Winter 2001
Volume 5 Number 2

CLASS NOTES


Key to Abbreviations:
Upper-case letters designate degrees earned at PTS:
M.Div.   D.Min. P
M.R.E.   Th.D. D
M.A.   Ph.D. D
Th.M.  M
Special undergraduate student     U
Special graduate student              G

When an alumnus/a did not receive a degree, a lower-case letter corresponding to those above designates the course of study.

1940 Donald C. Kerr (B) has been pastor emeritus of Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore since 1980. He is also the president of the residents association of Roland Park Place.

1942 Donald B. Bailey (M) celebrated his 87th birthday last April 19th. He and his wife, Jane, are in good health and play golf at least twice each week. He resides in Austell, Georgia, and still enjoys preaching occasionally. His email address is dbailey788@aol.com .

1944 Floyd Grady (B, '58M) announces the creation of www.missionarytales.com , a web site devoted to the Grady family’s stories of Christian missionary service over several generations. Last year a Baylor University team spent several weeks in Brazil and the U.S. interviewing Grady and filming his ministry in Brazil to produce a documentary for recruitment and missionary promotion. In addition, Grady’s PTS Th.M. thesis, Causal Factors in the 16th-Century Reformation, was recently translated into Portuguese. His email address is floyd@sap.conex.com.br .

1945 Walter L. Dosch (B, '48M) “praises God for the seven interim ministries” since his retirement and “the opportunity to continue to do supply preaching.” He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.

Jack W. Ware (B) is now serving as parish associate for the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, Texas. 

1946   Alan G. Gripe (B) has just retired for the “sixth time” as an interim pastor. He writes that he will finally “relax a bit now.”

1948 Melvin L. Schaper (M) is teaching a weekly Bible extension class in Old Testament literature through God’s Bible School college department. He was formerly an associate professor there and now serves on the board of trustees.

Paul W. Stauning (B) presented Bible lectures at Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on five Wednesdays during the 2000 Lenten season. 

1949  Jeanne V. Bellerjeau (E) recently attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Christian Women of the Church of Christ in Thailand. She “was pleased to find out about their progress and their excellent leadership.” While there, she met many old friends and former coworkers. She lives in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

James G. Emerson Jr. (B) was appointed as interim president of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), effective September 1, 2000. He is presently the vice moderator of San Gabriel Presbytery (PCUSA) and a mission interpreter for the denomination’s Worldwide Ministries Division, which provides financial and leadership support for AIDS awareness, hunger relief, peacemaking, worldwide mission, economic development, and other social ministries around the globe. He is pastor emeritus of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and has also pastored churches in New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and San Francisco. Emerson has served as an alumni/ae representative on the PTS Board of Trustees and has authored books on divorce and remarriage, forgiveness, suffering, and worship.

Shirley Harris Hamme (E) teaches a Bible study to a senior group and continues to appreciate what she learned at PTS personally and professionally. She resides in Cary, North Carolina.

C. Wayland James (B, '50M) and Helen Wilson James celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 3, 2000. They were toasted by Fred R. Wilson (50'B, 56'M) and Daniel Theron (50'D), who were both in their wedding party. The celebration took place at the Woodlands in Marmarville, Pennsylvania, (near Pittsburgh), the retirement community where they live. They are enjoying good health as well as retirement.

Donald D. Swift (B) (pictured right) is still “going strong” as stated supply pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He recently won gold in both badminton and tennis in the Senior Olympics and has been playing tennis since age eleven.

1950 John H. Scott (B) is celebrating fifty-two years of parish ministry. He is still going strong as parish associate for visitation at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Daniel Theron (D) and his wife recently entertained a group of PTS alumni at a dinner with Gene Degitz (60'B), PTS vice president for Seminary relations. Theron has just published a book, Out of Ashes: The Boers’ Struggle for Freedom through the English War (1899–1902), to coincide with the centennial commemoration of that war. His book intertwines the course of this devastating war with the information gained from his father, who fought under Jan Smuts, his mother, who fled with her family on a small ox wagon convoy to escape the deadly concentration camps, and several veterans whom he had interviewed quite a few years ago. It ends with a summary of South African political history during the twentieth century. The book is available on the Internet at 1stbooks.com by selecting Theron under the author column. Theron resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

John A. Westin (B) mourns the loss of his wife, Gertrude, who died on August 20, 2000. The two were married for more than sixty-one years. He resides in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Frederick R. Wilson (B, '56M) and his wife, Betty, have come out of retirement to serve a small United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts. 

