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1936 William Rambo (B) was honored last April by the First Presbyterian Church of Northport, New York, for seventy-five years of service in his ministry.

1944 Gordon S. Trew (B) is “retired” and living in Brazil. He continues to teach at Caiuá Mission Bible Institute and the Faculdade Teológica Batista in Dourados. He is pictured below with fellow PTS alums who have also retired and are living in Brazil (from left to right), Dick Irwin (’47B), Floyd E. Grady (’44B, ’58M), Trew, and Olson Pemberton (’45B).





1948 Charles Brackbill (B) writes that he has “happily survived colon cancer surgery,” celebrated his 87th birthday last March, and is still president of the Old First Historic Trust.
Brackbill was also featured in a story that appeared in The New York Times about raising a new steeple over The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey, part of a six-million-dollar restoration project he headed.

1949 James Leo Garrett Jr. (M) received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Baylor University in May 2008. His book, Baptist Theology: A Four-Century Study, 1609–2009, was published by Mercer University Press in January 2009.

1950 George T. Brown (M) has published a chapter, “Structures for a Changing Church,” in A History of Presbyterian Missions (Geneva Press), edited by Scott Sunquist (’90D).

1954 Paul Pierson (B, ’71D) gave a paper in October 2007 at the meeting of the Asian Society of Missiology meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. In April 2008, he taught a Fuller Seminary extension course in Tokyo, and in May he lectured at the South American Theological Seminary in Londrina, Brazil.

1957 Paul D. Clark (B) writes, “After my first ‘retirement’ as pastor of the Congregational Church of the Messiah in Los Angeles, I moved to the Imperial Valley in California. I ended up serving two ‘snowbird’ congregations for ten years and serving as an instructor in world religions at Imperial Valley College. In 2007 I moved to the Congregational Church. The happiest event took place when I entered my second ‘retirement,’ and I married Patricia Ann Kutney.” The Clarks spent three months on the Island of Bali in Indonesia where he served as pastor of the Legian Church, an international, English-speaking congregation and a member of the Protestant Church of Bali.

1959 Robert L. Kelley Jr. (M) was recently elected as a trustee of Pittsburgh Seminary. He is the G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology Emeritus at Pittsburgh.

Al Saunders (B, ’61M) has published The Reality and Ethics of Jesus (Xlibris, 2008), a book that digs deeper into the life of Jesus to confront questions of faith and reality.

1960 William Klassen (B) has coauthored, with Walter Klaassen, a biography of Pilgram Marpeck, an early Anabaptist leader who was among the first to advocate for the separation of church and state. The book, Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity, shows how Marpeck was a leader in the development of the sixteenth-century Anabaptist community in urban Europe.

1961 Bruce W.H. Urich (B) reports that at age seventy-six he is enjoying the good life in Orlando, Florida. He was appointed dean of a new college, which he founded. Florida Christian University is now seeking accreditation with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. He remains its dean and a professor, and also teaches educational psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and is stated supply of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Orlando. He is also pastoral director of Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc., an organization that distributes 25,000 pounds of food a month at eight church sites and 100 other churches. “In the last two years I’ve lost seventy-five pounds and am now back to my junior high school weight!”



1964 Ron White (B) has published A. Lincoln: A Biography (Random House) and in January began a national book tour in Florida. He made PTS a tour stop on February 4. He writes, “The inauguration of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth president, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, mean the first months of 2009 offer special opportunities for reflection on the past and thoughtful conversations about the future.”

1965 Ellie Cowherd (B) recently retired after more than nineteen years as pastoral care manager at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Burlington County, New Jersey. Instrumental in organizing the pastoral care department to provide services for patients, families, and staff, Cowherd also taught classes for Virtua employees. She will remain as a per diem chaplain, with Wendy Boer (’73B) taking on the interim role as pastoral care manager.















Ernest Williams (B), although retired, has become interim pastor of Forest Park Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson, Kansas.

1966 Ron Richardson (B) has published his fifth book, Becoming Your Best: A Self-help Guide for Thinking People (Augsburg Press, 2008).

1967
Norm Nelson (M) spent portions of 2008 doing humanitarian and human rights work in North Korea, Cuba, Nepal, China, and Thailand. In Thailand, he interviewed “Father Joe” Meier, legendary priest who ministers to street children in “The Slaughterhouse” slum district of Bangkok, for his national radio show, “Compassion Radio.” He lectured at the University of Southern California School of International Relations this past fall on the relationship between faith and humanitarian service. One month before his 70th birthday, he received his Ph.D. in theology. Plans for 2009 include work in Sudan (Darfur), Libya, Algeria, and Iran, where he has made six previous trips. Someday, maybe, he’ll retire...but don’t count on it.








