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Five alumni nominated to join Alumnal Board

O'DriscollAt the Oct. 14 Annual meeting of the Yale Divinity School Alumnal Board, five new members will be voted on, as will a slate of officers including the nominee for president, Mary Ellen O’Driscoll ’02 M.Div., who currently serves as vice president/president-elect.

Nominated to serve three-year terms as new members of the Board are Dwight Andrews ’77 M.Div., Ki Joo Choi ’98 M.Div., Cheryl Cornish ’83 M.Div., and James Evans Jr. ’75 M.Div.  Nominated to serve the remaining year of the term of Delois Brown-Daniels ’80 M.Div., who stepped down from the Board, is Myra McNeill ’08 M.Div.

Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div. is being voted on for vice president/president-elect, and, Kenneth Kuntz ’59 B.D., for Board secretary.

Three current members of the Board have been nominated to continue on the Board to serve three-year terms:  Talitha Arnold ’80 M.Div., Bert Marshall ’97 M.Div., and Carol Rose Ikeler ’50 B.D.

Photos and brief bios of nominated new board members follow:

Dwight AndrewsDwight Andrews ’77 M.Div.

Dwight Andrews, a noted preacher and musician, is Associate Professor of Music Theory and African American Music at Emory University and Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta, a church founded in 1867 by ex-slaves with help from missionaries from New Haven. Andrews was the pastor of the Black Church at Yale for 10 years and served on the faculties of the Yale Music Department and the Yale Afro-American Studies program. Among his many music credits, Andrews provided the music direction for the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Raisin in the Sun. His work has been presented at professional theatres throughout the United States and Great Britain.

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Ki Joo Choi ’98 M.Div.

Ki Joo Choi is currently assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  His area of study is Christian ethics, specializing in ecumenical—Catholic and Protestant—moral theology, political ethics, religion and culture, and aesthetics.  He is currently working on a manuscript on the interconnections between art, politics, and Christian ethics.  He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and lived his early childhood in southern California before moving to New York City.  He received his B.A from Yale College in 1995 earned a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.  He currently lives in Summit, NJ, with his wife, Amanda Brummer Choi M.Div ’00, who works for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Manhattan.         

 

Cheryl CornishCheryl Cornish  ’83 M.Div.

Since 1988 Cheryl Cornish has been pastor of First Congregational Church in Memphis, TN, which became a “Just Peace” congregation in 1991.  First Congregational is also an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ—welcoming and affirming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people of faith. Since 2001, First Congregational has engaged in a creative witness and partnership with the 30 other organizations housed within its facilities.   A past president of the Memphis Ministers Association, Cornish has served as a Trustee of LeMoyne-Owen College and been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Midsouth Peace and Justice Center.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Interfaith Association and served as an officer of the Midsouth Interfaith Network for Economic Justice, working with living wage initiatives in Memphis. She served as pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Augusta, MO from 1983 - 1988.  A native of Nebraska, Cornish is a graduate of Williams College, Williamstown, MA.  She is married to carpenter and flamenco guitarist Mark Allen.

 

James EvansJames Evans, Jr. ’75 M.Div.

A pastor, educator, and scholar, James Evans, Jr., was president of Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary from 1990 to 2000.  Son of a Baptist minister, Evans is a native of Detroit and a graduate of the Cranbrook School and the University of Michigan.  He is currently the Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and founding pastor of the St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester, NY.  He completed his doctorate at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he served as associate pastor of the Chambers Memorial Baptist Church. He holds an honorary doctorate from Colgate University.  Evans is the author of numerous articles and four books: We Shall All Be Changed: Social Problems and Theological Renewal; We Have Been Believers:  An African American Systematic Theology; Black Theology:  A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography; and Spiritual Empowerment in Afro-American Literature.  He is the author of two forthcoming volumes: Going Home: A Theological Analysis of Back to Africa Movements in the US; and The Church: Models, Motifs, and Mandates. Evans is married to Linda Hickmon Evans and is the father of three children, James, Jamila, and Jumaane, and the grandfather of one, Christian James.

 

Myra McNeillMyra McNeill ’08 M.Div.

A very recent graduate, Myra McNeill is a Pittsburgh native and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 with a concentration in Cultural Studies. She credits her Sarah Lawrence faculty advisor for first bringing up the idea of Divinity School, though it would take her four years to actually give the idea some thought. In the meantime, she worked in Westchester County New York running school-age childcare programs, the last of which catered to children in the mental health system.  During her time at YDS, Myra enjoyed taking part in all aspects of YDS community life, coordinating student groups and serving on various committees. She also developed a great appreciation for pastoral care and counseling, and is considering pursuing further study in that area in the future.

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