alumni/ae profiles

Katie Cole (STH ’12, SSW ’12)

January 30th, 2013

Katie Cole (STH ’12, SSW ’12) is from North Carolina and graduated with M.Div. and M.S.W. degrees from Boston University. As a student, Katie worked for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) as an Organizer fighting for affordable health care for all. She also completed her field education at Fourth Presbyterian in South Boston. After graduating she continued to be associated with both organizations, as an Organizer with GBIO and recently accepted the position of Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at Fourth Presbyterian. Katie is featured in “On a Mission” which can be found here.

Dr. Robert P. Crosby (STH ’54)

January 1st, 2013

Dr. Robert P. Crosby (STH ’54) was profoundly impacted by T-groups with Dr. Walter Holcomb and the ministry of Dr. Howard Thurman during his time at STH. He went on to write seven books, founded the Leadership Institute of Spokane-LIOS (later in Seattle) in 1969 and created the first ever M.A. in the Applied Behavioral Sciences in 1973. At 84, he remains active and continues consulting work. In September 2012, Dr. Crosby received the 2012 School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus award.

Alex Froom (STH 2012, SSW 2012)

December 1st, 2012

Alex Froom (STH 2012, SSW 2012) is a recent alum of STH. Leaving Boston, Alex followed his passion to the southwest where he is now the Executive Director of Rez Refuge Ministries. This non-profit is devoted to building relationships and leaders in Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona by running a community center, providing youth development programs, wilderness programs, and a community garden. Learn more about what Alex and Rez Refuge Ministries are up to here: (link

Dr. Edward Powell Wimberly (STH 1968, 1971, & GRS 1976, Ph.D.)

November 1st, 2012

Dr. Edward Powell Wimberly (STH 1968, 1971, & GRS 1976, Ph.D.) is the Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. He has lectured and led workshops across the globe, while authoring numerous books. As an elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Wimberly pastored various churches in New England before moving to ITC. He is not only a scholar and author but also an advocate for social justice: serving on the board for various non-profits. He was named one of STH’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni/ae.

Dr. Romeo Laus del Rosario (STH 1981, GRS 1981, Ph.D.)

October 2nd, 2012

Dr. Romeo Laus del Rosario (STH 1981, GRS 1981, Ph.D.) is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as country director of the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia. Romy also teaches at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School and chairs the Theological Education Committee, which supervises the school and oversees the continuing theological training of pastors and church workers. He was named one of BUSTH’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni and spoke at a Panel on September 20, 2012.

Ms. Lisa Gesson (M.T.S. ’99)

September 1st, 2012

Ms. Lisa Gesson graduated with an M.T.S. from STH in 1999. She currently works as the National Program Director for Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP). YSOP teaches young people the value of service while empowering them to face issues of social justice.

Fr. Daniel Vélez Rivera (M.Div./MSW ’06)

August 1st, 2012

Fr. Daniel Vélez Rivera was a dual degree student (M.Div./MSW) and graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 2006. He planted an Episcopal Hispanic ministry in Salem, MA and that congregation merged with an English speaking congregation to become a bilingual, multicultural house of prayer for all people. He currently resides in Falls Church, VA and is serving a church in the area.