Fall 2010 Winter/2011 Class Notes

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Alan Gripe (B) celebrated his ninetieth birthday in September. He hopes to finish writing an autobiography in 2011 that he wants to title “Around the World in Eighty Years—Seeking the Peaceable Kingdom.”


Charlie Brackbill (B) writes, “At 89 my good wife and I agreed it was time that I give up something, so I resigned as president of the Old First Historic Trust, which I had formed to restore First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey’s oldest church (1664).”




Houston Hodges (B) has published a new book, The Lessons: A Half Century of Ministry—From the Outside In, a retrospective. It is available from the publisher, lulu.com, or from the author, [email protected]


Kenneth Cragg (B) has completed a book, Jesus and Muhammad, Potential Partners for Peace, related to Islam, the radical crisis, and the challenge to the Christian community.

Rich Doerbaum (B), alias Dr. Dee, has written and illustrated Saving Terros (Bethany Press), a book for middle grade children and adults. It is a parable with more than 120 allusions to biblical persons and places, events and ideas, sayings and principles.


Adolph Kunen (B) has accepted a call to serve as designated pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.




J. David Muyskens (M, ’78P) has published Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, September 2010). The book follows a forty-day format, with readings for each day and suggestions for prayer and scripture meditation. It is written for those who want to continue a practice of contemplative prayer. Muyskens has also written Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer, which introduces the method called “centering prayer” and contains recommendations for group use.


Abd-el-Masih Istafanous (D) has published Calvin’s Doctrine of Biblical Authority (Wipf & Stock, 2010). The book suggests a new approach to the understanding of the Institutes, with the duplex gratia dei as a key to the understanding of the duplex Cognitio Domini.


David G. Burke (M) has edited Translation That Openeth the Window: Reflections on the History and Legacy of the King James Bible (Society of Biblical Literature, September 2009).

William R. Russell (B) writes that Parson’s Porch Books in Cleveland, Tennessee, has published a collection of his “trademark” soliloquy sermons and monologue meditations titled If Only I Had Known…. He says, “The book contains twenty-one first-person messages retelling familiar (and sometimes not-so-familiar) Bible stories from the perspective of someone who was there. Each message is preceded by an introduction to the research-and-imagination process through which the character, and his story, came alive for me—written in hope of encouraging younger preachers to experiment with a preaching genre that has been very successful for me, but has largely died out from North American pulpits.”


In October, Fortress Press published Ron Richardson’s (B) Couples in Conflict: A Family Systems Approach to Marriage Counseling.


Terence Fretheim’s (D) new book, Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters, was published in August by Baker Academic.

Kent Ira Groff (B) wrote a book of prayer poems, Facing East, Praying West: Poetic Reflections on The Spiritual Exercises (Paulist Press, 2010), while on sabbatical in India. He continues to serve as a spiritual companion for seekers and ministers, to lead retreats and conferences, and to write.

Norm Nelson’s (M) “Compassionate Radio” has doubled its number of program releases to 1,000 daily, Monday through Friday, across the United States. The ministry, which works in thirty of the world’s toughest countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, and Sudan (Khartoum and Darfur), is now engaged in a continuing outreach to Haiti, supporting an effort that has supplied medical aid and more than three million meals. Last spring he participated in a group of scholars meeting with members of the Khartoum government at a policy workshop concerning the future of United States/Sudan relations.

Donald O’Dell (B)
is “almost fully retired” in eastern Tennessee. He is still active in environmental issues and with presentations about his book How the Bible Became the Bible (Infinity Publishing), which won the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award for non-fiction. He writes that “its open discussion of bibliolatry has been found to be very relevant in today’s political climate.”


Halford R. Ryan (b) retired from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he had taught public speaking since 1970. He attended PTS for one year on a Rockefeller Theological Fellowship (1966–1967), and sang in Dr. David Hugh Jones’s chapel and traveling choirs.

