Franklin Elser (b) writes, “I do enjoy getting news of the classes from ’41 to ’48. I am now 91 years old and enjoying life here [in Liberty, Missouri]. Physically I waver between chronic euphoria and rigor mortis. May God continue to bless you all, as he does me. Betty and I recently returned from a trip to Sitka, Alaska, to witness the high school graduation of my granddaughter, Kera. God is so good! Keep us in your prayers.”
Marie Melrose (E) and Richard W. Irwin (B) met again in Brazil last June after 59 years. Melrose had just completed three months teaching English at the Faculdade Teológica Sul Americana in Londrina, in southern Brazil. Irwin has served on the pastoral staff of the 141-year-old Primeira Igreja Presbiteriana Independent de São Paulo since 1980. They have both known each other since high school days in Los Angeles. She served as a lifetime missionary of the PCUSA in Korea, and he in Brazil. Melrose presently lives in Pasadena, California. ›
Donald A. Crosby (B, ’59M) has been professor of philosophy emeritus at Colorado State University since December 2001. He taught there for 36 years.
Joe David Ruffin (B) has been stated supply of the Youngblood Memorial Presbyterian Church in Robinson, Texas, since 1996.
In May, Robert W. MacGregor (B) lectured and consulted on corporate responsibility and business ethics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He actively participated in July in a business leadership group, which included leaders from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and other regions, at the annual meeting of the Caux Round Table (CRT). CRT honored MacGregor for initiating CRT principles for business.
R. Daniel Simmons (M) has published a reference book titled Quotations for Motivation, The Right Word at the Right Time.
C. Thomas Hilton (B) and his wife, Jan, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 31. Hilton is a member of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees.
Henry M. Bruen Jr. (B) retired in January from half-time work as CPE supervisor at Asheville VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
William A. McQuoid (B) retired from Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington, New Jersey, in November 2005.
Peter Marshall (B) was the keynote speaker at the Cabarrus Prayer Breakfast in Cabarrus, North Carolina, in April. Guest speakers led prayers focused on government leaders, the economy, children, and health. The event was a build-up to the National Day of Prayer on May 4 and The Global Day of Prayer on June 4.
John G. Gibbs (D) is active as enabler of Presbyterians for Restoring Creation for the Presbytery of Northern Plains. He also writes on ecological theology for Episcopalians at www.env-steward.com.
C.F. Sandy Pofahl (b) publishes a weekly newsletter that includes a story of compassion and understanding each week. He also supports an orphanage in Kenya that is home to 300 children whose parents have died of AIDS.
Gerald L. Stone (B) took early retirement from the University of Iowa in 2001. He lives in Dana Point, California.
Norm Nelson (M) is president of Compassion Radio, a communications ministry that also does humanitarian work in thirty countries. He recently made his sixth trip to Iraq, has engaged in Muslim/Christian interreligious dialogue at the Institute of Politics and International Studies in Tehran, Iran, and is organizing a secular university in Khartoum, Sudan, in partnership with former Pakistani president Jafaar Al-Nimeiri.
Donald O’Dell (B) has written How the Bible Became the Bible (Infinity Publishing). O’Dell believes that interpreting the Bible literally does it and its authors a great disservice. He makes the case that “human nature has always had a strong desire for simplistic, black and white, religious beliefs—a desire to know that one is right.” He believes “what must be taken into account is historical context, and once this is accounted for, one can finally sift through the rubble of the ages and extract what [one] believes is the true and relevant word of God.”
In celebration of their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary, Ron Soderquist (M) and his wife, Elda, have written EQUALITY! Secret of Lasting Love. Both respected family counselors, the Soderquists have used their counseling and personal experiences to construct a series of engaging vignettes and practical exercises “that will let equality blossom in any marriage.”
Richard Hesel (b) was the guest speaker at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee’s graduation ceremony on April 21. He is cofounder and senior partner of Art & Science Group, a consulting firm specializing in the marketing of higher education.
