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Donald Fletcher’s (B) web site, donaldfletcher.com, is devoted to the four books he has written since his retirement. His newest publication is The Gift—Looking to Jesus As He Was.
John H. Sinclair (B, ’53M) has published his first historical novel, The Scattering of the Heather: Stories of Sinclairs and Kin on Six Continents. The book is the result of twenty years of research on the lives of Sinclair’s Scottish ancestors, including his great, great grandmother, who happened to be a Mackay. The book is available from www.briobooks.com.
Nat Roe (B, ’55M) received a special recognition from the Rotary for his service in World War II and another special recognition for initiating Washington Presbytery’s joint ownership in Pine Springs Camp, a camp that provides every camper with a “vital encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to growth in Christian faith and discipleship.” Roe still works in his shop and last year made 200 wooden crosses in celebration of The Church of the Covenant’s (Washington, Pennsylvania) fiftieth anniversary.
J. Calvin K. Jackson (B) has written Looking Over My Shoulder: My View through a Manse Window (CreateSpace, 2011). The book can be purchased at amazon.com.
Last November, Paul Pierson (B, ’71D) ended a sixteenth-month assignment as co-interim pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
Robert Crawford (b) has published his ninth book, The Battle for the Soul: A Comparative Analysis in an Age of Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). The book can be ordered at www.palgrave.com. Donald A. Crosby (B, ’59M) has published Faith and Reason: Their Roles in Religious and Secular Life (State University of New York Press, January 2011). He is professor emeritus of philosophy at Colorado State University.
Bruce W.H. Urich (B) reports that at the age of seventy-eight he is enjoying the good life in Orlando, Florida. He was asked to give the commencement address at the twenty-fifth commencement exercises of Florida Christian University in December and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian education. He has now been the dean of Florida Christian University and Florida Theological Seminary for fifteen years and stated supply of St. John’s Presbyterian Church of Orlando for twenty-one years.
John R. Powers (B) gave a keynote presentation in June at the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, Canada, on the topic “Assessing the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism.”
Genevieve M. Dox (E) serves as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Antwerp in Antwerp, New York.
S.T. Kimbrough Jr. (D) is a research fellow at the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at The Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His recent publications include John Wesley’s First Tune Book: The Foundery Collection of 1742, coedited with Carlton R. Young (The Charles Wesley Society, 2011), Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley (Wipf and Stock, 2010), and Help Us to Help Each Other: Hymns for Life and Ministry with the Poor by Charles Wesley, coedited with Carlton R. Young (The Charles Wesley Society, 2010). His recent CDs include Lieder Der Jahreszeiten (Songs of the Season), The Sacred Songs of Johann Sebastian Bach, and Arabesque Recordings 2011: The Wonder of Christmas.
Norman A. Beck (D) has published Anti-Roman Cryptograms in the New Testament: Hidden Transcripts of Hope and Liberation (revised edition, Peter Lang, 2010); Blessed to Be a Blessing to Each Other: Jews, Muslims, and Christians as Children of Abraham in the Middle East (second edition, Fairway Press, 2010); and Lectionary Scripture Notes for Series A (CSS Publishing, 2010). Beck is the Poehlmann Professor of Theology and Classical Languages at Texas Lutheran University and the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stockdale (Denhawken), Texas. Gordon Williams’s (B) third book, The Forgotten Key to Christian Marriage and All Marriage, was released in 2010.
Bill van de Meene (M) is retired and living in Australia. He keeps busy with a number of activities, including a recent overseas trip with his wife, Myfanwy, to the country of his birth, Holland, as well as visits with their daughter, Allison, and her husband, Dan, north of London, and with their daughter, Susan, and her partner, Vin, in Hong Kong.
In August, John C. Carr (M) returned to India for the fourth time for a three-week assignment teaching pastoral research methodology and counseling theory at the Mar Thoma Theological Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala. He then traveled to the International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling in Rotarua, New Zealand.
Alan Blatecky (B, ’73M) has been appointed head of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure for the National Science Foundation. David M. Evans (B) serves as interim pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marble Falls, Texas, near his home in Austin. In October he joined fifteen other clergy colleagues at Mo Rach for their thirtieth annual gathering. The group also includes Paul Debenport (’71B) and Fred Lyon (’83B), and includes Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Episcopal pastors. Joseph Pathrapankal (m) has retired from the faculty of theology in Bangalore, India, and is now the director of the Anugraha Renewal Centre (www.anugrahaktm.org) in Kerala.