Harry Boyce Wallace (M), and his wife, Beth, were honored by Memphis Theological Seminary with Doctor of Divinity degrees in recognition of their outstanding service to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They have served as missionaries in Colombia for the past forty-seven years and they still minister there. Harry was also elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.




Peter Wernett (B) was inducted in August into the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame. He was a two-sport star at Jim Thorpe Area High School in Pennsylvania, lettering in both baseball and football. In April 1955 he pitched the first no-hitter in school history, was the leading hitter in 1956, and was named that same year to the Tri-County American Legion Junior Baseball League All-Star team. He also played tackle on the first football team at the high school and was selected to the Panther Valley All-Star team.


David Wiley (D) stepped down in January 2009 from thirty-five years as director of the African Centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continues to work at Michigan State University as professor of sociology and African studies. His research has concerned African environment and development (religion and class, squatter housing, species change, urban pollution, and global markets) in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa. He is currently writing on the new U.S. military focus on Africa and international education in the United States universities.

He writes: “In May 2009, a number of PTS graduates and others celebrated the ninety-fifth birthday of Margaret Flory at her residence in Brevard, North Carolina. In the 1960s PTS Professors Richard Shaull and Charles West, and Flory, founded the International Fellowship at PTS, and she was instrumental in sending many PTS students abroad in the Presbyterian COEMAR/WSCF Frontier Intern Program, helping found the University Christian Movement, and many other student Christian movement and ecumenical mission activities.”


Greg Gibson (B) returned to PTS this fall as a scholar-in-residence after thirty-six years as a Presbyterian minister and thirty-two years as an attorney, during which he was elected as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named among Best Lawyers in America.


Rogelio T. Pangilinan (M) retired on September 1, 2010, after forty-eight-plus years serving the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was given a one-quarter-time appointment at Faith United Methodist Church in Lombard, Illinois.

Philip L. Wickeri (B, ’85D)
and his wife, Janice (’75e), have moved to Hong Kong, where Philip has begun a new position with the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church) as advisor to the archbishop on theological and historical studies.


In September, The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria elected E.M. Uka (M) as its new moderator. He will lead the church for the next six years.


Mary Ebenhack’s (E) company, AHEAD Energy, relocated its offices in August from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, to the Bernard McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. AHEAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists schools and medical facilities in Africa in harnessing local energy resources to meet daily needs in an economically sustainable, environmentally conscientious manner.
Joyce R. Krajian (B) is the new director of The Middleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling, a specialized ministry of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.


Larry Scott (B) is the new minister of Kitimat United Church in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada.
After retiring last summer from active duty chaplaincy, Jeff Young (B) made a successful transition to working in the National Guard Chaplain’s Office. He writes that there is “lots of ministry and life after hanging up the uniform!”


Bob Faser (B) has recently become minister of St. Andrew’s Uniting Church in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia (near Melbourne). He is a member of the Uniting Church in Australia’s national dialogue group, with representatives of the Australian Jewish community, along with being convenor of his synod’s Working Group on Christian-Jewish Relations. He is also involved in Rotary, currently a member of one of Rotary’s new “eclubs” meeting on the Internet.




Keith Curran’s (B) church, St. Andrew Presbyterian of Suffolk, Virginia, is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2011 with a Presbyterian Heritage trip to Scotland July 6–15, 2011. Seats are open to others who would like to join them. Visit www.standrewpres.net (church trips) for more information.
Curran officiated at his son Todd’s wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, on November 6, 2010. It was held in a park and the bride and groom processed to accordion music.

Since June 1, 2010, John McFayden (B, ’96P) has served as vice president of church relations for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and now resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Carlos Wilton (B) recently celebrated his twentieth anniversary as pastor of the Point Pleasant (New Jersey) Presbyterian Church. CSS Publications has published the third and final volume of his lectionary commentary, Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Cycle A. He is founder and editor of what may be the first-ever free sermon resources wiki, wikipreacher.org.


