Class Notes

W. Darwin Andrus D’37 , now in his 93rd year, is the oldest living member of the Texas United Methodist Annual Conference, where he served continuously for 66 years. He and his wife, Hilda, reside in Houston, Texas.

Fred P. Pfisterer D’46 took up golf after 61 years as a Methodist minister and now plays five days per week, weather permitting, in Bowling Green, Ky. He continues to preach occasionally and to serve through his local church.

O. C. Edwards D’52 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination as an Episcopal priest in April 2005. He is retired in Weaverville, N.C., after serving for many years on the faculty of Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, Ill. O.C. serves on the executive committee of the National Council of Churches and anticipates the publication in November of his latest book, A History of Preaching , by Abingdon.

David C. Groves D’54 , a retired minister in the Florida United Methodist Conference and a certified mediator of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, has been assigned for a year as interim pastor at Port Tampa Church, Tampa, Fla.

John J. P. Kincaid Sr. D’54 of Reidsville, N.C., is the author of Nancy : A Biography of Love, Living & Cancer —a celebration of the life of his late wife.

Edward T. Wright D’58 is part-time pastor at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bena, Va. He retired from the Virginia Annual Conference in June 2002 after 46 years of service.

At a United Nations symposium June 21 are Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice-president, New York Board of Rabbis; Nobel Peace Prize laureate and World War II concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel; and James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Billy M. Carden D’63 has been named pastor emeritus of Concord United Methodist Church in Roxboro, N.C. He and Peggy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2005.

James L. “Jerry” Bryan D’65 is beginning his third quadrennium as conference secretary for the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a pastor in Graham, N.C.

James H. Charlesworth D’65 G’67 spoke on “Perspectives on Anti- Semitism Today” at a June 21 United Nations symposium, which also featured U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Charlesworth, who taught at Duke from 1969 to 1984, is the George L. Collord professor of New Testament language and literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. He also is the editor and director of the Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project.

R. Paul Walters D’67 of Two Harbors, Minn., is coming out of retirement to serve as an interim pastor at the St. Croix Valley United Methodist parish.

Joseph Johnson D’75 has retired as bishop of the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Matthews, N.C.

Jeanette Stokes D’77 has published the book God Speaks, Women Respond: UCC Women in Ministry Tell Their Stories (United Church Press, 2005), which she edited with Nancy Peeler Keppel. Included are an essay and sermon by Robin J. Townsley Arcus D’91 and an essay by Sallye Hardy D’86 . Stokes is the founder and director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South in Durham, N.C.

Philip L. Clinton D’79 , after serving five years as middle school principal at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, Russia, is now assistant headmaster at the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan.

Greg Jenks D’87 has founded Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor, or ZOE, to provide food, clothing and schooling for needy children in that African nation. He hopes to raise funds and resources and to foster partnerships between the N.C. Conference and United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe. He was formerly the pastor of Christ Community United Methodist Church in Clayton, N.C. For more information, go to

Edward F. “Ned” Hill II D’80 is the new superintendent of the Raleigh District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

At a United Nations symposium June 21 are Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice-president, New York Board of Rabbis; Nobel Peace Prize laureate and World War II concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel; and James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Sanford L. “Sandy” Giles D’81 has been appointed superintendent of the Albemarle District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Linda Karmiol Gabriel D’83 and Bradley Gabriel D’84 are the first clergy couple to serve the same church, Colonial Park United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tenn., in the Memphis Conference.

Paul Johnsen D’83 and Sarah Johnsen D’83 have been appointed to lead First United Methodist Church in Green Bay, Wis., as co-pastors.

Myrtle Frances Hatcher D’85 is the new superintendent of the Peninsula District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Joy Shelby Weathersbee D’85 is director of Hannah’s Hope, a west Tennessee agency fostering advocacy for children. Her husband, Dan Weathersbee D’85, is pastor at First United Methodist Church in Trenton, Tenn.

Patrick S. Hamrick T’89, D’92 married M. Laura Beaver on May 8, 2005, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Both are United Methodist pastors.

Jonathan A. “Jay” Minnick D’89 and Allana Harper Minnick N’83 are pleased to announce the birth of their fourth child and third daughter, Molly Hawkins, on March 9, 2005. Jay is a United Methodist pastor in Raleigh, N.C.

Craig Keener G’91, professor of New Testament at Eastern Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., won his third Christianity Today book award for his two-volume Commentary on John (Hendrickson Publishers, 2003). The book grew out of his work with D. Moody Smith, to whom it is dedicated.

David A. Markay D’91 has written Lithographs from Lithuania: Crossings and Crosses (AuthorHouse, 2005), reflections on his experiences as a pastor in Lithuania. He and his wife, Kristin Chiles Markay D’91, have served there as United Methodist missionaries.

Edmond C. Gresick D’92, a pastor in Stoneboro, Pa., served as a guest chaplain recently with the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

L. Timothy Manarin D’92 and his wife, Trisha, joyfully announce the March 24, 2005, birth of Nathaniel Timothy who joins a brother, Peter Livingstone. The Manarins reside in Carmel, Ind.