In June, Richard Johnson (B) was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He retired from the Air Force Chaplain Service in May 2008 as a colonel and immediately began doctoral studies at Ashland. His dissertation is titled “The Dynamics of Spiritual Health and Connection.” Johnson serves as senior pastor of two United Methodist churches in Munfordville, Kentucky. Jack Niewold (B) has published a memoir, Frail Web of Intention (WinePress, 2010). Though the book covers his life to date, the description of his years at PTS is especially colorful, with memories, aided by journal entries, portraying faculty and fellow students, as well as his experiences in field work.
John “Bronco” Bruington (B) sends greetings from Montana. His book, Out Our Way: Theology Under Saddle, is almost ready to be sent to the publisher. He writes that it is based on his weekly column featuring theological insights gained from his 16 ½-hand quarterhorse, “Doc” Goliath, and Jack, his “Rez” dog, and says that there is “real interest in some solid theology with a good deal of horse sense. [The] problem is [that] all of my readers know or want to meet Goliath and Jack, but nobody wants to meet me!” [See essay by Bruington in this issue of inSpire, page 8.]Robert Hull Jr.’s (D) book The Story of the New Testament Text: Movers, Materials, Motives, Methods, and Models was published by the Society of Biblical Literature in October 2010. Hull retired in May 2010 after teaching New Testament for thirty-three years at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee.This past summer, Laura Loving (B) received a Masters in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She writes that the program “encompasses the Great Book series, so while revisiting Augustine and the Bible, I immersed myself in everything from de Tocqueville to Tolstoy, Herodotus to Homer, the list goes on.” Her husband, Bill Humphreys (’77B), spouse of thirty years, attended her graduation along with her siblings (all veterans of seminary), a Smith College friend, and all of their kids and significant others. “Great fun in Santa Fe!” Laura teaches English part time at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin (where Bill has been a chaplain for twelve years) and is on the pastoral staff at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Hilary H. Battle (B) has retired from the Ohio Department of Mental Health as hospital chaplain (director of the Department of Religion). He is currently investing more time working with his church and is writing a second book of sermons and lectures. He writes, “I [gave] a lecture on ‘Creation of Marriage,’ and coined the phrase that marriage as created by God is a ‘heteromonocovenant’ union. Blessings to all!”Donald Howard (B) has been elected vice president of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk, New York. He has served on the board for the past two years, following years of volunteer service to the organization. Rural Ministry provides for the needs of and advocates for the homeless and poor so they may increasingly gain control of their lives. Howard also serves part time as pastor of the Fredonia (American) Baptist Church in Fredonia, New York, is on the staff of the Fredonia Central School District, and teaches a “Religions of the World” course for the University of Phoenix.
Stephen Muse (B) has published a new book, When Hearts Become Flame (Orthodox Research Institute Press), which shares some of his journey into Eastern Orthodoxy and how this has shaped his thinking about the ministry of pastoral care and counseling. He and his wife, Claudia, have been in Columbus, Georgia, for nineteen years, where he is director of counselor training and clinical services for the Turner Ministry Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute, Inc. He became a grandfather three years ago. “Doxa Theo!”
Michael Gorman (B, ’89D) will step down as dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, at the end of the 2011–2012 academic year, and assume the newly created position of distinguished research professor of sacred scripture on July 1, 2012.
Jin Han (M, ’88D) has contributed to The Blackwell Bible Commentary on Six Minor Prophets, writing the first part on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. David C. Marx’s (P) second novel, Heather Young, was released in February. It is a sequel to his first novel, James Oliver Young: Interim Pastor. Both are available at www.amazon.com.
After nineteen years, John Groth (B, ’96M) has retired as a regional director of Delaware and New Jersey for the Priority One Foundation in order to form another men’s ministry, Gallantry in Action (www.gallantryinaction.com). Diana Hagewood Smith (B) recently entered a human evolution-themed haiku and limerick contest sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to celebrate the first anniversary of the Hall of Human Origins. Her haiku on the Taung Child won third prize and an author-autographed copy of the exhibition companion volume, What Does It Mean to Be Human? The haiku is printed here.Dark skull-eyes haunt meDid you hear the eagle strike?Taung child so long dead?
