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Life, has resigned to expand The Armstrong Center for Hope, where she provides psychological and spiritual services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She continues her 10-year role as minister of congregational care and counseling at Union Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. She may be contacted at armstrongcenterforhope@yahoo.com.

Ronda Cole D’05 , who joined Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., as chaplain in 2007, has been promoted to dean of student development. Cole was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa, Fla., where she served as minister to students, and has worked as a ministerial intern and a youth minister at Baptist churches in North Carolina.

John Anderson D’06 presented two papers, “A Trickster Oracle in Gen 25:23: Reading Jacob and Esau Between Beten and Bethel,” at the 2009 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., and “Replaying the Fool: Esau vs. Jacob and YHWH in Gen 32 and 33,” at the southwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (March 2010) in Irving, Texas. He was awarded the Ph.D. in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in May. His dissertation was titled “Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle.” 

Christina Peterman D’07 and Josh Hubert D’08 were married May 29 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Huberts reside in Houston, Texas, where they have joined the ministry of Josh’s home conference, the Texas Annual Conference.

Chanequa Walker-Barnes D’07 was among the keynote speakers on the theme “The Strong Black Woman—A Gentle Force for God” at the African-American Women’s Leadership Conference in August at Lake Junaluska, N.C. A clinical psychologist, faculty member at Shaw Divinity School, and writer, she lives in Durham, N.C.

Rebecca Rigel Donald D’08 was featured in the May 26, 2010, issue of UVa Today as she was completing the University of Virginia’s Post-Baccalaureate/Pre-Medicine Program. She worked as a medical scribe in Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia and has begun medical school with plans to specialize in geriatrics and palliative care. Her husband, Chris Donald D’06 , is a United Methodist pastor who has recently been appointed in Charlottesville following service with Reveille Church in Richmond, Va.

T. Daniel Irving D’08 and his wife, Jean, announce the birth of Emma Grace and Hannah Claire. The twins were born July 6, 2010, in Houston, Texas.

C. Edward “CJ” Rhodes II D’09 is the new senior pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation in Jackson, Miss. He is the youngest pastor in the church’s 175-year history. He has been a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow and worked for a year with Mission Mississippi.

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Heather Thomas Folliard D’10 and her husband, John, announce the June 4, 2010, birth of Mary Grace. The Folliards reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jaye Nesbitt White D’10 has been named mission developer for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-U.S. Department of Defense). She works with families and churches associated with military base realignments in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. An Army spouse, she is the daughter of an Air Force chaplain.  

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