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Duane U. Farris (B) was honorably retired by Mission Presbytery in December 1986. For the next twenty years he served as a parish associate at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church until moving to Mountain Home, Arkansas (his home state), in October 2006, where he is now active in the First Presbyterian Church. He writes, “In addition to my brother’s family here, I have two sons, Jerry in Jacksonville, Texas, and Greg in San Jose, California, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren in San Antonio, Texas. My wife, Joy, died July 5, 2004.” His new address is 809 Sanford Lane, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

John H. Sinclair (B, ’53M) recently lectured on the life and work of John A. Mackay at Presbyterian seminaries in Matanzas, Cuba, and in Mexico City.

James A. Cogswell (M) has published No Turning Back: A History of American Presbyterian Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1833–2000. While Cogswell’s mission service was in Japan, through his subsequent service in mission administration as Asia secretary and World Service/World Hunger Program director for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and overseas ministries director for the National Council of Churches, he has been able to consider mission history from a broader perspective.

Following retirement, he was appointed a specialist in mission history by the PCUSA. He focuses his research on mission in sub-Saharan Africa, where the Christian movement is growing more rapidly than anywhere else in the world, but where comparatively little work has been done to record this history.

Kenneth Dale (M) and his wife, Eloise, participated in the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center in Tokyo, Japan, in April. Dale was the center’s founder and its director for fourteen years. He writes, “The center, focused on both community education and therapy, is still flourishing. Some 3,000 people, Christian and non-Christian, have taken the basic course in personal growth in holistic Christian values, and nearly 2,000 clients have been served.” Dale has published six books, three of which have been translated into Japanese. He now lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California.

Douglas J. Elwood (B) and his wife, Bettie, have served thirty years under the Presbyterian Mission Board (USA) as educational coworkers. Before retiring in 1991, they founded their own mission for street children ( Elwood has written fourteen books, and his service career spans pastoral ministry, college chaplaincy, and college and seminary teaching in the United States and Southeast Asia. He is currently director of publications for Little Children of the World, Inc.

O. Thomas Miles (B) is part-time vacancy coordinator for National Capital Presbytery.

John P. Crossley Jr. (B) retired in the spring from the University of Southern California’s School of Religion, where he taught for thirty-seven years.

E. John Roof (B, ’58M) and his wife, Marion, are retired and living in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where they both grew up, and, Roof writes, “went to high school with Fred Rogers and Arnold Palmer!”

Don Pendell (B) is chaplain of the 8,500 Masonic Shriners in central Ohio. The Shriners support twenty-two burn hospitals in the United States and Canada. He and his wife, June, live in Worthington. Pendell retired after specializing as interim pastor with forty Presbyterian churches. ›

Adolph W. Kunen (B) is interim minister of Lakehurst Presbyterian Church in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Earl W. Kennedy (M, ’68D) is a senior research fellow at the A.C. Van Raalte Institute in Holland, Michigan.

Perry T. Fuller (B) is interim rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rupert “Bo” Harris (B) retired from the First Presbyterian Church of Mendham, New Jersey, in August 2006. He and his wife, Jan Lippert Harris (’63e), live in Cambridge, New York, where Jan is a certified Christian educator.

John Killinger (D) has published a new book, The Changing Shape of Our Salvation, available through The Crossroad Publishing Company.

John Zimmerman (B) has served as interim senior pastor of the Chapel by the Lake in Juneau, Alaska, since October 2006. This is the largest PCUSA congregation in Alaska Presbytery, and he says that the church has a “spectacular view of Mendenhall Glacier as a backdrop to table and pulpit.”

John A. Watson (B) is pastor emeritus of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as theologian-in-residence for six months each year at the Mandarin Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

James E. Janke (M) and his wife, Janet, live at Oak Hammock, a retirement community built by the University of Florida.

Bruce E. Shields (B) retired May 31 after twenty-four years of teaching and administration at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Charles Barton (B) has retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, New York, after serving for twenty-five years.

Gary Bouma (B) is UNESCO chair for interreligious and intercultural relations, Asia Pacific, at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. His latest book, Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press), is a Borders bestseller. He is also chair of the board of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, and director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre.

C.F. Sandy Pofahl (b) writes, “After leaving PTS, I attended Stanford School of Law and then came to Dallas, Texas. During the past forty years I have been especially active in commercial real estate and international business. In the last three years a friend and I established the Sandy Happy Children’s Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, which has 304 AIDS-related orphans. We are building a new campus in Kisumu, Kenya, that will have room for 500 kids as well as a medical, dental, and vision clinic for the community. Besides feeding the children, we plan to educate them and have as many as possible continue on to college and make a difference in Kenya and Africa. Any contacts you might have in Kenya or the United States that might help would be greatly welcomed. The web site is”

Ronald W. Richardson (B) is living in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has been retired from pastoral counseling/marriage and family therapy since 1995. He has published Creating a Healthier Church and Becoming a Healthier Pastor, both with Fortress Press.

Earl S. Johnson (B) is adjunct professor in religious studies at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Marilyn Ruppart (E) has completed her first year as the faculty administrator of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She has been in independent school administration for more than ten years and strongly supports Waldorf education, both personally and professionally. Her children Jonathan and Tamara attended the Waldorf School of Garden City, New York.

