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Jim Marsh Jr. D’94 is a United Methodist extension minister in Washington, D.C., appointed through the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. In June he wrote an op-ed piece that The Washington Post published about the theological issue of standing up for the song “God Bless America” during Major League Baseball games.  

Jay Kieve D’94, D’95 is the new coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina. Before receiving the call to serve the CBFSC, he served eight years as pastor of Crosscreek Baptist Church in Pelham, Ala. He previously served as pastor in South Carolina and on the national Coordinating Council of CBF. Jay and his family reside in Anderson, S.C.

Harriet Bryan D’95, senior pastor at Salem United Methodist Church, in Clarksville, Tenn., will serve as the new superintendent for the Nashville District of the Tennessee Annual Conference.

Kristin E. Vincent D’96 has written A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room, 2013). She lives in Oxford, Ga.

Gloria Aghogah D’99 completed her D.Min. degree at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in May 2013. Her project was “From Maintenance to Mission: Changing the Paradigm of a Small Church.” She and her family reside in Durham, N.C. She is currently the manager of the Department of Volunteers at United Hospice, teaching and providing palliative and end-of-life care to hospice patients.

Fred Bahnson D’00 is the author of Soil and Sacrament: Food, Faith, and Growing Heaven on Earth (Simon & Schuster, 2013). He describes it as part spiritual autobiography and part immersion journalism. The Bahnsons live in Brevard, N.C.

Abby W. Kocher T’00, D’06 has recently joined the boards of the Duke University Alumni Association and the National Alumni Council of the Divinity School. Her husband, Craig T. Kocher D’01, is chaplain at the University of Richmond and former “voice of the Lady Tar Heels.” They welcomed Caroline Rebecca on August 30, 2012. The Kochers reside in Richmond, Va.

Carolyn H. Burrus D’02 is the new chaplain for the Hospice of Alamance/Caswell in Burlington, N.C.
Stephanie Patterson D’02 serves currently as minister to students and families at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C.

Candice Marie Provey T’04, D’10 and Ren Provey T’04 welcomed a son, Elijah Martin, on April 20, 2013. The Proveys reside in New Haven, Conn., where she is associate chaplain at Yale University.

J. Dana Trent D’06 anticipates her first book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk, to be published in October by Fresh Air Books, an imprint of Upper Room Books. She is a nonprofit consultant and adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Fred, a devout Hindu.

Owen E. Barrow D’07 and Chambliss H. Barrow announce the birth of Frances Hawks on April 19, 2013. Owen is pastor at 519Church and Apex (N.C.) United Methodist Church. Congratulations also to grandparents Rochelle and Ned Hill D’80.

Tina Peterman Hubert D’07 and Josh Hubert D’08 announce the February 10, 2013, birth of Hannah Lee. Josh is associate pastor and Tina is minister of children and families at Wildwood United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Texas.

Sarah Arthur D’09 of Lansing, Mich., has written her eighth book, Mommy Time: 90 Devotions for New Moms (Tyndale House, 2013), which was featured in a front-page story of the Lansing State Journal on Mother’s Day. Her husband, Tom Arthur D’08, is pastor of Sycamore Creek United Methodist Church, which recently launched a new venue in a diner on Monday nights.

Jessica Squires D’09 and Nelson Colwell were married June 8, 2013, in Richmond, Va. She serves on the board of directors for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and chairs the Advance Committee. She is an associate minister in Newport News, Va.

Daniel L. Bennett D’10 is a newly appointed associate minister at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla.

Kelly Gilson D’10 will begin missionary service in Lesotho in September 2013. She and her husband, Tom, will both be teaching at church-related institutions. They have two children, Percival and Aaralyn. Their home base is Stuart, Va.

Daniel Corpening D’12 and Jessica King Corpening D’12 announce the birth of Anna Faye on January 26, 2013. The Corpenings live in Charlotte, N.C., where he serves as the associate pastor at Assurance United Methodist Church.

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