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mental health field with children and their families. Since 2006 she has been a social worker with child protective services.

Michael Pasquarello III D’83 , the Fisher Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., is the author of John Wesley: A Preaching Life (Abingdon, 2010).

Bruce W. Smith D’84 , associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, teaches and does research examining the role of spirituality, mindfulness, and resilience in coping with chronic illness and trauma.

Barry White D’84 has retired to Land O’ Lakes, Fla., following 22 years as a U.S. Army chaplain. He looks forward to continuing ministry as a pastor for Holland America Cruise Lines.

Martha Holland Thorson D’85 has earned the M.A. degree in psychology from the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., focusing on marriage and family therapy. She is a Presbyterian pastor in Hemet, Calif.

Thomas K. Stephenson Jr. D’86 is the new senior pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wilmington, Ohio.

Scott C. Washington D’87 , author, historian, and veteran Kodak employee, recently shared a multimedia presentation, “Audacity of Hope: George Eastman and the Eastman Community School,” at the 9th annual African American Cultural Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

Susan J. Dunlap D’88 has published Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick (Baylor University Press, 2010).


Tobias Winright D’91 has co-authored After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Orbis, 2010). He is a tenured associate professor of theological ethics and director of the Ethics across the Curriculum program at Saint Louis University.

Robert Cox D’94 and his wife, Theresa, have returned to South Carolina from family leave in Florida. Robert has been appointed the pastor for St. Paul United Methodist Church in Saluda, S.C.

David J. Abbott D’96 , pastor for the past 14 years at Belfast United Methodist Church, Belfast, Maine, has been appointed superintendent of the New Hampshire District in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Wendy Sue Earle Kissa D’97 and her husband, Karl Kissa T’82 , announce the adoption of Joy Bergen, who was born March 18, 2010. The Kissa family resides in West Simsbury, Conn. Wendy Sue is the pastor at East Granby Congregational Church and Karl is a senior optical engineer with JDS Uniphase.

Tom Pietila D’99 recently retired following 11 years as pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C., where he and his wife, Lindy, continue to live.


Michael E. Byerley D’00 is the new assistant director of reunion giving at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mike and his wife, Julie Story Byerley M’98 , a pediatrician, reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Beth Felker Jones D’00, G’04 , associate professor of theology at Wheaton College, is the author of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga (Waterbrook, 2010). She and her husband, Brian Felker Jones D’03, pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Lombard, reside in Wheaton, Ill.

Paul G. Murphy D’00 was honored with a 2010 Piney Award from PineStraw magazine in Southern Pines, N.C., at a June 23 luncheon benefit for the Moore County Arts Council. Murphy, a musician who has played with Tony Bennett and Lou Rawls, is the vice principal and counselor at Sandhills Renaissance School, an arts-focused charter school in Vass, N.C.

Kenny J. Walden D’02 , senior pastor at Lakewood First United Methodist Church, Lakewood, Calif., and a former Air Force chaplain, contributed “Training” in Reveille for the Soul: Prayers for Military Life (Liguori, 2010), edited by Marge Fenelon.

Ryan Black D’03, D’05 and his wife, Mary, announce the birth of Nicholas Leland on Dec. 5, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Ryan teaches in Pasadena.

Christina “Christy” Watson Brookshire D’03 and her husband, Matt Brookshire, announce the arrival of Anna Ruth, who was born July 7, 2009. The Brookshires live in Asheville, N.C., where Christy is a chaplain with Mission Health System and Matt works with Wachovia/Wells Fargo.

Enuma Okoro D’03 has published a memoir, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, October 2010). The book has been described as “part Augustine, part Jane Austen with a side of Anne Lamott ...” and “a deeply moving field guide for the curious, the confused, and the convicted.” 

Tonya D. Armstrong D’03, G’10, formerly adjunct assistant professor in pastoral theology, Duke Institute on Care at the End of