In September, O Books in England published Chuck Robison’s (B) novel The Quantum Conspiracy. The book describes Robison’s spiritual experiences and teachers, his work as a chaplain at the Chuck Center at the United Nations, and his service in Telluride, Colorado, and features guests from his wife, Karen’s, radio program, “What If It Really Works?” He and his wife were recently featured in Jon Spayde’s book How to Believe, published by Random House.




1968 Charles A. Gilmore Jr.’s (B) third grandchild and first grandson, Taaj Isayah Klausmeier, was born to his daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Damian Klausmeier, on September 10, 2008.

Richard Killmer (B, ’73M), executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, was a panelist at Austin Seminary’s President’s Colloquium in September. He discussed with David Wofford, a former military judge who presided over 450 general and special courts-martial, the role of religious groups in combating torture in today’s secular society.

Joseph L. Roberts Jr. (M) has joined the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary as the Wade P. Huie Professor of Preaching. The appointment is for a three-year term, during which he will provide leadership for the seminary’s new Center for Preaching. Roberts is pastor emeritus of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

1970 Charles M. Webster (B) is interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, Connecticut.

John O. Wiederholt (B, ’82M), pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Collinsville, North Carolina, made the church’s web site (www.fpc-collinsville.org) an alternative for people who may not be able to come to church. The web site offers audio of complete worship services.

1971 Gregg Meister (B) has produced a DVD, Israel: The Land of Promise and Conflict, in which he hopes to convince other Christians to share his view that God gave Israel to the Jews and to join him in advocacy for the Jewish state. Meister is president of Interlink Media in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

1972 Portraying Jonathan Edwards, Jack Van Ens (B, ’76M, ’84P) opened the annual Jonathan Edwards Society Conference in October at the Jonathan Edwards Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. He portrayed Thomas Jefferson as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City in October. To listen to audioclips featuring Van Ens as Thomas Jefferson, visit www.thelivinghistory.com.

1973 Fred R. Anderson (B, ’81P) was the featured preacher for the third and fourth Sundays of Advent in December on Day 1, a nationally broadcast radio program also accessible by podcast at www.day1.org.

Hugh A. MacKenzie (B, ’87M) retired from the military in November after twenty-seven years of distinguished service. His most recent assignment was as the deputy installation chaplain at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and as the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s primary chaplain.

1974 Mark Lasser (B) and his wife, Debbie, have written a new book, The Seven Desires of Every Heart, recently published by Zondervan.

Robert Joe Lee (B, ’81M) retired in December after thirty-one years of service to the New Jersey judiciary. While there, he offered field education placements to several PTS students. He created the state’s program for providing access to courts for persons with limited English proficiency and made New Jersey a leader in this field.

1975 Doug Fletcher (D) is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

David Huffman (B) celebrated his twenty-seventh year as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, in August. The church celebrated its forty-first anniversary in May. In June the music director and organist retired after twenty-seven years. Huffman writes, “I doubt that many Presbyterian churches have experienced concurrent twenty-seven-year tenures of pastor and music director. It was a long and happy relationship!”

1976
Stephen Jacobs (B) has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president for academic affairs at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He celebrated his twentieth anniversary at Regis in November.

The Hispanic Center for Theological Studies in Chicago, Illinois, held its first-ever satellite classes in September. The first class, “History of the Church in Latin America and the U.S.,” was taught by Salatiel Palomino (M, ’93D), an adjunct professor of theology at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and pastor of a Hispanic congregation in Berwyn, Illinois.

Glen Rainsley (B) has joined New Hope for Women as their development director. New Hope for Women’s programs include a twenty-four-hour crisis intervention hotline, an emergency shelter, support groups, court advocacy and legal services, transitional housing units, prevention and education programs in area schools and other community organizations, and a certified batterer intervention program.

1977 Sandra Larson (B) spent several months this past spring in the Reformed Church of France, Epernay-Reims, for the exchange of ideas and to provide pastoral assistance.

James D. Miller was recently elected as a trustee of Pittsburgh Seminary. He is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1978 In March, Richard Carriker (B) was promoted to director of market risk analysis and capital at Wachovia Corporation, where he has been employed for twenty-six years.

Guy W. Dunham (B) was called as the executive director of the York County Council of Churches (YCCC) in August. YCCC has 140 member churches throughout York County, Pennsylvania, which, in 2006, was the fastest-growing metro area in the Northeast.

1979 John M. Nelsen (B, ’90P) is pastor of University Presbyterian Church in El Paso, Texas.

Julie Neraas (B) has recently published Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2009). She draws widely from poetry, theology, psychology, literature, and her own experience with chronic illness; but the book’s main intent is to be a contribution to an understanding of the nature of hope.

