Rev. Ralph Epps receives the Distinguished Alumni Award
Ralph I. Epps
on Oct. 10 during
Convocation & Pastors' School.
Now retired in Edenton, N.C.,
Epps has served 14 appointments with
26 churches in all, continually working
to help those in need.
Lawrence E. Lugar D'58 was named
a 2005 Distinguished Alumnus of his
undergraduate school, Ferrum College
in Ferrum, Va. He is retired in
Fayetteville, N.C., from United
Methodist parish ministry.
William R. Ragsdale D'67, a retired
United Methodist pastor, is currently
serving as chaplain at the North
Carolina State Nursing Home in
Dan Lee Hendricks D'73, G'77has been named vice president for
advancement and public services at
Western Illinois University in
Macomb, Ill. He was previously vice
president and chief development officer
for the Louisiana State University
James R. Bailes D'75 has been elected
to the National Alumni Council of
the Duke Divinity School Alumni
Association. He is a United Methodist
pastor in Knoxville, Tenn.
Michael W. Safley D'75 has retired
from the presidency of the Methodist
Home for Children based in Raleigh,
N.C. His service was celebrated by the
board of directors with the establishment
of an endowment in his name which will provide post-secondary
education scholarships for youth who
have been in the care of the MHC.
Mike was also awarded the highest
civilian honor granted in North
Carolina, the Order of the Long Leaf
Vergel L. Lattimore III D'77 has been
inducted into the Livingstone College
Alumni Leadership Hall of Fame. He
is professor of pastoral care and counseling
at the Methodist Theological
Seminary in Delaware, Ohio.
John Patrick Colatch D'79 was a presenter
at the Helen Barrett
Montgomery Conference at Colgate
Rochester Crozer Divinity School,
held Nov. 3-5 in Rochester, N.Y. He
presented “Welcoming the Stranger:
Practices of Hospitality as a Prophetic
Witness to Gay and Lesbian Persons
in the United Methodist Church,"
which was based on research for his
D.Min. degree. The focus of the conference
was “Hospitality: Living Out
ST Kimbrough Jr.
A Nov. 7, 2005 service of
worship included the dedication
and presentation of new Global
Praise 3rd edition songbooks
(General Board of Global
Ministries UMC, edited by Dr.
ST Kimbrough Jr. D'62, and
highlights of Duke Divinity
School student field education
and academic experiences from
around the world.
Kimbrough and his son, the
Rev. Timothy Kimbrough T'79,
D'83, rector of Church of the Holy
Family, Chapel Hill, served as song leaders and liturgists.
Dr. Kimbrough presented the divinity school
with 100 copies of the songbooks and introduced
the congregation to more than a dozen selections
from it. Divinity students offered multi-media and
musical testimonies of their work in Uganda,
Rwanda, Peru, South Africa and Brazil.
Duke Divinity School views
its international efforts as a way
of contributing to, learning
from and being connected with
churches around the world.
These interactions play a critical
role in the education and
formation of students
and the witness
with a glimpse of the school's commitment to international
ministry and spiritual expressions.
The service was sponsored by the Office of the
Chaplain, Field Education and The Office of Black
Roy P. Smith D'80 is now director of
ministries and assistant to the bishop
for the Arkansas Conference of the
United Methodist Church in Little
Rock, Ark. The bishop of Arkansas is
Charles N. Crutchfield D'68.
Robert C. Lyons D'82 requests prayer
and will appreciate correspondence
from the divinity school community in
his service as senior chaplain for the
205th Military Intelligence Brigade
stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. His
address: CH (MAJ) Robert C. Lyons,
HHD 205th MI Brigade, APO AE
Won H. Un D'89, a United Methodist
minister in Highland Springs, Va., has
been elected to the National Alumni
Council of the Duke Divinity School
Patrick S. Hamrick T'90, D'92 and his
wife, Laura Beaver Hamrick, are
pleased to announce the Aug. 24, 2005,
birth of their first child, Patrick Dunn.
The Hamricks live in Greensboro,
N.C., where Patrick is pastor of Asbury
United Methodist Church and was
recently elected to the board of directors
of Hearts with Haiti Inc., an organization
serving special needs and former
street children in Haiti.
N. Burton Brooks Jr. D'92 is executive
director of Church Funding
Associates in Richmond, Va., a stewardship
and financial consulting firm
which assists local churches in annual
and capital funds development.
Vertie Powers D'92 has been elected
to the National Alumni Council of the
Duke Divinity School Alumni
Association. Based in Graham, N.C.,
she is associate conference minister
for the ENCA Southern Conference of
the United Church of Christ.
Kenneth L. Nelson D'93 was united
in holy wedlock to Angela R. Ford on
Oct. 8, 2005, at Mt. Zion United
Methodist Church in Sumter, S.C. Ken
is the pastor of Centenary and
Kingsville United Methodist Churches
in Hartsville, S.C. Angela is the director
of business controls for IBM in
Greenville, S.C. The couple reside in
Graham Sebren Butler D'94 was
awarded two bronze stars, one with a
“V" device for heroism, for his actions
in combat. He was a part of a Special
Operations team that spearheaded the
invasion of Baghdad. He is now in his
second year of law school at
Washington & Lee University and was
recently married to Florentina Selaru.
L. Shane Stanford D'94, director of
stewardship and discipling ministries
for the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, has written articles published
widely and led seminars on
organizational development and spiritual
formation in over 70 congregations
over the past two years. He and
his wife, Pokey Stanford, are the parents
of three young daughters. They
reside in Petal, Miss.
Will Montgomery D'96 and his wife,
Elizabeth, along with Matthew, 5, and
Maggie, 2, announce the birth of Lucy
Kathryn on June 3, 2005. Will is the
pastor of Trinity United Methodist
Church in Smithfield, Va.
Carla Badgett Shield D'96 and her
husband, Bob Shield, of Nederland,
Texas, are the proud parents of Cara
Elizabeth, who was born June 26,
2005. Carla is a United Methodist pastor and member emerita of the
Divinity School's Board of Visitors.
Shane M. Benjamin D'97, a United
Methodist minister in Durham, N.C.,
has been elected to serve on the
National Alumni Council of the Duke
Divinity School Alumni Association.
Erin A. Martin D'97 and her husband,
Charles Collier, share the joyous news
of the Sept. 27, 2005, birth of Elijah
John. They reside in Southern Pines,
N.C., where Erin serves as a United
Kristin Bargeron Grant D'99 and her
husband, Matthews Grant, gladly share
the news of the arrival of Elizabeth
Wakefield, born on June 6, 2005. The
Grants live in St. Paul, Minn.
Wayne M. Weathers D'99 is pursuing
his Doctor of Ministry degree at
Lutheran Theological Seminary in
Philadelphia, Pa. He is the pastor of
Miller Memorial Baptist Church in
George I. Ragsdale T'02, D'05 and
Courtney Wells Morton T'05 were
married in Duke Chapel on May 28,
2005. They now live in Burnley,
England, where George is serving a
Ryon L. Price D'04 and Irie Turner
T'05 were married May 21, 2005.
Ryon serves as minister of children
and youth at Lowe's Grove Baptist
Church in Durham, N.C.