloomington, IN, where Ben is Linux Platform Administrator for Cook Medical Group. They are delighted to hear from and respond to friends at charleswatkins@aya.yale.edu.