Alumnus, Tony Ubalde, may be retired, but he certainly isn’t slowing down. In fact, after retiring from 37 years of ministry in the California Nevada Annual Conference, he decided it was time to direct his energy to elected office. He was first elected to the board of a community college district. Most recently, he was elected the president of both the Board of Education for Vallejo City Unified School District and Vallejo Community Access Television. For people who know him well, this isn’t a surprise. Throughout his life Tony has combined his passions for ministry and social justice, and elected office was a logical next step.
Tony received his Doctor of Religion from Claremont School of Theology in 1973. He says his degree has opened so many doors for him and he is extremely grateful for his experience at CST. When asked why he has been making contributions to the school for the past 36 years, he says, “Every morning my heart is swelling with joy that I can make a difference in this life, and CST has been crucial in my ability to do that.”
Now Tony’s generous gifts are making it possible for a new generation of CST students to Create a Difference.
Mark Bollwinkel received his Doctor of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology in 1979. His excellent pastoral ministry eventually called him to Los Altos, CA UMC, where he served for fifteen years. He then transitioned into a semi-retired role as a pastor in Carmel, CA where he serves as pastor at Church of the Wayfarer. Mark is very supportive of CST and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006.
Mark is a member of the Maclay Society, a distinguished group of benefactors who plan to leave a legacy with CST through their estate plan. When asked why Mark and his wife Bonnie are making a bequest to CST he listed several strong reasons.
The years Mark spent as a student at CST helped him to establish his academic and spiritual foundation. He credits CST with helping to direct his personal and professional life as a parish minister. It was at CST that he developed a commitment to life-long learning. That commitment has made a significant difference in his life – a difference he wants others to be able to experience for generations to come.
“We need new ministers,” Mark says. “We are experiencing a period of tremendous transition in the life of the church. We need leaders who can think outside of the box. CST has a tradition of providing progressive excellence and creativity for Christian Churches in general.”
Mark’s vision will ensure that he can help future CST students to develop their own commitment to life-long learning to the benefit of the church and the world.