1951 Harry E. Chase (B) is teaching at Collin County College in Plano, Texas. He has also conducted two workshops at PTS’s Center of Continuing Education and one for staff at PTS’s Center for Children this year.

Arthur Paul Noble (B) is a parish associate at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in St. George, Utah. The church is just thirteen years old with a congregation of 325 members. 

Ralph A. Tamaccio (B) served as interim minister for the First Presbyterian Church in Wildwood, New Jersey, while they worked through the process of calling a designated pastor. 

1952 William H. Cohea Jr. (B) and Karen E. Nickels ('87B) led a jazz mass as part of the annual Celebration of the Arts (COTA) in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, in September. The festival featured well-known jazz musicians from the New York City and Delaware Water Gap areas. Cohea, founder of Columcille, a megalithic park and Celtic center in the Blue Mountains south of the Delaware Water Gap, conceived of the jazz mass in 1978 when he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain. Nickels, who is now pastor of the Church of the Mountain, preached at this year’s mass. Cohea, the liturgist for the celebration, described the musicians who perform each year as “gifts of the Spirit.” To find out more about the jazz mass or about Columcille, contact Cohea at colum@epix.net.

David Walker (B) is retired, but continues to serve as interim minister for the First Presbyterian Church in Sun City, Arizona. He and his wife, Shirley, reside in Breckenridge, Colorado.

1953 Raymond Nott (B) still calls square dances in Powell, Wyoming, and recently gave a swing demonstration at an annual senior citizens banquet. He also taught an adult Bible class in 2000.

Benjamin E. Sheldon (B, '59M) is in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he and his wife are completing a short-term assignment on behalf of the International Assistance Mission. His email address is benamy@ptdprolog.net.

1954 Walter A. Fitton (B, '57M) is the interim associate minister at The Presbyterian Church in Traverse City, Michigan. 

Joseph C. Fowler (B) is settling into his new home in New Hempstead, New York. He enjoys occasional preaching opportunities.

Yunkuk David Kim (M) recently published Over the Mountain, Across the Water, an autobiographical journey of a Christian from North Korea. The book is available through the Center for East Asian Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Gustav Nelson (B) continues to direct Project 21, a program designed to find and articulate new models of congregational life. His most recent book, Service Is the Point: Members As Ministers to the World, was just published by Abingdon Press. His email address is nelson514@aol.com.

1955 E. Bruce Ellithorpe (B) continues to find “great joy and fulfillment in serving at the First Presbyterian Church in Roseville, California, with Princeton alumni Jim Barstow (84'B) and Ron Oldenkamp (89'B).” His ministry as parish associate is primarily to the elderly and to those in the hospital.

Lincoln Griswold (B, '75P) is board chair for Special Care, Inc. in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania. 

Richard J. Manning (B) is serving on Monmouth Presbytery’s Council and was recently elected to the Outreach and Advocacy Committee of the Synod of the Northeast. He also represents the synod with the New Jersey Council of Churches.

1956 William J. Mills (B) recently completed a year and a half of service as interim pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Oil City, Pennsylvania. He is currently retired and plans to “catch up on some home repairs.”

1957 Kirk Hudson (B) serves as parish associate at the First Presbyterian Church of Utica in Utica, New York, and as president of Hope House, a ministry that feeds approximately 300 people daily. This “house built on prayer” is staffed mainly by volunteers. 

Kayton R. Palmer (B) is recovering from spinal surgery and serving as visitation pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. A resident of Arden Hills, he is also active in volunteer work through the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. 

1958 Charles A. Hammond (B) retired from his eleven-year call as executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, the denominations’s oldest presbytery, on June 30, 1998. Since then, he has served as interim pastor at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence, New Jersey, and most recently as the interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his wife, Barbro, “adore the mountains, the sky, the people, and the clean air in the Intermountain West.”

Norma Jean S. Perkins (E) assisted her church, Edgewater United Methodist in Edgewater, Florida, during a community outreach event called “Celebrate Jesus.” She and other members went door-to-door to 3000 homes. They gave away 2000 prayer plants, received more than 500 prayer requests, and extended invitations for neighbors to join them in worship services. 