Marilyn M. Sauders D’94 is newly ordained as an Episcopal priest serving as interim rector for the Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters, Ore.

Lee G. Webb D’94 is a founding member and psaltis of Holy Ascension Antiochian Orthodox Church in Norman, Okla., now celebrating more than two years as a congregation. He and his wife, Lisa Wood, are the parents of Abigail and Andrew.

Thomas L. “Tom” Cullens D’95, a United Methodist pastor in Marathon, Fla., received the D. Min. degree from Washington Theological Seminary on May 10. His project was titled: “Pioneers in Cyberspace: Wesleyan Conferencing on the Internet.”

Alicia Beam Ingram D’95, who has operated the Cokesbury Bookstore in Jackson, Miss., since December 2000, has been named manager of the year by the United Methodist Publishing House. Her husband, James C. Ingram D’98, is a United Methodist pastor in Pelahatchie, Miss.

Susan Felder-Osterberg D’95 and Scott Osterberg D’96, with daughter Allison Grace, were pleased to welcome Amanda Hope, born on Oct. 27, 2003. The Osterbergs reside in Yadkinville, N.C.

David J. Abbot D’96, a pastor in Belfast, Maine, has started and is chairing the new local church transformation committee for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Monte Johnson D’96 was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. He has a law practice in Sallisaw and has served as associate pastor, Sunday School teacher and youth minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Muldrow, Okla, where he lives.

Cherie Hambleton D’97 and her husband, Paul Burden, joyfully announce the April 15, 2005, birth of Rachel Mae Hambleton Burden. Cherie and Paul are campus ministers at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill.

Shaun C. Henson D’97 has been ordained into the Church of England where he serves as curate for the parish of Bladon and Woodstock in Oxfordshire, near Blenheim Palace. The ceremony took place in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where both John and Charles Wesley were ordained. Shaun and his wife, Adina, are the parents of Erica. \

Katsuya Kawano D’97 is now serving as a pastor at Jinba-Kogen Christian Church and teaching at Tokyo Biblical Seminary in Tokyo, Japan.

Sarah Mount D’97, a United Methodist pastor in Rockport, Mass., has been accepted in the Th.D. program at Boston University School of Theology. She will major in liturgy with Karen Westerfield Tucker D’79.

Michael C. Nation D’97, his wife, Cheryl, and daughters Anna Grace and Caroline announce the birth of Michael Christopher Jr., who was born on April 12, 2005. The Nations live in Vicksburg, Miss., where Michael is rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity and Cheryl is an elementary special education teacher.

Nancy Dixon Walton D’97 and Lindsley “Lin” Dixon Walton D’98 announce the adoption of Richard Jeremiah “Jeremy” who was born Jan. 5, 2003. Nancy is priest-incharge of two Anglican Churches and chaplain for three schools in the vicinity of Apopka, Fla. Lin is assistant director of the Anglican Theological Institute.

Margaret Crowell D’98, Catholic chaplain at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Waterville, Maine, has received certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).

Mark E. Curtis D’98 and his wife, Jennifer Cobb, proudly announce the birth of James Auman Cobb-Curtis on May 15, 2005. He joins big sister Elizabeth. All live in Gastonia, N.C., where Mark is a United Methodist minister.

Jennifer Berentsen Williams D’98 and Scott Williams D’98 are the proud parents of Thomas Chandler, born May 19, 2005. Emma is his big sister. The Williams family lives in Lumberport, W.Va.

Matthew Paul Ashley D’99 is associate pastor at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Michael Baker D’99 is a Navy chaplain stationed in the Arabian Ocean aboard the USS Leyte Gulf where he serves as minister to 400 crew members.

Pamela and Jason Dykehouse, both D’00 , and son Caleb welcomed Eliana Kay into the world on Aug. 13, 2003. All live in Waco, Texas.

Donald E. Garrett D’00 has been called by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, Ind., as their settled minister.

Dawn Echols Marta D’00 received the doctor of psychology degree in June 2005 from Argosy University, School of Professional Psychology, in Chicago, Ill.

Sara Dillard Bodenstein D’01 and her husband, Tim, welcomed the birth of Johnathan Isaac on Jan. 29, 2005. She is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Apache, Okla.

Jeffrey A. Hall D’01 continues as associate minister and director of adult education at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.

K. Leigh Hamm D’01 married Scott Forell on May 29, 2005. They reside in Austin, Texas, where she is enrolled in a doctoral program in language and literacy at the University of Texas.

Christine G. Brooking D’02 married Kevin Richardson on March 6, 2005. They live in McComb, Miss., where Chris is a United Methodist pastor.

Paul H. Jimenez D’02 is the new director of national ministries at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga.

Steve Turnbull G’08 and his wife, Amy, are proud to announce the birth of Evangeline Rosa on July 27, 2005. They reside at White Bear Lake, Minn.

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