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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.


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