Class Notes
Home :: Class Notes
40s

Howard Chadwick D’42 served Presbyterian churches in North Carolina, Missouri and Florida, and “retired” in 1987 to lead a foundation with international outreach. He is now retired in Charlotte, N.C.

50s

James W. (Pete) Spitzkeit D’55 continues enjoying his work with street people/homeless persons at Grace Place, a ministry associated with Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, Miss.

60s

Richard W. (Dick) Harrington D’61, a retired United Methodist pastor and now a mediation specialist with JUSTPEACE and staff member at the Mediation Center of Rochester, N.Y., works with both congregations and individuals.

James D. Ballard D’66, founder and pastor-emeritus of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been honored for 50 years of service in ministry. The current pastor is Prince R. Rivers D’99.

Clifford H. Clarke D’66 is president of Global Integration Strategies LLC and an affiliate faculty member with the School of Communication at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

70s

Jim Noseworthy D’72 has been elected president of the Tennessee College Association, whose mission is to advance the cause of higher education by promoting interests common to the colleges of Tennessee.

Laurie Charles Roberts D’72 has been called as senior pastor to Messiah Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Harrisburg, Pa. He previously served for 22 years as a hospital chaplain and 14 years as a management consultant.

David W. Swink D’73, pastor of Chilson Hills Church in Brighton, Mich., has been honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree and the title president-emeritus at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in recognition of his years of dedicated service.

Arch B. Aitcheson D’74 and his wife, Elisabeth, have moved to Temecula, Calif., where he teaches United Church of Christ history and polity for the local conference and American literature at a local high school. He retired in 2001.

Harriott J. Quin D’78 of Lafayette, Colo., returned to Duke to enjoy the spring class reunions. She is a minister, retired from Senior Support Services Inc.

Patricia M. Daniels D’79 is senior pastor of New Horizon United Methodist Church in Southwest Ranches, Fla., part of the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. Her husband, Jeffrey C. Daniels D’77, is a minister with the United Church of Christ.

80s

Mack Hagins D’81, a United Methodist pastor in North Chelmsford, Mass., wrote and performed a song for the ordination service of the New England Annual Conference in June.

Allen Weller D’81 was honored in June as the 2007 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy for the Tennessee United Methodist Conference. Allen is a pastor in Dickson, Tenn.

Bradley W. (Brad) Gabriel D’84, pastor at Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn., has earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Linda Karmiol Gabriel N’79, D’83, a United Methodist staff chaplain, and their two sons reside in Germantown.

Mary S. Whetstone D’85 has been elected president of the 4,000 member Association of Professional Chaplains. She serves as coordinator of the pastoral care department at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Karen Brewer Hall D’86, an attorney in family law practice in Memphis, Tenn., was honored this spring as a “woman of wisdom” in the 2007 Tribute Album for the “Women Reaching Beyond Borders” program of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She gives many hours each week of pro bono service with the Community Legal Center and also provides key lay leadership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Sandra Steiner Ball D’87 has been named resource director for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was formerly superintendent of the Dover District. Sandy and Barry Douglas Steiner Ball D’87 reside with their two teenaged daughters in Milford, Del.

Wyman Fraser Davis T’87, D’95, an Episcopal priest in Atlanta, Ga., has been named to the National Alumni Council of the Divinity School. She will represent the Divinity School on the board of directors for the Duke University Alumni Association, succeeding Leslie Montfort Marsicano T’78, D’81.

Alton G. Pollard III G’87 has been appointed dean of The School of Divinity at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was formerly on the faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

90s

Spencer W. Bradford D’91 is the new executive director of Durham Congregations In Action, Durham, N.C.

Joel Guillemette D’91, senior pastor at Sudbury United Methodist Church, Sudbury, Mass., taught in the most recent New England Local Pastors’ licensing school. 

Phillip V. (Phil) Henry-Sadlo D’91 and Linda A. Henry-Sadlo were married in May 2006. Phil is a United Methodist pastor in Lexington, N.C., who invites friends to “drop by for a visit and a cold glass of sweet tea.”

Sarah Freedman D’92 was a speaker at the Hiroshima Day Commemoration Aug. 6, 2007, at Chapel Hill Community Center Park. The annual observance is sponsored by the Orange County Peace Coalition.

