Leighton E. Harrell Jr. D’46 has been elected pastor emeritus at Grace United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Va.
J. Earl Richardson D’51, 92, is the eldest elder of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The 1974 recipient of the Divinity School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, he and his wife, Alice, reside in Durham, N.C., and attend Duke Chapel worship services faithfully.
William K. Quick D’58 is serving as the pastor-in-charge of Gibson Chapel Mission, formerly Gibson United Methodist Church (Gibson, N.C.), an outreach ministry of the North Carolina Conference, the United Methodist Church, and the Rockingham District. After two decades in pastorates across North Carolina, Quick served as senior pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Mich., from 1974 to 1998. Since 1999, he has served as a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School.
O. Richard Bowyer D’60, D’68 has been elected president of the West Virginia Board of Medicine. Bowyer, who has been appointed to the board by six different governors since 1981, is the first non-physician to hold that office.
Ingram C. Parmley D’64 was inducted into the Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.) Hall of Distinction April 30 during Jubilee Weekend, which coincided with the school’s 139th commencement. After earning his master of divinity degree at Duke, Parmley, an Episcopal priest, completed a doctorate at N.C. State University and became a professor of sociology. He resides in Asheville, N.C.
James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67, the G. L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., has published The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2010).
Daniel T. Earnhardt D’65, D’66, minister of pastoral care at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church in Greenville, N.C., represented Duke University at the inauguration of Mark D. La Branche as the new president of 220-year-old Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.
Stanley E. LaTorre D’68, now retired from the U.S. Army chaplaincy and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, resides on Edisto Island, S.C., where he was the founding minister of the Edisto Island Community Church.
Darris K. Doyal D’70 of Sevierville, Tenn., has retired from First United Methodist Church, Morristown, Tenn., after 46 years under appointment with particular emphases upon jail ministry, missions, ethnic ministries, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. He was honored with Darris K. Doyal Day in Hamblen County and presented the key to the city.
Louis B. Weeks III G’70 is the author of To Be a Presbyterian: Revised Edition (Geneva, 2010). He and his wife, Carolyn Mang Weeks G’70, live in Williamsburg, Va.
Hope Morgan Ward T’73, D’78, the United Methodist bishop of Mississippi, has been elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees.
Philip L. “Phil” Hathcock D’74, former superintendent of the Central District, has been appointed director of connectional ministries and assistant to the bishop for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Ark. He succeeds Roy P. Smith D’80, who is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church, Russellville, Ark. The United Methodist bishop of Arkansas is Charles N. Crutchfield D’68.
J. Barney Hawkins IV D’74, G’81 is one of the editors of Christ and Culture: Communion after Lambeth (Morehouse, 2010), the first volume in Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism. He and his wife, Linda Wofford Hawkins WC’72, D’76, D’79, reside in Alexandria, Va. He is professor of pastoral theology, vice president for institutional advancement, and associate dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Linda is the rector of St. Barnabas’ Church (Episcopal) in Annandale, Va.
Ernest T. “Tommy” Herndon D’77, who served St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, Va., has been appointed superintendent of the Harrisonburg (Va.) District.
Gregory V. Palmer D’79, resident bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Area of the United Methodist Church, is co-author of the book Becoming Jesus’ Prayer: Transforming Your Life through the Lord’s Prayer (Pilgrim, 2010). Other co-authors are Cindy M. McCalmont D’91, minister of spiritual formation and pastoral care at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation, in Ames, Iowa, and Brian K. Milford D’86, lead pastor of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Each chapter of the book features a story, theological reflection, discussion questions, guidelines for weekly prayer at home and corporate prayer, and hymn suggestions.
Adele Byrum Novotney D’81 of Maggie Valley, N.C., works in the mental health field with children and their families. Since 2006 she has been a social worker with child protective services.
Michael Pasquarello III D’83, the Fisher Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., is the author of John Wesley: A Preaching Life (Abingdon, 2010).
Bruce W. Smith D’84, associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, teaches and does research examining the role of spirituality, mindfulness, and resilience in coping with chronic illness and trauma.
Barry White D’84 has retired to Land O’ Lakes, Fla., following 22 years as a U.S. Army chaplain. He looks forward to continuing ministry as a pastor for Holland America Cruise Lines.
Martha Holland Thorson D’85 has earned the M.A. degree in psychology from the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., focusing on marriage and family therapy. She is a Presbyterian pastor in Hemet, Calif.
Thomas K. Stephenson Jr. D’86 is the new senior pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wilmington, Ohio.
Scott C. Washington D’87, author, historian, and veteran Kodak employee, recently shared a multimedia presentation, “Audacity of Hope: George Eastman and the Eastman Community School,” at the 9th annual African American Cultural Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
Susan J. Dunlap D’88 has published Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick (Baylor University Press, 2010).
Tobias Winright D’91 has co-authored After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Orbis, 2010). He is a tenured associate professor of theological ethics and director of the Ethics across the Curriculum program at Saint Louis University.
