Over the years, numerous generations of families have attended Princeton Seminary—grandparents, parents, siblings, husbands and wives, and cousins. Did you meet your spouse at Princeton Seminary and did your daughter or son graduate from Princeton Seminary? Did you and your siblings graduate from the Seminary? How many generations of your family graduated from the Seminary? We want to hear stories from those families that have three or more Princeton Seminary alums!
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The Stuart brothers—Bruce (Class of 1973), Laird (Class of 1968), and Robert (Class of 1962)—are all Princeton Seminary alums. They attended the Seminary when James McCord was president, whom Robert says, “stressed excellence in theological reflection.” The Stuart brothers were all ordained at the Wyoming Presbyterian Church in Millburn, New Jersey, where their parents were elders.
Laird says he is grateful for the immersion into Reformed theology that informed, inspired, disciplined, and sustained virtually every aspect of his ministry. “My diverse field education experiences, in rural, city, and suburban settings helped me get my bearings for ministry,” he says. Likewise, Robert’s Princeton Seminary education trained him to think theologically about life. He says his field education experience helped him apply classroom learnings to the life of the parish and its communities.
Initially, when Bruce decided to attend Seminary it was to “kill time,” but during that period he experienced a genuine call to ministry and met Christine Shaw, who later became his wife! Courses like Theology of Hope and Liberation Theology helped him realize that a focus on social, political, and economic issues have a place in ministry.
In 1998, Robert retired as pastor emeritus from the First Presbyterian Church in Amagansett, New York. Laird retired in 2010 from his pastorate as minister and head of staff at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California, and then accepted the position of interim president of San Francisco Theological Seminary. Laird currently serves on the Princeton Seminary Board of Trustees. In February 2013, Bruce retired from the New Malden United Reformed Church, and the Thames Ditton United Reformed Church in Surrey, England.