1980 George Cladis (B) announces a $1 million gift from the Lanza Family Foundation of Scarsdale, New York, for the ministries to the poor of the New England Dream Center (NEDC) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Cladis is vice president of operations for NEDC, and executive operations officer for the multisite Liberty Churches of New England. He writes, “This is a wonderful gift from good friends—a gift enabling us to expand our work among ‘the least among us.’”

Brian Donley (M) retired in June after twenty-eight years at John Wesley College in High Point, North Carolina. He served as the college’s president for twenty-one years, and is most proud of “educating the community about the school, teaching students who went into the ministry, and building an excellent team of teachers and administrators.” Donley hopes to teach online courses and fill in as a minister for Wesleyan churches in the district in his retirement. He also looks forward to pursuing his hobbies: building harps and working on hobby cars.

Thomas G. Long (D) spoke at Austin Seminary’s annual midwinter lecture series in February. In the Thomas White Currie Lectures, Long looked at the seeming incompatibility of innocent suffering and the goodness of God. He is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

After twenty-seven years of active ministry, Mary P. Roberts (B) retired in July and moved to Florida. She hopes to spend time enjoying photography, quilting, and writing, and, when the opportunity arises, to be involved in missions.

Diana M. Hagewood Smith (B) has been appointed pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

1981 Kirk Erwin (B, ’86M) is pastor of Harmony United Presbyterian Church in Harrisville, Pennsylvania.

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz (B, ’85D), vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at New York Theological Seminary, has been appointed to the staff of The Association of Theological Schools as director for accreditation and institutional evaluation.

Barry Sweet (B) was called in October as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Ohio.

1982 Robert E. Davis (B) was installed on October 19, 2008, as pastor of Draper Valley Presbyterian Church in Draper, Virginia.

Michael J. Gorman’s (B, ’89D) text, Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, has been revised and expanded with a new chapter on theological interpretation. The book began life as seminar notes for Presbyterian M.Div. students at PTS who failed the exegesis ordination exam. Gorman’s latest book on Paul, Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology, will be released by Wm. B. Eerdmans in March. Gorman is a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School this spring.

Gavin Kerr (B) has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Inglis Foundation, a Delaware Valley (Pennsylvania) nonprofit organization serving people with physical disabilities.

















Bruce Kreutzer (E) is now serving as director of international programs and professor at Gia Dinh University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

1983 After completing CPE, Robert J. Cromwell (B) has become a part-time chaplain with Three Rivers Hospice in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, while he continues as half-time installed pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Raytown, Missouri.

Marvin McMickle (P) taught two courses in preaching at Yale Divinity School in their winter 2009 semester. He also had three books released in the fall: Shaping the Claim of the Sermon (Fortress Press), A Time to Speak: How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Pilgrim Press), and Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Kids on African American History (Judson Press).

Susan Nagle (B) was installed in December as the new pastor of the Church of the Savior, a Lutheran congregation in Paramus, New Jersey. She has been a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for twenty-four years.

Along with the publication of On Being a Gay Parent (Seabury Press, 2007), Brett Webb-Mitchell (B) is working with his nonprofit School of the Pilgrim, and is the interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, North Carolina.

Renita J. Weems (B, ’89D) was the speaker in December at Southern University’s fall commencement.

Susan Wonderland (B) was called as synod associate executive during the Synod of the Trinity’s annual fall meeting in October in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

1984 Bob Alper (P), a rabbi, costars in the “Laugh in Peace Tour” with Azhar Usman, a famous American Muslim comedian. Together, they perform at colleges, churches, synagogues, and theaters.

Timothy Fearer (B) preached at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, in April. The title of his sermon was “Jesus and Islam,” and he discussed questions relating to how Jesus is viewed by Muslims and explored Christian and Islamic relations. Since 2004 Fearer has been a theological educator and leadership developer in western Turkey. He is based in Istanbul.

Timothy C. Geoffrion (B) has written One Step at a Time: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Spirit-Led Living (Alban Publishing, 2008). The book is about his and his family’s 2006 pilgrimage along el Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain.

Karen Green (B) has been called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico, New York.

John Groth (B, ’96M) retired from the U.S. Air Force in January, after serving for more than twenty-one years. He retires as a chaplain, a lieutenant colonel, and a disabled vet. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder “caused by my time working in Dover’s mortuary,” he writes.

“The 512th Airlift Wing did not let me slip quietly out the back door. There was a dinner and ceremony in February.” Groth has started to transition back to being a civilian and working with Priority One Men’s ministry. He plans to take a working sabbatical for two months, working on a book of talks he gives at men’s retreats, and then to speak at retreats, dinners, breakfasts, and worship services, and would welcome invitations.