Robert J. Cromwell (B) is a full-time chaplain with Odyssey Hospice of Kansas City, and does pulpit supply in Heartland Presbytery.

Brett Webb-Mitchell (B) has published Beyond Accessibility: Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Faith Communities (Church Publishing Company, 2010).


John Hoad (D) has published Translating Jesus for Today (Xlibris). The book considers the various lenses through which Jesus has been historically viewed and focuses on the human Jesus. It can be ordered from xlibris.com, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.

Hoad is a native of Barbados, who served in the Methodist Church in Guyana and Jamaica before coming to PTS. He was president of the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica. Now retired at the age of 83, he lives with his wife, Karen, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rebecca Price Janney (B) has written Then Comes Marriage? A Cultural History of the American Family (Moody Publishers, 2010). Janney traces “changing mores and practices surrounding marriage and family life from colonial times until today,” including often overlooked Native Americans, slaves, nineteenth-century immigrants, and others.

Brian Schroeder (B), professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, has written Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo (SUNY Press, October 2010). The book can be found at www.sunypress.edu.

In June, Diana M. Hagewood Smith (B), a United Methodist elder, became a member in full connection of the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, by transfer from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She has served as the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri, for two years. She also celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of her ordination as a deacon on June 13, 1985, in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Sharon L. Vandegrift (B) is executive director and coach with Bridge-the-Gap Life Coaching Services, LLC. Bridge-the-Gap specializes in coaching support for clergy and helping professionals. Find more information at www.btglifecoaching.com.


Ed Brandt (B) met Gary Ziccardi (’87B) at a September conference for military chaplains in Germany. They were part of a delegation of chaplains from African nations. He writes that it was “great to catch up with a former classmate!” Brandt serves with the Army National Guard and Ziccardi in the Air Force.

William Brown (B), professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, has published a new book, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University Press).
Having served Presbyterian churches in Burlingame and Rancho Sante Fe, California, Dan Meyer (B) has been pastoring a non-denominational church in the Chicago area for the past thirteen years. He also hosts Life Focus, an Emmy award-winning television news magazine that airs nationwide on PBS stations.

Karen R. Moritz (B) serves as a PCUSA mission coworker in Prague, Czech Republic, as an ecumenical relations facilitator with the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren.


Kenn Iskov (B) and his wife, Leonie, serve as short-term volunteers at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, at the invitation of fellow PTS graduate Perry Shaw (’85M). Kenn is documenting a new curriculum in readiness for accreditation in November 2011. The curriculum was designed by a team led by Shaw.


After twenty-two years as the pastor of St. Johns Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida, Ronald R. Smith (M) has recently taken a call as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Maitland.

Steve Weber (B) served last summer as Navy Reserve chaplain with the United States Coast Guard on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana as part of the response team following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Ron Cobb (B) was recently promoted to core faculty by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He teaches and advises students in the Psy.D. program in clinical psychology.

Lance Hickerson (B, ’93M)
writes that after some years of working in operations supervision for UPS, he was called in January 2010 by the Forest Home Church of Franklin, Tennessee, to serve as senior minister.

Michael Rayner (M) is dean of research at the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute in Inverness, Scotland. He writes: “I am the first such dean of research in what is soon to become the United Kingdom’s newest university. One of the academic partner organizations is Highland Theological College, which has a near-to-unique mission and approach in higher education terms, and covers academic partner organizations that span the breadth and depth of the Scottish Highlands.”

Peter de Vries (B) received a Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh in May. His dissertation was titled “Appropriating Apocalyptic: The Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur and the Olivet Discourse of Mark 13.” He is pastor of Old Union Presbyterian Church in Mars, Pennsylvania.

David K. Yoo (B) has been named director of the Asian American Studies Center and professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The center is regarded as the leading Asian American studies program in the country. Yoo joined UCLA as a visiting professor and acting director in January.


