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BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 --Two distinguished Church Divinity School of the Pacific alumni were awarded honorary degrees tonight for their leadership and contributions as parish priests.
The Rev, Michael G. Dresbach, priest-in-charge of All Saints Episcopal Church and vicar of Mision Cristo Rey, both in Watsonville, Calif., and the Rev. Robert E. Reynolds, priest associate at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees in ceremonies in ceremonies in CDSP’s All Saints Chapel in Berkeley, Calif. as part of the seminary’s annual Alumni Convocation.
Dresbach, who received his M.Div. from CDSP and an M.A. degree from CDSP and the Graduate Theological Union in 2000, was rector of the largest parish in the Diocese of Panama for 11 years, and was co-director of the Panama Project, which provides a summer of study and service in Panama for U.S. seminarians. CDSP faculty and students have been active participants in the Panama project. Dresbach also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco.
Reynolds, who received his M.Div. from CDSP in 1966, has served parishes in Walnut Creek, Calif., Salem and Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Richland, Wash. He has been a campus minister, at Willamette University. He has served CDSP as a field education supervisor, president of the Alumni/ae Council and member of the Board of Trustees. Reynolds, a native of Prescott, Ariz., holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
Tonight’s ceremonies also featured the confirmation of the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers as Dean of Academic Affairs.
The Very Rev. James Richardson, ’00, of Charlottesville, Va., gave the sermon at the event’s evening Eucharist, with the Rt. Dr. Rev. Charles L. Talton, '70, provisional bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, presiding.