Calvin Knowlton (B) has been appointed to the board of trustees of Coriell Institute for Medical Research. He is the founder, CEO, and chairman of RevolutionCare, Inc., a Moorestown, New Jersey-based nurse practitioner, primary care service for seniors with chronic conditions who live at home or in a nursing home facility. He chaired the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science from 1995 to 1997 and was associate professor of clinical pharmacy there from 1990 to 1997.

Barbara Patton Rolph (B) is editor of the newsletter for the National Association for Presbyterian Clergywomen. Articles, poems, or notes can be sent to her at beprolph@msn.com.

Cesar Lopez Sanchez (E) has recently published two books: The Juridical Unicorn: A Theology of Law, and Religion, Religions, and Sects: An Introduction to the Study of Religion. Both volumes are written in Spanish, and are available from Lulu Publishers.

1985 In July, John Atkins (B) accepted the call to be priest at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania.
 
Gayle D. Beebe (B) has been elected to the board of directors of the United Way of Santa Barbara County, California. He is president of Westmont College.

Deborah G. Brincivalli (B, ’95P) was installed as executive presbyter of the Presbytery of West Jersey on September 16, 2008.

Julie Ruth Harley (B) has been named vice chairperson of the board of directors of Lifelink, a nonprofit human services provider based in Bensenville, Illinois. Harley has been a member of the Lifelink board since 2005. She is pastor of the First United Church in Oak Park, Illinois.

Bruce Martin (M) is the new minister of West Village Christian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a retired navy chaplain who served navy and marine personnel for twenty-eight years.

Richard E. Miller (B) was recently called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.

1986 In 1998, Wayne A. Beatty (P) had a terrible bicycle accident, which caused a lengthy coma and a traumatic brain injury, forcing him into incapacity leave from the ministry of the United Methodist Church.

In September, Glen Hallead (B) became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He was previously based in Ghana, West Africa, and coordinated communications between Presbyterian churches in Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone and the PCUSA.

Cleo E. “Jack” Jackson III (B) became the director of the East Tennessee Extension Center of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in September 2008. He is also senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee, where he has been for the last eight years.

1987 Peter S. Kim (B) joined San Francisco Theological Seminary in September as the new director of alumni and church relations.

Chris Momany (B) has been named as the state director to lead the Michigan Not for Sale campaign against human trafficking. Momany is chaplain of Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.













After ten years as principal of Redcliffe College in Gloucester, England, Simon Steer (B) became principal of London School of Theology in September. He writes, “PTS alums would be most welcome to visit.”

Wu Fuya (M, ’92d) was installed on September 15, 2008, as president of Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan.

1988 Ann Fitzgerald Aichinger (B) and her husband, Frank (’78B), are co-organizing pastors of a new church development in Conover, North Carolina.

Anna Carter Florence (B, ’00D), associate professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, has been named to the Peter Marshall Chair of Homiletics. She joined the seminary faculty in 1998.

David Hunte (B) has accepted the position of organizing pastor of a new church in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Carl R. Lammers (B) is chief of information operations, J3 Operations Directorate, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

1989 Donna Elia (B) is executive director of the Troy Area United Ministries in Troy, New York. She organized the annual Crop Walk last May, with proceeds helping local organizations and national and international relief.

William M. Hosking Jr. (E) has received a call to serve the Ephraim Moravian Church in Ephraim, Wisconsin.

Nancy A. Mikoski (B) has been called by Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington, New Jersey, as the first female pastor in the church’s 300-year history.

The First Baptist Community Development Corporation, a program of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, of which DeForest “Buster” Soaries Jr. (B, ’93m) is pastor, is helping the community by purchasing homes and leasing them back to homeowners. As of December, the Housing Assistance Recovery Program had closed on twenty-five homes. Their goal for 2009 is 2,000 homes. Besides helping people with their mortgages, the program also provides family and financial counseling.

1990 In April, Jerry M. Carter (B) was the guest revivalist at “Paving New Ground with God’s Word,” a second-anniversary celebration of Timothy Brown (’04B) as pastor of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Grafton T. Eliason (B) is associate professor of counselor education at California University of Pennsylvania. He is also chaplain and director of the Spirituality Center at The Woodlands in Wexford, Pennsylvania, a camp for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. He recently coedited Existential and Spiritual Issues in Death Attitudes (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), and has written Career Development in the Schools (Info Age Publishing), published in October. Grafton continues to work with Children and Youth Services as a therapist and is beginning a nonprofit called Counselors across Cultures to work with women and children in third world nations. He can be contacted at graftoneliason@msn.com or 862.266.4021.

Lalsangkima Pachuau (M, ’98D) has been appointed director of postgraduate studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He also serves at Asbury as associate professor of the history and theology of mission.















