Spring 2000
Volume 4 Number 4

CLASS NOTES


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

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

1932 Harry Ingram Fell (B, ’33M) celebrates the year 2000 by remembering when he and five classmates and spouses gathered in Brown Hall in 1992 envisioning the turn of the millennium and hoping to live to see it dawn. He is thankful to God that he did.

1936 Carl Bogard (’36B, ’42M) is still playing tennis, but he was not properly identified in the winter 2000 issue of inSpire. An update and a photo appeared on page 24 without his name. We apologize!

Bogard recently won the Southwest Florida Tennis Association’s Grand Prix Award for the men’s ninety and older division. He has also written a collection of Lenten plays titled Were You There When They Crucified My Lord: Six Plays for the Lenten Season Featuring Persons at the Passion, published by Abingdon Press. Bogard is a parish associate at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

John G. Marvin (B) is seriously ill with Alzheimers disease and welcomes the prayers of the Seminary community.

1940 Donald Kerr (B) writes that he is "still surviving at age 84." He reminds the community that the year 2000 marks the Class of 1940’s sixtieth year since graduation.

1944 Gordon S. Trew (B) and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary December 17, 1999. He has lived, preached, and taught in Brazil for more than fifty years.

1945 Earl A. Loomis Jr. (b) is moving to Greenport, New York, in the spring of 2000.

1946 Richard E. Neumann (B) is pastor emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has served that church since 1955.

1947 Leroy Dillener (B) reports that though he "retired" December 31, 1988, he continued in the ministry, most recently as pastor of visitation for the First Christian Church (Disciples) in Steubenville, Ohio. He has recently moved to Warsaw, New York.

1948 David McNab Morrison (M) celebrated his 83rd birthday in April. He is still serving as stated supply for Wedgefield Presbyterian Church in Wedgefield, South Carolina.

1950 Nathaniel C. Roe (B, ’55M) preaches frequently and moderates a small but growing church in Washington, Pennsylvania.

1951 Charles E. Hurst (B) enjoys life in Geneva, New York, where he attends the Presbyterian Church in addition to sitting on the town’s zoning board.

Ralph Hunter Keen (B, ’68M) lives with his wife, Barbara (’69b), at the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho and serves four Presbyterian Indian congregations on a volunteer basis. Hunter is currently writing a Bible study for the K’ekchi tribe in Guatemala, one of approximately twenty indigenous groups of Mayan descent in the Central American country. He visited a K’ekchi presbytery in Guatemala recently — a sister presbytery to his presbytery in Idaho. He notes that thoughRalph Hunter Keen (B, '68M) ravaged by the internal conflict of the last several decades, Guatemala is a strong source of Christian growth. The country exhibits "similar political and theological situations to what the Native Americans of this country endured one and a half centuries ago." The attempt to respond to this turmoil by the Christian community, Presbyterians in particular, has been productive. There are now five presbyteries in the K’ekchi Association.

1952 Fredrick D. Sundloff (B) sadly announces the passing of his wife, Dorislee, on January 10, 2000, following a lengthy illness.

1953 Raymond Nott (B) still teaches the "Reap That Righteous Riff" swing dance class at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming.

1954 Yunkuk David Kim’s (M) book Over the Mountain, Across the Water: Autobiography of a Christian from North Korea will be published this year by Western Washington University.

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1956 Arvest N. Lawson (M) has published his second book, The Holy Spirit in John Wesley’s Theology. After retiring, he made a pilgrimage through England, Scotland, and Wales following in Wesley’s footsteps to help research the book. He is currently working on another volume concerning justification and sanctification in Wesley’s thought.

C. Richard Stults (B, ’63M) is a resident of the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, Indiana.

1957 Arlen L. Fowler (B) is the interim rector at St. Dunstan’s Episopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

David C. Meekhof (B) will step down as president of Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, effective June 30. Meekhof was helpful in refocusing the school’s mission of serving native Alaskans while strengthening ties to the Presbyterian Church (USA). He will retire to his home in Bellevue, Washington.

