James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67, the Collard Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, was presented the Pentecost Medal on May 25, 2006, in Jerusalem by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, his Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III.
James E. Roe D’68 has retired from the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church and will serve as a volunteer chaplain to the clergy of two districts there. He and Judy reside in Mankato, Minn.
Charles W. Brockwell G’71, professor of history emeritus at the University of Louisville, taught religion and politics in the Political Science Department during the spring 2006 semester.
Hugh L. Dukes D’73 has been named the first executive director of USA Cares, a non-profit military family assistance center. An American Baptist pastor, he served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain, retiring at the rank of colonel earlier this year. Hugh and Linda reside in Mount Washington, Ky.
Paul T. Stallsworth T’76, a United Methodist pastor in Morehead City, N.C., was a guest columnist for the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper on April 17, 2006, with reflections on the challenges of public moral discourse facing Duke University.
Janie K. Long D’81 has been named the new director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Life Center at Duke. Previously on the faculty at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H., she is a researcher, practitioner and writer in the field of family therapy.
Fred J. Gomendo D’84 sends greetings from Mutare, Zimbabwe, and appreciation for Divinity magazine and Duke Divinity School which “has a special place in my life and in many others’ too who are in the so-called developing countries.” Fred served for many years as president of the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe and with the general committee of the All Africa Conference of Churches.
Deborah A. Conner D’85 is pleased to announce the completion of a three-year residency and the July 2006 opening of her specialty dental practice (endodontics) in Durham, N.C.
Joel B. Guillemette D’91 is serving as senior pastor of Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury, Mass.
Sarah Freedman D’92 wrote and presented “A Lament from the Mahatma” at the Orange County Coalition for Peace commemoration of Hiroshima Day, Aug. 6, in
Chapel Hill, and published a letter in TRACES, Communion and Liberation International Magazine, in response to remarks from Luigi Giusanni, Founder of Communion and Liberation, for the August meeting in Rimini.
Karen M. Albers D’95, D’96 and William “Joe” Lane were married on April 22, 2006, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Karen is a United Methodist minister.
Mark C. Caldwell D’97 and his wife, Tiffany, are delighted to share news of the birth of twin sons, Cooper and Parker, on May 13, 2006. Mark is the newly appointed senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ryan S. Messmore T’97, D’99 is the new William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. This fall he will also begin a doctoral program in theology at Oxford. He was previously the director of the Trinity Forum Academy in Royal Oak, Md. Ryan represents The Divinity School on the Duke Annual Fund executive committee. He and Karin are the parents of two boys.
Christy L. Sharp D’99 and her husband, Otto, are the proud parents of Eric Nathaniel who was born Dec. 29, 2005. They also adopted Hunter Reed. The two boys join older brother Evan. The Sharps reside in Fletcher, N.C., where she is a United Methodist pastor.
R. Christopher Barrett D’01 and his wife, Elise Erikson Barrett D’04, are delighted to announce the May 15, 2006, birth of Emma Ruth. Chris and Elise serve United Methodist parishes in the vicinity of Florence, S.C.
Creston C. Davis D’00 has accepted a position as assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in philosophical theology at the University of Virginia, forthcoming from Duke University Press under the title, Liturgy and Nothingness: The Politics of the Event and the Practice of Philosophy. He has recently co-edited Theology and the Political: The New Debate (Duke Press, 2005) and he is senior editor of New Slant, a series on religion, politics, and ontology (Duke University Press) and Insurrections: Christianity, Culture, and Ideology (Columbia University Press). Creston and Molly are parents of two boys, Asher and Isak.
Toni Ruth Phillips Smith D’01 and her husband, Wesley Smith D’07, welcomed their daughter, Mary Ana, on April 14, 2006. Toni Ruth and Wesley are both United Methodist pastors in the High Point, N.C., area.
Julie Ann Blackwelder Holly D’04 and her husband, Michael M. Holly D’04, are the proud parents of Lena Kathryn, who was born on Feb. 8, 2006. The Hollys live in Trussville, Ala., where both serve as United Methodist pastors.
Bethany C. Hull D’04 and Beau Somers were married on June 11, 2006, in Seattle, Wash., where they are in ministry together through the Church of the Nazarene.
John E. Anderson D’06 is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
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