After thirty-one years as minister in Stormont Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ron Savage (M, ’89P) retired on Reformation Sunday (the fortieth anniversary of his ordination). His previous appointments were in the joint charge of Drumachose and Derrymore Presbyterian Churches, Limavady, and Fisherwick Presbyterian Church in Belfast.

C. Lee MacCallum (B) retired as pastor of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Staten Island, New York, after serving for thirty-five years. He and his wife, Louise, have moved to Delaware to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

James E. Roghair (B) is interim minister of the First Congregational Church of Evanston, Illinois. He is also a certified interim ministry specialist in the PCUSA. His wife, Elizabeth Byers Roghair, is director of gift planning for Northwestern University.

Jackson W. Carroll (D) was awarded a pastoral leadership grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry.”

James Edwards (B) has been appointed the first occupant of the Bruner-Welch Endowed Chair in Theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. The chair is named for PTS alum F. Dale Bruner (’58B), who retired in 1997 after twenty-two years as one of Whitworth’s most influential and popular religion professors. Edwards’s latest book, Is Jesus the Only Savior? (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005), was named the top book of the year on apologetics and evangelism by Christianity Today.

Gary W. Huffman (B) has retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville, Indiana, after serving for thirty years. He will be moving to a small horse farm that he and his wife have purchased in Lexington, Kentucky.

Vincent Cardarelli (M) has published Toward Serenity: Strategies to Attain Emotional Stability, a book about addiction, communication, and grief.

M. William Howard Jr. (B), pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, has been elected to serve as chair of the Board of Governors at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

After selling their family business, The Schundler Company, Bruce Schundler (b) and his wife, Sara, decided to work as seasonal park rangers for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina in the summer of 2006. This past summer they worked as park rangers for Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. They hope to continue serving as national park rangers for at least a few more years. ›

Arthur Sundstrom (B, ’80P) completed thirteen years as pastor of The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington DC, in July. He is moving to join his wife, Sara (’79U), who is a civilian employee of the federal government. She is posted in Hawaii.

Jean Anne Swope (B) climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet) to celebrate her sixtieth birthday. She recently reunited with David Evans (’72B) and his wife, Linda, and Randy Peyton (’72B, ’80M). She continues as CEO of Swope and Associates, LLC, providing management services for individuals with Alzheimer’s, brain dysfunction, or general inability to handle their own affairs.›

Mary Marple Thies (B), copastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, Connecticut, was elected chairperson of the board of directors of New Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit housing developer.

After being retired for two-and-one-half years, Dianna Pohlman Bell (B) and her husband, Donald L. Bell, took positions as co-stated supply pastors of the First Presbyterian Church in Fullerton, California, moving from Sonoma back to southern California next door to their first copastorate thirty years ago. Their daughter Kathryn is a 2006 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Wendy Boer (B) serves the Presbytery of West Jersey as a consultant for congregational transformation.

John Fischer (B) is enjoying his more than seven years as pastor of the United Christian Church in Aberdeen, Washington, where he was a financial advisor for American Express before retiring in 2002.

After retiring as executive director of the Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ralph W. Milligan (M) spent six months as interim pastor of Hurunui Presbyterian Parishes on the South Island of New Zealand.

Joseph Devlin (M) was the keynote speaker in February at the Fourth Annual Gathering for Peace and Justice sponsored by Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Camden, New Jersey. He spoke about “Conscience and War.”

In May, William J. Haughney (M) celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He was honored with a mass and dinner at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Middlesex, New Jersey, where he retired as pastor in 1996.

John McDowell (B) is executive director for the Interfaith Hospitality Network in Salem, Virginia. The network works with thirty congregations in the Roanoke Valley to provide weeklong housing and hot meals at various churches and synagogues. It has a network of more than 1,000 volunteers and is the only program of its kind in Virginia.

Gary S. Eller (B) was named president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation in March.

Stephen Kliewer (B) serves as executive director of a nonprofit organization that provides mental health, alcohol and drug, and developmental disability services in Enterprise, Oregon. He continues to serve on the faculty at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and recently published a book on the integration of spirituality into healthcare, Healthcare and Spirituality, published by Radcliffe Medical Press (a subsidiary of Oxford Press). The book is intended for healthcare providers, but is also useful for chaplains and ministers.

Charles Amjad-Ali (B, ’85D) has been appointed the director of the Islamic Studies Program and occupies the Martin Luther King Jr. Chair for Justice and Christian Community at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Thomas Bien (B) is a psychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has written several books, including Mindful Recovery, Finding the Center Within, and Mindful Therapy.

Florence Ridley (B), supervisor of chaplain services at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey, retired as prison chaplain in April, after completing more than twenty-five years of prison ministry with women.

John B. Szymanski (M) retired in September after fifty years as a priest and twenty-five years as an administrator in the Diocese of Metuchen.

Mark E. Durrett (B, ’80M) recently completed his first year as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Sumter, South Carolina.

Kristine Holmgren (B) writes, “Jon Pyne (’77B) and Jim McGrath (’79b) and I got together last summer at Jon’s cabin for an old-fashioned pajama party—like we used to do on the fourth floor of Brown in the old days. I’m still raising money for worthy causes—currently leading a development office for Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and loving it. My two grown daughters are following their parents’ lead: Grace is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, and Claire is in law school, also at the university.

