Jonathan Cathèll-Williams
M.Div
Harvard University    A.L.B. (bachelor of liberal arts) 2010

 
Jonathan Cathèll-Williams grew up in Massachusetts and New Brunswick and hopes to serve as an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada (Congregationalist-Presbyterian-Methodist) and considers himself a theologically conservative social liberal who believes in a literal virgin birth and gay marriage.  He is married to Sara, who teaches music at Andover (CT) Elementary School, and has twin toddler daughters, Emerald and Lanéa.  Academically, he is primarily interested in New Testament history, but he has a tangential obsession with Celtic folklore and speaks Irish Gaelic.

Hwon Choi
M.A.R.
Mokwon University College of Theology             Bachelor of Theology February, 2006
Candler School of Theology                                   Master of Divinity May, 2010

 
I am Hwon Choi, an international student from South Korea. I grew up in pastors’ family, which has eight pastors all leading various congregations. Musical talent was given to me by the Lord in church life. I have played the piano and drum. Here I want to be trained as a pastor who contributes to the revival of Korean Protestant churches through laying a solid foundation of healthy Christian worship.

Linnéa Clark
M.Div
Institute of Sacred MusicYale University   BA 2010

 
 I grew up in a small town in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and have spent the past four years in New Haven as a Yale undergraduate. I'm glad to be moving up the hill! My academic interests are broad, ranging from Reformation liturgy and church history to the composition and performance of congregational song, but I also love to crash in front of the TV (or radio) with a beautiful skein of yarn and my favorite set of knitting needles. I keep a literary "genius list" of my favorite writers, thinkers, and poets, and right now, the top three spots are occupied by Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver, and Barbara Brown Taylor. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

Amanda Culp
M.A.R.
Vassar College    BA 2009

 
 I hail from White Plains, NY, but strongly consider Poughkeepsie, NY, Ahmedabad, India, and Papingo, Greece to be my homes as well. I study Sanskrit classical theater and moonlight as a dramaturg for NY based theater company One Year Lease. I am addicted to my passport. My first laptop was named after Bernadette Peters. My new laptop is named after Anne Carson, which I think describes the last 6 years of my life better than any other single fact.

Leonard Curry
M.Div
Rhodes College   BA 2007
Christian Brothers University      MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) 2010

 
A Cleveland, OH native, I have spent the last 7 years in Memphis, TN learning to love barbecue, blues, and "hot buttered soul!" I have 3 brothers and I love to sing gospel music.  In 2008, I answered the call to preach and in January of 2010 I preached an initial sermon at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN!  My new favorite author is Donald Miller, so when I am not volunteering at a local soup kitchen, I can be found at the Mississippi river reading Father Fiction or Waiting For God Knows What.  I have also used the summer to gather information for making a paternal family history.  After teaching 6th graders for two years, I am excited to be an MDiv student!

Gerald Facciani
M.A.R.
Berkeley Divinity SchoolCarleton College    BA 1970

 
 Born and raised in Central CA (Fresno area), where parents still reside.  2 children:  Jen, age 39, a Carleton grad; and Dave, age 35, a Yale grad.  Married to Karen, my soulmate.  Interested in Ethics. Leisure time spent reading and enjoying a few friends.  Eclectic interests, including classical poetry, economics, business issues, social policy issues, etc.  Prior career:  Built an employee benefit consulting/actuarial firm in Cleveland and NV from 1976-91; sold the firm to a multinational company 1991; retired 1994-present, due to a total and permanent disability.

Herron Gaston
M.Div
Florida A&M University   BA Political Science/ Pre Law studies 2008
Florida  A&M University  MPA/ MA Political Science 2009

 
My name is Herron K. Gaston. I am from Haines City, Florida, a small town just 15 miles southwest of Orlando. I attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where I received the Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Political Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/ Pre Law Studies. I am currently enrolled in the M.Div program here at Yale Divinity School and hope to move towards ordination in the A.M.E. Church (African Methodist Episcopal Church).

I am number 3 out of 6 kids. My dad is a native of Saint Lucia, in the carribbean, but has lived in America for nearly 30 years, where he met my mother and was soon wed.

While a student at FAMU, I worked for the Florida Legislature as a Legislative Assistant. The latter part of my academic career, I worked in the Executive Office of the Governor as a Gubernatorial Fellow (Governor's Fellow), where I focused on Public Policy and Open Government issues for the State of Florida.

I enjoy reading, singing, and shopping. My ultimate goal is to run for public office and run a faith and character-based center in an urban community.

Kenneth Godshall
M.Div
Dartmouth     AB 1972
Christ's College, Cambridge University      Honours BA;  Honours MA 1974; 1976
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania     MBA 1978

I’m an active Presbyterian from Mt. Kisco NY who is entering YDS after 30 years as a magazine publishing executive with Newsweek, Time Inc. and Hearst.  I’m looking for new ways to serve the church.  I’m married with three grown children, and enjoy reading, travel, and cultural events.

Emily Goodnow
M.Div
Colby College        BA  2009

 
 I'm originally from Madbury, New Hampshire, but I've spent the past 6 years based in Maine. I also spent part of that time living in Bamako, Mali, going by the name of Fanta Traore. More recently, I've been spending my time teaching writing to kids in Portland, Maine, at a nonprofit called The Telling Room. Many of the kids I work with are at-risk, immigrants, and refugees, and some are just kids who love to write. Career-wise, I'm hoping to become an ordained UCC minister, and am excited to do pretty much everything this qualifies me to do - and more - including: serve a church; work with non-profits; continue work I've started in Mali and throughout West Africa; teach; and hopefully someday run a summer camp in the woods and be barefoot and eat s'mores all day every day. I'm excited to meet you all and see where these next few years lead us!