Noel Anderson (B) was called as pastor and head of staff of the First Presbyterian Church in Upland, California, last February.After teaching New Testament for twenty-seven years at Northern Seminary, Charles H. Cosgrove (D) has been appointed professor of early Christian literature at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
Bruce W. Buller (P) is retired but often leads liturgy and preaches, and writes that “funeral homes say I am on speed dial.” He says that his D.Min. from PTS helps him lead a summer theology workshop. “Gretta and I recently celebrated fifty-four years of marriage. We continue to find challenging projects.” Karla Brown Smith’s (E) poem, “Where, O God,” was published online in The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Volume 65:2. It is reprinted below with permission from the journal. s
Where, O God?Where, O God, are you leading me?Where, O God, do I find my rest?Where beside the still waters that run deep?Where beside lofty mountain grandeur?My soul seeks you in the daylight hours of a new dawn.My soul seeks you in the business and busy-ness of a noon dayMy soul seeks you in the quietness of the evening as I lay down to rest.Where do I see your face?Where do I experience your grace?Where do I feel your presence?I come to rest in your houseI come to rest in your templeI come to where many have come before me looking for your face, your grace, and your presence.Here in the quietness of this hourI sense I am not aloneHere in the quietness you are hereYou are nearer to me than life itselfYou provide me with life, with breath, with joy. I want to stay, yet I feel a pullI want to stay and drink this all inI want to infuse you into every cell of my beingYet I must goI cannot lingerWhere, O God, where?Where are you leading me? —by Karla Brown SmithLast February, Marie (Sam) Trapp (e) celebrated her two-year anniversary of being cancer-free (she was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve 2008 and had surgery in February 2009). She writes, “To celebrate my new hair post-chemotherapy I am now an unabashed carrot-top! Thanks be to God and my family and church for their support.”
Christopher Keating (B) has become a featured blog writer for the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch’s Belief Saint Louis section. His blog appears at stltoday.com/civilreligion.Christopher P. Momany (B) has published Doing Good: A Grace-Filled Approach to Holiness (Abingdon Press). The piece is intended as a primer on the Wesleyan/Holiness ethic of love. Momany is the chaplain and a part-time professor at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.
Robert A. Johnson Jr. (B) recently became the executive director for Friends of Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he and and his wife served as administrators and faculty members from 2005 to 2008. Along with his position in the United States, Johnson will resume his status as associate professor of religious studies at the college. Monty Knight (P) has retired, after sixteen years, as pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Charleston, South Carolina, and has resumed his vocation of pastoral counseling in Charleston He blogs at www.drmontyknight.wordpress.com.
Seth Sykes (M) is associate dean at Virginia Commonwealth University, overseeing the university college. His wife, Lisa (’90B), is associate pastor of Welborne United Methodist Church in Richmond, and participated last year in the United Nations Environmental Program meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee 2 in Chiba, Japan, where she assisted in a process that will lead to a global legally binding treaty on mercury in 2013. She is the author of the United Methodist resolution on “Protecting Children from Mercury-containing Drugs” and the president of The Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs, a 501c3 dedicated to eliminating mercury in medicine.
Alf Halvorson (B, ’91M), pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Seminary’s Alumni/ae Association Executive Council, received a Doctor of Ministry in mission and evangelism from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May. Ken Kovacs (B) has published a new book, The Relational Theology of James E. Loder, about PTS’s former professor of Christian education. It is a revised version of Kovacs’s doctoral dissertation and is the second volume in the Peter Lang Practical Theology series edited by Iain Torrance, Rick Osmer, and Gordon Mikoski. It is available on www.amazon.com.
Yvonne Best-Motaung (B) is living and serving in the Johannesburg area of South Africa with her husband, Zachariah Motaung. They are copastors of the Kagiso Baptist Church and celebrated their first anniversary in February 2011. She writes, “God has opened the opportunity for global mutual partnerships in ministry and missions immersions for churches in both of our countries. An exciting time of ministry for both of us.”Steve Miller (B) writes that the Miller family (Mende, Steve, Joshua, and Hannah) landed in Westlake, California, in the fall 2010, where he was installed as the new associate pastor for adult discipleship at Westminster Presbyterian Church Westlake.
M. Kendall Lancaster (B) has retired from the Cleveland Clinic Hospice program and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, a program of the Lutheran Churches in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.
Judith Cooke (B) is pastor of Higganum Congregational Church in Higganum, Connecticut. Her husband, Jay (B), is director of pastoral services at Hartford Hospital.
Edward W. Baugh (B) is pastor of the Pequannock Reformed Church in Wayne, New Jersey. Allan Cole Jr. (B, ’01D) was installed last March as the new academic dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and inaugurated as a full professor. His inaugural address was titled “A Spiritual Life.” Monica McDowell Elvig’s (B) second book, You Are Light, a healing meditation workbook, was internationally released by O-Books (February 2011). It can be purchased at www.monicamcdowell.com/. Fran Grace (M, ’97D) has published Meditation in the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (State University of New York Press, 2011), a book she coedited with Judith Simmer-Brown. She is professor of religious studies at the University of Redlands in California, and the author of Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life. Christine Kallil (E) has been a faculty consultant for Thomas Edison State College for the last twelve years, mentoring online courses in religion and Middle East history. She has also assessed portfolios in both fields for the last eight years.