Peter T. Nash (B) holds the Franklin I. and Irene Saemann Endowed Chair in World Communities at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Elizabeth Lester Shaw (B) received her California license as a marriage and family therapist in 2006 and is in private practice with other Christian therapists.

Richard A. Sutton (M) is the new pastoral ministries manager at Maris Grove Retirement Community in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for cultivating the spiritual well-being of the residents and staff. He writes that a chapel is scheduled to be built next year at the site.

Jim Brazell (B) and his wife, Westi, were selected to participate in the Virginia Theological Seminary Summer Collegium, a Lilly Foundation-funded project that targets pastors of small churches. This year’s theme was Christian education.

Al Butzer (B, ’85M) was recently called to be pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Barbara Dua (B), executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Churches, was part of a delegation to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the spring. The delegation met with a variety of religious and political leaders in hopes of building friendship and avoiding war. Dua (middle) is pictured here with University of Tehran students. ›

After twenty-one years as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, New Jersey, Kathy Nelson (B, ’86M) is now president of the Funding Individual Spiritual Health Foundation Inc. in Plainsboro. The foundation focuses on giving grants in the areas of health, education, and spirituality.

David Stoker (B) has moved to Hawaii, where he is the executive pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.

Peter Sulyok (B, ’81M) is interim pastor of Westhampton Presbyterian Church in Westhampton Beach, New York. He writes, “I enjoy the challenges of ministering in a community where the people are as wonderful as the Long Island beaches.”

Karen Carpenter Thurmond (E) is in her eighteenth year at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor. She will complete her Ed.D. in higher education leadership in spring 2008. Her dissertation topic is “Advisor Experiences and Perceptions of Good Advising.”

David H. Wall (’80E) and Robert R. Houck were united in a civil union blessing ceremony on March 24, 2007.

Steven Dyer (M) became pastor of Summit Presbyterian Church in North Stafford, Virginia, in June.

Bart Ehrman (B, ’85D) presented a lecture on “The Alternative Vision of the Gospel of Judas” at Wake Forest University in February. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Douglas Strong (B, ’90D) became dean of Seattle Pacific University in September.

Osvaldo D. Vena (M) has released a music CD, Still a Dream, with original songs inspired by the poems of Jewish and Arab children. More information about the project, which benefits children in the West Bank, can be found at ›

David (B, ’83M) and Susan (’84E) Hudson are the PCUSA’s new regional liaisons for South Asia. Based in New Delhi, India, they travel as needed to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. They had been copastors of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, North Carolina, and previously lived and served in Korea and Pakistan.

Bruce Kreutzer (E) ran his first marathon on Thanksgiving Day 2006 to raise money for thirty orphans in Vietnam through an organization called Rivers of the World.

Edward Luckett (B) is campaign director for Community Health Charities of Nevada, an on-call chaplain for St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, and teaches at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where he was honored in May with their “Excellence in Teaching Award” for 2007.

Micah Patrick, son of Patrick McCoy (B) and his wife, Rebecca, graduated from Austin College and has received his assignment in Kenya through the Young Adult Volunteer Program of the PCUSA. He will work for Church World Service and report on projects throughout East Africa while being related to the Presbyterian mission in Kenya. The McCoys’ other son, David, is a senior in high school, serves on the Presbytery Youth Council, and works the soundboard at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, Texas, where Patrick is pastor.

C. Edward Morgan (B) became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in June.

Barbara Sherer (B) has coauthored a three-book “thriller” series with what she calls “interesting connections to PTS.” Chasing Eden (St. Martin’s Press) was released in June, and Beyond Eden in October.

Brett Webb-Mitchell (B) has published School of the Pilgrim (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007). For more information, visit

Four Gillettes attended worship together on June 17. The unusual event took place at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where Bruce (B, ’85M) and Carolyn (’85B) Gillette are copastors. Bruce preached and Carolyn assisted as liturgist. In the congregation were Gerald Gillette (’53B), Bruce’s father, and George F. Gillette (’51B), “no relation as far as we know.”

Carol Gregg (B, 95P), chaplain at Alma College in Michigan, was given a yearlong leave of absence from her position in order to relocate to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for her husband’s sabbatical year. She ministers to students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as the interim associate pastor for campus ministry at University Presbyterian Church.

Susanne Johnson (D) has been awarded a general grant by The Louisville Institute for her project “From Jailhouse to Statehouse to Schoolhouse to Churchhouse: Youth Ministry in Community-Based Perspective, A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry.”

Harold Murry (B) has been appointed director of field education and instructor of ministry at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

James Wellman (B) is chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has published Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). The book offers a theory of religion and violence and asks the question “Is war normal for American evangelicals?” Wellman tries to address why there is such high support for the Iraq War among white American evangelicals.

Wellman and his wife, Annette Moser-Wellman (’86B), live on Bainbridge Island with their two girls, Constance and Georgia. They are active in Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, teaching the junior high Sunday school.

Gayle Beebe (B) became the eighth president of Westmont College, effective July 1. He was previously president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Beebe is an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church.

John Wesley Brown (B) received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, in December 2005. He is both owner and president of the Lighthouse Counseling Center, a private agency with offices in West Trenton, New Jersey, and Newtown, Pennsylvania, that specializes in the integration of Christian theology and spirituality with psychological treatment. “Soli Deo Gloria.”

