Welcome to the Office
of Alumni Relations:

Your lasting connection to SFTS

Welcome to the Office
of Alumni Relations:

Your lasting connection to SFTS

The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to supporting the wonderfully diverse community of the alumni/ae of the San Francisco Theological Seminary as you serve in transformational ministries of justice, peace, and healing. We are creating programs and collaborations that promote student and alumni connection and mentorship, offering personal and professional resources for success, and fostering life long commitments to each other and to the seminary.


Here’s a sampling of what we have planned:

  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Community cohorts to encourage support and success in parish ministry
  • Regional alumni networking events
  • Affinity groups
  • Alumni-Admissions Liaison Volunteer program
  • Create engagement between alumni and each other, and with SFTS

415.451.2826 office

Above all, we want to hear from you!

Please feel free to call, write, or drop by anytime. We look forward to learning how we can serve you!


Marissa J. Miller

Associate Director of Alumni & Community Relations


History of the Alumni Council

To support the SFTS mission, the very first SFTS Alumni Council was formed in 1881. The commission of the early SFTS Alumni Council was to come together “in order to continue the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, and in support of the mission of SFTS to educate students in spiritual formation, critical theological reflection, and the skills and arts of ministry.”

The current SFTS Alumni Council is an energetic organization committed to engaging our alumni in life-long learning, faithfulness, fellowship and community. The council is planning a range of events and local chapters in your area in order that we can continue to support each other and SFTS in our shared mission and vision.


The San Francisco Theological Seminary Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is a group of dedicated alums whose purpose is to further relations between alumni, the Seminary, and the greater Church. The Alumni Council always loves to hear from fellow alumni!

The Council is available to discuss your ideas, questions, and suggestions for the life of the Seminary and the alumni community. The Council enjoys the chance to correspond with you and listen closely to your hopes and concerns for SFTS.



Kikanza Nuri-Robins (MDiv 1999, DASD 1999), 
Los Angeles, CA

Vice President

David Dobler (MDiv 1980), 
Anchorage, AK

Class of 2017

Jefferson Beeker (MDiv 2012)
, Studio City, CA
Lora East (MDiv 2016, GTU MA 2017, DASD 2017), The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Harvey (MDiv 1991)
, Omaha, NE
Yung Me Morris (MDiv 2014), 
Pleasant Hill, CA
Linda Powers, Napa, CA

Class of 2018

Tom Coop (MDiv 1997), San Jose, CA Janet DeWater (MDiv 1987), Redmond, WA Joseph Kang
 (Doctor of the Science of Theology 1981), Pasadena, CA Kikanza Nuri-Robins (MDiv 1999, DASD 1999), 
Beverly Hills, CA David Dobler (Master of Arts 1980), 
Juneau, AK

Class of 2019

Beth Hessel, Elkins Park, PA William N. Johnson (MDiv 1961, MA Theology 1965, DMin 1975), Palm Desert, CA Scott Schaefer (MDiv 1987), 
Sequim, WA Brenda Threatt, Pasadena, CA Lyn Webber, Asheville, NC

Special Advisor – Special Projects

John Harris (MDiv 1971), Santa Barbara, CA

Special Advisor – Alumni Mosaic

Herb Valentine (BDiv 1960), 
Perryville, MD

Let's have a conversation

You, our alumni/ae, are essential members of the SFTS community and we love to hear from you! Where are you now? How has your seminary education served you? Have an update for our database? Questions about an event? 
Let's connect!

- Marissa Miller, Director of Alumni Relations