Robert Cox D’94 and his wife, Theresa, have returned to South Carolina from family leave in Florida. Robert has been appointed the pastor for St. Paul United Methodist Church in Saluda, S.C.
David J. Abbott D’96, pastor for the past 14 years at Belfast United Methodist Church, Belfast, Maine, has been appointed superintendent of the New Hampshire District in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Wendy Sue Earle Kissa D’97 and her husband, Karl Kissa T’82, announce the adoption of Joy Bergen, who was born March 18, 2010. The Kissa family resides in West Simsbury, Conn. Wendy Sue is the pastor at East Granby Congregational Church and Karl is a senior optical engineer with JDS Uniphase.
Tom Pietila D’99 recently retired following 11 years as pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C., where he and his wife, Lindy, continue to live.
Michael E. Byerley D’00 is the new assistant director of reunion giving at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mike and his wife, Julie Story Byerley M’98, a pediatrician, reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Beth Felker Jones D’00, G’04, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College, is the author of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga (Waterbrook, 2010). She and her husband, Brian Felker Jones D’03, pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Lombard, reside in Wheaton, Ill.
Paul G. Murphy D’00 was honored with a 2010 Piney Award from PineStraw magazine in Southern Pines, N.C., at a June 23 luncheon benefit for the Moore County Arts Council. Murphy, a musician who has played with Tony Bennett and Lou Rawls, is the vice principal and counselor at Sandhills Renaissance School, an arts-focused charter school in Vass, N.C.
Kenny J. Walden D’02, senior pastor at Lakewood First United Methodist Church, Lakewood, Calif., and a former Air Force chaplain, contributed “Training” in Reveille for the Soul: Prayers for Military Life (Liguori, 2010), edited by Marge Fenelon.
Ryan Black D’03, D’05 and his wife, Mary, announce the birth of Nicholas Leland on Dec. 5, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Ryan teaches in Pasadena.
Christina “Christy” Watson Brookshire D’03 and her husband, Matt Brookshire, announce the arrival of Anna Ruth, who was born July 7, 2009. The Brookshires live in Asheville, N.C., where Christy is a chaplain with Mission Health System and Matt works with Wachovia/Wells Fargo.
Enuma Okoro D’03 has published a memoir, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, October 2010). The book has been described as “part Augustine, part Jane Austen with a side of Anne Lamott ...” and “a deeply moving field guide for the curious, the confused, and the convicted.”
Tonya D. Armstrong D’03, G’10, formerly adjunct assistant professor in pastoral theology, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, has resigned to expand The Armstrong Center for Hope, where she provides psychological and spiritual services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She continues her 10-year role as minister of congregational care and counseling at Union Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. She may be contacted at email@example.com .
Ronda Cole D’05, who joined Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., as chaplain in 2007, has been promoted to dean of student development. Cole was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa, Fla., where she served as minister to students, and has worked as a ministerial intern and a youth minister at Baptist churches in North Carolina.
John Anderson D’06 presented two papers, “A Trickster Oracle in Gen 25:23: Reading Jacob and Esau Between Beten and Bethel,” at the 2009 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., and “Replaying the Fool: Esau vs. Jacob and YHWH in Gen 32 and 33,” at the southwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (March 2010) in Irving, Texas. He was awarded the Ph.D. in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in May. His dissertation was titled “Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle.”
Christina Peterman D’07 and Josh Hubert D’08 were married May 29 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Huberts reside in Houston, Texas, where they have joined the ministry of Josh’s home conference, the Texas Annual Conference.
Chanequa Walker-Barnes D’07 was among the keynote speakers on the theme “The Strong Black Woman—A Gentle Force for God” at the African-American Women’s Leadership Conference in August at Lake Junaluska, N.C. A clinical psychologist, faculty member at Shaw Divinity School, and writer, she lives in Durham, N.C.
Rebecca Rigel Donald D’08 was featured in the May 26, 2010, issue of UVa Today as she was completing the University of Virginia’s Post-Baccalaureate/Pre-Medicine Program. She worked as a medical scribe in Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia and has begun medical school with plans to specialize in geriatrics and palliative care. Her husband, Chris Donald D’06, is a United Methodist pastor who has recently been appointed in Charlottesville following service with Reveille Church in Richmond, Va.
T. Daniel Irving D’08 and his wife, Jean, announce the birth of Emma Grace and Hannah Claire. The twins were born July 6, 2010, in Houston, Texas.
C. Edward “CJ” Rhodes II D’09 is the new senior pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation in Jackson, Miss. He is the youngest pastor in the church’s 175-year history. He has been a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow and worked for a year with Mission Mississippi.
Heather Thomas Folliard D’10 and her husband, John, announce the June 4, 2010, birth of Mary Grace. The Folliards reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jaye Nesbitt White D’10 has been named mission developer for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-U.S. Department of Defense). She works with families and churches associated with military base realignments in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. An Army spouse, she is the daughter of an Air Force chaplain.