His Holiness Abune Paulos (M, ’88D), patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and one of the presidents of the World Council of Churches, was in Washington, D.C. in July for a meeting sponsored by Church World Service for religious leaders in Africa and the United States to address problems in Africa, from the spread of AIDS, to famine and the shortage of clean water, to the distribution of wealth. The patriarch was representing both the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Council of Churches. He is the spiritual leader of Ethiopia’s 77 million people. ›
R. Scott Sullender (B, ’73M) was appointed on July 1 as director of the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He previously served as executive director for the Samaritan Counseling Center in Upland, California, a nonprofit church-sponsored counseling program. He is also the program director and founder of Behavior Education and Management Services, an in-home parent education and behavior modification program for families with developmentally disabled children.
Lev Sherman (B) writes, “For the first time since [my] placement after ordination in 1973, [I am] working as a full-time Episcopal priest.” He was called in March to become the vicar of St. Martin’s in Palmyra, Maine, and added these duties to his similar role at All Saints in Skowhegan. Two weeks after he began at St. Martin’s, he attained national notoriety as the 1839 church building burned down. “The fire was judged to be accidental, no relation to the unfortunate events of arson happening in so many places,” he writes. “Spirits are good all around, and we continue forward with true Maine grit. [I] look forward to hearing from other members of the Classes of 1971–73 as the [Alumni/ae] web site develops.”
Kenneth Bedell (b) has been awarded a general grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “Leadership in the Mainline Protestant Church: Identifying and Encouraging Healthy Habits.”
Alexander H. Wales (B) is beginning his twentieth year as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg, Missouri. His son, Nathan, headed for the University of Connecticut for graduate work in anthropology after a summer dig in Georgia (Russia). His daughter, Emily, is a senior at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and has been named a Truman Scholar.
Daniel Rabovsky (B) is the executive director of Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, a cooperative ministry of 140 congregations that provides nutritious meals and friendly visits to the homebound. He also serves as stated supply pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Nowata, Oklahoma. ›
Roger Skelley-Watts (B), pastor of Huron United Methodist Church in Huron, Ohio, since July 2002, has been elected by his annual conference as chairperson of the East Ohio Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns. He is the past recipient of the Van Bogard Dunn Award for involvement beyond religious boundaries, and represented the United Methodist Church in many ecumenical and interfaith activities in Cuyahoga County in his previous position as Cleveland District associate for missions and congregational development. ›
Since April 2002, Theodore A. Gill (B, ’94d) has worked as senior editor for WCC Publications, the press of the World Council of Churches. He is also active in the Geneva, Switzerland, parish of the Church of Scotland, and serves on the program committee of the John Knox International Reformed Center in Geneva.
He presented a meditation at a May 2006 memorial service for his father, Ted Gill (’43B), at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). The senior Gill, a longtime Princeton resident who died in June 2005, served as president of SFTS from 1958 to 1966. During graduation week, that seminary formally dedicated his professional papers as part of their presidential archives.
Craig W. Hendrix (B) has been hired by Outplacement Projects Inc. as a senior consultant in human resources, delivering outplacement services to clients in the Knoxville, Tennessee, market and beyond.
William L. Austin (B) serves as director of ministry education for the Carolina Region of the C.M.E. Church.
David S. Barnard (B) continues to serve full time as a school psychologist in Addison, New York, and part time as pastor at the United Church of Jasper, New York, a merged PCUSA-United Methodist congregation.
Allison Krahling Seed (B), pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Independence, Missouri, is the new chair of the PCUSA’s General Assembly Council. She began her new role as chair this summer, following the General Assembly.
Raymond A. Meester (B) was awarded a summer stipend grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “Alternate Reality: Envisioning Ministry with the Deaf.” This grant is offered to academics and pastors engaged in summer research projects pertaining to American Christianity.
Douglas J. Brouwer’s (B, ’86P) latest book, What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life? Asking the Right Questions (Wm. B. Eerdmans), has just been published. Brouwer is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Go Blue!”
