TED R. MORTON JR. D’56 has been re-elected chairman of the board of directors for the South Carolina United Methodist Foundation. He has recently served as president of the South Carolina chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, a patriotic lineage society that promotes the history and ideals of the revolution. He resides in Greenwood, S.C.
RICHARD P. HEITZENRATER T’61, D’64, G’72, The William Kellon Quick Professor Emeritus of Church History and Wesley Studies at Duke Divinity School, was named the 2011 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. An accomplished renaissance man, Heitzenrater, in addition to his distinguished teaching and scholarship -- which has included the decoding of John Wesley’s journals and diaries -- is an artist and graphic designer, a craftsman-builder of log cabins and fine furniture, a gold medalist senior runner and track events judge, and faithful bass section leader in the Duke chapel choir. He served as head referee for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Cross Country Meet in Sewanee, Tennessee, in October and has applied to be a volunteer at the Olympic Trials in Oregon this summer. He also does volunteer work at the Duke Athletic Hall of Fame and Basketball Museum and continues to serve as general editor of the Bicentennial Edition of the works of John Wesley. He lives in Durham, N.C.
Richard Heitzenrater, 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, with David Hockett, Divinity Alumni Association president
R. MICHAEL REED D’76 retired in June after 35 years of service in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Jacquie, live in Fishers, Ind.
PAUL WESLEY CHILCOTE D’79, G’84 has published Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley (Morehouse, 2011). He is professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
JAMES C. HOWELL D’79, G’84, senior minister at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., is the author of The Beauty of the Word: The Challenge and Wonder of Preaching (Westminster John Knox, 2011).
ROBERT W. JONES D’81 is in Sonoma, Calif., where he continues his ministry of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. He is also the district bishop for the All Souls District in the New Methodist Conference.
KEVIN ARMSTRONG D’85 is the new president of Methodist Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. He was formerly senior pastor at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and he serves on the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors.
JENNIFER E. COPELAND T’85, D’88, G’08, United Methodist chaplain to Duke University since 1999 and director of the Duke Wesley Fellowship, received the 2011 Outstanding Ministry in Education Award from the National Campus Ministry Association (NCMA) at the annual meeting at UC Berkeley. The Duke Wesley Fellowship won the NCMA’s top program award.
J. CLINTON MCCANN JR. G’85, professor of biblical interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., is the author of Psalms in the Immersion Bible Studies Series (Abingdon, 2011).
RANDY CIRKSENA JR. D’87, D’94 teaches world religions as an adjunct professor at Riverland Community College in Faribault, Minn., at the largest prison for the state Department of Corrections. He is an insurance agent with State Farm.
LISA R. WITHROW D’88, D’89 served as editor for a new publication titled Alienation and Connection: Suffering in a Global Age (Lexington Books, 2011). She is also the author of Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Immersion Bible Studies Series (Abingdon, 2011). She has been named associate dean at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, and continues to serve there as the Dewire Professor of Christian Leadership.
PHILIP LEMASTERS G’90 gave the keynote address for Education Day 2011 at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y., titled “Orthodox Perspectives on Peace, War, and Violence.” He is the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Mission in Abilene, Texas, and dean of social sciences and religion at McMurry University, where he teaches Christian theology and ethics.
JOERG RIEGER D’90, G’94, the Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, is the author of Grace Under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions (GBHE&M, 2011).
TOBIAS WINWRIGHT D’91 edited and contributed to Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment (Anselm Academic, 2011). He is associate professor of theological ethics at Saint Louis University, where he also directs the Manresa Program in Catholic, Jesuit Studies.
KEITH E. ANDERSON D’94 and his wife, Alison, announce the adoption of Ethan and Elijah, born March 14, 2011, who join siblings Kiersten, Cara, and Adam. The Andersons reside in Springfield, Ill. Keith is executive director of the Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.
DAVID C. HOCKETT D’94, D’99 was elected president of the Divinity School Alumni Association at the annual meeting in October. He is a United Methodist pastor in Concord, N.C.
RENEE L. OWEN D’95 recently relocated with her husband, Tommy, from Los Angeles to Atlanta, where she is now serving as staff chaplain for the emergency department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston. She recently completed her chaplaincy endorsement with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
LACEYE CAMMARANO WARNER D’95 and her husband, GASTON WARNER D’99, announce the birth of Ella Clare, who was born August 19, 2011, in Durham, N.C. Laceye is executive vice dean at the Divinity School. Gaston works with the Zoe Ministry’s Orphan Empowerment Program in support of children in Africa.
KRISTEN L. BROWN D’96 is now working as a United Methodist missionary with the Christian communities of Palestine and Israel with Sabeel, an Ecumenical Liberation Theological Center in Jerusalem.
DAVID A. COOK JR. D’96 has received the D.Min. degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C. He is a United Methodist pastor in Pinnacle, N.C.
IN-YONG LEE D’00, D’02, a United Methodist pastor in Asheville, N.C., is a newly elected member of the National Alumni Council of the Divinity School.
MARK D. CONFORTI D’03 has been elected for service on the Divinity School’s National Alumni Council. He is a United Methodist pastor in Morganton, N.C. Mark is married to MARY ALLEN CONFORTI D’01, and they have two children.
W. BRENT WRIGHT and his wife, LAUREN TYLER WRIGHT, both D’03 announce the June 24, 2011, birth of Graham Tyler Wright. Brent is a United Methodist pastor, and Lauren writes about philanthropy and serves on the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School. The Wrights live in Indianapolis, Ind.
M. BLAKE KENDRICK D’06 and his wife, Anna, announce the birth of their second child, Eleanor Catherine, November 25, 2011. The Kendrick family lives in Greenwood, S.C., where Blake serves as associate pastor for students and spiritual formation at First Baptist Church.
SHIRLEY KEARNEY MCLEOD D’06 has earned the D.Min. degree in Christian education from the Apex School of Theology in Durham, N.C.
BRIAN L. FUNDERBURKE D’07 and his wife, Sarah, announce the August 3, 2011, birth of Hannah Elizabeth, who joins big brother Caleb. The Funderburkes are residents of Acworth, Ga., where he is a United Methodist pastor.
CHANEQUA WALKER-BARNES D’07 is a 2011 recipient of the Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant for Minority Scholars to complete her book project, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength. This was inspired in part by her work at Duke for the Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry. She resides in Birmingham, Ala.
JANE TUCKER LYON D’08 has been elected to serve on the Divinity School’s National Alumni Council. She is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Red Oak, Va.
MARK A. MONTGOMERY D’08, who recently moved from United Methodist parish ministry in Corpus Christi, Texas, to become a campus minister at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., is a new member of the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.
BRADLEY R. TRICK G’10 is the new assistant professor of New Testament at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C.
CHRISTOPHER E. BRESLIN D’11 and his wife, Rachel, announce the December 4, 2011, birth of Noa June. The Breslins reside in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Chris is associate pastor of the Gathering Church.
ANGELA ROACH ROBERSON D’11 has been called to serve as pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ in High Point, N.C.