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Graduates

JESSA WARNER (2011) recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity in 2014. In her final year at seminary, she had an internship at the Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter and felt a call to work with people on the margins of society. She has accepted a position as a medical case manager with VOA where she is a case manager for people who have HIV/AIDS. While in seminary, Jessa joined Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty where she had a meaningful internship. Through her church, she is active in an ecumenical social justice organization called CLOUT, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together.

JEFF WHEELER (2004) upon graduating initially moved to Pittsburgh, PA with other Hope College Religion Department graduates both to pursue musical endeavors and serve as something of a scout for a number of Hope College graduates' plans to relocate to the city to work on community-oriented projects (this group later founded a cooperatively owned coffee shop Beleza in Pittsburgh's Central North Side). While considered as a top candidate for a job at the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, he found the need for additional education and certification and the next year enrolled in a library science program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Shortly after graduation he was offered a job in the Free Library of Philadelphia as a music librarian, a post he held for four years until his promotion to library supervisor of a small neighborhood library branch in southwest Philadelphia. He is currently investigating doctorate programs in comparative labor and working-class history with the hopes to return to the academy and further his insatiable love of learning and research

STEVEN HAACK (2006) is currently a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Steve is a NROTC Instructor in Military Studies at Miami University of Ohio and is considering pursuit of a Master of Divinity in the near future.

JENNIFER SOULE-HILL (2003) continued to work with Lynn Japinga on an oral history project on the lives of women leaders of the RCA about their experience of family, faith, and feminism. She then did a year of mission service with the PC(USA) along the US-Mexico Borderlands in Tucson, Arizona. While there she worked as a pastoral intern at Southside Presbyterian Church and helped found the bi-national humanitarian aid movement No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes. Following graduation from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2007, Jenn was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament and served as an interfaith-based community organizer for immigrants' rights in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, Jenn and her husband Nathan accepted a call to serve as Co-Pastors of Family of Christ Presbyterian Church in Greeley, Colorado, where they currently reside with their toddler son Desmond.

JOSHUA VIS (1999) completed a Master of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary and then his Mater of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago, where he concentrated in Old Testament and Hebrew. Joshcompleted his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Duke University in December of 2012 while teaching at Universidade Metodista de São Paulo in Brazil. His dissertation focused on blood as a ritual cleanser of persons and sanctuary objects in the sacrificial system of Israel (Leviticus 4–5, 16) and also in the sacrificial offering of Jesus (especially as articulated in the Letter to the Hebrews).

ASHLEY CARTER YOUNGBLOOD currently resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts as a double major in Religion and Philosophy, with a minor in Asian Studies, and is working to complete her Masters of Social Work program through Boston University's online accredited program. Ashley currently works as a substance abuse counselor and has found that her education at Hope, particularly within the Religion Department, has provided her with the ability to better empathize with clients and understand the importance of spiritual development and strength in order to improve personal well-being. She believes that she would not have the spiritual strength or ability to assist others with their spiritual journeys without the education and experiences that Hope College and the Religion Department provided for her.

GRACE CLAUS and her husband, DAN CLAUS (2010), are Interim Chaplains with the Hope College Campus Ministries team this year. As Hope graduates, they are eager to live as disciples alongside you and to join you as you process your own sense of God's claim on your life. Dan is also finishing up his Master’s Degree at Western Theological Seminary.

KARA (VanOORDT) LEPLEY (2013) is attending Western Theological Seminary. She will be pursuing both her M.Div and M.S.W. degrees and hopes to graduate in 2017 with both degrees!! She is also a youth director at 14th Street CRC.

PETER FOLKERT (2010) accepted a position at HOPE COLLEGE with the Advancement Services Department as their gift processor/data management specialist.

JESSICA KOZACK (2013) is pursuing a Master’s in Religious Studies with a concentration in Marian Studies at the University of Dayton. She is also considering obtaining a PhD and eventually becoming a college professor.

NICOLE BRACE (2007) is camp cook at Fowler Camp and Retreat Center in Speculator, New York, in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. She is an instructor with Hope's May Term taught by Religion Department, Steve Bouma-Prediger.

MAGDALENE (Maggie) VASQUEZ (2000) earned an MA in writing from the University of Chicago, lived in Washington, DC for 8 years, and now (2013) lives with her husband in Santa Monica, CA.

