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1947
On September 23, 2007, Arthur Hughes (B) was honored by the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, Missouri, on the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the ministry.

1950
Cheryl Robb Knieriemen (e), spouse of George S. Knieriemen Jr. (’53B, ’68M), died on October 27 at the Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills, Minnesota. She is survived by her husband and daughters Marily Knieriemen of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and Linda Knieriemen (’90B) and her husband David P. Walter of Holland, Michigan.

1952
Benjamin H. Adams (B) recently moved with his wife of fifty years to Delaware from New Jersey to a fifty-five-plus community, which they are enjoying very much. Adams also transferred from Newton Presbytery to the Presbytery of New Castle. He and his wife, Jane, would love to hear from old contacts and friends, via letter, 38 Wheatsheaf Lane, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, email benjaminadams38@gmail.com, or phone 302.223.6535.

1957
In January, Richard A. Hasler’s (B) new book on walking, Surprises Around the Bend: 50 Adventurous Walkers, was released by Augsburg-Fortress Publishers. He writes, “In my reading of biographies through the years, I noticed that many of the most creative men and women in history have been ardent walkers. Further, they claim that their walking positively influenced their creativity. I have written the book with the expectation that these companions of the way will inspire the reader to be a diligent walker, too.”

1958
Thomas E. Fisher (B) was the guest preacher on Palm Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. He is adjunct religious advisor at Amherst and Smith Colleges in Massachusetts.

Philip Park (B) published his memoir Kimchi and Sauerkraut in December. It is a reflection on his career in the United States and Japan and is available for purchase on amazon.com under his name and the title of the book.

1959
Fairhaven High School in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has named their gymnasium after Barton B. Leach (B, ’67M), a former town basketball star who turned down an opportunity to play with the Boston Celtics, opting instead to study theology at Princeton Seminary. While playing for the University of Pennsylvania in 1955, during college, Leach was chosen the Ivy League’s most valuable basketball player.

1960
Ed Reitz (B) presented a series of educational workshops in October in Pierre, South Dakota, focusing on strengthening the message of the church in the community. The series encompassed six messages on the theme “What Is the Biblical Meaning of ‘The Church?’”

1961
John Miller (B) has published The Admonitions of St. Thomas to Matthew the Evangelist, a short series of letters from “doubting Thomas” raising questions about Barabbas, Judas, and other New Testament problems. The book is available through Drumragh Books.

1962
Roger L. Dunnavan (B) is interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, New Jersey.

1963
Earl Eisenbach (B) has been serving as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for the past fifteen years. He was called as senior pastor of the Agawam Congregational Church in Agawam, Massachusetts, in 2000, and says there are several PTS graduates serving United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts.

As a commitment to his mantra, “friends don’t let friends retire,” John Powers (B) is serving as a principal to develop a concept of operations and countermeasures architecture to defeat nuclear smuggling from the former Soviet Union. Powers was awarded a Department of Defense subcontract in excess of a quarter of a million dollars to assist in this.

1964
Wayne Whitelock (B) has been appointed to the FBI National Chaplain Steering Committee, representing the New England region. In January he was the resident chaplain at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He continues to serve as chairman of the Disaster Response Committee for the International Conference of Police Chaplains and as state chaplain for the Vermont State Guard.

1965
Stephen T. Davis (B), professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, lectured on “God as Present and God as Absent” in March at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1966
Herb Chilstrom (M), former pastor of the First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minnesota, spoke at the church’s worship services and First Forum on October 7 as part of the congregation’s sesquicentennial celebration.

John Galloway Jr. (B) retired in December after forty-one years as a Presbyterian minister, the last fourteen of which were as pastor of Wayne Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia.

He also contributed to Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers, a book that offers candid conversations between young adult and veteran ministers.

In October, S T Kimbrough Jr. (D) appeared on a BBC television special dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth. The program featured an interview with Kimbrough and a scene from his musical drama, Sweet Singer, on Wesley’s life and work. It was part of the BBC series Song of Praise. Kimbrough, who has had parallel careers as a professional singer/actor on the opera, musical, and concert stages and as a university and seminary professor, premiered Sweet Singer at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1985 and since then has performed it more than 500 times and on three continents.

M. Dudley Rose (B), minister of McDonough Presbyterian Church in McDonough, Georgia, has written Life Lessons from the Table: Recipes to Feed the Body, Stories to Nourish Your Soul. The book is available online at www.mcdonoughpresbyterian.com. He also volunteers as a chaplain with the Henry County Police Department Internal Affairs Division.

1967
Kent Ira Groff’s (B) book Writing Tides: Finding Grace and Growth through Writing was published in 2007 by Abingdon Press. He writes, “The book grew out of a decade of leading writing seminars at places like Princeton and Pittsburgh Seminaries and the Chautauqua Institute in New York.” Having moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2006, Groff continues to lead writing workshops and spiritual retreats in the United States and abroad. Contact him at kentiragroff@comcast.net.