Robert Gamble (M) has contributed to How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, a book of 101 essays by some well-known people like Barack Obama, George Bush, Al Gore, Tony Blair, Ted Turner, Walter Wink, and Thomas Friedman, and some unknown people like himself. He writes that it is for the most part about good people trying to do a good thing.

Kevin R. Henson (B) received his D.Min. from Memphis Theological Seminary. His dissertation was titled “Children of the Living God: A Faith-Informed Response to the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity.” He serves as executive director of the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton, Texas.

Olive Elaine Hinnant (B) and David Wiseman (’73B) marched with Bishop Gene Robinson in the 2010 Santa Fe Pride Parade. Robinson was the honored host/guest speaker.


Babette Davis Reeves (E) is “still having a blast” as children and youth librarian at the library in Alamosa, Colorado, where her focus is on providing early literacy education and services to the San Luis Valley. She is also an adjunct professor at Emporia State University, teaching the children’s services class for their MLIS program. She and her husband, Brian, celebrated their twenty-third anniversary in June. While she and her family do not live in “typical” Colorado, she would love to hear from alums that venture out to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is nearby.




Donovan Drake (B) has recently been called to be the pastor and head of staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Trace Haythorn (B) is the new executive director of the Frazer Center in Atlanta, Georgia, an organization that offers programs to more than 200 children and more than 100 adults with disabilities. Haythorn says, “Having spent the last several years thinking, writing, and nuturing young leaders around the questions of vocation, mine found me along the way.”


Mark Douglas (B, ’94M), associate professor of Christian ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, was one of eleven participants in the Caux Round Table, which convened last summer in Caux, Switzerland, to address moral and ethical issues related to the current global economic crisis. The group included religious leaders, scholars, and legal and business professionals representing the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They collaborated in writing The Mountain Statement, a set of practical lessons for the conduct of finance and business, coinciding with the second anniversary of the failure of private credit markets, which triggered a global economic crisis. Read The Mountain Statement at http://www.ctsnet.edu/files/documents/MountainHouseStatement2010.pdf.

Lisa Bobb Hair (B) serves as Protestant chaplain of York College in York, Pennsylvania. She is also pastor of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in York New Salem, and lives with her husband, Richard, and daughter Madeline (eight), in York.

Jin S. Kim (B), pastor of the Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has joined the General Assembly Mission Council as field staff for Korean English Ministries in the Office of Korean Congregational Support. He helps develop vision and strategies to strengthen Korean English Ministries in the PCUSA, and assists in providing leadership development and networking opportunities for 1.5 and second generation clergy and leaders, including clergywomen and women leaders.

Joseph Pagano (B) serves as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. His wife, Amy Richter (B), is rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis. She received her Ph.D. in New Testament from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last May.
Don Schweitzer (D) has published his second book, Contemporary Christologies (Fortress Press, 2010). The book is an introduction to the work of fifteen leading international Protestant and Catholic theologians of our day, including Dorothy Soelle, Jon Sobrino, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Douglas John Hall. The chapters explore the social context of each thinker and the thought and voice of each on the person and work of Jesus Christ in the environment of our contemporary world. Schweitzer is professor of theology at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Michael Church (B), along with his wife, Terri Luper Church (’95B), has begun his second year of mission development in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Allan Cole Jr. (B, ’01D) is the new academic dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Michael Stephens (B) is now senior editor of Bible and Reference at the United Methodist Publishing House.


Dustin Ellington (B) and his family moved from Cairo, Egypt, to Lusaka, Zambia, in August. Ellington is lecturer in New Testament at Justo Mwale Theological University College. He and his wife, Sherri, have been PCUSA mission coworkers since 2005.

Margot Starbuck Hausmann’s (B) new book was released this past summer. Unsqueezed: Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights, and Stilettos is available on amazon.com.


James Metzger (B) recently published two articles: “Disability and the Marginalization of God in the Parable of the Snubbed Host” (Luke 14:15–24), in The Bible and Critical Theory 6.2 (2010), and “God as F(r)iend? Reading Luke 11:5–13 and 18:1–8 with a Hermeneutic of Suffering,” in Horizons in Biblical Theology 32.1 (2010). He is currently enrolled in an M.A. program in English studies at East Carolina University.


