Pacific School of Religion is delighted to welcome Terry Yasuko Ogawa (MDiv ’13) as our new Associate Advancement Director. Terry will focus on building relationships with alumni/ae and congregations and managing the annual fund.
Terry brings to her role at PSR experience and passion for the ministry of the church as well as extensive experience building ecumenical relationships. Most recently, Terry served as Chaplain and Community Liaison at The Institute for Human Services (IHS), the largest comprehensive homelessness services agency in Hawaiʻi, where she built the foundation for an interfaith chaplaincy program. This position drew on Terry’s gifts in networking, administration, relationship building, and resource development. As part of her work at IHS, Terry established the Hawaiʻi Faith-Based Summit on Homelessness and orchestrated, in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, an exhibition of photographs by clients to reflect their first year transitioning out of homelessness. The exhibit was held at Honolulu Hale (City Hall).
While a student at Pacific School of Religion, Terry researched the legacy of missionary heritage of the UCC in Hawai‘i, its implication for the UCC’s relationship with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) churches, and theologies of reconciliation. Terry’s experience extends to significant work in areas of economic, social, environmental, and gender justice work that has been international in scope.
“I am confident that Terry will bring the same level of commitment, leadership, and creativity that she has demonstrated throughout her career to the Associate Advancement Director position,” said Wanda Scott, Chief Advancement Officer of PSR. “Her experience in ministry and administration within the church, her passion for PSR and social justice issues, and her nonprofit experience make Terry an ideal candidate for the position. We are delighted to welcome Terry back to campus to bring her gifts and talents to the Office of Institutional Advancement and the broader PSR community.”
Terry holds her Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Asian and Oceanic Culture and Faith Traditions from Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Science in National Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston. She is approved for ordination by the Oʻahu Association of the Hawaiʻi Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Terry begins her work at PSR on Monday, November 14.