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2010), about a Cambodian couple who fled the Khmer Rouge regime and returned years later as missionaries.


W. Mark Ralls D’91 is the new senior minister at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was previously pastor at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, N.Y.

Marjorie B. “Muff” Carr D’92 was recently elected to the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C. She is a pediatrician.

Beth N. Kreitzer G’94, G’00 writes an iPhone application titled “Faith & Action: Daily Inspiration and Deeds” for Woman’s Day magazine. She teaches theology and history at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.

Karen Koons Hayden D’96 of Columbia, Mo., is the director of pastoral excellence for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Cathy Smith Gilliard D’97 is the new senior minister at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, New York, N.Y. She is a member of the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

Michael C. Nation D’97 , an Episcopal priest, has been appointed by the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey (SCI) as chaplain for the Lower Mississippi River and the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. Founded in 1834, SCI ministers to personal, professional, and spiritual needs of mariners around the world.

Andrew M. Bell T’98, D’08 returned in mid-2009 from a deployment to Afghanistan where he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Special Forces. He is now a Ph.D. student in political science at Duke. His wife, Betsy Jordan-Bell T’99 , is managing an international public health research project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They reside in Durham, N.C.

Albert D. Mosley D’98 is the new president and dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, a United Methodist institutional partner of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. He was previously the university chaplain at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

James Davison “Jason” Byassee D’99, G’05 is the new senior minister at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, N.C. His wife, Jaylynn Warren Byassee D’01 , is the pastor of the nearby Bethelview and Valle Crucis United Methodist Church parishes.

John S. “Jack” Mewborne D’99 and his wife, Rebecca Cottingham, announce the Feb. 23, 2011, birth of John Everett Mewborne. Jack is vice president for operations at Sports Source Orthopedics in Apex, N.C.


D. Stephen Lewis Jr. D’00 is the president-elect of the Fund for Theological Education, a national, ecumenical organization dedicated to identifying and supporting a new generation of talented, diverse Christian leaders who renew the church and change the world through vocations in pastoral ministry, theological scholarship, and community service. A former banker and Baptist pastor, Stephen has served as a program officer with FTE since 2003. A member of the Divinity School Board of Visitors, Stephen and his wife, Tamu, and their two daughters reside in Alpharetta, Ga.

Thomas P. Perkins D’00 , his wife, Caroline, and their daughter, Veronica Jane, are celebrating the arrival of Delia Shannon Perkins on April 7, 2011. The Perkins reside in Macon, Ga., where Tommy is an associate minister at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. Proud uncle and aunt are Glenn Kinken D’95 and Mary Perkins Kinken D’95 , also United Methodist clergy.

Carmen T. Skaggs D’00 of Columbus, Ga., has published Overtones of Opera in American Literature from Whitman to Wharton (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), a review of a transformational time on the literary landscape. She teaches English at Columbus State University.

Donna Claycomb Sokol D’00 has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Fund for Theological Education, an organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of Christian leaders. She is the senior pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and former director of admissions at Duke Divinity School.

Teressa McConnell Sivers D’01 , pastor of First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, N.Y., was featured in The Daily Star newspaper for organizing a new ministry to the homeless.

Ken Walden D’02 , pastor of First United Methodist Church, Lakewood, Calif., has earned the Ph.D. in practical theology with an emphasis on pastoral care and counseling from the Claremont School of Theology. He is an Air Force chaplain reservist.

Lanecia A. Rouse D’03 is manager of the Art Project, Houston, which is an art therapeutic venture that works with homeless and transitional persons empowering them to become hope-filled painters and artisans. She is also the missions pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church working with The Bread of Life, Inc. She was formerly