1968
In June 2007, Lowery M. Brantley (b) was appointed director of connectional ministries for the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. His office is located on Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

1969
J. Cameron Bigelow (B, ’70M) retired in October from St. Andrew’s- Knox Presbyterian Church in Fort Erie, New York. After thirty-six years of continuous parish ministry, Bigelow and his wife, Linda, have retired to Orillia, a community sixty miles north of Toronto, Canada.

Philip M. Hazelton (m) retired as head of staff and pastor of Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio, on September 30 after more than thirteen years of service to the congregation.

 

 

 

In May, David Lunan (G), clerk to the Presbytery of Glasgow, was elected the 2008 moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (photo credit: Photo Express, Edinburgh).

 

 

 

Jim Walkup’s (B) web site, http://dr-jim.com/, offers insight for couples and individuals dealing with a wide variety of issues, including recovery from extramarital affairs, and relationships and personal growth. Walkup is a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York City.

1970
Paul Aiello (B) retired from the Seaview Baptist Church in Linwood, New Jersey, on December 31, 2007, and moved to Mars, Pennsylvania.

William H. Gray III (M) delivered an address during Amherst College’s celebration of the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in February.

1971
Dale Claerbaut (M) recently published his first book, God’s Covenant with the Creation—A Theology for Ecology. It confronts nature-grace theology with a unitive creation covenant and offers a unique interpretation of Genesis. The book is available at amazon.com.

John Zehring (E) serves on the adjunct faculty of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where he teaches public speaking. He is senior pastor of the Kingston Congregational Church in Kingston, near the University of Rhode Island, and was recently the “Preacher of the Meeting” at the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ.

1972
John Snyder (B, ’75M) is a pastor, author, and conference speaker, and has pastored and planted churches in California, New York, and Switzerland. He is comoderator of Knox Fellowship, an international evangelism training organization that prepares and mobilizes church leaders to establish relevant, dynamic outreach ministry. He received his Th.D. from the University of Basel, and is author of Reincarnation vs. Resurrection (Moody Press), These Sheep Bite, and Jesus: The Only Way? as well as the upcoming Resenting God, Storm Rider: Surviving and Thriving after Life’s Catastrophes and The No-God Delusion: A Response to Richard Dawkins (all Appleseed Press).

His wife, Shirin, and daughters, Sarah and Stephanie, are also published authors and write under the name Nous Trois. They have written scripts for short plays, articles, and short stories. Snyder and his family divide their time between California, New York, and Europe.

Jack Van Ens (B, ’76M, ’84P), who portrays men in history like Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Jefferson, has recently led worship services on the East Coast and in Michigan. He also appeared in April at The Awakening America Conference in Northampton, Massachusetts, where a group of evangelical and Pentecostal national leaders gathered to discuss Reformed theology.

1973
Robert Bayley (B) concluded his interim pastorate at Londonderry Presbyterian Church in New Hampshire and is now in an interim position laboring outside the bounds of the Presbytery of Northern New England, at St Peter’s in the City Presbyterian Church in Tauranga, New Zealand. His email address is rbayley@stpeters.org.nz.

Rowland F. Bennett (E) is interim director of the Clarence Dillon Public Library in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Ashton T. Stewart Jr. (B) has been elected as the chairman of the board of SAT-7 PARS, a twenty-four-hour-a-day Farsi language Christian satellite channel. He also hosts his own Farsi language discipleship on the air, teaching a program for the growing house church movement in Iran.

Monica Styron (B) participated in an interfaith panel in March in Sonoma County, California, sharing her experiences of and insights about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Lloyd Umbarger (M) writes, “Since retiring to my home county of Harford County, Maryland, ten years ago, I have preached about 175 times—in twenty-seven congregations in four states. There is great joy in starting new ecumenical organizations. I am now working on number four, the Harford Ecumenical Forum.

1974
Joseph Stanley Heggelund (B) is senior pastor of the local chapter of Good Faith Ministries, which ministers weekly in sermon through its “Faith for Today” program, which he founded at WNLC in New England while he served as a contact chaplain for the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

David H. Hicks (B), former U.S. Army chief of chaplains, spoke in February at the annual National Prayer Breakfast at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He received a Commander’s Certificate of Highest Commendation and a painting of the Main Post Chapel and McGlachlin Parade Field from the installation commander.

Ogbu Kalu (B), the Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity at McCormick Theological Seminary, delivered a lecture in November at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, on the topic “Black Joseph: Rhetoric and Motivations of African American Evangelization of Africa.” Kalu is a native of Nigeria.

1975
Michael J. Alliegro (m) was installed in December as the third rector of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral Parish in Metuchen, New Jersey (photo credit: Patrick J. Carroll/The Catholic Spirit).

