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   Ms. Katherine A. Johnson '93 M.Div.

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Class Notes

Welcome to 1993'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.  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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Lee Archard ’93 M.Div., his wife, Holly, and daughter, Anna, live in Richmond, VA. Lee and Holly work with couples and families in a mental health center. They have been busy taking Anna, an accomplished actress, to visit colleges with strong theater programs, as she hopes eventually to found her own repertory theater company. Lee's drama this summer included a ten-day hike in Yellowstone's backcountry with his brothers, while Holly tried to tame his overly ambitious vegetable garden.


Steven P. Brey ’93 S.T.M. is still chair of the religion and philosophy department at Methodist University. He got tenure this year, and he and his wife are pursuing an adoption from Bulgaria. He writes, “Life continues to go well here in North Carolina. I miss YDS and the C.S. Lewis Society – is it still meeting? But hope all is well.”


Lillian Daniel ’93 M.Div. is happily serving as senior minister at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Glen Ellyn, IL, where she has been since 2004. She co-hosts the Chicago based television program 30 Good Minutes broadcast on WTTW/Ch.11 featuring the leading voices in religion today.


Lillian has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary and University of Chicago Divinity School. She serves on the boards of Chicago Theological Seminary and Arise Chicago (formerly Chicago Interfaith Committee for Worker Issues) and is part of the Emerging Leaders program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


Eerdmans published her new book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, in August of 2009. It was co-authored by Martin B. Copenhaver.


Peter Laarman ’93 M.Div. serves as the Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a growing Southern California network of individuals and congregations. Peter is currently fashioning a new Green Justice Initiative to connect African-American and Latino/Latina youth in South Los Angeles and elsewhere to emerging green job opportunities. His agency is also involved in LGBTQ and marriage equality advocacy in national and regional contexts. Peter contributes frequently to the online Religion Dispatches magazine. He looks forward to hearing from other YDS writers and activists. E-mail him as director@pcu-la.org.



Derek Larson ’93 M.A.R. is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and History at The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, a pair of single-sex, Benedictine, Catholic liberal arts colleges in central Minnesota. His research and teaching center around environmental history, though much of his professional life is invested in the campus sustainability movement. He lives in nearby St. Cloud with his wife, Theresa Anderson, and their two daughters.


John Leinenweber, '93 M.A.R. writes, "Love One Another, My Friends: Saint Augustine's Homilies on the First Letter of John" in an abridged English version by me has been reprinted. Harper & Row first brought it out twenty years ago, and Wipf and Stock reprinted it last spring. Micah Luce says that the copies he acquired for the Student Book Supply sold out, but he plans to reorder.”


Bibiana Perez ’93 M.Div. lives in Atlanta and works as a Spanish teacher at a Catholic School. Their four younger children attend the same school, but Chris, their oldest, graduated this year and will be going to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Perez enjoys reading and biking, and continues to be actively involved in ministries in the Catholic Church.

Erl G. (Puck) Purnell ’93 M.A.R. is entering his thirteenth year as Rector at Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomfield, CT. His book, Through Mark’s Eyes (Abington Press, Nashville, 2006), continues to sell well. This recapitulation of Mark’s Gospel is illustrated by vivid word-pictures. Website: www.throughmarkseyes.com. The screenplay for the book has been finished and seeks a producer.

Rebecca Totaro ’93 M.A.R. was promoted to full professor in the Department of Language and Literature at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her second and third books, The Plague in Print: Essential Elizabethan Sources, 1558-1603 and Adaptations of the Plague in Early Modern English Literature, the latter co-edited with Ernest B. Gilman, are due out in 2010, the same year that will see her article “Securing Sleep in Hamlet” in print in the journal Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900.


William Wagnon ’93 M.Div. and Verity Jones ’95 M.Div. live in Indianapolis with their daughter Gracie (class of 2022). William owns and manages affordable rental properties and does green renovations to single-family homes for first-time buyers. He wants to complete a LEED-certified home renovation in the next year. He coaches youth soccer, runs ½ marathons and hasn’t worn long pants for the better part of a year :-) Verity is publisher and editor of Disciples World Magazine, www.disciplesworld.com.