1991 Chris Berg (B) recently founded a nonprofit focused on giving and receiving over the Internet (www.smallworks.org). Two PTS classmates are on the board of directors, Keith Reed (’92B) and Grafton Eliason (’90B). Berg writes that the service is still in pilot; “however, we have committed partners and lots of support.” He would “love to share more about what we’re doing with outreach and technology with the rest of the PTS family.”

Carol Antablin Miles (B, ’00D), associate professor of preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has had a sermon titled “What’s for Dinner” published in Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection (Judson Press, 2008). Released in June, the book features the sermons of thirty-three ethnically and denominationally diverse women from across the nation.

Richard Rawls (B) is associate professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

David Spaulding (B) received his Ph.D. in New Testament from McGill University in November 2007. His dissertation research involved a narrative critical reading of the theme of wealth and possessions in Luke–Acts. He is pastor of the Chazy, New York, Presbyterian Church, where he has served since his graduation from PTS. In 2007 he also became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rouses Point, New York. Spaulding is moderator of the Presbytery of Northern New York.

1992 Timothy T. Boggess (B) was installed as the third pastor of Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 21, 2008.

Gaston Espinosa (B) has edited three books: Religion and the American Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush with Commentary and Primary Sources (Columbia University Press, 2009), Religion, Race, and the American Presidency (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008), and Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture (Duke University Press, 2008).
He is president of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion at the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, and founding coeditor of the Columbia University Press in Religion and Politics.










Kyle Keefer (B) is assistant professor of religion at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In October, his book The New Testament As Literature was published in Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introduction Series.

1993 Hans Andreasson (M) has been appointed docent at the Swedish-speaking faculty of theology at Ã.bo Akademi in Turku, Finland.

In May 2008, Marnie Mullen Crumpler (B) received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her thesis was “Making Missional Families: The Church’s Role in Guiding Families to Claim Their Missional Identity, Formation, and Vocation.” She is executive pastor of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on staff with pastor and head of staff Vic Pentz (’74B) and associate pastor Vicki Harrington Franch (’88B).

Juliann Joy (B) is the new pastor of Petersburg Presbyterian Church in Petersburg, Ohio. She was installed on September 21, 2008.

Haruko Nawata Ward (M, ’01D) has been promoted to associate professor of church history with tenure at Columbia Theological Seminary.

1994 Thom Burleson (E, ’00B) has accepted a call as pastor of Union Presbyterian Church in Union, Kentucky. He also received his D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary–Presbyterian School of Christian Education this past summer.

Shannon LC Cate (E), her partner, Cole, and their two girls, Nat and Selina, have moved to Chicago. Shannon works from home as a writer at babble.com, a parenting web site, and homeschools the children. Cole is a professor at the University of Illinois.

Alan H. Cole Jr. (B, ’01D) has written Good Mourning: Getting through Your Grief and edited From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings (both with Westminster John Knox Press), the latter a collection of essays written on the subject of beginning one’s ministry after seminary. He has also written Be Not Anxious: Pastoral Care of Disquieted Souls (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008).

Troy Jackson’s (B) first monograph, “Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader,” is available from the University Press of Kentucky.

Scott Black Johnston (D) preached at Austin Seminary’s annual midwinter lecture series in February. Johnston now serves as pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he was installed on December 7, 2008. Thomas G. Long (’80D) preached at the service of celebration and installation.

Dave Widmer (B, ’00M) completed his first full marathon with Team in Training at the New Jersey Marathon on May 4, 2008, in Long Branch, New Jersey. The marathon was run to raise money for and awareness about blood cancer research. Currently, Widmer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkshire Valley, and an admirer of Eric Henry Liddell, still runs as a spiritual discipline and encourages all to join in a common effort to eliminate cancer someday.






1995 Tim Harrison (B) was recently awarded a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies. His dissertation centered in promoting the spiritual development of children by equipping parents to lead daily family worship in the home. He serves with his wife, Karen (’95B), as a copastor of Clinton Presbyterian Church in Clinton, New Jersey.

Rina L. Terry (B) has been invited to participate in the Open Source Liturgy Project aimed at a 2016 publication date of a new United Methodist Book of Worship.

Frank M. Yamada (B, ’05D) has been appointed director of the Center for Asian American Ministry and associate professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary.
1996 Wai-Tung Cho (D) sends greetings from Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes to share the joyful news that he was appointed the sixth president of the seminary in November. “The presidential inauguration [was] held the evening of January 19, 2009, at the Kowloon City Baptist Church in Hong Kong. Vicky and I have been thankful that God has nurtured us at PTS. We would like to ask that you continue to pray for me.”

Matt Hilgaertner (B) was called in September as the stated supply pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon.

