Class Notes... CTS Alumni/ae Leaders

Posted: April 14th, 2014

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Rev. Danielle Neff (MDiv 2008), was recently featured in this UCC article.

Aram Mitchell (MARL 2013), through the work and discernment of Pastor Eileen Gebbie (MDiv 2012) and the Claremont United Church of Christ Staff/Parish Relations Committee, has been hired as the inaugural Congregational Minister for Children at Claremont United Church of Christ.

Rob Leveridge (MDiv 2007) published a new album and songbook of original rock-oriented worship music for communities passionate about justice, peace and radical welcome. The album, titled Dancing On The Mountain, features 13 songs with lyrics shaped by the teachings and example of Christ and articulate the language of progressive Christianity. Since this release Rob’s songs are being sung in churches around the country. Read the full story, here.

Rev. Margaret Vredeveld (MDiv 1993) has recently published a collections of meditations, Soothe Your Soul: Meditations to Help You through Life’s Painful Moments. Rev. Vredeveld was ordained as a UCC minister 20 years ago on December 5, 1993 and served Clare Congregational Church in Clare MI for 14 years. Her daughter, Sheri Joy, was a musician at the church. The book is dedicated to her memory and is available on,, and

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III (DMin 2012) Rev. Moss, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Christian Activist and Cultural Critic, recently rented 3 theaters in Chicago and 700 people from the church went to see the film, "12 Years a Slave," a powerful film all faith communities should watch and discuss. Rev. Moss shared his Discussion/Study Guide with all of us at Huffington Post Religion.

Dr. E.L. Kornegay Jr. (PhD 2013) founder and director of the Baldwin~Delaney Institute, and a CTS Adjunct Professor, has written, A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's Blues Poetics and Gospel Prose (Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice) which will be available on Amazon December 11, 2013.

Rev. Lisa N. Seiwert (MDiv STM 2012)
The newly Reverend Lisa Seiwert celebrated her ordination and installation on October 24 in the CTS Chapel.  This milestone establishes what the United Church of Christ calls a “four-way covenant” between Lisa, her calling body (CTS), the Grand West Association in Michigan, and First (Park) Congregational UCC in Grand Rapids where she is a member.  As one of the UCC settings in this covenant, CTS hosted the service, Rev. Todd Petty, pastor from First (Park) and representative for the Grand West Association, preached and conducted the rite of ordination and installation. Members of the CTS community joined in this special celebration.

Rev. Craig B. Mousin (MDiv 1987) We hear from many alumni/ae about the important role Chicago Theological Seminary played in their formation and call to ministry, yet it's not often we are able to share their story so beautifully. Rev. Mousin, University Ombudsperson, DePaul University, and CTS Life Trustee, created a video about his journey. We are happy to share that video with you here.

Dr. EL Kornegay Jr (PhD 2013) will be "bringing the word" at First Church of the Brethren Chicago on Sunday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. (Which happens to be Higher Education Sunday!)

Cindi Knox (MDiv 2013) participated in a panel discussion on "LGBTQ and Religion" at Aurora University on October 22.

Susan Soric (MDiv 2012) and Cindi Knox (MDiv 2013) helped lead two "energizers" at the combined UCC Chicago Metropolitan Association / Fox Valley Association meeting: one on living into Open and Affirming after adopting the OnA statement, and one on bullying of LGBTAQISO youth. Classmate Alli Baker (MDiv 2013) helped in the development of the programs.

Susan Soric (MDiv 2012) & Claire Purkis, Cindi Knox (MDiv 2013) and Mary Dycus are having a double wedding in November at Journey UCC in Coralville, IA.

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