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John J. Carey T’53, D’56, G’65 sent greetings from his home in Anchorage, Alaska, to the annual Half Century alumni breakfast held at the Divinity School Oct. 8, 2007, during Convocation.

Theodore (Ted) R. Morton Jr. D’56 currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the South Carolina United Methodist Foundation. He resides in Greenwood, S.C.


Richard H. Petersen D’61, G’64 retired for 15 years, continues to serve interim pastorates, most recently at a summer ecumenical community church on Frye Island in Sebago Lake, Maine.

ST Kimbrough D’62, an internationally renowned singer and actor and a professor in biblical, Wesley and church music, performed “Music of the Heart,” a program celebrating the tercentenary of Charles Wesley’s birth on Nov. 1, 2007, in Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School. His son, Timothy E. Kimbrough T’79, D’83, rector of the Church of the Holy Family Episcopal in Chapel Hill, N.C., was the pianist.


David K. Bucey D’76, a United Church of Christ pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been elected president of the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

John W. Wilson G’76 retired recently as a regional bishop and bishop administrator of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Australia. He is now enjoying grandchildren, writing on Christianity alongside Islam, and chairing Acorn Press Limited, an Australian Christian publishing company.

William F. Evans D’79, associate professor of psychology at James Madison University and a chaplain with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard, has been named president of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). He and his wife, Cynthia, and their three children reside in Massanutten, Va.

Gregory V. Palmer D’79, a United Methodist bishop serving the Iowa Annual Conference, has been elected to lead the worldwide Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. He will begin his two-year term as the council’s president in May 2008. The council represents 11.5 million United Methodists in the United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. It includes 69 active and 98 retired bishops.


Robert F. “Bobby” Vagt D’73, who retired last summer after a decade as president of Davidson College, is the new president of the Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, Pa. The endowments, which include the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira I. Heinz Endowments, have combined assets of more than $1.4 billion. Read a profile of Vagt from the Fall 2006 Divinity magazine.


John E. Conner D’82 retired following 31 years of ministerial service in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. John and his wife, Joyce, are now residents of Warrenton, N.C.

Gina Rochelle D’82 is serving as a local pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, in Roanoke, Va.

Kenneth H. Carter Jr. D’83, senior pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., was featured Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 on “Day 1,” a nationally broadcast radio program, formerly called “The Protestant Hour,” broadcast weekly since 1945. It is also accessible by podcast at

A. Gene Cobb D’83, senior minister at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., represented Duke University at the Nov. 9, 2007, installation of the new president at Louisburg College.

Kelly J. Karges D’84 represented Duke University at the Oct. 5, 2007, installation of the new president of Nebraska Wesleyan University. Kelly and his wife, Cindy Beasley Karges D’83, are United Methodist pastors residing in Beatrice, Neb.

K. Mike Franklin D’86 has moved to Helena, Mont. He is a retired Navy chaplain.

Reed Criswell D’87 has won an honorable mention in an international poetry contest affiliated with for a poem titled “A Psalm of Anger.” His short story “Finding the Morning” will be published in January by The Far Side of Midnight, a new webzine. Reed is the multimedia specialist for Duke Divinity School.

Jay Marshall D’88 G’92 has published Thanking & Blessing – The Sacred Art: Spiritual Vitality Through Gratefulness (Skylight Paths: 2007). He serves as dean of the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind.


J. Burton (Burt) Palmer D’90, a United Methodist pastor in Houston, Texas, has been elected to the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

Phillip V. (Phil) Henry-Sadlo D’91 resides with his wife, Linda, and daughter, Katie, in Lexington, Ky. He owns a real estate investment business with particular interests in downtown historic properties. He is also working with a group of individuals from Lexington who have an ongoing commitment to Hurricane Katrina relief projects in Biloxi, Miss.

John A. Macauley D’91 has joined the editorial staff of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln and will be in residence at the Library of Congress and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The project focuses on Lincoln’s years in the White House and his role as commander-in-chief during the Civil War. John specializes in 19th century U.S. history.

Brian Stewart D’91 is the founding pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Springs in Barium Springs, N.C. In June 2007 the church was given the Sam and Helen R. Walton Award for excellence in new church development.

Vertie Powers D’92, associate conference minister for the ENCA Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, preached in Goodson Chapel for the Divinity School community on Nov. 2, 2007. She is a member of the National Alumni Council.

David C. Hockett D’94, D’99, a United Methodist pastor in Salisbury, N.C., has been elected to the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

Alicia L. Beam-Ingram D’95 is a part-time public librarian and part-time dean of chapel at Piney Woods School. Her husband, Jim Beam-Ingram D’98, is pastor of Wesleyanna United Methodist Church and director of the course of study program for the Center for Ministry based at Millsaps College. The Beam-Ingrams live in Star, Miss.

