Cory Bradford-Watts (MDiv ’18) and Rachael Madjerac (MDiv ’18) were ordained in July by the Swedenborgian Church of North America. Cory serves as the minister of SwedenborgianCommunity.org and will also start as the minister of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kitchener, Ontario in January 2019.
Tom Emanuel (MDiv ’18) was installed as the new Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) of Watertown, SD in June 2018. He was called to UCC Watertown in large part to lead the congregation—located in a small, dominantly conservative town in rural South Dakota—toward becoming publicly “Open & Affirming” of LGBTQ+ folk. Tom was ordained in August 2018.
Rev. Adam Dyer (MDiv ’17) focuses his ministry on “a passion for the physical body as a theological and cultural expression of spirituality.” His path to seminary was paved with musicals: A graduate of Princeton University, Adam appeared in the original Broadway companies of Ragtime, The Musical (1998) and Martin Guerre (1999). Adam is the author of Love Beyond God (Skinner House, 2016), a collection of poetry and reflections focused on black identity and liberal religion. Rev. Dyer’s blog, spirituwellness.org, explores the relationship between bodies, faith, and politics and has been featured in UU World Magazine. He has also worked with PolicyLink, the PICO Networks and the UU Justice Ministry of California advocating for racial, economic, and health equity as well as LGBTQ inclusion. Rev. Dyer was recently installed as the Lead Minister at First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist in Massachusetts. The parish can trace its roots to the early 17th century.
In June, Nikira Hernandez Evans (MDiv ’15) was installed as Associate Pastor of Plymouth Church in Des Moines where she moved with her wife Marissa Hernandez Evans (MAST ’17). Nikira was ordained by the UCC in May. In August, she led a group from Plymouth in a Faithful Witness trip to the US-Mexico border in collaboration with the Southwest UCC Conference.
Angela Brown (MDiv ’14) was assigned by UMC Bishop Minerva Carcaño in June 2018 to serve as minister of Community Engagement, Advocacy and Justice for the Bay District, coordinating the Social Justice programming for the 10 UMCs located in San Francisco. Her office is located in the Waller Retreat Center.
Matthew Pearson (MDiv ’12) was appointed to Elk Grove United Methodist Church in July following four years of service at Sonoma United Methodist Church.
Eric Atcheson’s (MDiv ‘11) first book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready, will be published in September by Church Publishing.
Rev. Claire Bohman (MDiv ’14) came to PSR with a background in community mental health as well as faith-based community organizing in the South and Eastern sides of San Francisco. For her Field Education Internship at PSR, Claire served with Sojourn’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy program at the San Francisco General Hospital. It was during this internship that she fell in love with service at the city’s only public hospital and Level 1 trauma center. In 2015, Claire became Program Director for Sojourn Chaplaincy. For over 35 years, Sojourn Chaplaincy has been providing multi-faith spiritual and emotional support to the most marginalized members of our community. Learn more about Sojourn Chaplaincy: sojournchaplaincy.org.
Rachel Cosca (MDiv ’15) and Rev. Sara Warfield (MDiv ’15) Sara was ordained an Episcopal priest in December 2017 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, while Rachel was ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ on February 24, 2018 at Plymouth UCC in Oakland. Sara and Rachel met when they both arrived at PSR for new student orientation and fell in love over many study sessions in the GTU library and theological conversations on Arch roof. They were married in May 2018 by the Rev. Joellynn Monahan, another PSR grad and the admissions representative who literally brought them together.
Mariah Callison (MDiv ’14) recently began serving as a Staff Chaplain at the John Muir Medical Center in Concord, California.
Carol Cissel (MDiv ’13) will be joining UUFCC (the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Center County) in State College, PA as their settled minister. Carol will move to Pennsylvania in July and will begin ministering on August 1.
Gwynn Fuqua (MDiv ’14) was ordained in the Christian Church of Northern California – Nevada (Disciples of Christ) on November 14, 2015. Since January 1, 2016, she has been serving as Associate Pastor of First Christian Church of Alameda (Disciples of Christ).
Pepper Swanson (MDiv ’14) will be ordained on Saturday, March 19th at Eden United Church of Christ in Eden’s historic Pioneer Chapel. Pepper has been called to be Eden’s Designated Term Associate Minister.
Brian Adkins (MDiv ’14) is the Pastor at Open Door UMC in Richmond, CA.
Tracy Barnowe (MDiv ’11, MA ’12) is the settled minister at First Congregational Church of San Rafael, UCC, and is a church growth consultant and teacher.
Since 2013, Jonathan Dodson (MDiv ’11) has been the Head of Spiritual Care and Hospice Chaplain at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, OH. He and his wife, Jeannette Brodersen (MDiv ’09), welcomed their first child, a daughter, in November of 2015.
Andrew Greenhaw (MDiv ’12) is the pastor at St. Paul’s UCC in New Orleans, a new and renewing church.
Vathanak Heang (MDiv ’14) is a pastor at Santa Clara UMC in Santa Clara, CA. He writes, “I love feeding people spiritually. The ministry is very exciting, especially working with people from different ethnic groups.” Recently, Vathanak started a Cambodian language ministry at Santa Clara UMC.
Diane Johnson (MDiv ’14) has been approved for ordination in the Bay Association of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. She is currently on the Bay Association Council and joined the NCNC Council after Annual Gathering. Diane is in continued discernment for a sponsoring organization to issue a letter of call in Public and Community Ministry and hopes to be ordained by the end of 2015. Diane continues to work with national not-for-profits and is excited about continuing to serve as a New Beginnings Assessor, working with congregations to define their future visions. This fall, Diane will begin working with the Center for Progressive Renewal, serving as a coach and consultant to congregations engaged in leadership and capacity building.
Emily Labrecque (MDiv ’14) recently started as the Interim Director of The Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.
Leslie Leasure (MDiv ’14) will be ordained on October 24th, 2015, at Plymouth UCC in Oakland. Leslie is the Program Manager for the Ignite Institute @ PSR (formerly the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation), and curates Into the Wilderness (itwcommunity.org).
John Alex Lowell (MDiv ’10) is currently involved in an Accessibility Ministry helping people and houses of worship improve spiritual, attitudinal and architectural accessibility to people with disabilities and disabling health conditions from age.
James Merriam (MDiv ’15) is a restaurant manager developing the “sacrament of brunch.” He is also doing extensive pulpit supply.
Joseph Nutini (CSSC ’15) has published his new book, Loving Beyond Reason: A Guide Through Spirit, Love, and Transformation. Through his writing, Joseph channels a message of hope and inspiration for everyone working to make the world a better place while improving their own lives.
Meighan Pritchard (MDiv ’10) was ordained in the Fall of 2014, and serves as the half-time pastor at Prospect UCC in Seattle. She has been serving for the past two years as the UCC Minister for Environmental Justice and is easing out of that role, but will continue to lead environmental justice workshops for the UCC all over the country.
Bonnie Rambob (MDiv ’15) was ordained into ministry in the United Church of Christ at the Congregational Church of San Mateo on August 15, 2015. Bonnie begins her tenure as a professional minister serving the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM) as Transitional Minister of Intergenerational Education. Bonnie has a passion for creating spaces where people of many generations seek and find meaning in their individual spiritual journeys as well as in the communal Christian faith journey. One of her favorite faith formation programs is a multi-faith program called Peace Village.