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   The Rev. M. Lise Hildebrandt '86 M.Div.

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Class Notes

Welcome to 1986's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  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, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



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After 8 years as senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in VA, Henry Brinton’86 M.Div. received a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant for sabbatical visits to churches that practice hospitality well in Scotland, California, Germany, and Washington, DC. Wife Nancy finished her doctorate in public health, daughter Sarah is a senior at Duke, and son Sam is a high school senior. Enjoyed reconnecting with YDSer Serene Jones recently while writing a USA Today essay on John Calvin.

Maria Eddy Tjeltveit ’86 M.Div. has been rector of The Episcopal Church of the Mediator, in Allentown, PA for 10 years, and has recently become the Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the Diocese of Bethlehem. This summer husband Alan and she took children William (11) and Anna (8) on a first cross-country trip to see in-laws in Montana. On the way back she visited Lindy Cornelius Hardwick ’86 M.Div. and Elise Feyerherm ’86 M.Div., who was just ordained an Episcopal deacon.

Larry Roth ’86 S.T.M. retired from U.S. Navy chaplain ministry in 2003 after 23 years of service. He presently serves as Assistant Director, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for SDA Church, North America. His assigned territory includes the Northwest, Mid-America, and Western Canada, where he services about 50 chaplains in military, correctional, health care, and campus institutions. Chaplain conferences and church conventions supporting Chaplaincy Ministries allow him to connect with pastors and church leaders across America. 


Melanie McRae ’86 M.Div. is Bereavement Counselor and Chaplain for Park Nicollet Hospice. Husband Scott McRae ’85 M.Div. continues to be Director of Spiritual Care at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN. They live with their two dogs in Minneapolis or on the north shore of Lake Superior, while daughter Ana is away at college as a freshman. They think often and fondly of friends from YDS.


Paul F. Jeffries ’86 M.A.R. is an associate professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. He serves on the Executive Board of the WI Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. The current president of Ripon College, Rev. Dr. David Joyce, is also a YDS graduate. He and Paul enjoy reminiscing about several of the same faculty they shared—at different times—as students.