1959 Donald L. Mitchell Jr. (B, '65M) assumed the position of temporary supply pastor of the historic Great Conewago Presbyterian Church in Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, in September. The Great Conewago church was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg.

1960 J. Scottie Griffin (B, '78P), of East Virginia Presbytery, is serving as supply pastor in several of the smaller congregations there. He retired in March 2000 and lives in Virginia Beach.

Francis Ross Kinsler (B) and Gloria Gibbon Kinsler (E) are retiring after thirty-seven years as missionaries and theological educators in Central America. The two will continue to research, write, and teach from their new home in southern California. Their book, The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life: An Invitation to Personal, Ecclesial, and Social Transformation, is now in its second printing at Orbis and will be published in Spanish by the end of 2000. 

1961 Bruce H. Swenson (B) completed service as interim pastor for the Community of Reconciliation in Pittsburgh last June. He will retire at the beginning of the new year.

1962 John B. Jaymes (E) welcomes correspondence from class members. He has created a web site at http://geocities.com/jtime9 that chronicles his life after PTS. His email is jaymes_57_58@post.harvard.edu.

1963 Richard B. Anderson (B) recently completed an interim ministry position at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. After serving there for six years, he says he is open to another interim position, but not for such a long duration.

1964 James Black (M) is now the intentional interim minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Virginia. He previously served as chaplain and family therapist in the neuropsychology department at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He has five children and five grandchildren, but writes that he is “far too young to be a grandfather!” His email address is 1stpre2@cfw.com.

Dean Foose (B, '65M, '94P), Roger Hull Jr. (B, '69M), and Doug Ward (B) attended a fish fry on scenic Lake Loughboro near Battersea, Ontario, last summer. Foose is PTS’s director of alumni/ae relations and placement; “Chef” Hull is the parish associate at Windsor Presbyterian Church in Windsor, California, and director of sales for Fieldstone Winery in Healdsburg, California; Ward recently retired after thirty years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he was a producer, manager, and vice president. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, and is chair of Inter Pares, a Canadian not-for-profit organization working with Third World women’s and poor people’s organizations in their struggle for social and economic justice. 

David Mace, Doug Ward, Dean Foose, and Chef Roger Hull.  The fourth fisherman at the gathering was David Mace, PTS trustee and director of family financial services for Northern Trust Global Advisors, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. The photograph is courtesy of Stan Hale, one of the founders of The Hull Island Men’s Consciousness-Raising Seminar and a high school classmate of Mace and Hull. 

George G. Hunter III (M) is the author of Leading and Managing a Growing Church. Just published by Abingdon Press, the book brings together some of the best contemporary writers and thinkers on leadership, management, and congregational growth.

Cullen I K Story (D) is pastor of White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church in Berea, Kentucky. He taught Greek at PTS for twenty-seven years. 

1965 Nancy Burcher (E) is a charter member of the University of Virginia Club in Tallahassee, Florida.

1966 Donald C. McFerren (B, '70M) is now serving as president of Catholic Health Partners Foundation in Chicago, having completed service to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the UCSF comprehensive cancer center in San Francisco.

1967 Les Borsay (B) is the president of the American Conservative Media Network, which provides conservative political commentary to more than 200 radio talk shows nationwide. He is also the editor of The American Conservative, a newspaper with a circulation of 75,000 based in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Marilyn Dambach Ruppart (E) was appointed head of middle school at Marymount School in New York City last July. Marymount is an all-girls school of 480 students from nursery through twelfth grade. For the last five years, Ruppart served as director of middle school for Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. She and her husband, Randy (‘68B), have two children, Tamara and Jonathan. 

1968 Howard J. Happ (B) assists at St. Bede’s parish in Mar Vista, California.

1969 Harry F. MacCall (M) on a recent trip to Scotland visited the Parish Church at Straiton where he enjoyed a PTS reunion with W. Gerald Jones (‘83M).

Donald O. Maddox (B), class steward of the Class of 1969, was recently installed as pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Tarzana, California. 

1970 Robert H. Linders (M, '77P) recently spoke at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on the interpretation challenges that pastors face on a weekly basis. His convocation address was called “Harry Potter and the Modern Preacher: The Homiletical Challenge.” Linders is the author of many articles on preaching and has served as pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, since 1977.

