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named by President Obama to the White House Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Melinda F. Wiggins D’94 , executive director of Student Action with Farmworkers, was recently honored by the White House as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change. She is based in Durham, N.C.

Kenneth L. Erickson D’95 is the new rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Mich. He previously served in the Diocese of Chicago, leading the merger of two urban Episcopal and Lutheran schools as a model of ecumenical partnerships for sustainable faith-based nonprofits.

Michelle Kallock Knight D’96 co-authored He Said/She Said: Biblical Stories from a Male and Female Perspective  (Chalice Press, 2012) with Todd Outcalt D’85 . Both are United Methodist pastors serving, respectively, in Avon and Brownsburg, Ind.

Terry-Michael Newell D’96 recently completed a Clinical Pastoral Education residency at WakeMed Health and Hospitals and is now working as a pastoral counselor in private practice in Raleigh, N.C.

Percy Lee Strickland T’97, D’99 and his wife, Susangeline Schmidt Strickland T’99 , announce the February 24, 2012, birth of Elizabeth Delia Lucile, who will be called E. D. Lu. The Stricklands reside in Richmond, Va., where Percy directs a tutoring program and Susangeline is a physician in emergency medicine.


Michael P. Barham D’03 received a doctor of ministry degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific on May 18, 2012. He serves as associate rector at The Parish of St. Clement (Episcopal) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Enuma C. Okoro D’03 is the author of Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room, 2012). She is a research associate, freelance writer, and blogger in Durham, N.C.

R. Brandon Harris D’04 , a United Methodist pastor in Birmingham, Ala., has earned the doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His dissertation was titled “Restoring Congregational Vitality through Missional Leadership Cultivation.”

Donna Banks D’06 is the superintendent of the new Heritage District of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served as the director of student life for the Divinity School during 2011–12.

Franklin C. Golden Jr. D’07 and Amanda Earp Diekman T’05, D’10 are co-pastors of Durham Presbyterian Church, a new multigenerational worshiping community in Durham, N.C., that seeks to reflect the diversity of the city, live in solidarity with vulnerable people, and serve college students and neighbors. At the heart of the congregational life is a partnership with Iglesia Emanuel.

Daniel K. Miller D’07 has earned a Ph.D. in theology and ethics from the University of Edinburgh and recently published a book, Animal Ethics and Theology: The Lens of the Good Samaritan  (Routledge Press, 2012). He resides in Amarillo, Tex.

Amy K. Milligan D’07 has earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Penn State University. She currently teaches religious studies and women and gender studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Penn.

James A. Keeton Jr. D’08 is senior pastor of Parkside United Methodist Church in Camden, N.J., where vital youth ministries are a priority. He was selected as one of the pastors in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference who will participate in the fourth round of the 21st Century Leadership Academy.

Russell G. Nanney D’09 and Lindsey Elizabeth Winborne were married on May 26, 2012, in Garner, N.C. Russ is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Wilson, and Lindsey is the youth minister at Winstead United Methodist Church.


Kelly Weaver Gilson D’10 was ordained in the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church early this year and has moved with her family to New Zealand, where she is working part-time with rural churches. Her husband, Tom, is teaching high-school math in Ashburton. The Gilsons welcomed their second child, Aaralyn Grace, on March 21.

Matthew W. Lewis D’11 is serving as the chaplain at St. Johns Military School in Salina, Kan., where he also coaches the cross-country team.

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