Kathryn Blanchard (B) has published The Protestant Ethic or the Spirt of Capitalism: Christians, Freedom, and Free Markets (Cascade, 2010).

Linda Pollock (M, ’99M) is parish minister for the Ross of Mull and the island of Iona. She writes that most people know the island of Iona, where 250,000 people make a pilgrimage between Easter and All Saints Day, while Mull is “as beautiful, and recent archaeological digs have uncovered several monk’s schools where men trained and were sent out to preach the Good News of Christ all over Scotland and further afield.”

Matthew L. Skinner (B, ’02D) has written The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament (Westminster John Knox Press).


Bryan Bass-Riley (B) recently graduated from Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, with a masters in pastoral counseling. He continues his work as the director of pastoral care and CPE supervisor at the AI duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and he also has a small pastoral counseling practice in Gibbstown, New Jersey.

Shang-Jen Chen (M, ’04D) has been appointed acting president of Taiwan Theological Seminary.

John Kaiser (B) has returned to the United States after serving as an infantry brigade combat team chaplain in Germany. He was recently selected for chaplain lieutenant colonel, and has moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, to serve at the army medical command headquarters.


Starting on the steps of Miller Chapel, Darrell Armstrong (B) ran the twelve-mile stretch from Princeton to Trenton, New Jersey, on November 28, 2010, for Adoption Awareness Month. Armstrong wanted to raise awareness about the need for more adoptive families in general, but especially for more black adoptive families. He is the founder of the National Association of Foster Children, Inc., and board chair of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation, both of which are 501(c)3 nonprofits working to prevent child abuse by strengthening families.

Kenyatta Gilbert (B, ’07D), assistant professor of homiletics at Howard University School of Divinity, was interviewed in April for National Public Radio’s Interfaith Voices about the state of the black church. Listen to the interview at http://interfaithradio.org/node/1299.

Robert P. Hoch (M, ’06D), assistant professor of homiletics and worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, recently published a collection of sermons and essays titled Breathing Patterns: A Teacher’s Reflections on Calling, Equipping, and Sending (Wipf and Stock, 2010); he is also a contributing author to New Proclamation (Fortress Press, 2010).

James A. Lee (P) has been involved with missionary work in China since 2000. He is the founder of a missions agency, Strategic Leadership Alliance. While on sabbatical he wrote a book on his experiences in China, Running with Reckless Abandon: Living a Life Led by the Voice of God.

Tony Tian-Ren Lin (B, ’00M) received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia. His research was featured in the cover article of the December 2009 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Lin is pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Gum Spring, Virginia.




Rachel Frey (B) serves as staff chaplain at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her ministry specializes in care for residents with dementia and support for their families. She writes that it is not the ministry that she would have imagined for herself when graduating from seminary ten years ago, “but I find it incredibly rewarding to honor the human dignity of persons, to seek justice on their behalf, to connect them to the resources that provide them with strength and meaning, and to support families. I feel extremely grateful to be serving where I am and to be doing the ministry that I do.”

James McCullough (B, ’01M) is currently in the M.Litt. program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. He has been accepted at the school for doctoral study.

Hyung Jin Park (M, ’09D) is a full-time lecturer in mission and intercultural studies at Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology in Seoul, Korea. He writes that he is “doing well, busy preparing for my classes and other administrative duties.”


As of July 1, 2010, Arun Jones (D) is the Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He teaches in the area of evangelism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His current research projects are historical studies of Christianity in North India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Matt Meinke (B) received his D.Min. from Drew University in May. His dissertation was on pastors and musicians in dialogue, using the psalms as a metaphor for togetherness in a postmodern church context. He continues to serve at the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


LeQuita Hopgood Porter (B) has been called to serve as senior pastor of the East Preston United Baptist Church of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the first female pastor in the church’s 167-year history and was selected by the congregation during Women’s History Month of 2010. She writes that she and her family are “excited about this new opportunity and look forward to all that God has planned in Nova Scotia.” Porter began this assignment in June, leaving behind “a vibrant and firmly planted ministry”—the Kingdom Bible Christian Church of Tampa, Florida—which she planted in 2003.