 

 

 

William R. Grimbol (B) has published Jesus in Your Backpack: A Teen’s Guide to Spiritual Wisdom (Ulysses Press). The book shows teens how they can connect with Jesus as teacher, role model, sage, and spiritual seeker. Grimbol is the director of Shelter Island Community Youth Center in Shelter Island, New York.

In August, Richard Raum (B, ’85P) began a new call as pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He hosted an alumni/ae gathering for PTS alums in the Grand Rapids area in May.

Kent Ulery (B) has been named the tenth president of Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. He will take over the nearly 200-year-old institution on July 1. He currently is minister for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.

1977
John Bruington (B) is back in Montana after a brief sojourn back East in Indiana. He is glad to be back in the West and is doing bi-vocational ministry on the hi-line (north central) region of Montana. He writes, “This is becoming the norm for rural ministry now that denominational support for the small church is no longer available. As some of you have also discovered, age works against us now and finding full-time pastoral work is quite difficult—so bi-vocational ministry is becoming our only option. But the good news is that it can be done and offers some very exciting and unusual approaches to ministry. For those who remember me—yes, I do still ride and occasionally work the roundup out here (can’t do that in New York City!). Greetings to my classmates and especially those of you still running the race with your eyes on the goal. It’s been tough, but what a ride!”

Bruce Forbes (D), professor and chair of religious studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, provided information about the history of Christmas when he summarized his new book, Christmas: A Candid History, at the college in November, during a public event sponsored by the school’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series.

1978
Peter Bauer (B) was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army in a pinning ceremony on September 14.

James E. Sciegel (E) serves the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps as the regional manager for religious education programs for Installation Management Command Europe. He works from Heidelberg, Germany, and provides guidance, consultation, and training for religious educators serving the multiple-faith communities on army garrisons in Germany, Italy, and Belgium. His address is CMR 420 Box 1881, APO AE 09063; email jsciegel@usa.net.

Katherine “Kate” Simons (B, ’80M) was installed on February 24, 2008, as the new pastor of Christiana Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware.

Thomas Spann (B) delivered the J.N. Ervin Lecture in March at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. He is former professor of religion at the college and is currently the associate director of the intern program at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

1979
James S. Boelens (B) serves as the command chaplain at U.S. Army South. He is responsible for coordinating religious support to the U.S. Army during partnership exercises in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Kristine Malm Holmgren (B) recently accepted a position with Capella University in Minneapolis as an instructional designer and writer. She will complete her Ph.D. in education in June 2009. Her collection of essays Making Do in the Promised Land was recently published by Lone Oak Press.

Philip M. Jones (B) is the new pastor and head of staff of Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey.

For the past two years Nigel J. Robb (M, ’89M) has held positions for the Church of Scotland: associate secretary for worship and doctrine of the Mission and Discipleship Council and secretary for the Church Art and Architecture Committee, which advises on church building and alteration of church buildings throughout Scotland. He was in the United States in March and visited the PTS campus, and writes that he hopes to attend the alumni/ae reunion in October.

Beverly Zink-Sawyer (B) was inaugurated in the Samuel W. Newell Jr. Chair of Preaching and Worship at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education on February 20. The title of her inaugural lecture was “The ‘Best’ Is Yet to Be: The Pursuit of Preaching Perfection in Light of the Ineffable Word.” She is the first person to be named to the Newell Chair of Preaching and Worship.

1980
Last June, Thomas Brackbill (B) became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Alma, Michigan.

George Cladis (B) has been called to the positions of executive pastor of Liberty Churches (Shrewsbury/ Worcester, Massachusetts) and chief operating officer of the New England Dream Center, a faith-based social service agency in Worcester started by Liberty Churches. He has also been elected to the position of assistant professor, adjunct, in the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Richard Sheffield (B) has published Preaching the Parables: I Love to Tell the Story, reflecting on the parables of Jesus that appear in Cycle A of the Revised Common Lectionary. The book was published by CSS Publishing Company and is available online.

1981
Jeffrey DeYoe (B) was joined by his friends and former classmates Alex Chamberlain (’81B) and Cindy Shepherd (’81B) when he was installed by the Presbytery of Scioto Valley as the pastor of Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio. Chamberlain, a hospital chaplain in Boise, Idaho, preached the sermon “Born to Run,” and offered appropriate quotations from Bruce Springsteen’s famous ballad. Not to be outdone, Shepherd, a pastor in Philo, Illinois, gave the charge to the pastor and used the vast Springsteen catalogue as well, quoting from another great ballad, “Badlands.” DeYoe says that “traditionalists and former professors will be relieved to know that Chamberlain and Shepherd also quoted Jesus and the Apostle Paul.”

