alumni/ae news


Judy Guion-Utsler (M.Div STH ’93)

By Christopher Broadwell
March 6th, 2014 in Alumni/ae News.

Judy Guion-Ulster finished her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State University in 2013, and has recently been appointed as University Chaplain at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Congratulations, Judy! Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the amazing work!

Kyle Bozentko (STH ’10)

By Christopher Broadwell
January 16th, 2014 in Alumni/ae News.

Kyle Bozentko (STH ’10) has been named Executive Director of the Jefferson Center, an organization dedicated to making democracy work for everyone, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Congratulations Kyle!

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

By Christopher Broadwell
December 5th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Mark Sumner Harvey (STH ’71, GRS ’83) is the Director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and they will be presenting its 41st Annual Christmas Concert on December 21 at Emmanuel Church,  15 Newbury Street, Boston.  This will be a blend of traditional carols in jazz arrangements and the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite.  And it benefits the Pine Street Inn.   You can check out the orchestra at

Gerald (Jerry) Anderson (STH ’55, GRS ’60)

By Christopher Broadwell
December 5th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Gerald (Jerry) Anderson (STH’55, GRS’60) met Pope Francis, gave a lecture and received
an honorary Doctor of Missiology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome on
November 14.

The degree was presented to him by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Chancellor
of the university. It was the first time an honorary degree has been given to a Protestant by
this university that was founded in 1627 and is owned by the Sacred Congregation for the
Evangelization of Peoples. Dr. Anderson, a former UM missionary in the Philippines and
president of Scarritt College in Nashville, is emeritus director of the Overseas Ministries Study
Center in New Haven, CT, and resides in Hamden, CT.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us, Jerry!

Chad Smith News

By Christopher Broadwell
December 5th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Chad Smith (STH ’08) and his wife Christi Beebe welcomed their son, Carter Christian Smith, into the world on September 29, 2013.

Thanks for sharing and many congratulations and blessings to your family!

USA Today MLK Tribute

By Christopher Broadwell
December 5th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Here is the link to the digital version of USA TODAY’s Special Edition on the life and witness of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope that you enjoy it and we are sure you will benefit greatly from the many reflections inside. You may even come across the ad for BU STH on page 32.


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Kathy Charland (MDiv., 2009)

By Christopher Broadwell
November 5th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Boston University Grad Endorsed for Missionary Service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kathy Charland, a Boston University School of Theology graduate (Master of Divinity, 2009), has been endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve as a missionary in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Kathy resides in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Working with IM partner, the Baptist Community of Congo, Kathy will work at the Mitendi Center in Kinshasa which provides training in job and life skills to women at risk. Jill Lowery, current IM missionary, has been serving at the Mitendi Center since it opened its doors in 1999, and will serve as Kathy’s mentor as she becomes accustomed to the new environment.

Kathy currently serves as Associate Minister at Progressive Community Baptist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is also a teacher at a private Christian school and the registrar and an instructor for the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) School of Ministry.

When asked why she feels called to this ministry, Kathy responded, “When I traveled to Zambia [and worked with IM missionaries, Charles and Sarah West] in 2007, I was struck by the vast disparity between those in the world who live comfortably and those who do not. I wondered how best to assist people like those I met there. My experiences in Zambia were never far from my mind.”

The regional Executive Minister of TABCOM, the Rev. Dr. Tony Pappas, is in full support of Kathy’s endorsement. “We have long known that Kathy’s heart was to serve the Lord and we are thrilled that such a significant opportunity is opening up for Kathy to do just that.  Our prayers and blessings go with her!”

As an endorsed missionary, Kathy will be working in the months ahead to build her Mission Partnership Network.  She will be inviting individuals, groups and churches to partner with her by committing to share the spiritual, relational and financial support needed to begin her ministry in the DRC.

Please join IM in celebrating this new endorsement and praying for Kathy as she invites others to join her in ministry. You may send words of encouragement and communicate directly with Kathy at Emails may be sent directly to Kathy at

Micah and Jocelyn in Peru!

By Christopher Broadwell
October 18th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

Here’s a link to a recent newsletter from Notre Dame Mission Volunteers that contains an update from our alumni and friends, Micah and Jocelyn. They are currently serving in Peru, teaching English at two different high schools and serving in the local mission. What an exciting journey they are taking.

Micah and Jocelyn in NDMV

Service in Celebration and Remembrance of Max Miller

By Jaclyn K Jones
August 27th, 2013 in Alumni/ae Events, Alumni/ae News.

Information about Service on September 8, 2013 at 3pm at Marsh Chapel

Please collect remembrances at:

Rev. Brenda Payne (CAS ’73, SON ’74, STH ’86, STH ’13)

By emm13
August 6th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News.

26 years later, former pastor comes full circle

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The Rev. Brenda Payne, second from left, is shown with her family, son Justyn, husband Jerryl, daughter Bryanna and son Jeremyah at her graduation ceremony recently at Boston University.

By Kim Kyle Morgan

June 14, 2013

The Rev. Brenda Payne was on a mission. After 26 years, the former pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church in Houston had returned to Boston University’s School of Theology to finish her Master of Divinity degree.

It was tough, she said. She experienced extremes, from health problems to snowstorms, and felt Boston’s pain after the marathon bombings.

“I had some very harrowing experiences, but God had put me there,” Payne said. “With his grace and my perseverance, I made it through.”

That she did, and on the dean’s list, too.

Read the full article  here.