Alumni/ae Notes

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1960s

Ann Drake (MDiv 1964) had a monthlong art exhibit of her paintings at the Faulkner County Library in Conway, AR, where she has retired. “To express oneself in visual form you must do it over and over again until you develop your way. You are always developing and learning each time you do something, even a doodle,” she said in a press release at the time of the show. In 2004 her home burned to the ground, and she lost everything, including her paintings. The paintings on exhibit are ones that were in the possession of others at the time.

1970s

Charlie Ensley (MDiv 1973) has begun his 35th year in parish ministry. He currently serves the Bay Shore United Church of Christ in Long Beach, CA.

Rev. Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe (MDiv, MA 1973) has been called as the new senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefi eld, CT. The church was established in 1713, and in 295 years has had just 20 ministers. Dr. Hambrick-Stowe is the author or editor of 8 books and has published numerous articles in the fi elds of church history, Christian faith, and American religious experience.

1980s

Maria Hoaglund, who attended PSR in the early 1980s, has published a book based on her 12 years in hospice ministry. The Last Adventure of Life was published under the pen name Maria Dancing Heart.

Roberta Sears Romiger (MDiv 1982) was named general secretary of the United Reformed Church of England in July. She is the fi rst woman ever appointed to this position.

Anne Dilenschneider (MDiv 1987) is director of Caminar-Eucalyptus House, a residential program in San Mateo County that helps people with psychiatric disabilities live independently.

Toshi Yamamoto (MDiv 1987) has taken a position as a professor and a chaplain at Kwansei Gakuin University, a Methodist-related university in Kobe. He spent the last 15 years working for NCC Japan, the fi rst 10 of which he was in charge of international affairs and the last 5 as general secretary.

1990s

Jurgen Schwing (MA1993), an ordained UCC minister, recently published a chapter on ”Spiritual Guidance at the End of Life” in Sharing Sacred Stories: Current Approaches in Spiritual Direction and Guidance ,edited by Robert Frager (Crossroad, 2007). Schwing presented the chapter at the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in New Delhi, India.

Helen Masek (MA 1995) drove across the country for eight weeks this summer with her husband. She attended the “Collection 2008” of the Guild of American Paper Cutters in Lancaster, PA and presented two workshops for people from 18 churches in southwest and central Pennsylvania.

Floyd Bland (DMin 1999) has written a book, The Christian Heritage. Through the years, he has served as pastor, teacher, evangelist, and administrator, helping to equip others for ministry. He currently serves as a prison chaplain in Crestview, FL.

Kimberly Brown Montenegro (MDiv 2008) has been called to be the pastor at the North Sacramento United Methodist Church in Sacramento, CA.

2000s

James Latimer (MDiv 2002) has accepted a call to be the transition minister for a three-year period at the Community United Church of Christ in Reading, PA.

Wakoh Shannon Hickey (MDiv 2003) successfully defended her dissertation in May and is starting a teaching position at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. There was a celebration of her accomplishments on the PSR campus August 3.

Tevita “Fili” Vaikona (MDiv 2003) has accepted a call to be pastor at First United Methodist Church in Red Bluff, CA.

Jen Rude (MDiv 2005) has received the “30 Under 30” award from the Windy City Times in Chicago, acknowledging her as a mover and a shaker in the LGBT community. She serves at associate pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lakeview and on the youth outreach team at the Night Ministry, working with queer youth and those who are experiencing homelessness.

Matthew Seeds (MDiv 2008) has accepted a call to be the pastor of Zion United Church of Christ in York, PA. He was ordained at Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ in Allentown, PA (his home church).

Sara Steen (MDiv 2006) has been appointed director of outdoor ministries for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. She said of her new task, “I am committed to fi nding creative solutions that continue to allow youth and adults to encounter God out-of-doors in safe and nurturing environments.”

Kacey Alexander (MDiv 2007) was ordained in the Disciples of Christ Church June 7 at the PSR campus. There also was an ordination dedication and reception at First Christian Church in Albany, OR on June 22.

Rachel Ciupek-Reed (MDiv 2007) has accepted a call to be senior pastor at the Mount Hollywood Congregational Church (founded in 1905) in Los Angeles.

Niccole Coggins (MA 2007) began her PhD studies in history at UC Santa Barbara this fall. She will be building on the work of her master’s thesis at PSR, which examined the historic and current relationship between the United Church of Christ and native Hawaiians.

Andrew Metcalfe (MDiv 2008) was ordained May 4 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. He received a call to Kenwood Community Church.