Linda Pollock (M, ’99M) has been working for the Church of Scotland for three years. She spends seventy-five percent of her time working with people who work with children. She organizes national events for children and writes that she has the best of both worlds because “I get to play as well as to challenge thinking regarding children in our denomination! We had the first-ever National Children’s Assembly last year and our second gathering in November. Next year we are inviting children from all over the world to join us on Iona. It will be the year of homecoming in Scotland, so we decided to go to the home of Christianity in Scotland. The privilege of hearing children’s voices is hard to articulate. I deeply value their insights!”

William Edmond Whiddon Robinson (B) is the new minister of Salem Presbyterian Church in Salem, Virginia. He is currently a doctoral candidate in biblical studies at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

1997 Arpad Edes (M) is parish minister of the Reformed Church in Kiskunhalas, Hungary. He previously served as a university chaplain in Budapest for the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Brint Pratt Keyes (B) and his wife, Carla (’95B), are living in Richmond, Virginia. Carla is pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church and Brint is interim director of admissions at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. He writes that they are blessed to be back in Virginia, which is home to everyone in both of their families.

Frank Mansell (B) has been selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program at Wabash College. The program, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., targets Indiana pastors with between five and ten years of experience following their graduate seminary studies. Mansell is the pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.



















James Miller (B) is the new pastor of Glenkirk Church in Los Angeles, California. He is the father of two and the author of the book God Scent.

1998 Vito Aiuto (B) and his wife, Monique, make up the musical group The Welcome Wagon. In December they released their debut album, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon (Asthmatic Kitty Records), a collection of songs influenced by folk music, religion, popular culture, and church tradition. The group’s repertoire consolidates a vast history of “sacred” song traditions from Old Testament psalms, to Presbyterian psalters of the seventeenth century, to iconoclastic pop innovators of the 1960s, to charismatic Catholics of the 1970s, and even the melancholy lovelorn pop of the 1980s.









Ivan Alberts (M) is pastor of Elysburg United Methodist Church in Elysburg, Pennsylvania.

Beth Crawford (B) has joined The Reynolds Law Firm, PC, in Corvallis, Oregon, as an associate attorney. Her practice focuses on family law, victim’s rights, and children’s issues.

Scott Lumsden (B) was chosen in May as executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Seattle.

1999 Brent Anderson (B) accepted the call to serve as pastor/head of staff at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way, Washington.

Chad Bauman’s (B, ’05D) dissertation “Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868–1947” has been published under the same title by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company as part of their series Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Bauman is assistant professor of religion at Butler University.

In June, Kenneth Good (G) became pastor of Stockton Presbyterian Church in Stockton, New Jersey. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Kean University and teaches the freshman history class, Civil Society in America.

Timothy McConnell (B) is director of graduate ministries at the Center for Christian Study, an interdenominational ministry and study center at the University of Virginia. The center stands at the intersection of church and university “to serve Jesus Christ by fostering the serious consideration in the university environment of a biblical worldview and by encouraging and facilitating wise discussion of the truth in light of the challenges of contemporary culture.”

Vicky Ney (B) writes, “Hello to everyone—especially the Heavenly Council!” She accepted a call from the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, New Jersey, as pastor in March 2007. She enjoys preaching every week, and had the honor of officiating at her older son Michael’s wedding on October 19. She and her husband, Richard, recently celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary by sailing on the Chesapeake.

C. Kavin Rowe (B) has been awarded a Christian faith and life grant by The Louisville Institute for his project “Practicing Remembrance: The Acts of the Apostles and the Ecclesial Imagination.”

Alex Stevens (B) is interim pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Georgia. He is an ordained pastor in the PCUSA with nine years of service as a second-career minister.

Byron Wess (M) received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in May.

2000 In November, Wayne E. Croft Sr. (M) defended his doctoral dissertation “You Jes’ Wait a Little: A Comparison of the Motif of Hope in African American Preaching during the Slave and Post-Civil War Periods” at Drew University Theological School. Croft will receive his Ph.D. in liturgical studies with a concentration in homiletics from Drew in May. In the fall of 2008, he began a tenure-track appointment at Palmer Theological Seminary as assistant professor of homiletics and liturgics. He continues to serve as senior pastor of The Church of the Redeemer Baptist in Philadelphia.

Rachel Frey (B) married Craig Heinke on June 14, 2008, in a “lovely and lively convent ceremony.” Instead of bridesmaids, Frey had ministers; PTS alum Sarah Griffith Lund (’02B) presided at the communion table during the ceremony. People from both of Frey’s seminary field education placements also attended the wedding. She writes, “In July, we then embarked on a transcontinental road trip, moving to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where Craig is now a professor at the University of Alberta (astrophysics) and I serve as a hospital chaplain. En route, we stopped in Indiana to spend time with Christina Starace Williams (’00B) and her beautiful family.”

