George C. Megill D’52 is in his 17th year of work with the Kairos Prison Ministry at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. He was a long-time United Methodist missionary in Brazil.
M. Jolee Fritz Robinson D’54 has retired from her work as a social work supervisor in foster care in Silver Spring, Md. She previously worked with the American Friends Service Committee.
S T Kimbrough Jr. D’62 was guest lecturer for the theological forum at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tenn., on the theme of his new book, The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader (Cascade Books, 2011). He also presented his musical drama, “Sweet Singer,” on the life of Wesley; he was accompanied by his son, Timothy E. Kimbrough T’79, D’83, who is dean of the Cathedral.
Charles M. Smith T’62, D’65 has been presented the Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Council of Churches, celebrating his commitment to social justice and ecumenism. He is a retired pastor and administrator with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and a Duke University trustee emeritus now residing in Washington, N.C.
Donald D. Davis D’69 of Ocracoke, N.C., has published Tales from a Free-Range Childhood (J.F. Blair Publisher, 2011). He is a professional storyteller with appearances over the years on National Public Radio, CNN, and Nightline.
Charles W. Brockwell G’71 of Louisville, Ky., was a delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa, in August 2011.
James G. Mentzer G’72, D’99 is the new president of the United Methodist Foundation of New England based in Hampstead, N.H. A professional financial planner, Jim was previously the director of planned giving for the United Methodist Foundation in Garner, N.C. He has been a frequent writer for DIVINITY magazine.
Daniel H. Ottaviano D’76, the pastor of Kelley Presbyterian Church in McDonough, Ga., and a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Association instructor, has launched a community outreach program that combines beginners’ tennis clinics, Bible lessons, and youth activities.
Richard A. “Dick” Daily D’78 retired after 36 years in United Methodist parish ministry and now working as a project consultant with Lynchburg Stained Glass Studio and as president of the Haiti Mission Foundation. He is also still coaching track. His wife, Alicia White Daily T’78, is a professional artist/potter. They reside on a 54-acre horse farm in Goode, Va.
Ronald R. “Ron” Jones D’78 and his wife, Lois, have been re-elected as co-presidents of ARMS, the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses, in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. They live in White Stone, Va.
Thomas A. “Andy” Langford III D’78 and his wife, Sally Overby Langford D’79, are the authors of Living as United Methodist Christians: Our Story, Our Beliefs, Our Lives (Abingdon Press, 2011). He is a pastor in Concord, N.C., and she is superintendent of the Salisbury District.
James C. Howell D’79, G’84 is the author of The Beauty of the Word: The Challenge and Wonder of Preaching (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011). He is the senior pastor at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. His and Lisa’s daughter, Sarah Stockton Howell T’08, a singer and songwriter, is a current Divinity student.
J. David Dawson D’82 is the new president of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. He was a professor of religion and social responsibility and provost at Haverford College (Penn.) since 1987.
Gilbert W. Fonger D’82 has been named president and chief executive officer of Marklund, a nonprofit healthcare organization based in Geneva, Ill., providing quality care for individuals who have severe and profound developmental disabilities.
Priscilla Pope Levison D’83 and her husband, John R. Levison G’85, were keynote speakers on “The Bible and Feminism” for the Engendered Lives Symposium at Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute in late March 2010. They serve on the faculty at Seattle Pacific University.
Michael D. Kurtz D’84 recently authored his second book, Crossings: Memoirs of a Mountain Medical Doctor (iUniverse, 2010). The book chronicles his recently deceased father’s nearly 50 years of medical service among the people of the Appalachian mountains. Michael is a United Methodist pastor in Oak Ridge, N.C.
Mark L. Barden D’88 was named Communicator of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Communicators at their annual meeting in San Francisco in October 2010. He directs communications for the Western North Carolina Conference based in Charlotte. He also published a 16-page photo spread in Catherine Ritch Guess’s book, Because He Lives (CRM Books, 2010), about a Cambodian couple who fled the Khmer Rouge regime and returned years later as missionaries.
W. Mark Ralls D’91 is the new senior minister at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was previously pastor at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, N.Y.
Marjorie B. “Muff” Carr D’92 was recently elected to the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C. She is a pediatrician.
Beth N. Kreitzer G’94, G’00 writes an iPhone application titled “Faith & Action: Daily Inspiration and Deeds” for Woman’s Day magazine. She teaches theology and history at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.
