|New board members include professors, chaplains, communication executives
San Francisco Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the Board of Trustees (effective February 2012) and six new members (effective October 2012) to the 37-member board.
“SFTS welcomes this stellar group of men and women who are committed and passionate about sharing their expertise to help guide and support our 141-year old institution,” stated Rev. Dr. James McDonald, president of SFTS. “I am pleased that our board is a wonderful blend of religious, gender, ethnic, and economic diversity. Their leadership is key in helping SFTS continue to achieve its mission of being one of the nation’s premiere theological seminaries.”
Adlai J. Amor is director of communications for Bread for the World, the Washington, D.C. faith-based nonprofit that urges the nation’s legislators to end hunger at home and abroad. Amor has extensive experience in the field of communications and is a member of the National Press Club, American Marketing Association, Online News Association and Asian-American Journalists Association. He’s on the board of directors of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and is a ruling elder at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. As a member of the SFTS board, Amor will serve on the student recruitment and development committees.
Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffmann is on the board’s development committee. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. He was also president of the Military Chaplains Association and national chaplain for the Military Officers Association of America. He’s been a supply pastor and parish associate for PC(USA) churches and lives in the San Diego area.
John W. Hokenstad has been added to the SFTS budget and investment committee. A resident of Greenbrae, Calif., Hokenstad is very active in the Presbytery of the Redwoods and chairs the personnel committee. He’s also a member of the presbytery council and is former chair of the Mission Vision Study Team. At his home church, Sausalito Presbyterian Church, Hokenstad is chair of the finance committee and also chaired the pastor nominating committee.
Joseph Woollett has joined the SFTS board facilities committee and the student recruitment and development committee. As sole principal of Woollett Architecture, he oversees construction projects for the Chinese Baptist Church in Irvine, Calif., providing housing for low-income elderly and disabled people, and the development and utilization of renewable energy for buildings. Woollett is a ruling elder and chair of the finance committee at First Presbyterian Church in Orange, Calif.
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Conover is one of six board members who will begin his term in October. He is Mission Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of the Redwoods in which SFTS resides. Prior to this position, he served as pastor to congregations in California and New York. He earned his Master of Divinity from SFTS in 1985 and holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has served as adjunct faculty for SFTS and Pacific School of Religion, and has taught pastors in Guatemala for the Centro Evangelico de Estudios Pastorales en Centro America.
Dr. Will Deming is professor of theology, department chair and program director for minors in the School of Theology at University of Portland (Order of Holy Cross). Deming has a BA in Religion from College of William and Mary, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago. His primary academic interests are in New Testament, early Christian literature, Second Temple Judaism, and Greco-Roman culture. His major publications include Rethinking Religion (Oxford, 2005) and Paul on Marriage and Celibacy, 2nd edition (Eerdmans, 2004). He is an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon.
Russell Faucett is the managing partner of Barrington Partners, LP, a private investment company that specializes in trading the equity and debt securities of public companies in financial difficulty. He has served with several nonprofit organizations working internationally, as a member of their board of directors, assisting in strategic planning and financial management. Faucett is a member of Brentwood Presbyterian Church in the Los Angeles area and was on the PC(USA) Board of Pensions for six years and is still active on its investment committee. He was one of the founders of one of the nation's largest microfinance organizations providing loans for small businesses in India, Africa and Central America.
Rev. Aimee Moiso, who earned her Master of Divinity from SFTS in 2007, is director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries at Santa Clara University (Jesuit). The graduate of Whitworth College worked for several years with Bread for the World prior to attending SFTS. During the 2006-07 academic year, she lived in Switzerland and finished a master’s degree at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches and University of Geneva. Moiso had a major leadership role in the presidential inauguration planning and inauguration service for SFTS president, James McDonald.
Alice Morris, a resident of El Cerrito, Calif., has spent nearly 30 years as an executive with ABC News in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. She received many awards of excellence for her management skills and won an Emmy Award for best 30-minute documentary. She is an active member of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church, where she has attended since childhood. She holds professional affiliations with the National Association of Black Journalists, Bay Area Black Journalist Association, International Women's Media Foundation, and NAACP - Lifetime member.
Rev. Kevin Park is ordained in the PC(USA) and serves as associate professor for theology in the Office of Theology, Worship and Education at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Ky. He earned ThM and PhD degrees in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Moderator on the Special Committee on the Nature of the Church for the 21st Century of the 219th GA. A native of Korea, he served as a pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, N.J. for five years. He was the organizer and moderator of the Korean American Pastor-Theologian Consultation and served as an adjunct professor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary for six years.