John R.A. Simeon (M) is district superintendent of the Madras Central District of the Madras Regional Conference of the Methodist Church in India.


Glenn Chestnutt (B, ’04M), minister of St. John’s Church of Scotland in Gourock, has written Challenging the Stereotype: The Theology of Karl Barth as a Resource for Inter-religious Encounter in a European Context (Peter Lang Publishing, 2010). He has also written “The Theological and Political Ramifications of a Theology of Israel” in New Perspectives for Evangelical Theology: Engaging with God, Scripture, and the World (Routledge, 2010).

James Hong (B) is the civic participation coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, a nonprofit community advocacy and services organization that serves the Korean American and broader immigrant community in Flushing, New York.

In September, on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s journey from Erfut, Germany, to Rome in 1510, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (B, ’08D), and her husband, Andrew Lars Wilson (’04M, ’09D), walked the 1,000 miles as Luther did, allowing themselves seventy days to walk from Germany to Switzerland to Italy. For more about their pilgrimage, visit http://www.hereiwalk.org/.

Jonathan Zondag (M) was installed on October 31, 2010, as senior pastor in the villages Middenmeer en Slootdorp in the Amsterdam area of the Netherlands. His wife, Karen, was installed as a junior pastor for youth work and pastoral care. He is currently working on a thesis on religion and politics as a research fellow at the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands.


Eric Barreto (B) defended his dissertation (“Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16”) at Emory University in Atlanta. In July 2009, he was appointed assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary.

Carolyn Browning Helsel (B) began a doctoral program in homiletics this fall at Emory University. She was chosen to be a Bandy Fellow.

Josh McPaul (B) is leading a group from the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, where he was a college pastor for six years, to plant a church in Oakland. The group is seeking to plant in a boundary area of Oakland, between “the hills and the flats,” where the city is divided economically and ethnically. They hope to launch the church before Easter 2011.

Darren Pollock (B) has begun a Ph.D. program in historical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after spending more than six years as the director of student ministries at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church in Southern California.

Joni Sancken (B) was ordained by Central District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA at Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship on January 17, 2010. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in practical theology and religious practices at Emory University in May 2010, and has accepted a faculty position as assistant professor of preaching and practical theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In the spring of 2009, Sancken completed a Ph.D. in homiletics at the Toronto School of Theology.

Dennis Solon (M) is in a doctoral program in New Testament at Heidelberg University.


Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario (B) is the new associate director of admissions at PTS. She remains a member-at-large of the Presbytery of New York City.

Jessica Bratt (B) is a chaplain at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nathan Carlin (B) published his first book, Living in Limbo: Life in the Midst of Uncertainty, coauthored with Donald Capps, PTS’s William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology Emeritus.

Eun-hyey Park Lok (B) and Johnny Lok celebrated their one-year anniversary at Disneyland. On January 31, 2009, they were joined by alums Aram Bae (’05B), Christine Hong (’05B, ’08M), Yvonne Chang (’07B), Joanne Lee (’07B), Kyunghee Lim (’07B), Neah Lee (’07B), Yuki Shimada (Ph.D. candidate), and brother of the bride, Benjamin Park (’06B), for a beautiful wedding in Pasadena. The Loks live in Los Angeles, where they met three years ago. Johnny works in IT at a financial firm, and Eun-hyey is pursuing training in spiritual direction and counseling to add to her skills as a pastor.



David Clarke Carlson (B) has been called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, Missouri.