Ken Carter (P) has been appointed district superintendent of the Waynesville United Methodist Church District. He can be reached at email@example.com.On June 1, 2011, Rhonda Myers (B) began serving as pastor of the Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church in Midland, Michigan. She writes that it is “a joy to have accepted a call to serve this vital congregation, which is spiritually deep and rich in ministry, particularly in the areas of mission, service, and Christian education.” The Somers Point Jazz Society (New Jersey) presented an evening of words and music featuring author and poet Rina Terry (B) in November.
Phillip G. Camp (B) was promoted to associate professor in the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010.Courtney Cromie (B, ’01M) has been called as pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Jackson, New Jersey. She was installed on October 2, 2011. James Metzger (B) has published Dim, a novel about a young seminary graduate (who attended Princeton!) who quickly discovers that he is a poor fit for his first United Methodist Church parish in eastern rural North Carolina. The book is available at www.barnesandnoble.com. Kristi Upson-Saia (B) has published her first book, Early Christian Dress: Gender, Virtue, and Authority (Routledge, 2011). Since earning her Ph.D. from Duke in 2006, she has been teaching in the Religious Studies Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth (Clark) Thasiah (B) and Victor Thasiah (B) have relocated to Thousand Oaks, California, with their two daughters Eden (nine) and Athena (four). Elizabeth is the executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice in Ventura County. Victor is assistant professor of religion at California Lutheran University and a task force member of the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Criminal Justice Reform Task Force.
Jeff Gephart (B) is the dean of students at the Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington, and pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle University.Kenyatta Gilbert (B, ’07D) has recently published The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching (Fortress Press, 2011). The book explores the historical development of African American preaching and proposes effective tools to keep this distinguished tradition alive. Gilbert, an ordained Baptist minister, is assistant professor of homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington DC.Charles “Chip” Hardwick (B, ’07D) has been named director of theology, worship, and education for the PCUSA’s General Assembly Mission Council. He will ”connect and engage Presbyterians in issues of theological concern to the church’s life and witness, bringing PCUSA seminaries, universities, and pastor/theologians together to address the presenting issues and questions of theological importance to congregations and the denomination.”Sara M. Koenig (B, ’08D) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. She is pictured below (middle) with fellow PTS doctoral graduates and faculty colleagues Laura Sweat (’11D) and Michael Langford (’10D) at the university’s 2011 opening convocation. James A. Lee (P) has published a new book, Running with Reckless Abandon. It is about contemporary charismatic practice from a Reformed perspective. The book is available at www.amazon.com.Mark. C. Lee (B) writes,“The saying, ‘When it rains, it pours,’ appears to be so true lately. In the midst of good news, there was not-so-good news starting last January. I finished my D.Min. with Erskine Seminary, through the Army’s MEDCOM program, at the end of January. Then my father passed away in early February. Shortly after the funeral, I deployed to Iraq for my second tour. This time, I’m with a combat stress control unit, to help soldiers deal with the stressors of life and deployment. Also, the day I arrived in Iraq, I found out I was promoted to major. A whirlwind of events, and God’s grace continues to abound and carry me each day.”Tony Tian-Ren Lin (B, ’00M) is assistant director of the Institute for the Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Mark Pulver (B) works for Deloitte in San Francisco, California. As a senior writer and presentation skills coach, he provides communications advice and strategy for colleagues who are developing proposals to gain new business opportunities, and prepares them to deliver convincing and inspiring presentations to prospective clients. Carolyn Schneider’s (D) new book, I Am a Christian: The Nun, the Devil, and Martin Luther, was published in 2010 by Fortress Press. The book tells Luther’s story of a woman who fought the devil well.
After eight and a half years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Baron Mullis (B, ’10P) began a new call last January as pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Theresa Latini (B, ’06D) has published The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011).
Rhonda Britton (B) had the privilege last October of participating in a two-week mission trip to Argentina and Bolivia with Canadian Baptist Ministries. She writes, “Seeing how God ministers to those who live in a developing nation and how they thrive with far less than most of the world was truly life-altering.”Nicholas Hatch (B) was installed as pastor of Alexandria First Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, New Jersey, on February 27, 2011. Participating in his installation service were fellow alums (from left to right): Elizabeth Vandegrift (’89B), Hatch, Robert Carter (’02B), and Mark Hanna (’02B). LeQuita H. Porter (B) celebrated her first year of ministry as senior pastor of the East Preston United Baptist Church of Nova Scotia, Canada, on the anniversary of her installation on October 30, 2011. Rhonda Britton (’02B), pastor of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church of Halifax and former PTS classmate, preached at the morning worship service.