Stephen D. Hay (B) has begun his eighth year as pastor of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The church was founded in the early 1840s, and its building was used as a field hospital for several Civil War battles in the area. Hay is the ninety-first pastor of the church, and the longest serving. Tabernacle just called Sarah Scheck (’07B) as their Christian education director.

James B. Miller (B) completed his tenth year as pastor/head of staff of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana. He has been married to Darlene for twenty years and they have four children: Andy, Julie, Peter, and Caroline. Miller serves on the faculty for the Synod of Lincoln Trails New Pastors Program and is moderator of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley.

Gary Neal Hansen (B, ’90M), assistant professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, received a $40,000 grant from The Louisville Institute’s Christian Faith and Life Grant Program to support a project titled “Doing the Work of God: Historical Models of Christian Prayer.” Funds from the grant will support Hansen’s research and writing at the University of Iowa, where he is a visiting scholar in the Department of Religious Studies. He presented a paper in October on this research at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Minneapolis.

Daniel R. Heischman (P) is the new executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. He previously served as chaplain at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and as a chaplain and administrator at two Episcopal schools, and was executive director of the Council for Religion in Independent Schools. ›

R. Scott Herr (B) writes, “With much gratitude for my education at PTS, I completed the D.Min. program in Christian spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary.”

Warren J. Hoffman (M) has accepted a call as senior pastor of the historic Third Baptist Church in midtown St. Louis, Missouri.

James K. Lankheet (B) is pastor of Beechwood Church in Holland, Michigan. The church started a new worship service called The Bridge three years ago to reach twenty-to-thirty-year-old seekers and now has 275 members who were not affiliated with the church prior to the launch of the service. Beechwood also started a new Spanish language church, Iglesia Alas de Aguila (Eagle Wings Church) for the community of North Holland. Their first public worship service was in April.

Charles Carter Via (B), cofounder and executive director of Bridges to Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focusing on community development in Nicaragua, Kenya, and Nepal, was invited by The Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership at DePauw University to give a presentation in March on “Initiation, Vocation, and Service: The Only Way to a Better Future.”

Gregory Boyd (D) attended the first Open Theology and Science Seminar, hosted by Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, last summer. He was chosen as one of only fourteen participants because of his current and potential contributions to the emerging field of open theology and science. He is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, Minnesota.

Joseph L. Castleberry (B) became the sixth president of Northwest University, a Christian liberal arts college in Kirkland, Washington, on August 15. He previously served as the academic dean at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.

David Huegel (B) and his wife, Cecilia, have four children, Jonathan, Evan, Isaac, and Aaron. Huegel was recently called as associate pastor for English language ministry of the New Life Baptist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, in Houston, Texas. It is a multi-ethnic congregation with ministries in English, Korean, and Spanish.

Anne Marie Meyerhoffer (B) is designated pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Trumbull, Connecticut. She began her ministry there in February.

Emily J. Anderson (B) has been awarded a sabbatical grant for pastoral leaders by The Louisville Institute for her project “New Old Church, New Old Pastor: Reforming Ministry in the 21st Century.”

Robert Gamble (M) writes, “After twenty-four years of working in Presbyterian churches in Florida, New Mexico, and Tennessee, I live and work now in Odessa, in the Ukraine, as the director of the nonprofit This Child Here ( I raise money from PCUSA churches in the States and design programs to help kids on the streets of the Ukraine; there are thousands. So far I have been detained by the police and robbed, had two exhibitions of my photography, and been interviewed four times by Ukrainian television. I have an essay and photographs in the current issue of DoubleTake/Points of Entry magazine.”

Kang-Yup Na (B) recently wrote a column for Presbyterians Today on Bible explorations.

Eriberto (Eddie) Soto (M) and his wife, Marcia, moved in August to Charleston, South Carolina, where he has accepted a call as associate for Latin American ministries of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery. He also went on an international mission trip to Madagascar last summer with members of his previous congregation, Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida.

Michael Thomas (B) is director of doctoral studies and associate professor of pastoral theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.

Obery Hendricks (B) was the guest speaker at Overbrook Presbyterian Church’s (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) “A Celebration of African American Heritage and History” in February.

Kimberly Bracken Long (B) has been appointed assistant professor of worship and coordinator of worship resources for congregations at Columbia Theological Seminary.

John Beddingfield (B) became rector of All Souls Episcopal Church, Woodley Park, in Washington DC, in September. As the church is very close to the National Zoo, he writes that “it opens up all kinds of possibilities for celebrating St. Francis Day.”

Paul Junggap Huh (B) has been appointed assistant professor of worship and director of Korean American ministries at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Beth M. Sheppard (B) has been named the director of the United Library, the theological library that serves Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Rachael Keefe (B, ’96M) is gathering pastor for Promise Church, a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts. She writes, “We started meeting as a home church in the spring of 2006 and this year we were granted in-care standing in the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. We are still meeting in homes in the Weymouth-Quincy area and are looking for more permanent space.” Keefe also works part time as a pastoral counselor.

