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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or phone 302.223.6535.
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.”
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.
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.
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?’”
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.
Roger L. Dunnavan (B) is interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, New Jersey.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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;
Katherine “Kate” Simons (B, ’80M) was installed on February 24,
2008, as the new pastor of Christiana Presbyterian Church in Newark,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.