Also present at the gala event was Ruth Kuyper DeYoe (’82E), interim director of Christian education at the First Presbyterian Church in Granville, Ohio, and Jeff’s wife and ministry partner of almost twenty-six years. A good time was had by all and the newly installed pastor was later heard to say, “It’s just like The Big Chill except I’m not dead.”

Duane Hix (B) is the new pastor of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Willow Spring, North Carolina.

Don Richter (B, ’92D) is on the editorial board for a book series PTS’s Institute for Youth Ministry has negotiated with Abingdon Press. He is drafting a chapter for a collaborative book with the working title Wings for the Soul, to be edited by Kenda Creasy Dean, PTS’s associate professor of youth, church, and culture.

Thomas L. Stiers (P) has served as interim senior minister of The Riverside Church in New York City since January 2007. He has held pastorates in Connecticut, where he served as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich for twenty-nine years. He most recently served as interim senior pastor at the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2005 to 2006.

 

 

1982
Ann Clay Adams (B) was named associate dean for academic administration at Columbia Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Fritz Bogar (’80B, ’81M), and their son Gabe live in PTS Dean Darrell Guder’s former faculty home at Columbia.

Keith E. Edwards (B) is interim pastor of the First Filipino Presbyterian Church of Azusa, California.

Angus Kerr (M, ’05P) has been appointed clerk to the Presbytery of Glasgow in the Church of Scotland. Kerr began duties on February 1 and succeeds David Lunan (’69G), who was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May. Both Kerr and Lunan were Peter Marshall Scholars while at PTS.

James K. Mahan (B) was installed as pastor of the Turn of River Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, on March 30.

Shelly Stackhouse (B) has been named a lecturer at Yale Divinity School. She serves as senior pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven, Connecticut. She celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of her ordination at a worship service, with Suzanne Rudiselle (’76B, ’87M) preaching, and her fiftieth birthday by going skydiving!

 

 

1983
Susan R. Garrett (B), New Testament professor at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, gave the convocation address at the opening convocation of the school’s 155th academic year in September. Her address was titled “Wanting God and Wanting What We Want: Angels and the Problem of Desire.”

In April, Renita Weems (B, ’89D) took part in a major interdisciplinary conference on Black religion in the African diaspora held at Yale University. The “Middle Passage Conversations” conference featured forty leading scholars from across the country who engaged in eight moderated panels and explored the ways in which they understand Black religiosity in their work.

1984
Brenda Halbrooks (B) is pastor of the Three Chopt Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.

In January, Donald Marsden (B) joined the staff of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, a validated mission support group that works closely with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in its worldwide efforts to extend the gospel of Jesus Christ to ethnic groups that have no self-reproducing church in which the gospel is preached in the language and terms of their culture.

 

 

 

Barbara Blythe Ndovie (B) is the new pastor of Haven United Methodist Church in Quinton Township, New Jersey.

Mary C. Nebelsick (B) is a Presbyterian mission coworker teaching in the Philippines.

Phil Olson (B) was installed as pastor of the Church on the Mall, the Presbyterian church at Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, on September 16, 2007.

William R. Ripley (B) retired from active ministry in 2000 and is now teaching Spanish full time at a high school, two universities, and a police academy. He writes: “My wife, Jennifer, and I divorced in 2003, and Jennifer lives near our daughter, Jessica, and her family in Longview, Washington. Our son, Shawn, born in Princeton, is a sergeant in the California Air National Guard.” Ripley married Erin Marie Davis on July 7, 2007, at a ceremony at his summer home on Puget Sound in Washington State. The couple honeymooned in Ireland. He writes that he misses his days in Princeton. “Such great memories.”

1985
Gayle D. Beebe (B) was inaugurated as Westmont College’s eighth president on April 11, 2008. The day of events and lectures focused on “The Global Imperative: Education and the Knowledge Society in the 21st Century.” One of the events was an address by Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine.

From mid-March through its mid-May adjournment, Richard Buller (B) (center) was the spiritual leader for the 134 members of the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Buller is pastor of Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Eleazer Fernandez (M), professor of constructive theology at United Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, offered the liberal perspective in a dialogue that took place at United in November as part of a series called “Can We Talk? An Evangelical/Liberal Dialogue.”

Marion Jackson (B, ’86M) is the new pastor of Wall United Methodist Church in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. She was formerly pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Montclair (photo courtesy of The Coast Star).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Moritz (B) was installed on September 9, 2007, as pastor of Cornerstone (United Ministries in Higher Education) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Moritz, who is legally blind, loves campus ministry and explains: “I don’t drive, so one big draw of campus ministry is that I can walk everywhere.” (photo credit: Lincoln Journal Star)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anoushavan Tanielian (M), the vicar general of the Eastern United States’ Prelacy, gave a lecture titled “Abundant Life through Christian Education” at Montreal, Canada’s, Armenian community center in January. Bishop Tanielian was recently appointed the ecumenical officer of the United States by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Catholicosate.

