Leap Into connection!
The BST Alumni Office is proud to announce “Leap Into Connection!“, our first Alumni Gathering of 2024! On Thursday, February 29 from 4-7 pm Pacific Time, we will facilitate fun games and sharing, plus a panel of alumni.
We want to highlight the various types of “connection” work that our alums are pursuing, and to cultivate different perspectives of what connection means to the populations they serve. We want to explore how people in churches and chaplaincy are connecting with each other after the pandemic, examine the challenges, and celebrate the successes. What does connection look like in various populations? What does connection look like for those still isolated after the pandemic, who are on the margins of a community? How we can all be called to cultivate connection?
To receive the Zoom link, please register. Registration will open in the new year, and we look forward to reconnecting with you!
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Register for Leap Into Connection! by February 22, and you will be automatically entered in our book giveaway! If you previously registered for Leap Into Connection, don’t worry, you are included in the drawing.
Five lucky registrants will receive one of these two below. The grand prize winner will receive both, a book bundle! All winners must be present at the drawing on February 29 to claim their prize.
From Here to Equality, Second Edition: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William A. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen
The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles Vogl
Alum of the Year
Rev. Karen Yee, class of 1997
Rev. Karen Yee is Senior Pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship, Castro Valley and is the English-speaking pastor at the Iu-Mienh Friendship Baptist Church in Richmond. She graduated in 1997 from Berkeley School of Theology with her Master’s of Divinity. Among her many accomplishments, she is on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS), and a liaison to the Office of the General Secretary. She served as a Trustee for Rainbow Acres, a community for developmentally challenged adults and as the Treasurer of the Executive Council of the Ministers Council of the Greater Bay Area. She was part of the Convener of the Missionary Partnership Team for Ingrid Roldan-Roman, an AB missionary serving in Panama. For 15 years, Rev. Yee was the Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Alameda, an American Baptist church, serving a multi-ethnic, intergenerational congregation of Christ followers, and also served as an active lay leader at the First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco.
4:00pm – 4:15pm Opening
4:15-4:20pm Presidential Greeting by Rev. Dr. James E. Brenneman
4:20pm – 4:45pm Alum of the Year announcement*
4:45 – 5:15pm “Happy Hour” games and socializing
5:30 – 6:45pm “Leap Into Connection!” panel discussion with Q&A for gathering participants*
6:45pm Dean’s Closing Remarks by Rev. Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher
*Please note the Alum of the Year announcement and the panel discussion will be recorded.
Rev. Vickia Brinkley, class of 2013
Rev. Vickia Brinkley graduated in 2013 with her Master’s in Community Leadership from Berkeley School of Theology and is currently pursuing her DMin. She is Senior Pastor at True Faith Community Baptist Church in Antioch, California since 2015, and was also a Children’s Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church from 2013-2022. Vickia also serves as the first Vice President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention of the Southwest Region, the first woman to hold this elected position in the more than 60 year history of the Convention. Vickia’s dissertation research examines how preaching about social justice may inform and empower communities with the solutions needed to rebuild power structures, and how organizations in turn may be better advocates.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Jim-George, classes of 2010 and 2014
Rev. Dr. Barbara Jim-George graduated from the Berkeley School of Theology, classes of 2010 (M.Div.) and 2014 (D. Min.), both with honors. She serves as Executive Pastor for the True Faith Community Baptist Church in Antioch, California and is Dean of its Ministers and Lay Leaders Development Institute. In addition to having been recently elected as Assistant Dean of the Congress of Christian Education at the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s Southwest Region’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Barbara has served at all three board levels for the American Baptist Churches, USA Ministers Council.
Rev. Paul Schneider, class of 2017
Rev. Paul Schneider is a lifelong American Baptist, graduate (MDiv ’17) and current DMin student at the Berkeley School of Theology. He is the Associate Executive Minister of Operations and Administration of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches. He is also the founder and director of the Oasis Project, which creates radically inclusive safer spaces for rest, recharge, and renewal, including emotional, spiritual, and self-care, at conventions, conferences, and festivals. Paul’s current doctoral work is focused on developing a theology and ethic of Pop-Culture, to help churches use the meaning making stories of contemporary culture to share the good news of God’s love for all people with today’s society.
Rev. Dr. Margareth Valui, class of 2021
Rev. Dr. Margareth Valui graduated from Berkeley School of Theology in 2021 with her Doctor of Ministry. She is the Family Life and Discipleship Pastor at Santa Clara First Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California. Margareth is also Affiliate Faculty at BST and teaches courses in ministry and technology. Margareth became the first woman to have her ordination recognized in the Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association on December 29, 2023, at Teinem Baptist Church in Tuinem, Manipur (India). Rev. Dr. Valui was ordained on September 14, 2006, at South Wayne Baptist Church.
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Angela Barker Jackson
Angela Barker Jackson (Angie) is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Berkeley School of Theology. Angie is an ordained minister in the American Baptist tradition living out her call in the context of theological education. She has worked as a public-school teacher, served congregations as youth minister, solo pastor, and co-pastor and served as director of a shelter for unhoused women and children. Her Doctor of Ministry Project in formation for financial leadership led her to fundraising as ministry and served as the impetus for the attainment of additional credentials: Certified Fundraising Executive, Certificate in Fundraising Management, and Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising. Angie is a published author, workshop presenter, and seminar facilitator.
Upcoming 2024 Alumni Gatherings
Topic: Leap Into Community!
Where: In-Person, Commencement Weekend
Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Topic: Leap Into Advocacy!
Where: Virtual Gathering
Date/Time: Thursday, September 19, 2024, time TBD