2000 Distinguished Alumni/ae
Since his graduation from PSR, W. Bruce MacKenzie (MDiv '53) worked as a minister for forty-six years, first with a small parish in Calaveras County, California, then as Director of Youth and Student Work with the Northern California Congregational Conference. He then served for ten years at the United Church of Christ Church in Washington Park, Denver, CO before becoming pastor at First Congregational Church in Boulder. For the next twenty-seven years, MacKenzie broadened and deepened his congregation's role in the lives of its members and the local community, exemplifying Christian commitment to compassion and optimism, and spiritual and human wholeness. MacKenzie was named Minister Emeritus of the church when he retired in 1997. In his retirement he has served as Minister-in-Residence at PSR and Chicago Theological Seminary.
Ronald Parker (MDiv '66, PhD '74) has a long and distinguished career of service to faith communities and theological education. A former Dean of Enrollment and adjunct faculty member at PSR, Parker has pastored both rural and urban United Methodist congregations in California and has been active in the California-Nevada Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry, Executive Committee, and Pastor's School. Parker is former president of the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing Project and has served as Writer in Residence at Epworth UMC in Berkeley. He is also a defense counsel for 40 United Methodist ministers charged with participating in a same-gender Holy Union service in Sacramento (see article). A poet, writer, and long-time PSR Bulletin columnist, Parker is the author of Do I Belong in Seminary?
Internationally acclaimed poet and writer Pat Schneider (MA '59) is founder and director of Amherst Writers and Artists and the Amherst Writers and Artists Press. Schneider has published widely in literary journals and magazines and is the author of The Writer as An Artist: A New Approach to Writing Alone and With Others, and three books of poetry. Her most recent book, Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography, details the story of her spiritual journey and escape from poverty. Schneider is a highly popular adjunct professor at PSR and leads workshops in Ireland and throughout the U.S. Her pioneering work in creative writing as a means of empowering low-income women is the subject of the award-winning documentary, Tell Me Something I Can't Forget, which has been featured on public television.