In August, Abuna Paulos (M, '88D), patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, participated in the historic Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in New York City with more than 1,000 religious leaders from around the world. Paulos offered prayers and signed the “Commitment to Global Peace,” a statement that includes eleven promises to “appeal to all religious communities and ethnic and national groups to respect the right of freedom of religion, to seek reconciliation, and to engage in mutual forgiveness and healing.” The summit opened at the United Nations with an address by U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan.

1971 Carol E. Atwood-Lyon (B) was called as senior pastor of Hampstead Congregational Church in Hampstead, New Hampshire, last May. 

James Forsythe (M) has served as prison chaplain for the Clinton State Correctional Facility in New York State for twenty-nine years. On June 11, he completed thirty-one years as an ordained minister. He resides in Plattsburgh, New York.

Carl Gray (B) is now pastor and head of staff of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, Illinois. He served as head of staff and co-pastor along with his wife, Donna Gray (‘73B), at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Batavia, Illinois, for the last fifteen years. The Grays have two college-age children. 

James A. Lacy (B, '84P) was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hobbs, New Mexico, on August 16, 2000. 

Charlie Stump (M) is news director for Way-Truth-Life Radio in State College, Pennsylvania. He recently taught the course “Experiencing God,” written by Henry Blackaby, at the Eighteenth Street Community Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Stump has served as a pastor for more than thirty years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is an evangelist in the Pennsylvania District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has a daily radio address on WTLR-FM.

1972 M. William Howard Jr. (B) was installed as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, on October 29. Peter Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics at PTS, and Prathia Hall (82'B, 84'M, 97'D), professor of ethics at Boston University, were among the speakers during installation weekend events.

Jack Van Ens (B, '76M, '84P) is president and CEO of Creative Growth Associates, whose purpose is to instruct educational, business, and nonprofit groups to motivate volunteers and to perform missions and strategic planning. He is also a member of Majesty Ministries, a Christian jazz trio based in Avon, Colorado. Van Ens is the trio’s storyteller and preacher. Majesty performs in churches across the country, and Van Ens hopes those interested in learning more about the group will contact him by email at either vanensfam@juno.com or majestyministries.org .

1973 Daniel J. Weitner (B) is the author of Curious Commercials and Other Reflections on Christmas, his first commercially published book. He served for six years at the Church of Our Savior in Newark, New Jersey, before becoming pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in North Arlington, New Jersey, in 1981. He has been a speaker on radio station WFME and serves on various committees of the Presbytery of Newark. His writing credits also include Something More, a confirmation manual used in several Newark churches, thousands of pages of sermons, expositions, and Bible studies, and hundreds of poems and hymns (one of which was published by Carpenter Street Music). 

Ken West (B) is the author of The Shelbys Need Help: A Choose-Your-Own-Solutions Guidebook for Parents, published by Impact Publishers. He is the director of the Center for Family Education at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The book offers a practical spin on virtual reality in an engaging scene-by-scene workbook format. He has also written two other books, Parenting without Guilt and The 21 Deadly Myths of Parenting. He and his wife, Patty, have three grown children.

1975 . C. Gideon Forbes (E, M) regrets that he could not attend his twenty-fifth year class reunion at PTS because of the loss of two family members who died in the Caribbean area within three weeks of one another. He resides in Miami, Florida.

Dewey Friedel (B) is the founder and spiritual leader of the Shore Christian Center in Allenwood, New Jersey. He describes Shore Christian as “evangelical and charismatic.” Three worship services are offered weekly. The center includes an elementary school with 165 students and plans to add a high school in 2001. Friedel is also the host of a cable show called “Peak Performance” where he interviews Christian baseball and basketball players at their stadiums or arenas. 

Michael D. Martin (B) is celebrating twenty-five years as pastor of the Mount Laurel Church of God in West Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, the church has continued to grow, with activities for all age groups, two worship services, and a midweek prayer meeting. He also serves on the Churches of God Commission for Church and Pastoral Guidance. 

Raymond D. Patch (B) is the new senior pastor of Lynnfield’s Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He was formerly the pastor of Mattapoisett Congregational Church where he served for seventeen years. A member of the search committee noted Patch’s experience as “a social worker, a legislative assistant in the New Jersey State Legislature, and a Peace Corps volunteer” as qualities that most attracted the congregation to call him.