David DeRemer (B) received a D.Min. degree from Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, in May. He is senior pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
George Cladis (B) is vice president of T3 Micro, Inc., a multinational company based in Los Angeles with manufacturing plants in Korea and China and worldwide sales. He is also administrator of the T3 Foundation for Benevolent Giving.
Richard Allen Farmer (B), president of RAF Ministries, Inc., preached in June at the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has led RAF Ministries, a church renewal ministry that uses expository preaching and music to stimulate followers, since 1992.
M. Craig Barnes (B) was the speaker at Grove City College’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 19.
Robert M. Goldstein (D) serves as lead pastor of St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, California.
Brian T. Hartley (B) has been granted a sabbatical from Greenville College during the 2006 fall term in order to serve as a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, lecturing and writing on the topic “The Elizabethan Homilies of 1563 as an Instrument of Spiritual Formation in the Emerging Ecclesia Anglicana.”
David Longacre (B) is educational resources coordinator for HARVEST USA, a ministry that partners with and equips the church to address sexual sin. He leads seminars and does facilitator training, as well as oversees the educational materials development of the organization.
Wesley D. Avram (B) was installed on June 11 as the seventh pastor and head of staff of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in suburban Philadelphia.
Ruth R. Hicks (B) is no longer associate executive for ministry of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. She and her husband, John, are enjoying an early retirement in Idaho.
Jerres Jane P. Mills (B) writes, “For the summer, or until the snow gets bad, I am living in the manse at Whitlash, Montana. You can see the community at montanapictures.net/whitlash-montana.htm. The gable of the manse is visible between the church steps and the signboard.” Mills writes that she is the first PCUSA supply pastor in many years. “The church serves anyone in a huge area who wants to go to church at all. I resigned from the Yoked Parish in Harlem [Montana] two years ago, but have continued to live there until now. [I] still have my house there, and have helped the church in Chinook with various situations, including a successful PNC.”
Mary Isabel Robinson-Mohr (B) has been awarded a sabbatical grant for pastoral leaders by The Louisville Institute for her project “Learning from the Lands That Have Nurtured Faith.”
Dwayne L. Brown (B) received the D.Min. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 21. He and his wife, Vicky (’85E), are copastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg, Oregon.
William G. Carter (B) has been awarded a sabbatical grant for pastoral leaders by The Louisville Institute for his project “Psalms without Words: Renewal through Rhythm, Text, and Tune.”
The United Methodist Church’s Worship Office has posted a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (B) on their web site, http://www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=16520&loc_id=17.823. The hymn, set to the familiar tune of St. Denio (“Immortal, Invisible”), speaks of God’s ownership of the created earth and of our stewardship of it.
Baylor University’s Christian Reflection journal has published and posted online Gillette’s hymn “Where Is Bread?” inspired by the July 30 gospel text about Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000.
Weldon Gregory Thomas (B) serves as pastor of New Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Rochester, New York.
Margaret Grun Kibben (B, ’02P), a U.S. Navy chaplain currently serving in Afghanistan, was recently promoted to the rank of captain.
Nancy Lindell Sautter (B) continues to serve within the bounds of Philadelphia Presbytery, currently as the interim pastor at historic Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church in the shadow of the original Log College.
Thomas L. Blackstone (B) became the pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church in Augusta, Maine, in July. He continues as a member of the adjunct faculty of Bangor Theological Seminary and writes a religious column for the Bangor Daily News.
Edward Mark Godshall (B) was the guest speaker at the fourteenth annual Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast on May 10 at the Yorktowne Hotel in York, Pennsylvania. Godshall has served two tours of duty in Iraq, and before going to Iraq he was featured in a television film on the lives of the famous “Four Chaplains,” titled Sacrifice at Sea.
Adrian College chaplain Christopher P. Momany (B) has recently published an article in The Asbury Theological Journal titled, “The Fellowship of the Spirit/Intersubjectivity by Participation.” Momany also continues to write for the Daily Bible Study of The United Methodist Publishing House. This summer he focused on 2 Corinthians.
