2001 Distinguished Alumni/ae
Edwina Hunter (MDiv '79) has had a distinguished career as a minister, professor and author. After receiving her MDiv from PSR in 1979, she continued her education with an MA and PhD from Northwestern University. Hunter taught speech and oral interpretation at the college level and served as chair of the Speech Department at Georgetown College in Kentucky. In 1983 she was appointed Associate Professor of Preaching at PSR, becoming one of only a few women to hold a seminary position in homiletics in the nation. An ordained minister of the American Baptist Church, Hunter pastored a number of American Baptist churches in the Bay Area and edited the Graduate Theological Union Center for Women and Religion's Journal of Women and Religion. She later moved to Union Seminary where she served as Professor of Preaching. Now retired and living in Santa Rosa, Hunter remains active in teaching and preaching.
Since his graduation from PSR, David Kaupu (MDiv '72) has worked as a pastor and chaplain in the Hawaiian Islands. Kaupu received his BA and BTh degrees from Yankton College and his BD and MDiv degrees from PSR. A native Hawaiian and gifted religious leader, Kaupu has made significant contributions to the UCC Hawaiian Conference. Since 1970 he has worked as the Associate Chaplain for the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, presiding over the building of a beautiful chapel featuring native Hawaiian materials. He has also served as a co-pastor of the historic Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. Kaupu is former pastor of the Puna-Ka'u Parish and Coordinator of Hawaiian Ministry for the Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches. He has chaired the Ethics Commission of the State of Hawaii and served for nine years on the PSR Board of Trustees.
Paul Jeffrey (MDiv '80) served as a rural pastor for four years in western Washington, then moved in 1984 to Central America, where he has lived ever since. A United Methodist missionary since 1985, Jeffrey covers the region as a journalist and photographer. He's filed stories from 30 countries in the region, and last year traveled to Ethiopia to cover the drought and war there. He's written about everything from indigenous spirituality to prostitutes unions. His work appears in church-related media such as New World Outlook, Response, Latinamerica Press, Christian Century, National Catholic Reporter, and Sojourners, as well as in secular publications like the Chronicle of Higher Education and Multinational Monitor. He has written chapters for several recent books, and his 1998 book, Recovering Memory, which examines the role of churches in Guatemala's peace process, will soon become a documentary for public television. In Honduras, where he lives now, he is a consultant on communications issues with the Christian Commission for Development.
After her graduation from PSR, Lyda Pierce (MDiv '80) served four years as a United Methodist pastor in western Washington, where she helped set up a shelter for abused women and spent ten days in jail for attempting a citizen's arrest of a train carrying nuclear weapons components. In 1984 she moved to war-torn Nicaragua, volunteering as a consultant on gender and theology for a Protestant development agency. In 1985 Pierce became a United Methodist missionary, continuing her work in Nicaragua. In 1994 she moved to Guatemala, where she did such a good job of coordinating a program of indigenous women's empowerment for the Guatemalan Methodist Church that church leaders — all men — fired her. Living in Honduras since 1996, Pierce is a consultant on gender for the Christian Commission for Development and a professor at the Honduran Theological Community, an extension campus of the Latinamerican Biblical University in San José, Costa Rica. She is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in international feminist theologies at San Francisco Theological Seminary.