President: Lauren DeLano (MDiv ’16)
Lauren is a third year Master of Divinity student at the School of Theology. She is a Southern girl at heart (without an accent to prove it) from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was drawn to the School of Theology because it allowed for her to embark on a new adventure that included big city living in the Northeast. Her primary ministry-related passions are youth ministry and college chaplaincy. She is a certified candidate on the path to be ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church. Along with STHSA, Lauren will be working in the Development & Alumni Office as the Office Assistant and as the Protestant Chaplain at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. When Lauren is not at STH, she enjoys spending time with friends and exploring new parts of Boston and the greater New England area. Lauren is looking forward to an exciting year seeking to encourage both learning and fellowship within the STH community.
Vice-President: Art Gordon (MDiv ’16)
Art is a third year Master of Divinity student from Warner Robins, Georgia. Art received his B.A. in History at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia where he was a Quiz Bowl champion, Vice President of the NAACP and leader with the Student Government. Art’s interests include social justice, community development, human rights, and prophetic preaching. Art is a fourth generation minister and a proud member of the same fraternity as Dr. Martin Luther King, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Art hopes to start his Ph.D after graduating from BUSTH.
Secretary: James Dooley (MTS ’16)
James is a second year Master of Theological Studies student at the School Theology, and looks forward to being your Secretary of the Student Association this year. A lifelong resident of the Commonwealth, James is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Religious Studies. Upon graduating from STH, James hopes to attain his Doctorate in order to be a professor of religious history one day. When not in class or in meetings, James can be seen working at his job at Middlesex Savings Bank, at any of Massachusetts fine movie theaters, or getting together with friends.
Treasurer: Victor Martinez (MDiv ’17)
Victor is a second year Master of Divinity student at the School of Theology. He grew up in the Dominican Republic, and did his undergraduate work at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. There he studied political science and economics and was inspired to pursue his passion for educational and economic justice. He is now interested in studying theology because of its potential to empower lives, foster communities, shape identities, and stand in solidarity with the marginalized. Victor is excited to continue exploring new perspectives and ideas about how to make theology practical at the local, national and global level in the next couple of years of STH. When he is not at school Victor is with his family, his two dogs, hiking, traveling, or starting another business venture.
Public Relations Officer: Jordan Zepher (MDiv ’17)
My name is Jordan Zepher. I am a second year Master of Divinity student at the School of Theology, and I am currently on the pastoral ministry track. I am from North Carolina, and last year I graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelors of Religion. I am eternally discerning what my theological call is as a leader and as a person of faith in the Church and in the wider society. I do know that I hope my plans include working with specifically Black American communities to look honestly and critically at Black Church theology and doctrine, and how the traditionally, White theological understandings and perceptions of God, community, and humanity continue to shape our Black American images and faith claims of suffering, justice, and redemption.
However, I recognize that I am by no means be ready to be somebody’s pastor. I still have a lot more to learn and experience before that changes, and honestly I doubt it ever does. What I learned from my first year at STH this year is that all of my plans, no matter how thorough, are ultimately incomplete, because I myself am still figuring out who I am and what is at stake for me not only in ministry but in the wider world.