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homeless women veterans in Fayetteville, N.C. She is the executive director of Steps & Stages: Women Veterans Resource Agency Inc., which provides supportive services for homeless women and their children. Volunteers to serve as mentors and life coaches for these women are welcomed. Lt. Cmdr. Marshall and her husband, Clifton, are the parents of two children. 


Delmer L. Chilton D’80 is the assistant to the bishop for the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with primary responsibility for congregations in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama and First Call theological education. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.

Jeannette “Jean” Rodenbough D’80 has published Rachel’s Children: Surviving the Second World War (All Things That Matter Press, 2010), a collection of reflections upon that experience. She is a retired Presbyterian pastor in Greensboro, N.C.

Kelli Walker-Jones D’83 is the new director of Triangle Pastoral Counseling in Raleigh, N.C. Her husband, Logan C. Jones D’82 , continues as director of pastoral care at Rex Hospital.

Douglas A. Hicks D’87 , professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond, published Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2010), in the Practices of Faith series.

Britt Skarda D’87 is now senior pastor at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark. He continues to be an avid runner—25 kilometers weekly. Britt and Karen have three adult children and a grandchild.

J. Michael “Mike” Solberg D’89 , who swam the English Channel in September 2009 to raise money to build a new school in Waku Kungo, Angola, was in that country to help dedicate the school Oct. 31, 2010, “to the glory of God and the well-being of thousands of future students.” Solberg, who is the senior pastor of Second Congregational United Church of Christ, Rockford, Ill., was profiled in the Winter 2010 Divinity magazine . Learn more at


Joerg M. Rieger D’90, G’94 has published Globalization and Theology in the Horizons in Theology series (Abingdon, 2010). He is on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.

Dianne Johnson Ciesluk D’92 , who had served as a diaconal minister for eight years, was ordained in June 2010 as a full elder in the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She serves as pastor of Grace UMC in Pequot Lakes, Minn. She and her husband, Greg Ciesluk D’91 , also a United Methodist pastor, are the parents of three children.

Kamila A. Blessing G’96 , who resides in Mars, Pa., has published Families of the Bible: A New Perspective (Praeger, 2010). Another book, Speak Ye First the Kingdom: A Mainline Pastor’s Journey into Abundance , will be released by Design Group International in 2011.

Amy Lynn Kelley D’96 and Benjamin W. “Benji” Kelley D’97, D’00 are the founding pastors of newhope, which was named 10th among the 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine. The congregation, which began meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2002, now worships in a 36,000-sq.-ft. facility in southern Durham County, and has grown to 2,000 worshippers at three Sunday services. The Kelleys are the parents of four children.

Sarah Mount Elewononi D’97 is the new pastor of South Walpole United Methodist Church in Massachusetts. She and her husband, Joe, welcomed a daughter, Grace Frances, Nov. 27, 2009.

Cathy S. Gilliard D’97 has been elected to serve on the National Council for the Divinity School Alumni Association. She is the minister for Christian nurture at Christ Church (United Methodist) in New York, N.Y.

James D. Siddons D’97, D’99 , a United Methodist pastor in Forest, Va., read a research paper, “Spiritual Aspects of the Music of Toru Takemitsu,” at the October 2010 film and music festival at the University of Arizona. The paper is an outgrowth of his theology and liturgy studies at Duke and musicological research in Japan. Takemitsu was the leading Japanese composer of the twentieth century, and composed more than 100 film scores.

Benjamin E. Wells D’98 and his wife, Tobyn, now reside in Huntington, W.Va., where he is the United Methodist campus minister for Marshall University.


D. Stephen Lewis Jr. D’00 , national director of the Calling Congregations initiative of the Fund for Theological Education, based in Atlanta, Ga., was the featured preacher on Day 1, the national weekly ecumenical radio program formerly known as The Protestant Hour .  His sermon, “Choose to Care or Else,” was based on a text from Jeremiah and was aired