Kayton Roy Palmer (B) is recovering from a decompressive lumbar laminectomy (spinal stenosis surgery). He hopes to return to full health.

Kenneth Williams (B) is retired after serving on the faculty of The College of New Jersey for more than thirty-five years.

1958 Thomas E. Fisher (B) and his wife, Clara Minarik Fisher (’60e), have recently moved from Athens, Ohio, to Amherst, Massachusetts, to be closer to their grandchildren in Lexington. Tom finishes his term on the General Assembly Council’s executive committee in June.

1959 Richard B. Martin (B) has retired to South Kent, Connecticut, after serving his final two years in ministry as interim pastor of Setauket Presbyterian Church on Long Island, New York.

1960 Preston Dawes (B) is serving as interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney, Ohio.

James R. Duncan Sr. (B) is now a retired member of Washington Presbytery and parish associate at Center United Presbyterian Church in Midway, Pennsylvania.

James Clifford Murray (B) writes that his next pastorate will be in the South Louisiana Presbytery beginning in 2000.

1963 David Hoeldtke (B) and his wife, Thelma, are delighted that their son, Jonathan, completed his M.Div./M.C.E. at Princeton Seminary in May.

1965 Donald E. McNamara (B) reminds us that "God certainly pulls surprises" when noting that the nine-month interim position he assumed at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City has turned into an endeavor of more than two years as stated supply pastor.

1966 William P. Findlay (B) writes, "I am serving my third interim pastorate, this one at Westhampton Presbyterian Church in Westhampton Beach, New York."

Edson Sigurd Pederson (B) is a high school world history teacher in the Henrico school system in Virginia. He is also a supply pastor at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Charles City, Virginia.

1968 Jong-Sam Park (M) was recently appointed dean of the Graduate School of Social Welfare Policy at Soong Sil University in South Korea where he has taught for the past twenty years. He plans to retire in 2001.

William Presnell (M) is now associate director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University.

Neil M. Stevenson (M) is retired, but still enjoys working in new church development in Stonehouse, Virginia.

1969 Edward Mabry (B, ’82D) is still a professor of church history at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Floyd N. Rhodes Jr. (B), vice moderator of the 211th General Assembly, has been named interim executive and stated clerk of the Synod of South Atlantic. Formerly an associate presbyter of Greater Atlanta Presbytery, Rhodes began his synod duties in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 1.

1971 Sara Bradley (B) is in the process of renewing her ministerial vows and seeking a chaplaincy position in the Buffalo, New York, area.

Paige McRight (B) began work for Charlotte Presbytery as presbyter for leader development in September 1999. General Assembly moderator Freda A. Gardner preached at her installation.

1973 Glen Melnik (b) is a math, physics, and chemistry tutor for high school students in Alameda, California. He recently obtained his Coast Guard license, which he uses to teach a celestial navigation course for recreational sailors.

Aida D. B. Spencer (B, ’75M) recently completed a commentary on II Corinthians for the People’s Bible Commentary series.

1975 George Blank (B) is currently a parish associate for Morris Plains Presbyterian Church in Morris Plains, New Jersey. He is employed as a district manager with AT&T.

1976 Paul H. Moessner (B) is in his thirteenth year as senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri.

David J. Ourisman (B) recently published From Gospel to Sermon: Preaching Synoptic Texts by Chalice Press. The book explores how preachers can appropriate narrative readings of the synoptic Gospels.

1977 Nancy J. Gorsuch’s (B, ’95D) book Pastoral Visitation was published by Fortress Press in 1999 as part of the Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling series. She is currently an assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling and director of the Pastoral Care Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

1978 Edward J. Calhoon Sr. (B) Edward J. Calhoon Sr. (b) writes, "I am now a freelance writer and poet, with two recent publications. I retired early as a computer specialist in 1997." He lives in Arnold, Maryland, with his wife, Kate, and has three adult children. His poem "Memories of Princeton" appears in this issue of inSpire.