Eric Hagood (B) graduated in May from Drew University’s Theological School with a Doctor of Ministry. His dissertation was titled “The Local Church as Village: Gathering, Sharing, and Embracing Our Contemporary African American Living Proverbs and Faith Stories.” He is grateful to PTS for giving his family the opportunity to be a part of its community and for preparing him for the next level.

Spencer L. Lundgaard (B, ’01M), his wife, Missy, and daughters Lauren (6), and Kelsey (4), moved to Denver, Colorado, last summer, where in September Lundgaard became the third executive director of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (www.acmnp.com), now in its sixth decade.

Jonathan Schwartz (B) was installed as the fifth pastor of Brainerd Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on June 8, 2008. He had served as assistant then and associate pastor of the church since 2005.

William C. Webster (B) was recently named director of admissions at General Theological Seminary, the oldest Episcopal seminary in the United States, located in New York City.

2001 Jennifer Bird (B) was recently promoted to assistant professor of religion at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ruth de Jesus (B) is associate dean of intercultural advancement at Gettysburg College and lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, David Bowles, and children, Esperanza (5) and Mateo (2).

David J. Reichert (U) was inaugurated as minister of the evangelische Luthergemeinde in Heidelberg, Germany, on September 14, 2008. With this call he is also minister for 1,500 policemen in Heidelberg county.

Millicent Wess (B) recently published an article, “Bringing Hope and Healing to Grieving Patients with Cancer,” in the December 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

2002 Rhonda Britton (B) was installed as senior pastor of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 2007. PTS classmate and friend LeQuita Porter (’02B) took part in the installation service, which was attended by more than 400 people, including the moderator of the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia and the president of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. Cornwallis Street Baptist Church is the historic “mother church” of the association.

Kathy Dawson (D) has been promoted to associate professor of Christian education with tenure at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Rex Espiritu (B) has been selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program at Wabash College. The program, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., targets Indiana pastors with between five and ten years of experience following their graduate seminary studies. Espiritu is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Indiana.

















On August 1, 2008, Doug Resler (B) accepted a call to new church development in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Holly Robertson (B) is the new associate pastor for congregational care and mission at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2003 Glenn A. Chestnutt (B, ’04M) graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Ph.D. in systematic theology on June 27, 2008. He is assistant minister in the Church of Scotland at Cramond Kirk, Edinburgh.

Jennifer Powell McNutt (B) writes that it has been “an exciting year for the McNutt household, and we are very grateful to God for these many blessings! In May 2008, our daughter, Priscilla Joy Powell McNutt, was born in Cambridge, England. In June, I graduated from the University of St. Andrews with my Ph.D. in history: Reformation studies. And after living in the UK for the past five years, we moved to Wheaton, Illinois, in July where I have taken up a tenure-track position at Wheaton College Graduate School as assistant professor of theology and history of Christianity. Meanwhile, my husband, David (’02B), is completing his Ph.D. in theology and the arts through the University of Cambridge.

Walter R. Steele (M), pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola, Florida, was awarded the degree of Master of Sacred Theology on February 22, 2008, from Concordia Theological Seminary. His thesis was titled “The Enjoyment Imperatives in Ecclesiastes as Statements of Faith by Qoheleth.”

2004 J. Campbell Goodloe Hackett (B, E) has been awarded a dissertation fellowship by The Louisville Institute for her project “Nurturing the Capacity to Think Theologically about Moral Issues: An Empirical Study of Christian Moral Formation and Deliberation in Six Presbyterian Congregations.” This program supports the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to American religion.

After serving twenty years as a PCUSA mission coworker in Japan, most recently as professor of practical theology at Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, Tom Hastings (D) has taken a new position as the program director for research and development at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton.

Elizabeth (B) and Matthew Schultz (’05B, E) are associate pastors for youth ministry at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. They relocated from Watertown, New York, where Matthew was associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church and Elizabeth served as church liaison for the Watertown Urban Mission.

On October 26, 2008, Jason Wells (B) was installed by Bishop Gene Robinson as vicar of Grace Episcopal Church in Concord, New Hampshire.

2005 Jessica Bratt (B) has been named executive coordinator to the general secretary of the Reformed Church in America. She assumed her responsibilities in October and serves as a link between the general secretary’s office, the General Synod and General Synod Council officers, and staff of the regional synods, classes, congregations, and boards and agencies of the Reformed Church in America. She was ordained in October at the Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York.

Becci Curtis (B) is associate pastor of Clinton Presbyterian Church in Clinton, New Jersey.

Jamey Heit (B, ’06M) has published a new book, The Springfield Reformation: The Simpsons, Christianity, and American Culture.

Noelle Kirchner (B) was ordained, and installed as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, New Jersey, last summer.