1986
Dale Luffman (T), a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles Missionary Quorum for the Community of Christ, was the guest minister at a worship service in November at the Leavenworth Community of Christ Church in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Anna Williamson (E, ’93B) was installed on January 13, 2008, as pastor of Beardsley United Methodist Church and Browns Valley United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, a two-point parish in rural western Minnesota.

1987
Martin R. Ankrum (B) was installed by Redstone Presbytery as vice moderator for 2008 and will be the moderator of the presbytery in 2009. Ankrum also serves as chair of the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. He is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Timothy E. Fulop (B) has been named dean of the college, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of religion at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He was formerly dean, vice president for academic affairs, and associate professor of religion and philosophy at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Chris Keating (B) received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School

of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, in May 2007. His thesis was titled “Perilous Journeys: Noticing, Exploring, and Interpreting Leadership in Multiple Staff Settings.” PTS alums Warren Carter (’91D) and Robert K. Martin (’85B, ’95D) were principal advisors. In fall 2006 he was invited to teach preaching and exegesis to commissioned lay pastor students in his presbytery. He is pastor of Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church in suburban St. Louis.

Mary Tiebout (B) is the consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County, New Jersey. She preaches two Sundays each month and attends to the various pastoral needs of the congregation.

After twenty-five years in the United States, Louke van Wensveen (D) has moved back to The Netherlands, where she works for the Oikos Foundation, an ecumenical non-governmental organization for sustainable development. Her new address is: Zegerijstraat 36, 6971 ZP Brummen, The Netherlands.

Gary J. Ziccardi (B) writes, “Deployed for one year, I am serving as the United States Air Force’s wing chaplain in Southwest Asia through August 2008. Following this year, I will be assigned as the air force’s action officer under the deputy chief of chaplains to build the new multi-million-dollar Chaplain Service Institute.

1988
Robert W. (Bob) Henderson (B) was installed as pastor and head of staff of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 20, 2008. Anna Carter Florence (’98B, ’00D), associate professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, preached the sermon. Henderson is the church’s fifth pastor in its sixty-one-year history. He previously served as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.

 

 

 

Joy A. Schroeder (B) has published a book on the history of interpretation of biblical narratives of sexual violence, titled Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation (Fortress Press, 2007). She is associate professor of church history at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and associate professor of religion at Capital University, also in Columbus, where she holds the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion.

Will Vaus (B), president of Will Vaus Ministries, has written a tribute to his father, My Father Was a Gangster, published by Believe Books of Washington DC.

Steve Yamaguchi (B) has contributed to Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers, a book recently published by Broadmind Press that offers candid conversations between young adult and veteran ministers.

1989
Allen Hilton (B) was a volume editor for the twelve-volume series Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Westminster John Knox Press). This series offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation, written by companions on the way.

Babette Davis Reeves (E) has found her current “niche” as children and youth librarian at Southern Peaks Public Library in Alamosa, Colorado, a position that has made her something of an unexpected celebrity in a town of only 8,000. She writes that she serves on the state library’s steering committee for early literacy, and enjoys DJing “Ballads and Bluegrass” at the local public radio station. In 2007 she graduated her oldest son from their homeschool; she says, “Ben is now studying classics at Knox College in Illinois.” Brendan, her youngest, is in sixth grade and still homeschooled. She and her husband, Brian, celebrated twenty years of married life in 2007, and they love living in the San Luis Valley, “even if it is the coldest place in the continental USA!”

Cynthia Rigby (B, ’98D) gave the inaugural Jean and Parker F. Wilson Seminar to kick off the spring semester of the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity at Brite Divinity School. Her seminar was titled “Deep and Wide: Living into God’s Amazing Grace.”

1990
Kirk Bingaman (B) has published his second book, Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach, with Jason Aronson Publishers. He is assistant professor of pastoral counseling and the director of the pastoral counseling program in the Graduate School of Religion/Religious Education at Fordham University in New York.

Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi (M, ’99D) was a volume editor for the twelve-volume series Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Westminster John Knox Press). This series offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation, written by companions on the way.

Cardoza-Orlandi was also the Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lecturer at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s second annual Edwards-Presler Lectureship on Justice and Mission in October. His lecture was titled “Mission Impossible? Faith at the Crossroads of People and Religion.” In May he was promoted to professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary.

In August, Ricardo Green (B, ’91E) participated in the third annual conference of the Cross Cultural Alliance of Ministries, an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that addresses issues facing the church through a multicultural lens. He was elected the ecumenical outreach coordinator of the organization.

Obery Hendricks (B) was a featured speaker in June at Princeton University’s conference “Envision: The Gospel, Politics, and The Future.”