Karen Albers Lane D’95 and her husband,William Joseph Lane, announce the Sept. 4, 2007, birth of William “JJ” Joseph Lane Jr. Karen serves as the associate pastor at Brainerd UMC in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Duane Lookingbill D’95 is the new pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

Demery Bader-Saye D’97 and Scott Bader-Saye D’97 are leading Peacemeal, an emerging church community in Scranton, Pa. Demery, an Episcopal priest, is the missioner for youth in the Diocese of Bethlehem. Scott has recently published his second book, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (Brazos Press, 2007). They are the parents of three young sons: Nolan, Eli and Luke.

Dwayne D. Alston D’98 and his wife, LaQuita, announce the birth of Elijah Dwayne on Oct. 22, 2007, in Fayetteville, N.C. Dwayne is the pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church.

John Sweeney D’98 is donor recruitment manager for the American Red Cross for central Alabama. John and Mary Virginia and their two children, James and Ella, live in Birmingham, Ala.


Donna Claycomb D’00, pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., was featured in the front-page article “Development Has Become New Savior for City Churches” in the Oct. 31, 2007, edition of The Washington Post.

With $26 million from the sale of property next door, Claycomb’s 90-year-old church is undergoing a $9 million renovation of its neoclassical home on Massachusetts Avenue. When Claycomb arrived, membership at Mount Vernon Place had fallen from 4,541 members in 1960, to fewer than 100, with an average age of 82.

Her role has become one she never imagined during seminary at Duke, she told staff writer Paul Schwartzman. “I’m developing a congregation and this building at the same time. I’m a spiritual leader and a developer.”

To learn more about her growing ministry, visit Claycomb’s blog or the Mount Vernon website.

Beth Felker-Jones D’00, G’04, assistant professor of Bible and religion at Huntington University, Huntington, Ind., has published Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection with Oxford University Press. The book is a theology of the human body approached through the doctrine of the resurrection.

Dennis C. Peay D’01 and his wife, Cherilyn, announce the Oct. 13, 2007, birth of James Christopher in Raleigh, N.C. Dennis is a United Methodist pastor.

T. C. Broom Jr. D’02 is the new Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator for the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Phil Brubaker D’02 and his wife, Sarah Morice Brubaker D’03, welcomed their second child, Micah Theodore, on Aug. 9, 2007. Phil continues his work with the Mennonite Central Committee-U.S. anti-racism program. Sarah is writing her doctoral dissertation in systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame. The Brubakers reside in South Bend, Ind.

Valerie J. Melvin D’02 was installed in August as the associate Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina. She serves as the pastoral presence for Women’s Ministries, and as a Liaison Officer for the Disciples of Christ Ecumenical Fellowships around the Region of North Carolina. The Regional Assembly is comprised of 254 churches throughout the state.

Amy T. Sevimli D’03 has accepted the call to serve as assistant to the bishop in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She previously served as associate pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va.

Lisa Yebuah D’04, a United Methodist pastor in Raleigh, N.C., has been elected to the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

Elizabeth Bahnson D’06 and her husband Fred D’00 announce the Sept. 5, 2007, birth of Elijah Skinner Bahnson. The Bahnsons have another son, Carsten.

Jessica Terrell D’06, United Methodist campus minister at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., has also been appointed as associate pastor for young adults at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.

Teresa Cook D’07, the first African-American pastor at the all-white congregation at Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, N.C., was featured in “Profile in Courage” by staff writer Amanda Greene in the Sept. 16, 2007, edition of the Wilmington Star-News:

Photo courtesy of Wilmington Star-News
Rev. Teresa Cook, 25, is the first African-American pastor at Pine Valley, which has an
all-white congregation.

The congregation loves her. They love her because of who she is and not just because she marks a milestone for the all-white congregation—she is the youngest pastor and the first African-American pastor in the church’s 46-year history.

“I was impressed with her honesty—her zeal for God,” said senior pastor Rev. Bill Braswell. “And when Teresa preaches, you can tell that the Lord is there. She’s got it.”

After Sunday’s service, church member Al Best called Cook “a breath of fresh air.” Another congregant, Sidni Smith, was impressed with Cook’s tenacity.

“She’s not afraid to touch a topic, I’ll tell you. We all need to hear it, and we don’t want to,” she said. “She speaks right from her heart to your heart.”

Courtney and Dan Randall, both D’07, began in September serving a three-year missionary term in Latvia with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.  Based in the capital city of Riga, they are Duke Divinity’s first on-site missionaries working in Latvia.

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