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Eugene T. Long D’60, distinguished professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of South Carolina, was recently honored by the establishment of the Eugene Thomas and Carolyn Macleod Long Endowment Fund at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va., which was his undergraduate college. The scholarship was given by the Associates for Philosophy of Religion in recognition of his contributions to the field and his longtime service as editor-in-chief of The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. While he continues to be active in his field, he has returned in recent years to an early interest, playing euphonium in a concert band and trombone in two jazz orchestras. He and his wife divide their time between Chapin, S.C., and Cashiers, N.C.

S T Kimbrough Jr. D’62 lectured on “Discovering Five Passions of the Wesleyan Heritage” at the Wesley Heritage Celebration, Methodist University, Fayetteville, N.C., in November 2013. He contributed seven articles to the new Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnody (CDH) launched online in October 2013 as a replacement for the exhaustive The Dictionary of Hymnody. The CDH involved a 10-year research process and is the most up-to-date and thorough resource on global hymnody for scholars today.

Dan Hendricks D’73, G’77, who writes under the pen name Chloe Canterbury, has published The Last Days of His Father’s Kingdom: The End of Islam in Spain (Outskirts Press, 2014), a historical saga. He and his wife, Barbara Beal Hendricks G’76, live in Florence, Ala., where he is the vice president for university advancement and the executive director of the University of North Alabama Foundation.

Arthur L. Allen D’74 of Stuart, Iowa, has published Zeal to Educate Women: The Stories of Three Sisters from Rural Illinois who Championed Change in China, 1888–1924 (Tingley Road Publishing, 2013), written by his late wife, Nancy Lee Shepherd Allen D’74, about her great-great aunts who were Methodist missionaries.

Arthur L. McClanahan D’75, director of communications for the Iowa United Methodist Conference, received the 2013 Communicator of the Year award from the United Methodist Association of Communicators. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Des Moines, Iowa.

J. Denny Weaver G’75, professor emeritus of religion at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, published The Nonviolent God (Eerdmans, 2013). His previous book is The Nonviolent Atonement (Eerdmans, 2nd revised and expanded edition, 2011). He also wrote “Jewish and Pacifist: Jesus and the Old Testament,” which appeared in the Nov. 27, 2013, issue of The Christian Century.

Douglas J. Monroe D’81 is retired in Rio Vista, Calif., though he continues in ministry as a certified spiritual director. His avocation is sea kayaking around the San Francisco Bay area.

R. Carl Frazier Jr. D’84 has designed and published two volumes of Table Talk: Bible Stories You Should Know (Abingdon, 2013), an intergenerational, interactive resource. He is a United Methodist pastor in Cary, N.C., and the father of Elizabeth Q. Frazier D’08.

Darryl W. Robinson D’88 is serving as pastor at First Baptist Church, in Key West, Fla.

Philip LeMasters G’90 has published a new book, The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity (Cascade Books, 2013). He is dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, and a priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

Amy L. Gearhart D’93, senior pastor of Missouri UMC in Columbia, Mo., was the featured preacher two Sundays in November 2013 on Day 1 with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at She has been involved in pastoral ministry in Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri since 1985. Day 1 has been broadcast every week for more than 68 years, formerly as The Protestant Hour. Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, Day 1 is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas.

Shane Stanford D’94 has published The Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants (Abingdon, 2013) co-authored by Brad Martin, president of the University of Memphis. He is the senior pastor of the 6,000-member Christ UMC in Memphis, Tenn., and this is his 10th book.

Harold Eugene Vann II D’96 is the senior pastor of New Name Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Calif.

Luba V. Zakharov D’96 is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif., where she serves as librarian and curator at the University Libraries.

Julius McCarter D’97 and Kendra Brewster were married Oct. 26, 2013. They make their home in Loudon, Tenn., where he serves as a writer and spiritual director.

Jack Mewborne D’99 and Rebecca Cottingham announce the birth of their second son, Conner Cottingham Mewborne, born Jan. 27, 2014. He joins older brother, Everett. The family resides in Raleigh, N.C., where he is a United Methodist pastor.