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner (E) was selected as a Henry Luce III Fellow for 2000–2001 in the area of Christianity and culture. She was also recently promoted with tenure to associate professor of pastoral theology and Christian formation at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (PCUSA). She edited In Her Own Time: Woman and Developmental Issues in Pastoral Care, published in May 2000 by Augsburg Fortress Press. She is married to David P. Moessner (75'B).

1976 Michael P. Otte (B,' 83M) was installed as pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns near Sleepy Hollow, New York, on October 15. His new congregation is celebrating more than 300 years of service to the communities of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. 

Donald E. Potter (B) was installed as pastor of Middletown Presbyterian Congregation Church in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on August 20.

1977 David M. Brown (M) is affiliated with the international Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic, where students from the fifty Baptist Unions in Europe and from other Baptist organizations around the world are sent for training. In September, he and his wife, Ellen, spoke at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church in Scarsdale, New York, as part of a special mission emphasis weekend.

Robert R. Kopp (B) has two books out: Golf in the Real Kingdom: A Spiritual Metaphor for Life in the Modern World and Don’t Forget This!: Second Lesson Sermons for Sundays after Pentecost, both published by CSS Publishing Company. He is currently the pastor of Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan E. Miller (B, '93P) was guest preacher at the Union Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ocean City, New Jersey, on August 20. He has been the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown, New Jersey, since 1994. He and his wife, Karin, have two daughters, one of whom is a student at PTS. 

1978 Peter E. Bauer (B) works as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Mental Health Clinic in Kerrville, Texas. He is licensed as a clinical social worker-advanced clinical practitioner, a marriage and family therapist, and a chemical dependency counselor. Bauer is also continuing his ministry as a naval reserve chaplain (lieutenant commander) and serves as the reserve chaplain for the USS Inchon, a Navy minesweeper. He is part-time minister for the Comal County Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship in New Braunfels. He has been instrumental in starting the new United Church of San Antonio (United Church of Christ). He resides in Bulverde, Texas, and may be reached by email at bauer.petere@san-antonio.va.gov .

Robert C. Davis (B, ‘84M) is associate professor of religion at Pikeville College in Pikeville, Kentucky. He teaches courses in religion, philosophy, history, and interdisciplinary humanities, and lectures on patient dynamics for the new Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.

John C. Piper (B) and his wife, Annie, are now serving as copastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westminster, Colorado. Annie was ordained on October 8, 2000.

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1979 Gary Dorrien (M, E) is professor of religion and dean of Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In September, he delivered the 2000 Winslow Ecumenical Lecture at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on the topic “Theologizing Myth: Modern Theology and the Crisis of Belief.” His most recent books include: The Barthian Revolt in Modern Theology: Theology without Weapons, The Remaking of Evangelical Theology, and The Word As True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology. He is also completing a three-volume series titled The Making of American Liberal Theology, to be published by Westminster/John Knox Press.

Robert Harding Morris (B) in his retirement years has completed a ten-year project by publishing Boarding the Ark in Couples: A Biblical Theology of Sex. Published this year by 1stBooks Library, the book examines the Bible’s explicit and implicit sexual content. It discloses sexuality to be a sacred quality with human, divine, and human/divine application. “The book challenges our secular culture’s profanation of sex and instead shows its essential value for Christian well-being in mortality and throughout eternity,” explains Morris. He may be contacted at rhmorris24@aol.com

1980 Ken Collins (M) has just published Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader. He is professor of historical theology and Wesley studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Published by Baker Book House, this book is his sixth. His email address is ken_collins@asburyseminary.edu .

Carol Lytch (B) received a Ph.D. in ethics and sociology of religion from Emory University in May. She is now coordinator of Lilly Endowment Programs for Strengthening Congregational Leadership with offices at Louisville Seminary. She is married to Steve Lytch ('78B, '85M, '91P), pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

Charles Marvin (M) has served as the ecclesiastical endorsing agent for the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, for the past two years. In March 1998, he retired from the military where he was the assistant chief of staff, Religious Ministries, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region. Last June, he spoke at the annual Military Day 2000 service at the First Assembly of God Church in Warner Robins, Georgia. The multimedia service honored military personnel in every branch of service. 

John Salmon (M) has been appointed principal of Trinity Methodist Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been teaching systematic theology there for nine years. He also served as vice president of the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 1999. With Susan Adams he recently published The Month of the Dragon: Theology for Postmodern Christians. 