Riley O’Brien Powell (B) and her husband, Skip, have moved back to Minnesota after several years of graduate school out east and working in Chicago. One highlight has been their travels together, including a month of researching and teaching at the Himalayan Rescue Association, the highest-altitude medical clinic in the world, topped off with an ambitious trek to Base Camp, Mount Everest (18,400 feet). Upon their return to Minneapolis, Riley joined her mother, Suzen O’Brien, in her financial advising practice at Smith Barney. Skip is enjoying his work as an emergency medicine doctor. They are expecting a baby boy in March and are looking forward to reconnecting with friends in the local PTS community. Contact Riley at rileypowell@post.harvard.edu.






On April 6, 2008, Brandi Wooten (B) was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Chili, New York.

2006 Susan Sytsma Bratt (B) is a pastoral resident (two-year term) in the Transition to Ministry Program at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is a candidate in the Presbytery of Detroit and “God willing will be ordained in 2009.”

Heather Prince Doss (B) accepted a call as associate pastor of Sea Island Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, South Carolina. She is responsible for all areas of ministry, but will focus on strengthening mission and outreach ministries. She was ordained on November 2, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and was installed at Sea Island Presbyterian Church  on November 23.

Jason Leonard (M) was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on August 10, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was installed as the pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church, Hebron Presbyterian Church, and Oak Hill Presbyterian Church—a yoked parish in Oxford, North Carolina—on August 24.

In April 2008, Eleanor Norman (B) began serving as associate pastor at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia. She is the supervisor for Christian education, youth ministry, and college ministries.

Benjamin Park (B) was ordained in September in Minnesota, with David Choi (’93B, ’94M, ’03D) preaching and Jin S. Kim (’93B) giving the charge. He was installed at United Presbyterian Church of Seattle, Washington, in November.

2007 Kelley Angleberger (B) and Tom Harmon (’06B) were married on May 3, 2008, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. They reside in Dayton, Ohio, where Kelley is a case manager at The Other Place, Dayton’s daytime homeless shelter, while Tom serves as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Fairborn, Ohio.

Ruth Aimée Belonni-Rosario (B) was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of San Juan on April 2, 2008. The worship service was held at the Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Bayamón.







PTS alums were present: Victor Aloyo (’89B), her husband Amaury Tanon-Santos (’05B),
Bridgett Green (’05B), and José González-Colón (’07B). She was shortly installed as pastor of San Andrés Presbyterian Church in Bronx, New York.

Becca Bruner (B) was installed as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal, Illinois, on October 19, 2008.

Yvonne Chang (B) is the collegiate ministries director at University Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California. Her fellow PTS alum, Soon Chung (’88B), is the church’s pastor.

Rachel G. Hackenberg (B) was installed in May as pastor of Grace United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Heading a group of forty-five young people and twenty-two volunteers and chaperones from the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, New Jersey, Curtis Lane Paul II (B), associate pastor, spent a week in August in Cleveland, Ohio, building homes for Habitat for Humanity.



Jenny Smith (B) was commissioned by Glenmary Home Missioners to paint their annual Christmas appeal. The 2008 painting is of the holy family and is to reflect the intimacy of community. Some of Smith’s paintings can be found at www.jenniferdianesmith.com/watercolors.










Deanna Womack (B, ’08M) was ordained for mission work in Lebanon on July 20, 2008, at her home church, the First Presbyterian Church of Nevada, Missouri. Her father, Greg Ferree (’80B), was one of the commissioners. Deanna and her husband, Mike, are in Zahle, Lebanon, where she teaches religious education classes and is a chaplain with the Secondary Evangelical School, and he teaches high school English, coordinates the school’s larger English program, and teaches seventh grade. They recently attended a lunch for PTS alumni/ae in Beirut with President Torrance.





2008 David Henry Andrew IV (B) was ordained on August 9, 2008, as a minister of Word and Sacrament at the First Presbyterian Church of Missoula, Montana. Andrew is minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Dillon, Montana.

Adam Walker Cleaveland (B, E)
is minister for youth and young adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, California. His wife, Sarah (’08M), is a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Amy Dame (B) has accepted the call as associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. She was ordained on September 13, 2008, at her home church in Lexington, Kentucky.

David Drebes (B) is vicar of Good Shepherd Church in Glen Rock, New Jersey.

Han-Luen Komline (B) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. student scholarship to Germany in theology and religion. She is one of 1,450 U.S. citizens who traveled abroad for the 2008–2009 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Bruno Linhares (D, ’02M) was invited to work as a guest researcher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, during the fall of 2008, on a joint project of PTS and Vrije Universiteit. He is further developing the online research tool of secondary literature about Abraham Kuyper as found at www.kuyperresearch.org.