1991
Lisanne Finston (B) has worked in New Jersey to address hunger, poverty, and other human and community needs since 1989. She has been executive director of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick since 1993, overseeing the serving of nearly 100,000 meals annually.

Ernest R. Flores (B), pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has published Tempted to Leave the Cross: Renewing the Call to Discipleship (Judson Press).

Scott Huber (M) taught a class titled “Fruit of Blessing, Root of Evil: Money in the Life of Faith” for The Frederick School of Religion in Frederick, Maryland. The school is planned for laity and clergy by representatives from area churches and is in its twenty-fifth year.

Tim Morehouse (B) married Kara Megan Mansfield on October 18, 2003. Their son Gabriel Boone Mansfield Morehouse was born on November 30, 2006.

Dymayanthi Niles (B) (below left) was ordained on April 13, 2007, received tenure from Eden Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches theology, and became an American citizen last May. Her father, Preman Niles, also graduated from PTS, earning a Ph.D. in 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992
Donovan Drake (B) was the featured speaker on Day 1 on April 6 and 13, 2008. The Day 1 radio program was launched as The Protestant Hour in 1945 by an alliance of denominations.

Richard “Trace” Haythorn (B) was elected president of The Fund for Theological Education, effective January 2008. He previously served as director of the Vocation and Values Program and the Center for Servant Leadership at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, as well as assistant professor in the Department of Religion. The Fund for Theological Education is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and theological scholarship.

Berlinda A. Love (B) published Sermons from the Heart as a book and an audio book in December. She is in her twenty-sixth year of teaching with the Trenton School District and is a member of Concerned Pastors and Ministers of Trenton and Vicinity and an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, First Episcopal District.

1993
In November, Mark Douglas (B, ’94M) preached and led discussions on peace, war, and the Christian tradition, at Sylvania United Church of Christ in Sylvania, Ohio. He is associate professor of ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

1994
John (Jack) M. Brown (B) and Sharon Garlough Brown (B) are copastors of Redeemer Covenant Church in Caledonia, Michigan.

Patricia Fisher (B) will retire in June from her secular elementary school educator position. She has taught for thirty-four years. Fisher also does part-time pulpit supply for Mine Hill Presbyterian Church in Mine Hill, New Jersey, and is looking forward to devoting more time to her ministry.

Osy Nuesch (B) concluded a decade of service as pastor of Bensalem Presbyterian Church, one of the original churches that established the Presbytery of Philadelphia, to accept a call as the pastor of an even older church, Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park, New Jersey, a congregation of the Reformed Church of America and established in 1703.

After more than a decade on the pastoral staff of a 3,000-member church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in October Ruth Santana-Grace (B) completed two years as executive presbyter of San Gabriel Presbytery in southern California. She is the first Hispanic American woman to serve in this capacity in the contiguous states. She writes that San Gabriel Presbytery is “small geographically, but it has ten languages of worship on Sunday morning. In addition, three clergy and missionary retirement communities along with several seminaries are housed within the bounds of the presbytery. This paints a unique picture for the presbytery in how they serve and minister to one another.” Santana-Grace is happy to be using her pastoral, political, seminary, and administrative backgrounds as she seeks to lead and serve “the saints” of San Gabriel Presbytery.

1995
Mel Glazer (P) is rabbi of Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In November, Richard A. Grounds (D) gave a presentation titled “Native Voices: Colonial and Contemporary Issues in Native Language Revitalization” on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Grounds, who is of Yuchi and Seminole heritage, is the project director of the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project based in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, working with the five remaining fluent Yuchi speakers.

William A. Lewis (M) is pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Fremont, Nebraska. He previously served the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois, before going to Fremont.

Last May, Prince Singh (M) was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, New York, to lead the fifty-two congregations in the diocese.

Eugene Taylor Sutton (d) has been elected as the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland’s first African American bishop. He was chosen in April as the diocese’s fourteenth bishop of Maryland.

1996
Geraldine “Gerry” Godfrey (B) is pastor of the Hanover Church of the Brethren in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She previously served for eleven years as pastor of the Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren in Lancaster County.

1997
Greg Finch (B) is associate of collaborative projects at the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital.

Jonelle (Garo) Kazarian (B) recently completed her exams for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in California. Her husband, Kalem, and their three children, Judi, six, Peter, four, and Frank, two, have just moved to Armenia to do mission work in a northern Armenian village called Lusaghbyur. She writes, “When the snow melts we will move there from the capital of Yerevan and start to rebuild 100 homes that have not been reconstructed since the 1988 earthquake that devastated this village. The remaining families in the village live in shipping containers or basements of half-built homes. The elevation of Lusaghbyur is 6,000 feet and it gets to be minus thirty-five degrees in the winter. These are very harsh conditions with the limitations of the metal shipping containers. We can be reached by email or at our blog site, www.kazariansinarmenia.blogspot.com. Blessings to all!”