Michael Lee Cook D’00 has completed a Th.D. in pastoral theology, care and counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and pastoral counselor in private practice and the director of Micah Counseling Services in Atlanta, Ga.

Ken Walden D’02 is now a writer for the United Methodist Reporter. His column is titled “Walden’s Words.” He also provides senior leadership to the Chaplain Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Wounded Warrior Program at the Washington, D.C., location.

Marcus De’Angelo Briddell D’03 and Melissa Garvin were married Aug. 23, 2013, in Freeport, N.Y. He is the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Westbury, N.Y. She is a nutritionist in the Hempstead School District and serves as the 1st vice president of the Women’s Missionary Society of the New York Annual Conference, AME Church.

Justin Phillips D’03 completed his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2013. He was married Sept. 3, 2011, to Erin Hale. They live in Jackson, Tenn., where he is on the faculty of Union University.

Seann Duffin T’04, D’08 and Elizabeth Matthews Duffin D’09 are the parents of James Douglas, born May 17, 2013. The Duffins are both pastors at Lakewood UMC in Houston, Texas.

John Anderson D’06 and his wife, Taryn, welcomed twins, Emmett Jacob and Selah Ann, Aug. 22, 2013, in Mitchell, S.D. He is an adjunct professor of religion and philosophy at South Dakota Wesleyan University.

Jason M. Constantine D’06 has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award for 2014 by the Military Chaplains’ Association recognizing ministry excellence of chaplains in mid-career. Awards are for Army, Navy, Air Force, Veterans’ Affairs, and Civil Air Patrol chaplains. Nominations are made by the five constituent Chief Chaplains and are presented annually during the MCA National Institute. He currently serves in the U.S. Navy as ship’s chaplain for the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49).

Matt Rawle D’07 spoke at the “Time, Space, and Faith” conference at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England, Nov. 2, 2013, during its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BBC television program Doctor Who. He offered a theological reflection on using Doctor Who in preaching with his paper, “God, Time, and Identity: Doctor Who and the Great Physician’s Table.” He is lead pastor at The Well, a new United Methodist faith community in Pontchatoula, La.

Eric R. Olson-Getty D’08 was the 2013 recipient of the Steve Schewel/Duke Sanford School of Public Policy Award celebrating his work with YO:Durham and the Made In Durham youth engagement projects that address self-esteem, motivation, careers, and meaning.

Michael Oswalt D’08 has been appointed assistant professor at Northern Illinois University College
of Law.

Ryan P. Parker D’10 and his wife, Keri, announce the birth of Hannah Maria on Jan. 13, 2014. He is a CPE supervisory resident in the VA Medical Center, in Durham, N.C.

Christopher E. Breslin D’11 and his wife, Rachel, announce the arrival of Titus Eliot, born Sept. 9, 2013. Titus has a big sister, Noa June. The Breslins live in Durham, N.C., where he is associate pastor at The Gathering Church.

Laura Wyant Wittman D’11 and Nathan A. Wittman D’09 announce the Aug. 15, 2013, birth of Allen Scott, a second son. Laura and Nathan are United Methodist pastors at Epworth UMC and Parkwood UMC, respectively, in Durham, N.C. The grandfathers are Raymond K. Wittman D’80 and David A. Wyant D’86.

Joshua ”Josh” Lee Blackwelder D’12 and Allison Brandt were married May 18, 2013, in Florence, S.C. He is the associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church.

Adrian Mack D’12 has published God Bless America: The Discourse between the American Dream & Christianity (AuthorHouse, 2013). He is director of constituent relations for the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C.

Luke Wetzel D’12 and his wife, Natalie Owens Wetzel G’10, are parents of a baby girl, Frances Elizabeth, born Nov. 27, 2013. The Wetzels live in Durham, N.C.

Jesse James DeConto D’13 published “Worship on the Run: A New Kind of Church,” which highlights the innovative ministry of George Linney D’06, in the Dec. 25, 2013 issue of The Christian Century. His new book, This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World, was published this year by Cascade Books. He is a writer and musician in Durham, N.C.

Logan Mehl-Laituri D’13 published his second book, For God and Country (in that order): Faith and Service for Ordinary Radicals (Herald Press, 2013). He lives in Durham, N.C.

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