After finishing his Th.M. in theology at PTS, Masami Kojiro (M, ’93U) moved to Scotland to pursue a doctoral program in theology at the University of Aberdeen. He earned his Ph.D. in 1997 and his dissertation was on “God’s Eternal Election in the Theology of Karl Barth.” In 1998 Kojiro was appointed full-time instructor at Tokyo Union Theological Seminary in Japan, and was promoted in 2001 to assistant professor and in 2006 to professor of systematic theology. He is currently on sabbatical at the University of Edinburgh, New College.

C. Scott Shidemantle (M) and his wife, Wendy, are professors at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Scott is associate professor of biblical studies and Wendy is assistant professor of foreign languages.

Ian Taylor (M) is pastor of Bishopbriggs Springfield Cambridge Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

Yang-en Cheng (D) attended the World Council of Churches Ninth Assembly in Porto Allegre, Brazil, in February 2006 and while there visited Taiwanese churches in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That August he attended the Ninth International Congress on Calvin Research held in Emden, Germany, and Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, and in September spoke at a retreat in Penang, Malaysia, for Presbyterian pastors and church leaders from Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

Allan Hugh Cole Jr. (B, ’01D) was appointed to the Nancy Taylor Williamson Chair in Pastoral Care at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary this past spring.

Troy Jackson (B) has served as pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, for thirteen years. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children: Jacob (twelve), Emma (nine), and Ellie (four). Jackson completed his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky in 2006. He served as an editor for the most recent volume of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project, Advocate of the Social Gospel (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Sung-Deuk Oak (M) was appointed in July as the Im Dongsoon Im Mija Scholar Assistant Professor of Korean Christianity in the Department of Asian Languages and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. He writes, “This is the first chair professor position of Korean Christianity outside of Korea. My primary goal is to make the study of Korean Christianity a legitimate academic field in the United States. Please pray for me and visit”

Rebecca McGowan Spooner (B) received an M.S. in counseling last December from the University of Central Arkansas, and was recently licensed as a counselor by the State of Arkansas. She is the director and lead therapist at the Laurence Schmidt Center in Little Rock, a counseling center for pastors and church professionals of all denominations, and their families.

Jeffrey Wilton Bursch (B) has been awarded a sabbatical grant for pastoral leaders by The Louisville Institute for his project “Sing a New Song: Spiritual Renewal through Faith-Inspired Song Writing.”

Peter (B) Hausmann has transferred to minister-at-large in New Hope Presbytery in order to pursue the building side of his vocation, going to work with the construction company that recently renovated Blacknall Church in Durham, North Carolina. His wife, Margot (B), loves writing and engaging in relational ministry in their urban neighborhood.

Galen Johnson (B) has written Historical Dictionary of the Puritans, published by the Scarecrow Press division of Rowman and Littlefield.

Barbara (McGowan) Smith (B) received her Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care from New York Theological Seminary on May 19, 2007. Dale T. Irvin (’81B), president of the institution, was her advisor.

Adetokunbo Adelekan (B, ’02D) was the guest speaker at Rowan University’s Black Cultural League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual African American History Month ceremonies in February.

Dwight (B) and Kari Davidson have begun their sixth year in Japan serving as missionaries of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Last April, as part of his missionary role, Dwight became the chaplain of the College of Humanities at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama. Kari spends much of her time organizing women in Yokohama to volunteer on behalf of agencies helping Southeast Asian women in poverty. Dwight writes, “Our kids Adam (eleven), Sarah (eight), and Isaiah (three) are healthy and happy—eating lots of rice! We love to entertain visitors and hear from friends, so drop us a line.”

J.P. Kang (B, ’97M), wife, Keren, and daughter Amanda (three), welcomed Olivia Eunae on April 11, 2007, and celebrated his graduation (Ph.D. in Bible) from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, on May 26, 2007. ›

Nancy Reinert (B) celebrated her tenth anniversary as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia, New York, in June. The church planned a festive pig roast!

John Ahn (B) is the first Korean/Asian American in Yale University’s history to receive a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies. He earned the degree in 2006, and is now assistant professor of Old Testament and the book review editor for Horizons in Biblical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He serves in the Sunday school and youth ministry at the Lord’s Church in Austin. Ahn and his wife, Angie, have three children, Isaiah (ten), Alexander (seven), and Caroline (three).

Kathryn D. Blanchard (B) was awarded a summer stipend by The Louisville Institute for her project “The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism?”

Brian C. Brewer (M) is assistant professor of Christian theology at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas.

Terry Cobban (B) transferred membership from the Presbyterian Church in Korea to the PCUSA on January 18, 2007. In March he received endorsement by the PCUSA as an army chaplain.

Garvester Kelley (B, ’99M) joined the New York-based Nonprofit Finance Fund in March as vice president of the mid-Atlantic region. He oversees the expansion of the fund’s activities in New Jersey, Delaware, and the Philadelphia region.

Uwe Bilger (U) received his Masters of Computer Science from the University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany, in 2005. Since then, he has worked in the field of systems, application, and products in data processing and as a management consultant in the area of supply chain management in Germany and the United States. He is currently employed by Deloitte Consulting LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mia Dyson (B) is pastor of South Freeport Church in South Freeport, Maine.

Matthew D. Eddy (B) continues to teach the history of science, medicine, philosophy, and religion in the Philosophy Department of Durham University in England. He has just been tenured and next year will be a visiting assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology and a fellow at the Clark Library of UCLA.