1981 Craig Barnes (B), pastor of National Church in Washington, D.C., and a PTS trustee, was the Presbyterian preacher for the summer 2000 series of The Protestant Hour and was featured on programs airing July 16, August 13, and September 10. The ecumenical religious radio program is produced by the Protestant Radio and Television Center in Atlanta, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, and the Episcopal Media Center

1982 Ronald W. Baard (B) was named partner and full-time pastoral counselor with the Phoenix Center for Pastoral Counseling in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 1. He and his wife, Mary (‘83B), have two daughters, Lauren, 14, and Karin, 10. He writes, “We enjoy living in the Desert Southwest, except for days in July when the temperature rises above 110 degrees!” 

Barbara G. Hager (B) is working as associate attorney for Zeldes, Needle, Cooper, P.C. in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is still an ordained minister in the PCUSA who does “lots of substitute preaching” and is the clerk of the Southern New England Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission. She coauthored a major opinion upholding the right of a Stamford, Connecticut, church to select and install a previously ordained gay elder. She lives in Bridgeport with one cat, “still happy being single and an auntie!” She welcomes correspondence and may be reached at revjd@dellnet.com or bhager@znclaw.com.

Byron Edward Luckett Jr. (B) has been assigned wing chaplain for the Fifth Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota. His email address is byron.luckett@minot.af.mil

Gene Smillie (B) is the English pastor of Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church in the Chicago suburbs. “Working with Chinese sort of completes the loop,” he says. He has worked in South America, Europe, and West Africa. He will complete his Ph.D. in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the fall. 

Douglass C. Sullivan-Gonzalez (B, '83M) has been appointed as associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi and interim pastor at Blackjack Presbyterian Church in Batesville, Mississippi. He resides in Oxford and his email address is dsg@olemiss.edu

1983 Ara Guekguezian (B) is the minister of Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church in Fresno, California, a few miles from the First Armenian Church where his father, Bernard Guekguezian, has been pastor for twenty-three years. 

D. Max Whitfield (P) has been elected as a bishop of the United Methodist Church and assigned to the Northwest Texas/New Mexico area. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1984 Paul M. Boardman (B) was named director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products at the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources in Seattle in October. He manages a staff and graduate students who conduct international market research of use to government, industry associations, and businesses ranging from small value-added companies to large integrated forest-product companies. He also supervises the center’s publications and special events. For the past four years, he worked in Japan for the American Forest and Paper Association, the leading trade association for the forest-and-wood products industries. He grew up in Japan, the son of missionaries.

Joanne Scott Miller (B) completed a course of study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and was certified as a pastoral counselor by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors last June. She is the director of the Mendham Branch of Grace Counseling Center in Madison, New Jersey, where she is a pastoral psychotherapist. Her email address is pjmiller@gateway.net.

Scott L. Strohm (B) is celebrating his eleventh year as pastor of Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rutledge, Pennsylvania. He is a D.Min. candidate at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Rachel (13) and Anna (8). 

1985 Gayle D. Beebe (B) was installed as president of Spring Arbor College, established in 1873, on October 20. The ceremony took place at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan. 

Bill Carter (B) writes that CSS Press has published Praying for a Whole New World, a new book of his Advent and Christmas sermons. Also, Carter’s jazz group has just released a new CD titled Dancing Day. One tune, “Cohasset Point,” is a memorial tribute to David B. McDowell (‘60B, '64E), who died in November 1999. The CD is a follow-up to Faith in a New Key (1998), which was produced by PTS. Check the band’s web site at www.presbybop.com for more information.

Kelton Cobb (B) is professor of theology and ethics at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. His email address is kcobb@hartsem.edu.

In July, Perry (M) and Karen (B) Shaw were guest speakers at White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church in Berea, Kentucky, at the invitation of their former PTS Greek professor, the Reverend Cullen Story, who is pastor of the church. The Shaws are missionaries in Syria, and wanted to report on their work, as well as to give people “exposure to a real, live missionary.” 

Sharon Smith (B) provides pastoral care to 112 of the oldest Sisters of Providence living at the order’s long-term care facility at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She’s the first person from outside the Roman Catholic order to fill the position. 

1987 Phillip Vernon Babcock (B) is pastor of Copeland Presbyterian Church in Athens, Alabama. He married Olya Alexandrovna Spiridonova, a native of Ivanovo, Russia, on July 29, 2000. 