Gary J. Ziccardi (B) was deployed September 2005 through January 2006 to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with Joint Task Force 76, and served as detainee facility chaplain. He was promoted in March to wing chaplain at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. In May, he graduated with a D.Min. on “Spirituality Values Assessment among Air Force Personnel” from Oblate School of Theology.
Laurie J. Garrett-Cobbina (B, ’89M) accepted a new faculty position as The Shaw Family Professor for Clinical Pastoral Education at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), which she began in July. She is a certified ACPE supervisor and was the assistant director for the Mecklenburg Acute Care System chaplains and coordinator of pastoral care and education at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as pastor of Smallwood Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, before joining the SFTS faculty.
Robert Johnson (B) writes that he has had a rather eventful year. He and his family (wife, Marianne, sons Nathan, 12, and Peter, 8) moved to Pakistan, where he and his wife are mission coworkers with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Johnson is assigned to work as an ecclesiastical and structural consultant with the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, as well as being professor of Christian thought at Gujranwala Theological Seminary, and dean of the chapel at Forman Christian College in Lahore. Johnson writes, “Marianne is the executive assistant to the rector (basically vice president for administration) at Forman. Also, I was just awarded my Ph.D. in history and theology from Union Theological Seminary-PSCE in Richmond, Virginia. My dissertation title was “Full Moon over Washington: Charles Ferguson and the Religion of American Democracy.”
Mark L. Tidd (M) serves as the command chaplain for U.S. European Command, which commands all U.S. military forces in ninety-two countries in Europe, most of the continent of Africa, and Russia. He coordinates ministry to U.S. military forces, participates in meetings with military chaplains and other religious leaders, and advises the command on religious issues. He writes, “The headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany, a wonderful place to live.”
Michael J. Battle (B) has been awarded a summer stipend grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “Desmond Tutu: South African Confessor.” This grant is offered to academics and pastors engaged in summer research projects pertaining to American Christianity.
Olive Elaine Hinnant (B) graduated with a D.Min. in preaching from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, in May 2004. She is rewriting her dissertation for publication by Pilgrim Press. She has recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to “write and be in the Land of Enchantment. Look for God Comes Out: Creating a Lesbian and Gay Homiletic in fall 2007. Vaya con Dios.”
Cynthia Rigby (B, ’98D) spoke at the preinaugural activities for the inauguration and installation of William J. Carl III as president and professor of homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
In October 2006, Regal Books will release Fearless: Forty Reflections on Fear, written by Tom Stephen (B) and Virginia Starkey (’91B). This devotional book seeks to redefine personal biblical reflection by using image- and word-based devotions. The book incorporates forty images from world-class surf photographer Hank Foto that enhance forty devotions taken from twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament biblical passages on the theme of fear.
Wanda L. Weidman (M) was installed as pastor of Covenant Moravian Church in York, Pennsylvania, on May 7.
Sarah Sarchet Butter (B) was “honored to attend an Oxford Roundtable in August on religion, education, and the state.” She would welcome comparing notes with other PTS alums that have attended an Oxford Roundtable. Her email address is [email protected]
Donovan Drake (B) received his D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary. He recently had a chapter published in a book titled Dimensions of Older Adult Ministry: A Handbook (Witherspoon Press).
W. Anne Joh’s (B) new book, Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology, is available from Westminster John Knox Press.
Hans E. Andreasson (M) lives in the middle of Sweden in a small town called Mora, famous for its annual March skiing race, Vasaloppet. He is currently working as editor for a book on the history of the Covenant Church of Sweden 1878–2002.
John Anthony Bertone (M) received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto). He recently had his dissertation published, “The Law of the Spirit”: Experience of the Spirit and Displacement of the Law in Romans 8:1–16 (Peter Lang, 2005).
