Purnell Bailey D’48 has written the “Daily Bread” devotional column,
which is published in 100 newspapers,
for 58 years. He was featured recently
in the local newspaper in Fredericksburg,
Spotsylvania County, Va.
Cy Dawsky, Bill Garrison, and George
Megill, all D'52, along with their wives,
met at Lake Junaluska, N.C. in late fall
to celebrate their friendship and mutual
service as career missionaries to Brazil.
All are still active in church work and
the Garrisons continue to live in
W. Ray Bailey D’56 retired recently
after 40 years of chaplain service at
Bethany Medical Center in Kansas
City, Kan. He has been designated a
supervisor emeritus by the Association
for Clinical Pastoral Education.
C. Edward Blackburn D’57 and his
wife, Mary Emily Satterfield
Blackburn WC’57, are enjoying retirement
in Dickson, Tenn., after 42 years
of ministry in the United Methodist
Church. Ed chairs the county Habitat
for Humanity program. The
Blackburns are planning their seventh
exchange with British Methodist pastors
later this year.
Arthur H. Brown III D’69 of Fernley,
Nev., is executive director of a 15-bed
residential treatment center for sexually
aggressive youth. He also serves on
the executive leadership team of
Rocky Mountain Care Systems in
Douglas Jessee D’70 will be the
new superintendent of the New Bern
District in the North Carolina
Conference of the United Methodist
Church. He has been a pastor at Hayes
Barton in Raleigh.
Jim Lawrence D’70 has published
his third novel, The Surrounding: A
Spectral Mystery (Xlibris, 2003) and
produced videos for “Paws with a
Purpose” animal therapy program
and mission hospitals.
William H. Gattis D’71, currently the
senior minister at University Church
in Chapel Hill, will be the new superintendent
of the Burlington District in
the North Carolina Conference of the
United Methodist Church.
Woodrow W. Wells D’72 will be the
new superintendent of the Wilmington
District in the North Carolina
Conference of the United Methodist
Church. He has previously served as
senior pastor of First Church in Cary.
||At a promotion ceremony at Bolling AFB,
Washington, D.C., Chaplain Brigadier General
Vergel L. Lattimore III D’77 is pinned by his
wife, Joy, and Lt. General Daniel James III,
director of the Air National Guard..
Vergel Lattimore D’77 is the first
African American to attain the rank of
brigadier general in the Air National
Guard and the United States Air Force.
He will be the primary chaplain liaison
between the service branches. He
is also professor of pastoral care and
director of the master of arts in counseling
ministries degree program at
Methodist Theological School in
Paul Vali D’77, formerly at Foundry
United Methodist Church in
Washington, D.C., is now a labor and
employment lawyer with the
Washington regional office of the
Federal Labor Relations Authority.
James Walker Kemp D’79 of
Lexington, Ky., has published The
Gospel According to Dr. Seuss (Judson, 2004).
Pamela Porter Snare D’79, senior
curate at Christ Church (Episcopal) in
Covington, La., is one of 50 recipients
from the United States and Canada of
the 2004 Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral
Leadership from the Louisville
Institute, funded by Lilly Endowment.
Her project, “The Rule of Benedict:
Tools for Building Holy Lives and
Healthy Communities of Faith,” will
be undertaken at Bec-Hellouin,
Nancy L. Rosebaugh D’80, in preparation
for a career in parish nursing,
has earned the B.S.N. degree in the
accelerated program at Duke University.
She looks forward to working
with patients and health care team
members as a staff nurse at Duke
R. Carl Frazier Jr. D’84, pastor at St.
Luke’s United Methodist Church in
Sanford, N.C., received the D.Min.
degree from Princeton Theological
Seminary in May 2003. His project: “A Converted Imagination: An
Exploration of the Use of Biblical
Images in Congregational Self-
Raymond R. Sommerville D’84,
assistant professor of church history at
Christian Theological Seminary in
Indianapolis, Ind., has written An Ex-
Colored Church: Social Activism in
the CME Church, 1870-1970 (Mercer
University Press, 2004).
Edward P. (Ted) Witham D’87 has
just concluded five years of service as
executive director of YouthCARE WA,
an interdenominational organization
responsible for the churches’ ministries
in the 750 public schools of
Western Australia. He has overseen
the growth of the program to include
110 chaplains teaching Christianity to
some 40,000 elementary students each
Dale Clem and Kelly Haugh Clem,
both D’85, United Methodist missionaries
in Lithuania, are itinerating in
the U.S. during spring 2004. Dale
wrote Christian Foundations 1, a
10-week small-group study for new
Christians published in Lithuanian and
now being translated into Latvian for
James P. Byrd Jr. D’91, of Franklin,
Tenn., was the keynote speaker for the
15th Anniversary Celebration of the
Baptist House of Studies program at
Duke Divinity School in late February.