Lilian Jackman
M.A.R.
Smith College   BA 2009
Greenfield Community College ADN 1991

I own a perennial flower, shrub, and tree nursery called Wilder Hill Gardens in  the  hill town of Conway,  Mass. Along the way, I had three children, (now grown) and acquired a nursing degree. i have volunteered as such in Nicaragua, Belize and the Dominican Republic. In 2009 I graduated from Smith College and and hope to further and focus my study of religion at Yale Divinity on  Ancient Christianity and the Gnostic Literature.  My interests are religious art, chickens and letter press printing.

Maeba Jonas
M.Div
Berkeley Divinity SchoolKenyon College   BA 2006
Goucher College   Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate 2008

 
I am coming to Yale this year after spending the summer at Shalom Sacred Mountain Retreat Center as a volunteer.  I will miss our organic farm and free-range chickens, but hope to work on the Yale farm, if possible.  Before that, I was pursuing a career in health care and worked at Johns Hopkins conducting HIV research in the injection-drug using population in inner city Baltimore.  After graduating from Kenyon College in 2006, I had the privilege of living in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar combining my two passions of documentary filmmaking and Buddhism.  I conducted my grant research on the sex-trafficking prevention methods of a progressive group of Theravada Buddhist Nuns in Kathmandu.  In my spare time, I like learning new things and exploring all aspects of life.  I enjoy yoga, cooking, knitting and nature.  At Yale, I hope to pursue my interest in Embodied Spirituality, which attempts to integrate all aspects of Self towards living fully alive physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Sabrina Moran
M.A.R.
Berkeley Divinity SchoolThe College of William & Mary    BA in Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience 2009

 
 My primary academic interest rests in the dual pursuit of Empiricism and Theology, but I also love Cognitive Science, Physics, Metaethics, and Philosophy of Science.  In my free time, I am a professional ultramarathoner, specializing in 100-milers and 24-hour runs.  I will compete in the 24-hour national championships in September.

Rodney Reynolds
M.Div
Yale College    BA in African-American Studies 2010

 
 I hail from Mt. Vernon, NY by way of Cleveland, OH.  Some may know me as J Prophet, the moniker under which I perform Gospel Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry.  I graduated from Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY in 2006 and I just recently graduated from Yale College where I received a BA in African-American Studies.  At Yale I was a member of the Yale Football Team, WORD Performance Poetry, and served as the President of the Black Men's Union.  I am also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Tuesday Rupp
M.A.R.
Institute of Sacred MusicBoston University     BMus 1999
Portland State University   MMus 2009

 
Tuesday Rupp is a singer, conductor, and voice teacher and a Portland, OR native.  Most recently she was the artistic director of the Columbia Chorale of Oregon, and is the co-founder of the professional early music women’s ensemble In Mulieribus. In February she portrayed Humility in FourScore’s critically acclaimed production of Hildegard von Bingen’s “Ordo Virtutum.” As a conductor, Tuesday has led performances with FilMusik and was the conductor for “Game Night,” the Opera Cinema Strike Force 48 Hour Film Project entry. Tuesday sings as an ensemble member and soloist with such groups as Cappella Romana and Trinity Consort. She records frequently for Oregon Catholic Press. As the Music Director at Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, Tuesday worked closely with the pastoral staff to create a series of alternative worship services with the goal of exploring combinations of music and readings. Each service featured different musical leadership, with guest artists as varied as Portland indie pop artists, members of the local Shape Note community, a choir of adults with disabilities, and early music specialists. Tuesday holds a B.Mus. in vocal performance from Boston University and a master’s degree in conducting from Portland State University. She is very excited about joining the YDS community, and is looking forward to exploring the modes and impact of music in worship.

Caitlin Scott
M.Div
Connecticut College    B.A History and Religious Studies 2010

 
 You may call me Caitie. I am currently working on a large enough body of poems to send off to a publisher, and I am ever interested in how the creative arts inform and flow throughout spirituality. In my undergraduate years at "Conn" I was the vocalist for the College Jazz Ensemble and love to sing almost more than I love to bake. I recently obtained my motorcycle license and am saving up to one day buy my Royal Enfield or Triumph companion. I grew up in the Episcopal Church of Massachusetts and was inspired by the friendship and guidance of our Bishop Thomas Shaw, who also imparted to me an interest in monastic communities. I feel that my strongest ministry might rest in the intersection of the arts and worship, and I cannot wait to meet the creative individuals who must make up the vibrant divinity school.

Mariam Shehata
M.A.R.
Al-azhar University   BA 2004

 
I'm from Egypt. My parents are agronomists. I have 2 siblings: my sister who is a businessperson , and my brother who is a teacher.  As for me, I'm interested in philosophy and religion as well as arts and history. I'm fond of photography and visiting architectural historical places in my leisure time. I plan to be an academic researcher in philosophy and religions.

Matthew Vogel
M.A.R.
Harvard University   BA 2001
Yale Law School        JD 2013

 
I come to the divinity school as a joint degree student, having finished my first year at the law school in the spring.  Before coming back to school, though, I spent several years living and working at the New York Catholic Worker’s St. Joseph House, a house of hospitality for homeless people in New York’s Lower East Side.  Alongside our daily practice of the Works of Mercy, I was deeply involved in a number of issues, including organizing for the closure of the prisons in Guantánamo and against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  As a managing editor of our newspaper, The Catholic Worker, I also wrote about those and other issues including housing, immigration, and the Catholic Church.  Tanya Theriault, my wife, just finished her first year in the family nurse practitioner program at the nursing school.  We live in New Haven.