Rolf Görnandt (B) and his wife, Ruth, are pastors for a Lutheran congregation in Dörverden, Germany. Both of them are working half time, and their congregation has 4,000 members. ›
Shannon LC Cate (E) completed her Ph.D. in American literature from The George Washington University in January 2005. She is teaching part time as an adjunct instructor in African American literature for the University of Maryland online, while caring at home for sixteen-month-old daughter, Nat. Cate and her partner, Cole, are currently waiting for their second child through domestic infant adoption.
David L. Riggs (B) is director of the John Wesley Honors College, and assistant professor of history and religion at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Andrea Sterk (D) has been awarded a general grant by The Louisville Institute for her project “Negotiating the Labyrinth of Graduate School.”
William Tweedley (M) is a staff chaplain for a large critical care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, and is a certified life coach for parish clergy.
Milind Sojwal (M) has served as rector of All Angels’ Episcopal Church in New York City since June 2000. His wife, Ajung, was recently ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and was ordained a priest in September. Their older daughter, Senti, is fifteen, and younger daughter, Anjali, is nine. Sojwal would love to hear from his PTS classmates at [email protected]
Emily Riley Campbell (B) is associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, Michigan.
In March, the trustee board of Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary appointed Wai-Tung Cho (D) as vice president, effective August 1.
David Hoffman (B) teaches ethics full time at Chattanooga Christian High School. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Biblical Studies Departments of Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee, and Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
Dae Joon Roh (B) is pastor of New Haven Korean Church (PCUSA) in Hamden, Connecticut.
Mark Watson (B) writes of “a trinity of changes in February 2006!” 1) On February 26, he was installed as head of staff at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton, North Carolina. 2) On February 14, he and his wife, Leah, moved from the Bay area in California to Newton, and closed escrow on their first house. 3) On February 6, they found out that Leah was pregnant with their first child, due October 16. “Please pray and rejoice with us as we go through three of life’s joyous stressors (major move, new employment position, and child) all within a few weeks!”
Christian Zebley (B) and his wife, Kay, just marked eight years of service as Presbyterian mission coworkers in partnership with the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ). He is busy with the emerging UCCJ national youth program, and is a frequent preacher in mission high schools and churches. As a chaplain at Presbyterian-related Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, he speaks regularly in chapels, develops contemporary worship services, and hosts “Peace Café,” a coffeehouse ministry for students. Their daughter Anna Elizabeth turned two in December and her budding bilingual ability has made an impact on their community with people who never glanced their way, happily stopping and chatting with her. Kay serves as the editor of the Kyodan Newsletter, a bimonthly publication sent out to UCCJ partner churches and theological libraries worldwide. She also does translation work for the UCCJ and supports Nippon Rowa Gakko, the Japan Oral School for the Deaf, leads children’s worship at their local church, and participates in a local advocacy group for the homeless. The Zebleys welcomed a second daughter, Emma Jane, into their lives on March 12 at the Tokyo Aqua Birth House.
Amy C. Egloff (B) is an associate at Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, which practices exclusively family law.
In September, David Handley (P) celebrated twenty-five years of ministry at The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Illinois.
Lezley Kennedy (M) is in her seventh year as pastor of Downfield South Church in Dundee, Scotland. She currently is convenor of the recruitment, assessment, and selection processes of the Church of Scotland. In her spare time, she sings Scottish folk songs with Angus Folk and Thistle Dhu.
Eric Leighninger (B) works for Allstate in Illinois by telecommuting and traveling to Chicago monthly from Maine. He writes, “I have applied my PTS training in numerous professional and managerial contexts and see my ministry as one of presence where my ‘congregation’ is the corporation.”
Mark Ogilbee (B) and Jana Reiss (’94B) have written American Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations (Paraclete Press, June 2006). Divided into four parts, “Pilgrimages of Healing,” “Pilgrimages of Benedictine Hospitality,” “Crossing Boundaries,” and “Modern Saints,” the book explores the ins and outs of distinctive American places of spiritual meaning and purpose.
James Coston (B) was elected as a councilman in the South Ward seat of the Trenton (New Jersey) City Council on June 13. He defeated the three-term incumbent by more than a 2–1 margin. He was sworn into office on July 1 in front of Trenton City Hall. The text and video of the inauguration speech are available at www.coston2006.com. He will serve a four-year term on the city council. Coston also serves as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Trenton.