He is assistant dean in the Graduate
School of Religion at Vanderbilt
Misty Edwards Roberts D’92 and
her husband, Michael, are delighted to
announce the birth of their first child,
Meigs Gary, born Feb. 9, 2003, in
Stockport, England. Misty has been
serving churches in the British
Methodist Church during the past
three years. The Roberts family will
return to the U.S. in May.
Darrell Cole D’96 is the co-author
with Fr. Alexander Webster of The
Virtue of War (Regina Orthodox Press,
2004), a book on the Christian just
war tradition. He is assistant professor
of religion at Drew University.
Amy Lynn Kelley D’96 and her husband,
Benjy Kelley D’97, D’00, are
delighted to announce the birth of
Caleb Timothy on Feb. 29, 2004. The
Kelleys reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.,
and serve as pastors of a new church.
Melissa Lamm D’97 and her husband,
Charles, joyfully announce the Oct. 9,
2003, birth of Sara Katherine. The
Lamms live in Charlotte, N.C.
Chris Carr D’98 is the associate pastor
at First United Methodist Church in
Albert Mosley D’98 is pastor and
head of staff of the 800-plus member
First United Methodist Church in
Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
Jason Byassee D’99 wrote “Re-
Purposed: Scrutinizing the ‘Purposedriven’
Church” in the March 9, 2004,
issue of The Christian Century. Jason
and his wife, Jaylynn Warren
Byassee D’01, and son, Jack, live
in Blanch, N.C.
Wayne M. Weathers D’99, pastor of
Miller Memorial Baptist Church in
Philadelphia, Pa., is serving as a member
of the Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol
Beth McKee D’99 is chaplain and
director of spiritual care at the Elyria
United Methodist Village, a continuing
care retirement center, in Elyria,
Ohio, near Cleveland. She has worked
there since December 2000.
Katherine V. Cornell D’01 and her
husband, Brian Cornell D’00, are the
proud parents of Michael Brian, born
on Jan. 27, 2004. The Cornells live in
High Point, N.C., where Brian is a
United Methodist pastor.
Anna Kate Ellerman D’01, minister
of youth at First Baptist Church in
Winchester, Va., will preach the baccalaureate
sermon at Meredith
College, Raleigh, N.C., in May.
Russell Pierce and Kathryn Barba
Pierce, both D’01, reside in Mitchell,
S.D., where Kathy is a United
Methodist pastor and Russ is on the
development staff at Dakota Wesleyan
Heather Bridges Humphries and
Brian Humphries, both D’02, are
married and living in Spartanburg,
S.C., where she is in the second year
of chaplain residency.
Wil Bailey D’03 is serving as a United
Methodist missionary in Costa Rica,
organizing projects and teaching theology,
Bible and English at the
Methodist seminary in San Isidro.
Ed Drew D’03, pastor of Chocowinity
United Methodist Church, is teaching
Biblical studies at Pitt Community
College in Greenville, N.C.
Heather Harris D’03 and Stephen
Totty were married on Nov. 15, 2003.
The Tottys reside in Raleigh, N.C.,
where Heather is minister of Christian
education and development at St.
James United Methodist Church.
William E. Pike D’03 and his wife,
Brooke, joyfully announce the birth
of their first child, Jacob Braxton, on
March 4, 2004, in Cary. Bill is a staff
associate with Duke Divinity
School’s Theology & Medicine program
and Brooke is a staff specialist
in the Ormond Center.
David Williamson and Jamalyn Peigh Williamson both D’03 are missionaries in Fondwa, Haiti, serving with Family
Health Ministries of Chapel Hill, N.C.
W. To learn more about their experiences in Fondwa and the Haitians' unique celebratrion of Holy Week, visit the Divinity Web Exclusive feature "Holy Week 2004 in Haiti".
Brent Wright D’03, associate minister at St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., will be the first clergyperson
ever to sing the role of the celebrant in the production
of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass scheduled there in May.
Brent has enjoyed a broad variety of musical performance
venues including the Purdue Glee Club, where he is a Hall
of Fame member, the Duke Choral Vespers Choir, and the
Divinity School Choir, along with leading roles in several
off-Broadway classics, but he notes that this is his greatest
challenge ever—vocally and artistically.