Jeffrey M. Young (B) was recently promoted to the rank of colonel in the United States Army. He has served as an Army chaplain for more than twenty years. Young is also the chief of operations of the Directorate of Ministry Initiatives. The directorate will address, among other issues, the critical shortage of Roman Catholic chaplains in the military. Young writes that the promotion is important to him, and sharing it with the Seminary community means a great deal.

1979 Sidney Batts (B) celebrates his fifth year as head of staff at Government Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

Gary Dorrien (M, E) recently published his eighth book, titled The Barthian Revolt in Modern Theology: Theology without Weapons, with Westminster John Knox Press. In his creative rethinking of the meaning of the Barthian revolution in theology, Dorrien argues that Barth’s importance is loaded with irony and that most interpreters of his thinking have underestimated its open character and its liberal elements. Dorrien is currently professor and chair of religious studies at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

1980 Barbara Dua (B) stepped down as associate director for the PCUSA’s Women’s Ministries Program Area, which is part of the denomination’s National Ministries Division. She has accepted a new position as executive secretary of the New Mexico Council of Churches in Albuquerque. Dua previously served as associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Ohio, and campus minister at the College of Wooster.

Edward F. Duffy II (B) is in his fifth year as minister of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Alexander B. Noble (M) has moved from Dunbar Parish Church in Scotland to Fyvie Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His first book, Sunshine through Shadows, was recently published by St. Andrew’s Press.

1981 Jan C. Heller (B) resigned as director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care in Atlanta. He is now system director in the Office of Ethics and Theology for Providence Health System in Seattle, Washington. He and his wife live on Bainbridge Island and commute to Seattle by ferry.

Edwin Hurley (B) recently preached the installation sermon for his high school classmate and fellow Seminary alumnus Roger Rabey (’82B),who began as head of staff at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, West Virginia.

1982 Marvin McMickle (P) campaigned in Ohio to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. McMickle did not win the party’s nomination in the March primary, though as the only African American running for U.S. Senate this year in Ohio he spoke eloquently for important causes. Endorsements for his candidacy came from the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, the Cleveland City Council, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and former U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum, among others. The central issues of McMickle’s bid included affordable and adequate health care, educational development, and workers’ rights. McMickle is also pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland. In the announcement of his candidacy, he said, "People have asked me, ‘Why are you leaving the ministry to become a politician?’ Let the answer to that question be clear. When you are working for justice you have not left the ministry." 

1983 Nicholas A. Likumahuwa (T) teaches at Satya Wacana Christian University in central Java. He also preaches in the Protestant Church in Western Indonesia and leads a monthly Bible study for older adults.

1984 Robert W. Gustafson (P) writes that he continues to "use the methodology and insights" from his time at the Seminary. He is an adjunct professor in pastoral studies at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine.

Alvyn W. Haywood (B) teaches communications at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey while also serving as a counselor for Eggerts Crossing Village, an affordable housing development in Lawrence Township. Haywood, who comes from a background similar to that of the families with whom he works, says, "I consider myself to be a hoodlum priest. I understand gangs, and I have an appreciation for them. I speak their language. I am not here to judge. I am here to facilitate the goodness God has in you."

Arthur Walker-Jones (B, ’91D) and his wife, Carrie (’88B), live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Arthur teaches biblical studies at the University of Winnipeg, and Carrie is a writer. They are the parents of two children, David, 7, and Katherine, 4.

1985 J. Wesley Brown II (B) received his professional counselor licensure in 1999 and now works as a developer/consultant, a counselor, and a coach in Trenton, New Jersey.

1986 Mary E. Shields (B) is associate professor of Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Shields says, "I hope to inspire my students to think critically about their biblical interpretation. They should have the skills to interpret the Bible from a variety of perspectives."

1987 B. Keith Brewer (M) is a lecturer in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He will be teaching with moral philosopher Peter Singer in a course titled Practical Ethics. Brewer is also chaplain of the Wesley Foundation and a fellow of Mathey College at Princeton.

1988 David J. Huegel (B) is now pastor at Central Christian Church in Rosenberg, Texas. He is active in the homeschooling of his two sons, Jonathan, 9, and Evan, 6.

John W. Walker (B) pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Illinois.

