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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 Brasilia, Brazil.

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 Denver, Colo.


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 Ohio.

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, France.


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 Hospital.

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- Understanding.”

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 week.

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 the churches.


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 University.

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 Longmont, Colo.

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 Executive Commission.

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 University.

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.

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