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Nov. 21, 2010. He serves as a member of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors.

Jocleen A. McCall D’01 was named 2010 Instructor of the Year at Johnston Community College, Smithfield, N.C., where she teaches world religion. The Apex (N.C.) Herald reported that McCall’s dedication to her students includes accompanying them to churches, synagogues, and mosques so that they can experience different faith traditions. McCall is a Ph.D. student in adult and community college education at N.C. State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Carole L. Baker D’03 , a visual and installation artist and research assistant at the Divinity School, presented a paper, “Testing the Spirits: Icons and the Problems of Modern Transcendence,” Sept. 25, 2010, at the 2010 Biennial Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University (U.K.).

Lauren Tyler Wright D’03 has been elected to serve on the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association. She is a researcher, seminar leader, and writer on faith and philanthropy in Indianapolis, Ind. Her husband, W. Brent Wright D’03 , is a United Methodist pastor.

Elise Erikson Barrett D’04 has published What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage (Westminster John Knox, 2010).  She and her husband, Chris Barrett D’01 , and their three children reside in Charleston, S.C., where he is pastor of St. Andrew’s Parish United Methodist Church.

Sara Ardrey-Graves D’05 was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Western North Carolina diocese of the Episcopal Church in May. She is serving as the assistant rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, Va.

Kenneth Loyer D’05 , a United Methodist pastor in Red Lion, Pa., was featured in the York (Pa.) Daily Record as a former high school basketball star now in ministry. He completed his Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in May 2010, and he anticipates service as an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Pam Watkins D’05 , a United Methodist pastor and member of the North Carolina Conference, is currently serving Oak Grove UMC in Roxboro, N.C.  

William F. “Skip” White D’05 has written a novel set in the Dakota Territory of the 1800s titled Carry Me Not (iUniverse, 2008) with a soon-to-be released sequel, The Dead Horse Lived . He is currently a United Methodist pastor in Friendsville, Tenn.

Kristin Adkins Whitesides D’05 is the president-elect of the Divinity School Alumni Association. She serves as the associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Winchester, Va., and she is the daughter of David W. Adkins D’72 , a Baptist pastor in Martinsville, Va.

Donna Banks D’06 has been elected to the board of directors for the Raleigh-based United Methodist Foundation  Inc. Banks is pastor of the Evergreen United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, and also serves as a board member for the Chatham County Literacy Council.

Chris L. Brady D’06, D’08 is planting a new church, Living Hope United Methodist, in the eastern part of Durham County for the North Carolina Annual Conference. Brady, who officially began the new ministry Jan. 1, will start in the spring with a community festival, followed by summer programming for children, and a first worship service in the fall. Brady worked as special assistant to the dean from 2006–10, and from 2008 until Dec. 31, 2010, as director of student life and formation. He is an elder and full member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. A veteran of the Army National Guard, he served as a local pastor for eight years in Philadelphia, Pa., before coming to Durham to attend the Divinity School. He and his wife, Carla, a liver transplant specialist on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center, have a 3-year-old son, Christopher.

Julian C. Pridgen D’08 has been elected to serve on the National Council for the Divinity School Alumni Association. He is pastor of St. Augustus AME Zion Church in Kinston, N.C.

Glenn L. Setliff T’95, D’08 of Mebane, N.C., director of information technology at the Duke University School of Nursing, established “Parker’s House”—a transition residence for some of the homeless population of Durham—in 2009 in memory of his son, whose untimely death inspired this mission. He raises funds for the project with statewide motorcycle rides. The story was featured in the June 20, 2010, issue of the Burlington Times-News.


Amanda E. Diekman T’05, D’10 was ordained and installed as pastor for community care at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C., on Sunday,