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Daniel Schores D’53 of Sherman, Texas, was honored recently for his leadership as president of the Texoma Senior Foundation. 


Herman E. Thomas D’66, D’69 , who was associated with the A&T Four as a freshman in 1960, received an “Unsung Heroes Award” from N.C. A&T State University at a celebration of the 50th Sit-In Movement Anniversary in Greensboro, N.C. He taught 31 years at UNC-Charlotte, then was vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C., before retiring in 2009.


Charles Terrell D’75 was named director of pastoral care at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C., in March.

Brian G. Gentle G’76 serves as executive director of the Academy for Leadership Excellence for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Vergel Lattimore III D’77 was elected director-at-large to the board of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located in Delaware, Ohio.

Jeanette Stokes D’77 published Hurricane Season: Living through a Broken Heart (Words & Spirit, 2008), a book about the breakup of her marriage. She is the founder and executive director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Durham, N.C.

Cynthia L. Hale D’79 published I’m a Piece of Work! Sisters Shaped by God (Judson Press). Hale is the founder and senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga.


Jason A. Barr Jr. D’83 , senior pastor of Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh, Pa., is co-convener of the Black Church D.Min. cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif. He was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Preachers at Morehouse College.

Sam Hamilton-Poore D’84 published Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room, 2010). He and Terry Jo Hamilton-Poore D’86 live in Mason City, Iowa, where she is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Todd Outcalt D’85 , a United Methodist pastor in Brownsburg, Ind., has published The Ultimate Christian Living (Health Communications, 2010).

Tom Stephenson D’86 is currently pastor of First Christian Church in Wilmington, Ohio, after more than 17 years as pastor of Central Christian Church in Columbus, Ga.

Sheldon Sorge G’87 has been elected Pastor to Presbytery for the Pittsburgh Presbytery (PC-USA ), where he provides spiritual and administrative leadership.

Herbert S.L. Zigbuo D’88 , a missionary with the Methodist Church in Liberia, continues as the coordinator for the churches’ vocational training unit there.

 Cary McMullenCary McMullen D’89 , religion editor with The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., was at the Divinity School during April as a media fellow. He focused on theology and the arts, popular religion in parish life, and writing as a Christian practice.



Shane Stanford D’94 has published A Positive Life: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father (Zondervan, 2010) and You Can’t Do Everything … So Do Something (Abingdon, 2010). He is senior pastor of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

 Greel Myers D’95 and his wife, Carrie, announce the March 2, 2010, birth of Emma Grace, who joined brothers Grant, 1, and Nolan, 6. The family lives in Abilene, Texas, where Greel serves as executive director of alumni development and major gifts at McMurry University.

Karen Albers Lane D’95, D’96 and her husband, Joe, announce the June 2, 2009, birth of Makayla Marie. The Lanes live in Radford, Va., where Karen is a United Methodist pastor and Christian educator.

Tiffney L. Marley D’96 and her husband, Randy Jones, announce the Jan. 11, 2010, birth of twins, Randi Elaina Marley-Jones and Jesse Elliott Marley-Jones. They reside in Hillsborough, N.C., and Tiffney is working part time with First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham.


John C. Nugent D’01, professor of Old Testament at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., edited Radical Ecumenicity: Pursuing Unity and Continuity after John Howard Yoder (Abilene Christian University Press, 2010).

Jeremy I. Troxler D’02 and his wife, Margaret, announce the Feb. 8, 2010, birth of Della Sharon. He is director of the Divinity School’s Thriving Rural Communities program. The Troxlers reside in Mebane, N.C.

Christy Watson Brookshire D’03 and her husband, Matt, announce the July 7, 2009, birth of their first child, Anna Ruth, in Asheville, N.C., where Christy is a chaplain at Mission Hospital.

Will Schanbacher D’04 published The Politics of Food: The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty (Praeger, 2010), which was written as his doctoral dissertation at Claremont Graduate