2004 Distinguished Alumni/ae
James Chuck, (ThD 1962), the son of Chinese immigrants, grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown, where he was nurtured at First Chinese Baptist Church. Rev. Chuck went on to serve his home church from 1951-1991 as youth director, English-speaking pastor, and finally as senior pastor for this bicultural, multi-generational community of Cantonese and English-speaking persons. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the American Baptist Seminary of the West as Professor of Theology and Church Ministries, where he teaches courses in theology, pastoral leadership, congregational development, and world religions. Rev. Chuck is the author of a study documenting the growth of Chinese congregations in the Bay Area, and is the editor of Chinatown Stories of Life and Faith, a collection of life stories of members of First Chinese Baptist Church. Before receiving his ThD at PSR, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his MDiv from the American Baptist Seminary of the West.
Read a tribute to James Chuck at the PSR Alumni/ae and Friends Banquet.
Metropolitan Community Church pastor Jim Mitulski (MDiv 1991) is recognized nationally for his groundbreaking ministries with persons with HIV/AIDS. Rev. Mitulski was minister at San Francisco MCC for 15 years during the height of the AIDS epidemic, an experience he has chronicled through chapters in the books Out in the Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism; Take Back the Word; and The Church with AIDS. Rev. Mitulski is a founder of the Clergy Caucus of the Harvey Milk GLBT Democratic Club and is former co-chair of San Francisco's Ryan White HIV Health Planning Services. He has served other MCC congregations in New York City and California, and is now Director of Financial Development and Associate Director of Leadership Development for the national MCC office in Los Angeles. Rev. Mitulski is a member of the PSR Board of Trustees and sits on the national board of PSR's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. Last spring he was awarded an honorary doctorate in sacred theology from Starr King School for the Ministry.
Read a tribute to Jim Mitukski at the PSR Alumni/ae and Friends Banquet.
Dorothy Mae Williams (MDiv 1982) is a United Methodist minister, teacher, and spiritual director, and the first African American woman to be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church's California Nevada Conference. Rev. Williams has served as associate pastor at Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland and as pastor of Good Shepherd and Easter Hill United Methodist Churches in Richmond, CA. Trained as a mental health and substance abuse counselor, she is the founder of Spirit Weaving, a Bay Area ministry that focuses on issues of spirituality and substance abuse recovery. She also serves on the leadership team for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, a program of the UMC's Upper Room, and has taught in the summer school programs of PSR and Claremont School of Theology. Rev. Williams is the recipient of many awards, including a Women of Distinction award from Soroptimist International of the Americas, and a Black Women Achievements Against the Odds award, presented by the Richmond Museum, which houses her personal archives.
Read a tribute to Dorothy Williams at the PSR Alumni/ae and Friends Banquet.