1989 David D. Miles (B, ’91M) is now dean of student life and pastor to the seminary community at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. His wife, Carol (’91B, '00D), is an assistant professor of homiletics at Austin.

Amy Visco Na (B)The Na Family works part time as a chaplain at Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Her husband, Kang Na, continues to teach religion at Westminster College, also in New Wilmington. They have three children, Sofia, Laura, and Christian. 

1991 Dale P. Andrews (B) was installed as assistant professor of homiletics and pastoral theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in September 1999. He also delivered the occasion’s featured address, "The Torment of Hope."

D. Elliott Hipp III (B) is now pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in New York, New York.

1992 David G. Robertson (B, ’93M) is finishing a Ph.D. in philosophy in London, England.

J. Bradley Wigger (D) was installed as the Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Professor of Christian Education and director of The Center for Congregations and Family Ministries at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in September 1999.

1993 David B. Forney (B) is associate dean of faculty and director of evaluation and research for Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

1994 David Cabush (B, ’95M) began serving as an associate for program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, in January.

Jeffrey Crawford (B) is a software engineer for Sun Microsystems, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. He also serves on the ethics committee at Vencor Hospital and is a member of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church with his wife, Kathy.

1995 Pashington Obeng (M) has written Asante Catholicism: Religious and Cultural Reproduction among the Akan of Ghana for the Studies of Religion in Africa series published by Brill Academic Publishers. The book focuses on the interaction between post-conciliar Roman Catholicism and Asante religion of Ghana, with its implications for self-definition and cultural renewal.

Rina Terry (B) is supervisor of chaplaincy services at Bayside Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey.

1996 Mark Rivera (B) serves as chief therapist and international director for Christian Counseling International in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also serves as associate senior pastor of the Barbara Ann Roessler Memorial Presbyterian Church.

1997 Alex R. McLean (B) is a solo pastor at Clyde Presbyterian Church in Clyde, Ohio. He enjoys preaching, Bible study, and working with young people.

Robyn Palmer-Burton (B) writes, "I have been very busy working as the director of Christian education of Hamilton Square Presbyterian Church and being involved in presbytery activities. After living with him as a foster child for five years, I officially adopted James on September 29, 1999. It is a blessing to be able to finally call him son."

1998 Mark Ford (B) was ordained in October 1999 and is now solo pastor of Northern Lakes Parish in northern Minnesota. The parish, located in the beautiful ranching and logging areas of the state, consists of Grace Presbyterian Church in Kelliher, Minnesota, and the First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck, Minnesota.

Cheryl A. Gosa (P) has been named vice president for business development of Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. She plans to focus on program development for nonprofit agencies and programming that will augment the worship service format the station currently broadcasts. She writes, "I’m working on a new series that I will host that looks at spirituality as it is affected by new technology, primarily the Internet."

Loren Johns (D) has been appointed dean of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) beginning June 2000. Johns, who received his M.Div. at AMBS, returns from an associate professorship at Bluffton College in Ohio. The author of numerous articles in biblical studies, he views seminary as "the most valuable source of spiritual, moral, and intellectual leadership in the church today." His placement at AMBS is welcomed by president Nelson Kraybill ('83B) Nelson Kraybill (’83B) and the faculty and staff of the school. Currently, Johns serves as general editor of Apocalypticism and Millennialism: Shaping a Believers Church Eschatology for the 21st Century, which will be published this spring. 

Jeffrey E. Lee (M) is the new pastor of the Church of St. Joachim in Trenton, New Jersey. Interestingly, Lee returns to the parish in which he grew up; he was born in Trenton in 1964 and attended St. Joachim. Lee also serves as the director of the diocesan Office of Family Life/Respect Life.

Eric P. Lemonholm (B) is the intern pastor at the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth, Minnesota. He works primarily with junior and senior high youth.

David A. Norwood (B, ’99M) is pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Wapato, Washington.

1999 Eunice Ahn (E) is a first grade teacher in the South Bronx, New York. She also serves as the children’s group director at the Hansung Presbyterian Church in Woodside, New York.

Sarah Dickinson (B) is the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Township in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.


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