1988 Robert Johnson (B) is the new director of the Institute for Reformed Theology at Union/PSCE in Richmond, Virginia. His email address is johnsonr@mindspring.com.

Ralph L. Mueller (B) began serving as interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Wrangell, Alaska, on October 1. Wrangell is an area of southeast Alaska where most churches are accessible only by plane or boat. His email address is presby@seapac.net.

1989 Stephen P. Fritz (B) was installed as the new pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church in Landisville, Pennsylvania, on August 27. He is the former pastor of Keyser Presbyterian Church in Keyser, West Virginia, and has served as presbytery commissioner to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. 

William Greenway Jr. (B, '97D) is assistant professor of philosophical theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He recently addressed the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his topic was “Creation vs. Evolution? A Theological Assessment of a Confused Controversy.” His presentation was a part of the alliance’s two public forums on the creationism-evolution debate. The series was taped to be broadcast on a future NOVA program.

Carl Horton (B) has been named as coordinator for pastor, educator, and lay leader support in the Christian education and leader development program area of the Congregational Ministries Division of the PCUSA. He is a doctoral candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary and will be the recreation coordinator at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium in 2001.

William M. Hosking Jr. (E) is the newly appointed minister of Radnor United Methodist Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. He just completed the D.Min. program at the Graduate Theological Foundation of Indiana, for which he did course work at Oxford University and in Rome. His email address is revandrev@aol.com

Eriberto Soto (M) recently moved to Brazil to serve as a missionary with the Knox Fellowship, a Reformed Presbyterian organization based in California.

1990 Earl L. Middleton (B) was installed as the new senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Los Angeles on June 25. He can be contacted at elmiddletn@aol.com .

Jonathan Staples (B) preached at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, on October 1 as part of Swarthmore and Strath Haven high schools’ 25th-year celebration of the ABC (A Better Chance) program. The program offers a topnotch public high school education to academically talented minority students from all over the country. A graduate of Stanford and of PTS, Staples is heralded as one of the program’s earliest “success” stories. He now resides in California where he is the senior pastor of Palo Alto Jerusalem Church.

1991 This past fall Gregory Cootsona (B) taught “Theology and Science: Eschatology from a Scientific Perspective,” one of eighty-four courses offered by the Center for Christian Studies at The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. The course examined the volatile relationship of theology and science. 

Steve F. Dintaman (D) has been appointed professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He taught in the Bible and religion department at EMU from 1982 to 1985. 

Elizabeth Boone McLean (B) recently traveled to Malawi, Africa, on a mission trip with the Synod of Livingstonia. She said, “This is the first place I’ve been where ‘Presbyterian’ is a magic word.”

Damayanthi Niles (B) is a member of the faculty of divinity at the University of Cambridge with responsibility for the Christianity in Asia Project at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies. She has been appointed assistant professor of theology at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, effective January 2001.

1992 Sharon Brassey-Brierley (B) recently received her Ph.D. in social economics and social justice from Boston College. At present, she works for the City of Boston Public Schools with inner-city youth at the middle school level. She is a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newton, Massachusetts, and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick, Massachusetts. Brassey-Brierley has studied and published about rural and urban domestic violence in Maine. 

Gaston Espinosa (B) is the project manager of the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life research project at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In September, he directed the first Hispanic Churches in American Public Life (HCAPL) conference. The conference critically examined the history and impact of religion on politics and civic engagement in the Latino community in the United States and Puerto Rico. More information about the project can be found on the HCAPL web site at www.hcapl.org.

1993 Brian Jones (B) is minister of Christ’s Church of the Valley, a nondenominational Christian church that meets at the Regal Cinema 24 in Oaks, Pennsylvania. After starting two other churches, Jones and his family moved to Schwenksville, where this new congregation has grown too large to meet in members’ homes. Jones says that a church in a cinema is “not as unusual as one might think. About twenty-five years ago, the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, began at the Willow Creek Movie Theater. Today, 17,000 attend that church each weekend.” Jones’s church’s email address is www.ccofthevalley.com.

Max E. Reddick (B) was installed as the new pastor of Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, in September. 

Robert C. Spach (B) is chaplain of Davidson College, and for the past four years he has led ecumenical student teams on “reverse mission” trips to Central America over spring break.