Karen Koons Hayden D’96 of Columbia, Mo., is the director of pastoral excellence for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Cathy Smith Gilliard D’97 is the new senior minister at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, New York, N.Y. She is a member of the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.
Michael C. Nation D’97, an Episcopal priest, has been appointed by the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey (SCI) as chaplain for the Lower Mississippi River and the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. Founded in 1834, SCI ministers to personal, professional, and spiritual needs of mariners around the world.
Andrew M. Bell T’98, D’08 returned in mid-2009 from a deployment to Afghanistan where he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Special Forces. He is now a Ph.D. student in political science at Duke. His wife, Betsy Jordan-Bell T’99, is managing an international public health research project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They reside in Durham, N.C.
Albert D. Mosley D’98 is the new president and dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, a United Methodist institutional partner of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. He was previously the university chaplain at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
James Davison “Jason” Byassee D’99, G’05 is the new senior minister at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, N.C. His wife, Jaylynn Warren Byassee D’01, is the pastor of the nearby Bethelview and Valle Crucis United Methodist Church parishes.
John S. “Jack” Mewborne D’99 and his wife, Rebecca Cottingham, announce the Feb. 23, 2011, birth of John Everett Mewborne. Jack is vice president for operations at Sports Source Orthopedics in Apex, N.C.
D. Stephen Lewis Jr. D’00 is the president-elect of the Fund for Theological Education, a national, ecumenical organization dedicated to identifying and supporting a new generation of talented, diverse Christian leaders who renew the church and change the world through vocations in pastoral ministry, theological scholarship, and community service. A former banker and Baptist pastor, Stephen has served as a program officer with FTE since 2003. A member of the Divinity School Board of Visitors, Stephen and his wife, Tamu, and their two daughters reside in Alpharetta, Ga.
Thomas P. Perkins D’00, his wife, Caroline, and their daughter, Veronica Jane, are celebrating the arrival of Delia Shannon Perkins on April 7, 2011. The Perkins reside in Macon, Ga., where Tommy is an associate minister at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. Proud uncle and aunt are Glenn Kinken D’95 and Mary Perkins Kinken D’95, also United Methodist clergy.
Carmen T. Skaggs D’00 of Columbus, Ga., has published Overtones of Opera in American Literature from Whitman to Wharton (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), a review of a transformational time on the literary landscape. She teaches English at Columbus State University.
Donna Claycomb Sokol D’00 has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Fund for Theological Education, an organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of Christian leaders. She is the senior pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and former director of admissions at Duke Divinity School.
Teressa McConnell Sivers D’01, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, N.Y., was featured in The Daily Star newspaper for organizing a new ministry to the homeless.
Ken Walden D’02, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Lakewood, Calif., has earned the Ph.D. in practical theology with an emphasis on pastoral care and counseling from the Claremont School of Theology. He is an Air Force chaplain reservist.
Lanecia A. Rouse D’03 is manager of the Art Project, Houston, which is an art therapeutic venture that works with homeless and transitional persons empowering them to become hope-filled painters and artisans. She is also the missions pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church working with The Bread of Life, Inc. She was formerly at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Tracey Walston D’04 married Dan Daniel on Dec. 26, 2010. Tracey Walston Daniel is the director of congregational ministries at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C.
Benjamin L. White D’04 has earned the Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and accepted a tenure-track faculty position in philosophy and religion at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Richard B. McKinley D’05 of Scituate, Mass., has been named the new director of congregational development for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Chad Pullins D’07 and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of Charles Grayson Pullins who was born April 8, 2011. The Pullins reside in Fayetteville, N.C., where Chad is a United Methodist pastor.
Sarah F. Arthur D’09 has published At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time (Paraclete Press, 2011). She is the author of six other books. She and her husband, Thomas R. Arthur D’08, are the parents of Micah John. Tom is the pastor of Sycamore Creek Church in Lansing, Mich.
Ann E. Sundberg D’09 was ordained in February 2011 as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and called to serve Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chadron, Neb.
Jessica W. Wong D’09 has been selected to receive a 2011 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) North American Doctoral Fellowship, a competitive national award supporting scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who plan to teach in theological schools. She is currently enrolled in the religion Ph.D. program at Duke, concentrating in theology.