Alumni/ae Notes


Dean Echols (MDiv 1952) has retired from active ministry after 60 years of faithful service. He enjoys volunteering as the visitation minister at Harbor Christian Church.


Roger Ridgway (MDiv 1965) and Jonnie Vance moved to Mount Vernon, WA in 2003 after retiring from St. John’s UCC in San Francisco, where he served for 15 years. He now coordinates facilitation services and training for mediation at Skagit County’s Dispute Resolution Center.


Michael Bausch (MDiv 1974) has been installed as the pastor of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque, IA.

Louis Clark (MDiv 1971) has worked for the Government Accountability Project since 1999. He is now the president of the organization, which supports whistle-blowers and encourages accountability in government.

Joan Deming (MDiv 1976) has just started a job as the director of development for the international group Pilgrims of Ibillin, which supports Jewish, Muslim, and Christian dialogue in the Middle East. (Ibillin is a village in Galilee.)

John Norris (MDiv 1974) began a two-year term with Loomis Basin Congregational UCC in Loomis, CA on January 20.


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Julia Hollister (MDiv 1989) continues to serve the First Congregational Church of Sheboygan, WI.

Delos “Bud” Humphrey Jr. (DMin 1983), last fall was chosen to receive the inaugural Justice and Peace Award presented by the Ugnayan Migrant and Immigrant Center, a non-profit organization promoting and safeguarding migrants’ rights and welfare in Taiwan. The Maryknoll priest has served on and off in Taiwan for more than half a century.

Gayle Madison (MDiv 1980) is recovering from surgery and looks forward to resuming her work as a pastoral counselor at the Lloyd Center at SFTS.

Karen Oliveto (MDiv 1983) has been called to serve Glide Memorial United Methodist Church after serving since 2004 as associate dean at PSR.

Allyson Platt (MDiv 1987) has started a MySpace page, in part to communicate with her daughter Ari who is serving in Iraq. The page is

Jeffrey Spencer (MDiv 1987) is pleased to announce the release of his new adult Sunday School curriculum on the death penalty. See more at


Katrina Browne (MA 1997) has spent the last decade working on the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which confronts the story of her DeWolf family ancestors, who were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

Chris Causey (MDiv 1998) has returned to graduate school, seeking an MA in systems counseling at the Leadership Institute of Seattle.

James Ford (MDiv 1991, MA 1992) is currently the senior minister at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, MA. He also has been active in Zen for the last 40 years and a Zen teacher for the last 10 years.

Sally Hindman (MDiv 1991) is teaching a class at Starr King through CARE on “Liberation Art: Saints and Prophets in the World.”

Helen Mathias (MA 1998) is part of a national effort to bring innovative Bible Study to Christian Scientists and others. The process is a shared effort by Eden Seminary, Boston University, and Graduate Theological Union. Her specialty is the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary.

Phillip Persson (CTS 1990) calls himself a “one-church wonder” because he came to Chico UCC 12 years ago and stayed there. He retired last year and is interested in the question, “what next”.

Judith Rinehart-Nelson (MDiv 1997) was installed as director of spiritual care and bereavement for XL Hospice in Fallon, NV in February 2008.

Paul V. Snyder (MDiv 1990) is director of the Minnesota Youth Community Learning (MYCL) Initiative at the Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota.

Pamela Tinnin (MDiv 1996) will participate in the Summer Collegium at Virginia Theological Seminary in July. Ecclesia Ministries recently awarded her congregation, Guerneville Community Church, a major grant for its street ministry.


Faatauvaa Alaelua (MABL 2006) is currently an Old Testament lecturer at the Kanana Fou Theological Seminary in American Samoa. He is working with the president and others in developing the school’s arts and media ministry.

Brenda Brown (MDiv 2003) is serving as interim pastor for Zion Lutheran in Medford, OR.

Robyn Herr (MDiv 2005) is currently working at the Partnership for the Public's Health on the Healthy Eating, Active Communities initiative, which was created to reduce childhood obesity in California.

Johari Jabir (MDiv/MA 2005) has completed his PhD and is now an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in the African American Studies Department.

Linda Jaramillo (MDiv 2006 and current trustee) was arrested at the White House while waiting for a meeting to deliver thousands of names on a petition to end the Iraq War.

Alison Lane-Olsen (MDiv 2004) and Adam Lane-Olsen (MA 2005) are the proud parents of Monroe Francis Lane-Olsen, born December 23, 2007. They live in Nashotah, WI.

Rebecca Littlejohn (MDiv 2001) has been selected to receive one of 132 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grants. She and her husband Todd Lesh (MA 1999) will spend three weeks in Florence, Italy. Afterwards, Rebecca will spend three weeks at the Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat near Fort Mitchell, AL for rest, creative work, and spiritual direction.

Sharon MacArthur (MDiv 2001 and current trustee) completed her two-year term as chair of the UCC executive council at the General Synod XXVI.

Dr. Kayvan Navai (MDiv 2006) is on a sabbatical working with JABOD, an organization in Jamaica dedicated to affordable housing.

Stephen Okumu (DMin 2006) returned to Kenya for one month in the midst of the violence that took place in his home town of Eldoret. The Seattle Archdiocese covered the trip; see

Carolyn Patierno (MDiv 2001) continues to serve All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London, CT, which has grown by 100 members since her pastorate began.

Cynthia Riggin (MDiv 2007) has received a call from Northshore UCC in Woodinville, Washington. She and her spouse Celeste Douville moved to the area in November.

Jennette Rude (MDiv 2005) was ordained and installed as associate pastor to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL in November 2007.

Roland Stringfellow (MDiv 2006) is teaching special education and coaching football in middle school in Fort Wayne, IN.

Brenda Vaca (MDiv 2006) has been appointed to do Latino Ministries in San Francisco and is planting a new church, Nueva Vida, in the Mission district. She can be reached at 415/573-8529 or revbrenda[at]nuevavidasf[dot]com. She asks for prayers as she gets the church off the ground.