Howard Lee Whitee (B) is the directing pastor of Bethalto United Methodist Church in Bethalto, Illinois, across the river from St. Louis.

1994 Heidi Gehman (B) is a Ph.D. student in ethics at the University of Chicago. Her email address is hgehman@hartsem.edu

Craig A. Vondergeest (B) received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, on May 28, 2000. He is a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Jamestown, North Dakota.

1995 Theo Cornish (B) is working as the full-time sales coordinator for the PTS bookstore (the TBA) while his wife, Laura Rivera-Cornish, continues her studies as an M.Div middler. Theo is the son of the late Joan Bennett Cornish ('87B). Theo and Laura are also caring for his nephews.

Melvin Glazer (P) was installed as the permanent rabbi at Beth David Congregation near Miami, Florida, in September, where he had served as interim rabbi for one year. He and his wife, Donna, have four children and one grandchild.

1996  Amy Flack (B) is serving in Avon, South Dakota, at two small churches. She encourages classmates to look her up if they are in the area.

1997 Greg Finch (B) is the new director of community outreach for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. He works directly with arts and humanities organizations, artists, and scholars in partnering relationships with community services, educational systems, correctional facilities, hospitals, and faith communities stretching from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. He is pursuing publication of a collection of his poetry titled This Way of Being. His email address is gregfinch@hotmail.com .

1998 David Efird (B) has completed an M.Sc. in philosophy at Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ever a student, he entered the doctoral program in philosophy at Oxford University in England in September.

Myong (Anna) Paik (B) was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on August 20 at Sumter Korean/American Presbyterian Church in Sumter, South Carolina. 

T. Kevin Taylor (B) has been appointed associate pastor for pastoral care at Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. His email address is kevintaylor94@alumni.wfu.edu.

1999 Andrew Tatusko (B, '00M) is a faculty consultant and instructional designer at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. His office is in the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center where he can be reached at tatuskan@shu.edu.

Dale E. Wratchford (B) accepted a call as the associate minister of Taylor Lake Christian Church in Seabrook, Texas. He continues to serve as chaplain resident at St. Luke’s Episcopal and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston. He was licensed to ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in June. His email address is dwratchford@sleh.com.

2000 David Cook (B) was recently installed as pastor of Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. His email address is davidcook17@hotmail.com.

Nancy Emerson (B) was installed as the new associate pastor of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, South Carolina, on July 23. Dr. Patrick Miller, professor of Old Testament at PTS, preached.

Kristin Hutson (B) is serving as a pastoral intern at the First Presbyterian Church of Racine, Wisconsin, under the supervision of the church’s pastor, Randy Bush ('89B). Kristin is excited about living so close to her family and friends in Chicago. Her email address is krisbren99@hotmail.com.

Michael Mann (B) was commissioned as a mission intern by the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Missions on August 13, 2000. He has been assigned to the National Council of Churches in Nagpur, India, for fifteen months where his responsibilities include relationship-building with the people of India, understanding the social, political, and economic influences in their lives, and examining the impact of global structures on India’s rural and urban communities. He is a native of Trussville, Alabama, and a member of the Pinson-Parkway Church of God of Prophecy in Pinson, Alabama. The commissioning service was held at Northwoods United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nannette Pierson (B) is the pastoral associate at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic parish in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Carie Stanley (B) was ordained to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament at the Wilton Presbyterian Church in Wilton, Connecticut, on August 27, 2000. She has accepted a call as associate pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Christopher Thomforde (P) was  named president of St.Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in January. Previous to this he had served, since 1996, as president to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Al Twyman (B) is working on a book on racism, its relationship to time, and how we honor the dead, the topic of his PTS senior thesis. A house husband and new father, he is also volunteering in ministry at a local prison and doing some preaching. He was ordained May 28 by the Christian Church Disciples of Christ at the First Christian Church in Falls Church, Virginia, his home church. He and his wife, Sondy, love living in Poughkeepsie, New York, twenty miles from West Point. “We’re surrounded by woods, and I really enjoy chopping my own firewood,” says Twyman.

Douglas R. Valentine (B) was installed as pastor of Hamilton Square Baptist Church in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, on September 17. He previously served as assistant pastor of the First Baptist Church of Trenton. He and his wife, Jacqueline Lynch-Valentine, reside in Hamilton.


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