Juan Cruz (M) is a postgraduate research student in the Old Testament at the University of Aberdeen. Upon completion of his research project in 2013, Cruz will return to the Philippines, his home country, to serve as a full-time faculty member at Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Jason Ingalls (B) was ordained to the diaconate in the Episcopal Church at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 5, 2010. During this academic year, he will finish his Th.M. thesis at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and serve as parish assistant at St. Matthew’s Anglician Church in Riverdale, Toronto.

Joseph M. Kramp (B) has completed his comprehensive exams with distinction for the Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has earned the M.Phil. as well as a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality. Kramp is married to Angel C. Duncan and they live in Maplewood, New Jersey.

In October, Eleanor Norman (B, E) gave the invocation at the eleventh annual State of the Region Address in Norfolk and in Newport News, Virginia. The address is an opportunity for business, community, and government leaders from the seventeen communities of greater Hampton Roads to explore the answers to critical questions facing their region.


In January 2011, Rachel G. Hackenberg (B), pastor of Grace United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, published Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen (Paraclete Press). The book offers daily prayers and invites readers to write their own prayers based on a scriptural prompt.

Frances Wattman Rosenau (B) is associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York.

After three years of teaching in Lebanon, Deanna Womack (B, ’08M) began her doctoral program at Princeton Seminary this fall in the area of mission, ecumenics, and history of religions.


Alexander R. Bearden (B) married Meredith M. Herbert (’10b) on July 4, 2010. PTS alums in the wedding party included Wesley Allen (’08B), Rachel Achtemeier Rhodes (’10B), Laura Powell (’10B), Caroline Jinkins (’10B), and Zachary Shaeffer (’08B).

Mansour Khajehpour (B) was called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott, Kansas, in May.

Jordan May (B) published his first book, Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff, last January. He is a federal prison chaplain in Raleigh, North Carolina.


In July, Kathryn Lester (B) became the director of youth ministries at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.

Paranee Sun (B) has written The True Face of Health Care: A Physician and Patient’s Perspective (forthcoming 2011). She asks that fellow alums look for the book and tell their congregations to discuss the important issue of healthcare reform.

Alice Barnes Tewell (B) was ordained in August and installed as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, New York, on December 5, 2010.

David Wright (B), known to classmates as “Purple Dave,” is pastor of the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church in Allamuchy, New Jersey. He welcomes classmates and students to visit him, “share your preaching gifts with the congregation, or just watch baseball together.”


Victoria Allen (B) is the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.

Michael Chen (B) has joined the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a nonprofit campus ministry organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that partners with churches, colleges, and organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. Chen is pioneering a new CCO partnership working with students at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Joanne Fong (B) is a Lilly Pastoral Resident at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In the two-year position (begun July 2010), she engages in various ministries like mission and outreach, organizational life, congregational life, stewardship, pastoral care, seniors, and youth and young adult ministries, as well as worship liturgy, preaching, and occasional baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

On May 29, 2010, Emma Hayes (B) and Matthew Nickel (’09B) were married in Blacksburg, Virginia. The wedding party included PTS alums Melinda Hall (’10B), Crawford Brubaker (’09B, ’10M), and Eric Barnes (’10B). Nathan Royster (’09B) was one of the officiants. Emma has been called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Michigan, and Matthew is serving as a resident minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. The couple are living in Ann Arbor.

Caroline Jinkins (B) was ordained on August 29, 2010, at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Laura Lovell Mitchell (B) is parish associate at Bay Road Presbyterian Church in Lake George, New York.

Liliana Pastas (E) is a commissioned lay pastor for kids and adults in Latino Christian education and Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.

Jason Rea (B) is associate pastor with a major emphasis on youth ministries at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. He writes that his wife, Kara, and their three children (Maggie, William, and Anderson) are all doing well and enjoying their new home right across the street from the church. “We are very excited to be here and are looking forward to all God has in store for us.”

Rachel Achtemeier Rhodes (B) is associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Nicole Noteboom Rienstra (B) is the coordinator of study programs at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.