Jeremy Deck (B) has been appointed executive director of the Presbyterian Global Fellowship, an organization that transforms “mainline congregations into missional communities following Jesus Christ.”Matt Gough (B) was installed last January as associate pastor of youth and their families, young adults, and outreach and evangelism at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Silicon Valley, California. He and his wife, Christine, welcomed their second son, Andrew Julian, on October 11, 2010.Tracy Mehr-Muska (B) was recently elected as the president of the Connecticut chapter of the Association of Professional Chaplains. She writes that she “owes so much to PTS and my amazing professors and caring staff.” Meredith L.D. Riedel (M) has joined the Wheaton College faculty as an assistant professor of history. She teaches courses in world history.
Wes Goldsberry (B) completed his Th.M. degree at Harvard Divinity School in May, and in July was appointed as the academic dean at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Toby Long (B) finished medical residency in June and was awarded the 2011 Colorado Resident of the Year by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Long and his wife, Andrea, and their three daughters, Elise, Claire, and Sylvie, are relocating to Saginaw, Michigan, where he will begin work as a National Health Service Corps Scholar on Saginaw’s east side. Loren Pankratz (B) has planted a church in Centerville, Utah. Visit the church’s web site at www.thebridgeutah.org. Former PTS trustee Neal Presa (M) is a candidate for moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is a teaching elder/pastor of Middlesex Presbyterian Church in Middlesex, New Jersey, moderator of Elizabeth Presbytery, and chair of the General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism.
Jenn Graffius (B) is the director of chapel at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.Samuel Vogel (U) was ordained on June 5, 2011, in Oulu, Finland. He is a Lutheran pastor in northern Finland and a Ph.D. candidate at the Universität Tübingen. Joshua R. Ziefle (B, ’11D) has started a new position as associate professor of youth ministries at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.
Melissa Bean (B) works at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a nonprofit organization located in Mahwah, New Jersey, founded in 1920 to create, protect, and promote a network of nearly 1,800 miles of public hiking trails.Millason Dailey (B) and her husband, Erik (’04B), have relocated to the northern suburbs of Chicago. Millason serves as associate pastor for student ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, and Erik is associate pastor for youth faith formation at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.Jon Hauerwas (B) is currently working on a D.Min. at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is pastor of Saint James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham, Washington. Jason Ingalls (B) was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 8, 2011.Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (B) was called as copastor of United Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Illinois. He is excited to share pastoral duties with another Princeton alum, Randall Saxon (’73B). McKinney-Whitaker began his D.Min. in preaching in June through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.He was also the featured preacher October 2, 2011, on the nationally syndicated radio program Day1. His sermon, based on Philippians 3:4–14, was titled “How Do We Get to Holy?”Amy Morgan (B) and Amanda Adams Riley (’05B), along with fellow clergywomen Melissa Lynn DeRosa and Marianne J. Grano, have written The Girlfriends’ Clergy Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry (The Alban Institute, 2011). In August, Eleanor Norman (B, E) became the national conference director for the Ayaan Hirsi Ali (AHA) Foundation. The AHA Foundation’s mission is to help women in the West who are denied basic human rights in the name of militant Islam. She is also a partner with Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Ladybug LLC. Ladybug creates toys, books, and games that promote honor, respect, and manners for children. Their first products are scheduled to be released in 2013. Matthew J. Webber (B) received his Th.M. in systematic theology from Calvin Theological Seminary in May 2011. He is the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Holland, Michigan.
Joshua Cleveland (B) is assistant director of alumni and parent relations at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
Rebecca Lea Jordan Heys (B) is minister of discipleship at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In July, Catalyst for Change Church, a multicultural church in west Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and pastored by Keon Gerow (B), celebrated their move into a new building by championing the causes of the community. The church responded to local crime and violence with a community march, cookout, and concert, planned to share the love of God and model nonviolent resolution strategies. Louisa Watkins Umphres (B) is a first-year pastoral resident at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Adam Bowers (B) has started a social media management and consulting firm for churches and other organizations. His web site (www.adambowersmedia.com) offers a blog with free tips and insightful articles about the church and social media.
Tony Jones (D) has published The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement (The JoPa Group, 2011). The book is available on www.amazon.com. Jones is theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Anne West Kesner (E) is in a chaplain residency program at Norfolk Sentara Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She and her husband live in Chesapeake, Virginia.
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