Edwin Fernandez (M) leads worship with his wife, Ruth, at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, a ministry cosponsored by his church, The City Chapel of Las Vegas, and the resort.

Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, has elected Wallace Landes Jr. (P) to its board. He is senior pastor of the Palmyra Church of the Brethren in Palmyra.

David W. Miller (B, ’03D) continues to enjoy his work at Yale Divinity School, where he is executive director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture (, as well as teaching at Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Management.

Robert Seesengood (M) joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina (Pembroke) in August 2006 as assistant professor of religion. His first book, Competing Identities: The Athlete and the Gladiator in Early Christian Literature, came out in March with Continuum Press.

Hazel Wilson (B) has been awarded
a sabbatical grant for pastoral leaders by The Louisville Institute for her project “A Ministry of Health and Wholeness.”

Melinda Contreras-Byrd (B) was the keynote speaker at Delaware State University’s College of Health and Public Policy’s second annual People of Color Mental Health Conference for Southern Delaware in April.

Jeff Hensley’s (P) son Nicholas died of muscular dystrophy on January 2, 2007, just two days before his seventeenth birthday. Classmates can contact Jeff at [email protected]

Joshua Wait (B, ’00G) has been working exclusively in information technology since his return to California in 2003. He does a mixture of hands-on service, project planning, and software development.

Joseph W. Walker (P) spoke at Vanderbilt University’s 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series last January. He is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and also serves as bishop of pastors, international, for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Walker has eight weekly television broadcasts and one daily radio ministry airing nationally in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Nashville, Tennessee, and internationally on Trinity Broadcasting Network, on which he is featured as a regular host and guest.

Cheryl A. Wuensch (M) was honored in celebration of her ordination as a Methodist minister in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church on May 26, 2007, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by the Honorable C.A. Dutch Rupperpsberger of Maryland.

Charles Atkins Jr. (B, E) was appointed to a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Princeton-Blairstown Center in June. The Princeton-Blairstown Center, through its adventure-based and experiential education programs, promotes positive change in the lives of underserved youth, particularly urban youth.

Atkins has hosted and narrated a public television documentary series (Beyond Theology) that studies the intersection of various faith traditions and public life in America. It is being distributed nationally through American Public Television and the first episode is on the history of the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”

C. Edward Davis (B, ’02m) is an associate professor teaching New Testament at Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Capitol Heights, Maryland. In March he celebrated his sixth pastoral anniversary at the First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar in Kensington, Maryland.

Spencer Lundgaard (B, ’01M) and his family moved in July to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, to start a one-year residency with the Beeson Pastor Fellowship Doctoral Program. He writes, “Along with ten other people, we will be visiting thriving churches around the globe, learning from practitioners of cutting-edge ministries, and experiencing coursework in the areas of preaching and spiritual formation.”

In April, Leslie E. Martin (B) became pastor of the Federated Church of Livingston, New Jersey. He previously served as director of development at the American Hungarian Foundation in New Brunswick, but was glad to return to the pastorate.

Allan Purtill (B), his wife, Jenny, and their daughter Syler are pleased to announce the birth of a son, James Allan, born in Albany, Georgia, on June 16, 2007. The Purtills reside in Americus, Georgia, but a spring tornado destroyed the local hospital. In the wake of such a storm, they are especially grateful for this new life.

Steve Runholt (B) married Robyn Castellani of Atlanta on April 21, 2007, at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, where he serves as pastor and as chaplain to Warren Wilson College. Runholt writes, “My PTS friends will join me in giving thanks for what can only be described as a miracle—I finally found someone willing to marry me. Now, come visit us in Asheville, North Carolina!”

Angel Santiago-Vendrell (M) is the new pastor of Whitman United Methodist Church in Whitman, Massachusetts. He previously served as pastor of Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Jamaica Plain.

Jeya So (B) and her husband, Daniel (’00B), have moved to San Diego, California, along with their three-year-old daughter Madeleine, to begin positions at the Korean United Presbyterian Church of San Diego. Jeya is serving part time as the children’s pastor and Daniel is the director of Christian education and the youth pastor.

Christina Starace Williams (B) and her husband, Dan, welcomed daughter Sophia Cherie on February 13, 2007, in the middle of a blizzard. She writes, “Sophie was welcomed home by big sister Gracie, age two, who continues to shower her with affection and love.”

Christian activist and peacemaker Shane Claiborne (b) spoke to Whitworth University students in February about his experience in ministry, including a ten-week stint working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, as well as being a founding partner of The Simple Way, a community in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of The Irresistible Revolution.

Catherine Clasen (B) married Peter Timothy Askew on August 11, 2007, in Asheville, North Carolina. ›

Last January Cheryle R.C. Hanna (B) became interim pastor of Gracious Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church of Detroit, Michigan.

Brian P. Hughes (B) is a board-certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He works at the Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas.

Michael Wassenaar (B) was awarded a dissertation fellowship by The Louisville Institute for his project “Four Types of Calling: The Ethics of Vocation in Kierkegaard, Brunner, Scheler, and Barth.” This grant supports the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to American religion.

Rhonda Britton (B) continues to be active in her community in Pictou, Nova Scotia. In April she was elected as president of the United Way of Pictou County and in May as president of the Pictou County Council of Churches.