Eric Lemonholm (B) is the new pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He and his wife, Mindy, and their children Frey (8), Lucas (6), and Sophia (3) are enjoying this exciting new chapter in their life together.
Lalsangkima Pachuau (D) has been appointed as associate professor of the history and theology of mission at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and writes, “After teaching for six years at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, and spending a year of sabbatical at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, I served as mission consultant with the Presbytery of New Brunswick last year.”
Luke Powery (B) has returned to Princeton with his family to be a doctoral fellow in the Speech Communication in Ministry Department at PTS beginning in September.
John C. Pruitt (B) is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is also working on his D.Min. at PTS.
Rachel Frey (B) writes, “On Ash Wednesday this year (2006), I moved from the suburbs of Indianapolis to downtown Chicago, where I will be planting a new church, Wind of Peace Church, in the South Loop (talk about a Lenten journey). The vision for Wind of Peace is to be a vibrant and radically inclusive community that seeks to connect people with the transforming power of God through hospitality, prayer, worship, service, study, and stewardship.” In addition to this work as an evangelist and apostle, Frey is working as a consultant with The Interfaith Alliance, doing faith-based community organizing around issues of religion and sexuality.
Amy Lincoln (B) serves as pastor of Schooley’s Mountain Presbyterian Church in Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey.
Joyce del Rosario (B) is the new area director for Young Life in Pacifica, Daly City, and Colma, California. She has been on staff with Young Life for six years and looks forward to developing new ministry in the San Francisco region. Young Life’s focus in Daly City will be reaching Filipino American youth.
Christopher M. Thomforde (P) was named the new president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in March. He assumed the presidency on August 1. ›
On April 24, Jonathan Carroll (M) and his wife, Kendra, had their first child—a girl—Zoe Fiona. They live in Owensboro, Kentucky, where Carroll is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
Conrad Hackett (B) has been awarded a dissertation fellowship by The Louisville Institute for his project “Religion and Fertility in the United States.”
Leroy Huizenga (B) graduated from Duke University on May 14 with a Ph.D. in New Testament. His dissertation was titled “The Akedah in Matthew.” He was ordained on July 12 to the office of minister of Word and Sacrament at Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina, and has accepted a teaching position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, teaching New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies.
Mark Brainerd (B, ’03M) writes, “Following completion of a two-year Lilly Foundation residency in parish ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, my family and I relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, last August. I am blessed to serve Westminster Presbyterian Church as pastor of congregational care.”
Karen Wamsteker Bullock (B) is associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Robert Carter (B) has been called as the new pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously served at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton.
On May 1, Hilary E. Cooke (B) was ordained to the priesthood (Episcopal Church) in Lafayette, Indiana. She is working in two churches, one of which is focused on campus ministry at Purdue University.
Stephen Faller (M) was ordained a permanent deacon in the United Methodist Church on June 2. He serves The United Methodist Church of Pennington, and is a full-time board-certified hospital chaplain over both campuses at Capitol Health System in Trenton, New Jersey. ›
Keith C. Johnson (B) has two daughters—Leah, born in March 2004, and Kaya, born in November 2005. He is currently the missions/outreach pastor at New Song Community Church in Portland, Oregon (www.newsongintl.org).
John S. Markel (B) just passed the three-year mark at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Northeast Philadelphia as pastor/head of staff.
Joy Singleton (B) has written Prom Passions: A Young Woman’s Guide to Her Best Night Ever (Xulon Press, April 2006). Empowering female teens to make wise decisions on their special night, the book is a valuable resource for parents, schools, churches, and others concerned about youth.
Jonathan L. Walton (B, ’06D) received his Ph.D. in religion and society from PTS in May 2006 and is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.
Cindy Alloway (B) serves as associate pastor for missions and pastoral care at The Presbyterian Church on the Green in Morristown, New Jersey.