Betsey Mauro (P), pastor of Rockland Congregational Church in Rockland, Maine, led a three-session study in March that explored ways to pray, finding the right way for oneself, and what the Bible teaches about prayer.

Ned Morgens (B) is president and owner of SarahCare at Johns Creek, an adult day care facility in Suwanee, Georgia. He served as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and is on the Rules Advisory Group for the Georgia Department of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services, which develops regulations for adult day care in Georgia.

David Shinn (B) has contributed to Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers, a book recently published by Broadmind Press that offers candid conversations between young adult and veteran ministers.

Victor Thasiah (B) graduated with a D.Phil. in theology from Oxford University. He studied Karl Barth’s ethics under the supervision of Dr. John Webster. He began a new position in June as assistant director for social policy studies at the national office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago. He writes, “The estrogen just seeps from our house, which now includes two daughters, Eden Elizabeth and Athena Sophia, ages six and fifteen months.” To compensate, Thasiah says he teaches the girls wrestling, soccer, running, golf, and jujitsu early on.

1998
Todd Allen (B) is the fourth pastor in the forty-eight-year history of the Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview, Minnesota. He was installed on November 18, 2007.

Rosanna Piper Anderson (B) was installed as the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, New Jersey, on May 6, 2007. Dr. Samuel Hugh Moffett preached on “The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil.” In April 2007, Anderson was granted the credential of certified Christian educator in the PCUSA.

Bryan Bass-Riley (B) began a new position in November as the director of pastoral care/CPE supervisor at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. He is also certified as a clinical chaplain and is a CPE supervisor-in-training through The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He writes that his daughters are doing wonderfully and his wife, Lori (’00B), continues to serve well as the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Gibbstown, New Jersey.

Scott Erwin (B) has started a new church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which he describes as a post-evangelical, missional gathering of faith. They meet in an art gallery called The Third Floor on Sunday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

James Lynch (B) has been promoted to vice president of employee communications at American Express. In his expanded role, he will lead communications for the vice chairman of the American Express Company and the company’s more than 24,000 employees in forty-six countries. He splits his time between the company’s headquarters in New York and London, and his home office in West Palm Beach, Florida.

1999
Ron Choong (B) visited Melbourne, Australia, in February to lecture on “Challenges to the Christian Mind” as part of the Academy for Christian Thought’s first conference in Australia. For more information, visit http://web.mac.com/actron/iWeb/ACT-Oz.2008/Welcome.html.

Scott Nowack (B) participated with nineteen other PTS alumni/ae in the 2007 Holy Land Spiritual Renewal Program. The group traveled to Israel for two weeks in the Galilee and Jerusalem. The pilgrimage was led by James Charlesworth, PTS’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Matthew V. Novenson (’06M), and Jonathan E. Soyars (’07B). Nowack writes, “It was the experience of a lifetime!”

2000
Dylan Dodd (B) is a research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

In January, Cornell Edmonds (B), stated clerk of the Presbytery of New York City, co-led a discussion with other faith community participants, “Living the Hopes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision of a Beloved Community,” as part of the film festival “Race, Faith, Class, Gender: The Challenges and Opportunities We Face in a Global Community,” at the West Windsor Library in West Windsor, New Jersey.

2001
Sharon Betsworth (M) received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is assistant professor of religion at Oklahoma City University.

Kenneth Green (B) is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Illinois. He previously served as associate pastor for young families and the discipleship of children at the Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Theresa Latini (B, ’06D) is assistant professor of congregational and community care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jeff Mathis (B) is minister to college students and young adults at the First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2002
Dennis B. Calhoun (P) is minister of the Old North Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts, one of the oldest churches in New England. Prior to this call he served for eighteen years as the second longest-serving minister in the history of the Middlebury Congregational Church in Connecticut.

In January, Dearthrice “Dea” DeWitt (B, ’03M), Christian chaplain at the University at Albany, was the guest speaker at the annual community Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service for Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton Counties in New York.

In March, Daniel R. Flores (B), assistant professor of Hispanic religion at Arizona State University, convened the Hispanic Wesleyan Society meeting at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. The society met to discuss the problems of and solutions for doing ministry in the midst of current public fear regarding Hispanic immigrants.

Mark Hanna (B) is pastor of Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Roland Park, Maryland. He is the seventh installed pastor of the 107-year-old Roland Park church.

Leigh Morrison (B) and Tom Johnson were married on June 23, 2007, at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. The couple resides in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where Leigh teaches theology and Tom teaches history at The Hill School.

2003
Howard Griffin (B) is associate pastor for evangelism, mission, and outreach at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He writes, “My lovely wife, Sarah, and I now have two beautiful daughters, Hannah (four) and Libby (one). God bless you all.”