PCUSA moderator Joan Gray visited Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, in May, where Karen Wamsteker Bullock (B) is associate pastor, to offer a prayer and some thoughts on mission to women in the church’s Presbyterian Women, who were celebrating the annual birthday offering. Five of the women who received honorary lifetime membership awards had lost their pins and certificates in Hurricane Katrina, and the Office of the Moderator sent new pins and certificates in time for the church’s Sunday worship service. Bullock writes, “The women who lost their pins were delighted and surprised to have this small but significant token restored to them, and it was uplifting for the congregation as a whole to witness that event.”

In April, Wonjae Choi (B) began as interim pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Limerick, Pennsylvania.

Joseph H. Lee (B) and Daniel D. Lee (’03B) are in the midst of planting a new church for Asian Americans named the Pasadena Vineyard in Pasadena, California. Joseph can be reached at [email protected]

Aaron Messner (B) is the new college chaplain for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He previously served as associate minister of preaching at the Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lyn D. Olson (B) was installed as pastor/head of staff of South-Broadland Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, in December 2006, after serving as temporary supply there for fifteen months. She describes South-Broadland as a diverse interracial congregation near the urban core, with lively jazz contemporary music, as well as spirited traditional worship. She writes, “We just completed a capital improvement project to make the forty-five-year-old building accessible. This congregation has been successfully redeveloping, having added more than one hundred individuals, families, and youth in the last five years. Check out the church at”
Olson also serves as chair of the board of Lighthouse Ministries, Inc., a residential ministry to pregnant teens and an adoption agency.

John Raj Amalakar Simeon (M) is pastor of Christ Methodist Church in Chennai, South India. He is also district superintendent of the Madras Suburban District of the Madras Regional Conference of the Methodist Church in India.

Ryan Taylor-Byers (B) was ordained into the United Church of Christ in Bloomington, Indiana, at the First United Church on February 18, 2007. He has taken a call at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kimberly Armstrong (B, ’05M) married David Pepper on December 30, 2006, in Laguna Niguel, California. She is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Wyoming. Her husband is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, Wyoming. They are continuing to serve their respective congregations while making their home in Mountain View.

Cameron H. Fish (M) is 5th Battalion chaplain with the U.S. Navy, working with midshipmen by teaching, providing pastoral care, and getting “out and about” with these young women and men in their training activities.
He also preaches and leads worship regularly at the Naval Academy’s main chapel in rotation with other Protestant chaplains, who represent the Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Free Church of America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Church of the Nazarene, and the Episcopal Church (USA), of which he is a member. He writes, “Additionally, we have two Roman Catholic chaplains and a rabbi on staff. I’m honored to be part of such a fantastic team of chaplains, as well as to fulfill our responsibility to provide for the free exercise of religion for midshipmen from all faiths and backgrounds. My Th.M. from PTS is being put to good use!”

Mark R. Gornik (b) has been awarded a religious institutions grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “Encyclopedia of World Christianity in New York City.”

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (B) is editor of the Lutheran Forum. She serves part time as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Trenton, New Jersey.

Alexander Wimberly (B) is minister of McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was installed on February 28, 2007.

Timothy M. Brown (B) is an adjunct professor in the Temple University African American Studies Department. He teaches a class titled “The Black Church.”

Philip Browning Helsel (B), his wife, Carolyn (B), and their one-year-old son Caleb have moved back to Princeton where Philip began his Ph.D. in pastoral theology at the Seminary and Carolyn has accepted a position as associate director of admissions.

Todd Kennedy (B) moved to California and married Michelle Sieben last summer. He then headed back east to begin the Ph.D. program in Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Mark Lyndaker-Studer (B) is the new pastor/head of staff at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church in Warminster, Pennsylvania. He married Anita Lyndaker on October 14, 2006. The groomsmen included PTS alums Toby Long (’04B), Edward Hilton (’05B), and Henry Hansen (’03B).

Julie Prey-Harbaugh (B) is coordinator of the Child Protection Initiative of Franconia Mennonite Conference, an effort to assist the conference’s congregations and conference-related ministries in creating or improving child protection plans and providing healing contexts for those whose lives have been touched by child abuse.

Jeremy J. Wynne (B, ’05M) and his wife, Betsy (’04B), are living in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he is a research student and tutor in systematic theology and she is assistant chaplain to the University of Aberdeen.

Molly Casteel (B) was ordained by Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery on July 1, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Casteel continues to serve in ministry with the General Assembly of the PCUSA.

Kwon-Nung Choi (M) is director of the Department of Planning at Myung Sung Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea. He can be reached at the church, 330-5, Myung-il Dong, Kang-dong Gu, Seoul 134-830, Korea, or by calling 822.440.9215.

Rosina Christ (B) is associate pastor of the Swiss Reformed Church at Bennwil, Hoelstein, and Lampenberg, Switzerland. The parish comprises these three rural villages near Basel. She writes, “If anyone is interested in church life in this corner of the world, you are most welcome to get in touch with me.” She can be reached at [email protected]

Meghan Gage (B) is associate pastor for children, youth, and families at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kevin Germer (B) is pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. He was ordained and installed in February.

Scott Haile (B, E) is a Ph.D. candidate in biblical studies at Boston College.

Keaton Hill (B) and her husband, Jay, welcomed Errol Neil into their lives on January 5, 2007. They recently moved to Orlando, Florida, to be closer to family.