MATTHEW SIMON is a marriage and family therapist in North Carolina.

JACK MULDER (1998) obtained his PhD in Philosophy at Purdue University and teaches in the Philosophy Department at Hope College.

KATHRYN DAVIS (2005) is a Chemistry Professor at Manchester College.

KATIE BAKER (2008) is Minister for Young Adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church (since 2012) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Katie has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (2011). She serves as the Minister for Young Adults, developing and providing leadership for ministries to young adults as well as resourcing additional activities and ministerial development for the congregational life of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Having enjoyed continuing education at Western Theological Seminary in worship and New Brunswick Theological Seminary in denominational polity, Katie is ordained in the Reformed Church in America and has ministered in various capacities such as coordinating family ministries for church congregations, developing advancement and marketing for non-profits, and lending oversight and clerical leadership for clinical programs. Her passions include the adoptive faith, historical Christianity, and the Missional Church.

BRETT BEBBER (2000) is Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University. Brett holds his MA in Modern European History (2004) and PhD in Modern Britain and European History (2008) - both degrees from the University of Arizona. Brett is an expert on the relationship among professional sport, leisure, and society in Britain; his book on the subject is Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict, 1968-1998.

TANYA BEDKER MAAT (2010) is currently a Care Provider in the Child and Adolescent Unit at Pine Rest. After graduating from Hope Tanya was Director of Youth Ministries at Forest Grove Reformed Church.

NOAH HAIDUC-DALE (1999) is an Assistant Professor of History at Centenary College. Noah holds a PhD (2009) from New York University in Middle East and Islamic Studies, an MA from the University of Arizona (2003) in Near Eastern Studies, and an MA in English Language and Literature (2001) from Central Michigan University.

KRISTEN JOHNSON (2010) has been appointed athletic coach (volleyball, swimming, and soccer) and Religion Instructor (World Religions, Bible) at the Westtown School in Westchester, PA. Kristen recently completed her Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary (2013). Read about her school and coaching appointment at http://www.westtown.edu/news/detail.aspx? linkid=3052&moduleid=265 and at http://westtown.edu/index.aspx.

GEORGE KLUPCHAK (2008) is a social studies teacher and athletic coah at Noble Street Charter High School in Chicago. George holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame.

EMILY ZEIG LINDSEY (2004) is Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Emily has a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary (2008).

ERICA PUNTEL (2000) is in her 8th year with CNN in Atlanta; she is currently a Manager in PR for CNN Digital; Erica also has a MA in History from Ohio State University.

KRISTIN RALEY (2008) is Chaplain Resident at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Rainbow Hospice in Chicago; Kristin holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.

EMILY SCATTERDAY (2009) is in her fourth year with the Young Life staff in the Dominican Republic.

JEFF SKAFF (2010) completed his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Spring 2013. He is now in a PhD program in systematic theology at PTS; Jeff is also the recent winner of the Lilly Fellows Program Award.

SHEA TUTTLE (2006) is Project Manager for "The Project on Lived Theology" under Charles Marsh in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology (2009). As a mother of two very young children, Shea writes a blog at mamasomehow.wordpress.com.

SUSANNA WAGAR (2006) is now attending law school at the University of North Carolina; she completed a Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School in Spring 2012.

AMANDA (Vaalburg) EVINGER (2001) received dual major in Spanish and Religion. After volunteering for a few years with Mother Teresa's Sisters and discerning with the Community of St. John, she married Michael Evinger. They now live in rural North Dakota next to St. Clement's Oratory with their two beautiful children, Mariam and Matthias. Amanda is a very happy stay-at-home mom who works part-time from home as Senior Writer for Catholic Stewardship
Consultants. She and her husband own M & M Carpentry, are independent
Distributors for the Shaklee Foundation, and enjoy gardening, helping
out at church, and most of all, being dedicated parents.

Brandon Smith (2009 grad): Since graduating from Hope in ’09 with a religion major, I’ve been stuck in Holland – a really good thing! I’ve had the joyful privilege of studying four years at Western Theological Seminary, along with my wife, Stephanie. We graduated in May from Western and by June were making vows to serve as co-pastors at First Reformed Church, Holland, MI, as Associate Pastors of Young Adults and Young Families. I am deeply grateful to the faculty and staff of Hope College’s Religion Department for starting the journey.