Noelle Tennis Gulden (B) and John Gulden welcomed Quinn Tennis Gulden into their family on November 22, 2006. They live in Louisville, Kentucky, where John is pastor of Briargate Presbyterian Church and Noelle is the program assistant for the National Network of Presbyterian College Women.

Christopher B. Hays (B) has graduated with a Ph.D. from Emory University, and has accepted the D. Wilson Moore Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Cathleen Jaworowski (B) and Raymon Wolff were married on February 16, 2008, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They currently reside in Yuma, Arizona, where Cathleen is a hospital chaplain and Raymon works for the State of California in law enforcement.

Raewynne J. Whiteley (D) gave the invocation at the August meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. She is rector of St. James Episcopal Church in St. James, New York.

2004
John Beaumont (B) was a guest speaker at the annual homecoming service in August at the First Presbyterian Church of Sylacauga, Alabama. Beaumont is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in West Memphis, Arkansas.

David Chavez (B) is executive director of mission and Hispanic ministry at San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California. He writes, “To serve the PCUSA as a bridge builder is both a consolation and challenge. It is the most exciting endeavor so far!”

Stephen Choi (B) is associate pastor at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Kelly Hough (B) was ordained and then installed as minister to youth at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, on June 3, 2007.

Roger Nelson (p) spoke at Northwestern College’s annual Pastors Conference in March on the topic “Pastor to Pastor: The Letters to Timothy.” Nelson is pastor of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois.

Neal D. Presa (M) has edited Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers, a book published by Broadmind Press that offers candid conversations between young adult and veteran ministers.

Dennis T. Solon (M) is assistant professor at Silliman University in Dumaguete City in the Philippines.

Gary E. Strickland (P) is professor of pastoral care and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Sioux Falls Seminary (formerly North American Baptist Seminary) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Elizabeth Wilson (B) was installed on April 20, 2008, as associate pastor for family ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside, California.

2005
Steve Aguzzi (B) is a teaching assistant in the Theology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a full-time Ph.D. student in systematic theology.

In October, Joshua Bower (B) was the guest speaker for revival services at Hallsboro Baptist Church in Hallbsoro, North Carolina. He spoke on the topic “Jerusalem or Bust: Jesus on the Journey.” Bower is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Whiteville.

Jessica Bratt (B) started in August 2007 as a pastoral resident at the Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a two-year position, a part of the Lilly Foundation’s Transition into Ministry Program. Bratt is seeking ordination in the Reformed Church of America.

 

 

 

Amanda Iahn (B) continues to serve as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church in upstate New York. She has started a blog; check it out at www.pastormandy.blogspot.com.

Charlotte Ruth Mallory (B) was ordained in August 2007, and is serving as staff chaplain to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and Women’s Services for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Mallory was approved as a board-certified clinical chaplain by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy last June. She also serves as associate minister of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey.

Laura Welch (B) is associate pastor at Sanctuary United Methodist Church in North Wales, Pennsylvania.

2006
Amy Michelle DeBaets (B, ’07M) is a Ph.D. student in ethics and society at Emory University.

C. Nolan Huizenga (B) was ordained and then installed as associate pastor for covenant life at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 13, 2008.

Joseph Kramp (B) is a Ph.D. student in psychology and religion at Drew University.

Jana Reister (B) is a minister-in-residence at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She began the position in September 2007 and was ordained in November.

2007
Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario (B) and Amaury Tañón-Santos (’05B), were married amidst family and friends on Saturday, January 26, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. They now reside in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Amaury is pastor of the Central Baptist Church.

Donna L. Frischknecht (B) was ordained on November 11, 2007, at South Presbyterian Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey. She became solo pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Salem, New York, on December 2, 2007.

Jeffrey Lee (B) is associate pastor of small groups at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church in Maple Valley, Washington.

Bill McLean (B) was installed on December 9, 2007, as pastor of Delphi Presbyterian Church in Delphi, Indiana.

Darnell L. Moore (E) is the program evaluation specialist for the Institute for Community Living in New York. He also serves as principal of Integrative Concepts Consulting Group, LLC, in Newark, New Jersey, and president of the board of trustees of the Governing Institute of New Jersey. He began an appointment as a visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School this past fall.

Becca Sanders (B) and David Bruner (B) were married on August 18, 2007, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Paul Barrett (’00B, E) officiated and Bob Sanders (’74B) presided at communion. PTS attendants included Dean Kladder (’07B), Nick van Santen (’07B), Gary Alloway (’07B), Joshua Cleveland (’07B), Zach Walker (’07B), Francey Wattman Rosenau (’07B), and Abigail Visco (’08B).

Christine Treger (B), parish associate at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chatham, New Jersey, leads an adult study at the church called “The Wired Word.” The class, held the first and third Tuesday of each month, discusses events in the news and how people respond to them in the light of faith.

Spring Summer 2008