Brantley Wade Gasaway (b) has been awarded a dissertation fellowship by The Louisville Institute for his project “An Alternative Soul of Politics: The Rise of Contemporary Progressive Evangelicalism.”
Shirley Hensford (B) was ordained as an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on April 29, and serves as an associate minister at St. Mark AME Church in Queens, New York. She is also a social work clinician at the Children’s Aid Society.
Walter Robert Steele (M) is senior pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola, Florida.
Tony Sundermeier (B) serves as
lead pastor at Dilworthtown Community Church in Dilworthtown, Pennsylvania. It is a missional church plant out of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
James Taneti (M) is enrolled
in a graduate program at Western Theological Seminary.
Jera Blomquist (B) serves as missional community lead for Union Church in Seattle, a new church development of University Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Mark, welcomed their second son, Callum James, on July 28, 2005.
Tim Brown (B) was installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 30. He is the sixth pastor in the church’s 114-year history.
Elizabeth J. Callender (B) is studying for the Ph.D. in theology at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Hilliard Dogbe (E) has been named a professor at Trinity Seminary in Accra, Ghana. Dogbe is a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Jeremy Funk (B) is a copy editor at Wipf and Stock Publishers in Eugene, Oregon.
Ruben Rosario-Rodriguez (D) will publish a monograph tentatively titled Racism and God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective (New York University Press) in fall 2007. He is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University in the Department of Theological Studies, and has just completed a year of sabbatical research funded by The Louisville Institute toward the completion of his first book.
Kristin Saldine (D) has been appointed assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Howard L. West III (B) is director
of spiritual life services at the Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Ecumenical Community of Harrisburg in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Nathan Carlin (B) is a doctoral student in religious studies, with a focus on the psychology of religion, at Rice University. He publishes regularly in the field of pastoral psychology, and has copublished a few articles with PTS professor Donald Capps.
Mark Curtis (B) is associate pastor for youth and young adults at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tennessee.
Mark Johnston (M) teaches ethics to the senior enlisted leadership of all service branches, including the navy, at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in Ft. Bliss (El Paso), Texas. He also pastors a large community on base and serves the Joint Task Force, which covers the borders and security for the nation.
While on a mission trip to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with high school students from his church, Joshua Stewart (B) (below right) met up with Chris Curry (’04B), who also had brought a youth group down to the First Presbyterian Church of Bay St. Louis. They worked together for a week and according to Stewart it “was an unforgettable trip.” He writes that the “Gulf Coast disaster is still such an overwhelming mess, and it has brought many of us together in unexpected and surprising ways.” ›
David Carlson (B) is associate pastor for congregational care, new members, and mission and outreach at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He was ordained in his hometown church, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18.
Craig Clarkson (B) began the Ph.D. program at the Graduate Department of Religion at Baylor University in the fall, with an emphasis in historical studies. His wife, Kellie, a Texas-certified educator, is looking for work in the local school districts. Their son, Caleb, 6, will start first grade in the fall, and Ben, 4, will be in pre-kindergarten. Clarkson is happy to be back in his native Texas—“Yeee-hah!”
Jonathan Hauerwas (B) is associate pastor of Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio. He is involved with overseeing the ministry of the church and community, mission outreach, new member recruitment, and adult education.
C. Nolan Huizenga (B) is interim associate for pastoral ministry at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is also a candidate for ordination through the Presbytery of the Cascades. He and his wife, Denise, live in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Angela Townsend (B) is director of Christian education at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, New Jersey. Her main areas of responsibility are working with the youth fellowship and its advisors. They went on a mission trip in July to upstate New York to repair and rebuild damaged homes of low-income families.
Samson Tso (B) is director of English ministry at Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Matthew Webber (B) has taken a call as associate minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Holland, Michigan. He writes, “My golden retriever pup, Rudy, and I are excited as we begin our lives here in Michigan, in lovely downtown Holland, right by Lake Michigan and next door to Hope College/Western Theological Seminary.”