Kelli Waters Taylor D’92 has been appointed director of communications for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C.

Patricia H. (Trish) Archer D’93 is the first deacon in full connection to be elected from the North Carolina Annual Conference as a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference. She is associate pastor at Pine Valley Church in Wilmington, N.C.

David J. Abbott D’96 of Belfast, Maine, is working with Richard B. (Rick) McKinley D’05 of Scituate, Mass., to put together another Conference School of Congregational Development called “E3: Empower, Equip, Evangelize” to take place in Portland, Maine, in early November. Both are United Methodist pastors.

Rob J. King D’97, D’00 delivered a paper, “One Nation Under YHWH: A Theological Critique of the ‘Under God’ Clause” at the American Experiment Religious Freedom Academy Conference at the University of Portland in April 2007. Rob lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and teaches ethics at St. Petersburg College.

Sarah Mount D’97 taught at the New England Local Pastors’ licensing school and presented a portion of her dissertation on 19th century New England camp meetings at the Oxford Institute in August. She lives in Medford, Mass.

Todd-Paul R. Taulbee D’97 and his wife, Elizabeth, report that they are “proud parents of another Blue Devils fan”: they have adopted Sara Elizabeth Taulbee, born on Feb. 6, 2007. Todd-Paul is a United Methodist pastor in Lake Village, Ark.

Chad Hall D’98 has joined SAS Institute Inc. as a consultant providing training and executive coaching. He also published Coaching forChristian Leaders: A Practical Guide (2007, Chalice Press) and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Western Seminary’s three west coast campuses. He and his wife, Holly, live in Cary, N.C., with their three children.

Jason Byassee D’99 G’05 and his wife, Jaylynn D’01, are delighted to announce the June 29, 2007, birth of  a son, William Joseph Byassee. Jason is assistant editor of The Christian Century.

Ryan Messmore T’97, D’99 has been named one of eight 2007 Lincoln Fellows by the Claremont Institute. The program, held in August, features intensive seminars on the theory and literature of the American Founding, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, and the rise of modern liberalism and the administrative state, all with a view to recovering constitutional government and the moral conditions of free society. Messmore is the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation and a doctoral candidate in political theology at the University of Oxford. He writes regularly about the intersection between religion, society and politics.


                 Reunion in Wales
00s

Tyson G. Ferguson D’02 has been elected to the executive committee of the World Methodist Council and will serve for four years on the education committee. He is director of college ministry at the Penn State University Wesley Foundation in State College, Pa.

Jeff Rainwater D’02 and Laura Easter Rainwater D’02 welcomed the arrival of a daughter, Emma Rose, April 14, 2007. The Rainwaters live in Center, Colo. Jeff is the pastor at Center United Methodist and Saguache United Methodist Church; Laura pastors Sargent Community Church and Mosca United Methodist Church.

Kenny Walden D’02 will present a paper entitled “Psycho-Spirituality in Relation to the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.” at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 17-20, 2007. For more about his work, go to www.artsinreligion.com.

Laura S. Petelle D’04, L’04 is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill. She teaches a range of ethics courses and continues to work as an estate-planning attorney. She and her husband, Garth Madison T’98, L’02, live in Peoria.

Jay N. Regennitter D’04 and Sarah J. Graham were married May 20, 2007. Jay is a United Methodist pastor in Moline, Ill.

Ginny-Len Hazel D’05, who served as Duke Divinity School’s director of development programs for 18 months, resigned June 30 to enroll full-time in flight school in Vero Beach, Fla. 

Chris L. Brady D’06 and his wife, Carla, are the proud parents of Christopher Linwood Brady, born May 26, 2007, in Durham, N.C. Chris serves as special assistant to the dean at Duke Divinity School.

V. Lee Hamilton D’06 is a visiting professor of management at Hong Kong Baptist University. She continues to study and advocate for excellent policies and practices for end of life care.

Got News? Got News? Got News? Got News? Got News? Got News?

Stay in touch with your classmates! Submit a class note online, e-mail magazine@div.duke.edu, or write to: Alumni News • Divinity Magazine • Duke University • Box 90970 • Durham, NC 27708