Catherine Knott (B) is interim associate pastor for family life at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Illinois. She previously was pastoral resident at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

Matt Miller (B), his wife, Brandy (’06B), and their daughter Arden welcomed Levi Samuel to their family on January 5, 2007. Matt has served as associate pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Seminole, Florida, since June 2006, working in small group ministry and Christian education.

Daniel Morrison (B) is pastor of Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Riley Amelia O’Brien (B) married Ralph “Skip” Edwin Powell III on September 3, 2006, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. PTS alums Bethany Hanke Hoang (’04B) and Kristina Robb-Dover (’05B) were in the wedding. The Powells live in Chicago, where Skip is finishing his residency and Riley is working at the Christian microfinance organization Opportunity International.

Kristina Robb-Dover (B) has been named team coordinator for the Presbyterian Global Fellowship, an organization launched in the summer of 2006 to increase Presbyterians’ support for mission in the United States and particularly abroad. She is the organization’s first staff person.

Gretchen Sausville (B) is associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was ordained on August 26, 2007, at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

Amaury Tanon-Santos (B) is president-elect of the National Hispanic Baptist Caucus of the American Baptist Churches, USA. His term will be from 2008–2009. The election took place at the 2007 biennial meeting, which commemorated one hundred years of the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Kiran Young Wimberly (B) was ordained in Miller Chapel on November 19, 2006, and has been assistant minister of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, since February. She and her husband, Alex (’03B), are enjoying living in Northern Ireland.

Garrett Bugg (B) was ordained on August 18, 2007, at Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. John Earl (’75B, ’76M), Katie Buckley (’05B, E), and Eleanor Norman (’06B, E) participated. Bugg is associate pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, Virginia. Pictured from left to right: Eleanor Norman, Garrett Bugg, Katie Buckley, and John Earl. ›

Scott Crawford (B) is assistant minister of Ayr St. Columba Church in Ayr, Scotland.

Patrick Dennis (B) is associate pastor of The Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He married Sarah Scheck (’07B) on June 29, 2007.

Steven Good (B) is associate pastor for youth and families at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Luke Jones (B) is pastor of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley, California. He was ordained on September 23, 2006, and installed on March 25, 2007.

Rebecca Kahnt (B) is associate pastor for youth and their families at the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

Hung-Chuan Lai (M) is a Ph.D. candidate in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Amy Morgan (B) is associate pastor and director of youth ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan. She began this position in February 2007, was ordained on April 15, and was installed on April 29.

Peter Michael Mudgett (B) is designated associate pastor for discipleship at Malibu Presbyterian Church in Malibu, California.

Eleanor Norman (B, E) was ordained at Oconee Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville, Georgia, on March 31, 2007. Patrick Johnson (’06B) preached the sermon, and Garrett Bugg (B) and Andy Cooke (’04B) also participated in the service. Norman is associate pastor for youth, families, and church growth at the First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Florida. Pictured from left to right: Andy Cooke, Eleanor Norman, Patrick Johnson, and Garrett Bugg (Andy, Patrick, and Garrett were all interns at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, New Jersey). ›

Cari Pattison (B) and Todd Riley married on March 24, 2007, in Prairie Village, Kansas. They currently reside in North Brunswick, New Jersey, where Todd is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. He is also a research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Cari is seeking a pastor or chaplain position, and currently works at Stonebridge at Montgomery, a retirement community.

Amos Shin (B) is associate pastor at the Princeton Korean Community Church in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

Stefanie Shumaker (B) is director of children’s ministry at Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Traci Smith (B) was ordained, and then installed as associate pastor of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, on April 15.

Seth Svaty (B) is solo pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in rural Sterling, Kansas. He was ordained on July 23, 2006, and began work the next day. He is also an adjunct instructor at Sterling College, teaching courses in philosophy, spiritual formation, and worship. He and his wife and children enjoy spending time on the nearby family farm.

Wiriya Tipvarakankoon (M) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois.

Dana Allen Walsh (B) is associate minister of the Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her ministry focuses on youth, social justice, and pastoral care. Her husband, Sean, is an English teacher and drama director at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts. For their summer vacation, the Walshes backpacked for a month in Thailand and Indonesia.

Robbie (B) and Lindsey (B, E) Carnes are associate pastors of the First Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana.

Catherine Chang (B) is a pastoral resident (two-year term) in the Transition to Ministry Program at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In September she began the first of four ministry rotations.

Joshua Cleveland (B) is a residence director at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

John Scott Crannell (B) has accepted a call as an associate pastor at Chester Presbyterian Church in Chester, Virginia.

Katherine M. Douglass (B, E) is associate pastor of youth at the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany.

John (Alec) Flynt (B) is pastor of young adults and discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Peter Mundey (B) is in a sociology doctoral program specializing in the sociology of religion at the University of Notre Dame.

Rebecca White Newgren (B) is a pastoral resident (two-year term) in the Transition to Ministry Program at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In September she began the first of four ministry rotations.

Shelli Poe-Messner (B) was ordained on June 10 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Warren, New Jersey. She is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, working on a degree in philosophical theology.

Marilus Rodriguez (B) is minister of the Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church in Boonton, New Jersey. She is also minister of the Port Morris United Methodist Church in Roxbury Township.