Kenneth L. Carroll T’46, D’49, G’53 retired in November 2010 after 20 years as president of the Friends Historical Association. He published “Persecution and Persecutors of Maryland Quakers, 1658–1661,” in Quaker History (Fall 2010). Now residing in Easton, Md., he is professor emeritus of religious studies at Southern Methodist University.
J. Robert Regan Jr. T’49, D’52, from Locust Grove, Va., has just retired after 35 years as president of the Virginia United Methodist Housing Development Corporation, which built 35 housing projects for low-income residents serving 3,000 persons across the state.
Raymond L. Moore D’54 of Bristol, Tenn., who retired from United Methodist parish ministry in 1972, continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Highlands Community College. He still does occasional programs as “John Wesley.”
W. Ray Bailey D’56 hosts a monthly meeting in the Kansas City metro area for retired ACPE supervisors who discuss current events in pastoral care ministries across the country. It is known as the “old goats” breakfast. Ray resides in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
P.D. Midgett III T’50, D’60 of Southport, N.C., continues a musical ministry in retirement, playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica with solo performances and with the Fort Johnston Bluegrass Band. His harmonica goes with him when visiting nursing home patients or homebound church members. He has also worked in film production with documentaries on his community and the Chicamacomico life-saving station, staffed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries on North Carolina’s Outer Banks by many of his ancestors.
Rhon V. Carleton D’62 has been elected to serve on the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association. He is a retired Air Force chaplain, ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA, currently the LifeCare pastor at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
ST Kimbrough D’62 has published The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader (Wipf & Stock, 2010) and released a CD, The Wonder of Christmas: New and Familiar Carols (GMMP, 2010). He is an internationally known recording artist, now living in Durham, N.C.
James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67, who taught at Duke Divinity School from 1969 to 1984, at right with former classmate Danny Arichea D’60, G’65 at a religious retreat center near Manila, Philippines. Bishop Arichea presented Charlesworth with an honorary degree for “outstanding service to the church and academy” on behalf of Philippine Christian University. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and the director and editor of the PTS Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.
Happy James “Jim” Lawrence D’70 of Asheville, N.C., has published his fourth novel, In the Flip-Flops of Jesus (Xlibris, 2010), a rather scandalous account of the early days of Christian moviemaking in Hollywood during the 1950s.
Harold G. Wallace D’71 was honored with the 2010 Bythewood Award for distinguished community service at his undergraduate alma mater, Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., during the 141st Founders’ Convocation in November. He is a trustee emeritus there and former chair of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors.
John D. Miller D’72, of Kennerdell, Pa., has retired as a United Methodist pastor and director of Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in the Western Pennsylvania Conference.
Earl G. Dulaney D’73, D’75 and his wife, Judy, have retired to Oxford, N.C., after 39 years of ministry in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
James R. “Jim” Bailes D’74 has been elected president of the Duke Divinity School Alumni Association. A United Methodist pastor in Oak Ridge, Tenn., he succeeds J. Burton Palmer Jr. D’90 of Houston, Texas.
Robert A. Barber Jr. D’76, an attorney, conservationist, and former South Carolina legislator, is also a restauranteur whose Bowen’s Island Restaurant, near Charleston, was featured on the Man vs. Food show with Adam Richman on the Travel Channel.
Peter G. Keese D’77, who resides in Knoxville, Tenn., was honored in spring 2010 as the recipient of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education for his pioneering work in developing a distance learning process for CPE in his work with the Salvation Army.
William F. “Bill” Evans D’79, who resides in Massanutten, Va., is a professor of psychology at James Madison University. He presented “The Psychology of Religion and the Religion of Psychology” for the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in July 2010.
Barbara Summey Marshall D’79 has opened Jubilee House, a transitional residence for 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 www.swimmikeswim.com .
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 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, Oct. 7, 2010. She and her husband, Brian, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering at Duke, live in Durham. Amanda serves with Franklin Golden D’07, who is pastor at St. John’s, and Fred Wise, parish associate for arts ministry. Wise, an artist who is ordained in the PCUSA, is married to Jami Moss Wise T’87, director of development for the Divinity School