Reverend Thomas S. Drobena, now a Lutheran pastor, received the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from UConn in 2012. During his master's work at UConn, Thomas focused primarily on Second Temple Judaism, worked as a teaching assistant for Professor Stuart Miller, and received the Winkler Award to participate in modern Hebrew language instruction at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As an undergraduate at UConn, he majored in sociology and took an interest in the sociology of antisemitism and trends in interfaith cooperation.
Thomas continued his studies at Yale Divinity School, completing a Master of Divinity degree in 2014, and is completing a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale this year. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Thomas will begin PhD writing at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the thought of the Patristic Church. He currently serves congregations in Connecticut and is a mentor for the spiritual formation program at Yale Divinity School where he enjoys introducing ministerial students to rabbinic interpretation and the midrashic tradition.