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R. Wright Spears D’36 celebrated the 70th anniversary of his graduation from
Duke Divinity School at the Half-Century Alumni breakfast on Oct. 10, 2006, during the Convocation and Pastors’ School. A United Methodist pastor and former college president (Columbia College, Columbia, S.C., 1951-1977), Wright amazed and encouraged all the “youngsters” present. He resides at Lake Junaluska, N.C.


George C. Megill D’53, retired missionary to Brazil, was recently named volunteer of the year for Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., honoring his 12-year participation in the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Thomas S. “Tom” Lee D’56 convened 18 members of his Class of 1956 for their Half-Century Reunion during the annual Convocation and Pastors’ School at Duke. Tom is retired in Lewisville, N.C.

Donald W. Haynes D’58 has been director of United Methodist studies at Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, N.C. since his retirement from parish ministry in 1999. He writes a bi-weekly column, “Wesleyan Wisdom,” for the United Methodist Reporter.


     Daniel C. Arichea Jr. D’60, D’65, a retired Methodist Bishop of the Philippines, ecumenical activist and Bible translator, was honored with the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award at Duke Divinity School on October 9. His wife, Ruth Mandac Arichea D’65, traveled from Manila to be present for the ceremony.

G. Paul Phillips III D’63 was elected to the 15-member National Council of The Divinity School Alumni Association during the annual meeting in October. He is a retired United Methodist pastor residing in Mebane, N.C.

Rose McLean D’68 joined alumnae colleagues at the Duke Divinity Ice Cream Social on the evening of Oct. 7, 2006, during the national Christian Educators’ Fellowship conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Rose is a United Methodist diaconal minister in Anchorage, Alaska.

Leslie C. Wicker D’69, senior pastor at the First Congregational Church of Naples, Fla., is writing “Religiously Speaking” as a regular column in the Sun Times newspaper. A marriage and family specialist, he has also helped raise more than $250,000 for Habitat for Humanity through sponsored golf tournaments.


Charles Brockwell G’71 was chaplain to the staff of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Center in Louisville, Ky., during April and May 2006 and led a Wesley heritage tour of England for recent ordinands of the Kentucky Annual Conference in November.

Robert K. Johnston G’74, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif., has published Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue, 2nd edition (Baker, 2007).

Gordon W. Ruggles D’74, a retired United Methodist minister, represented Duke University at the Oct. 6, 2006, installation ceremonies of the new presidents of Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

Gladys R. Williford D’74 is residing in Cleveland, Tenn., finishing her D.Min. dissertation and enjoying her first great-grandchild, Emma Kathryn Williford.

Ronald Jones D’78 retired from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in June 2006. He has been appointed to the regional Board for Persons with Disabilities representing Lancaster County, Va.


Jean Rodenbough D’80 published Gather with the Saints (, 2006), a collection of stories about unusual deaths and funerals. This fictional work is set in a small North Carolina town and narrated by the 12-year-old daughter of a Baptist preacher. The book can be found on by searching Rodenbough’s name.

William S. “Bill” Shillady D’81 hosted classmates for their 25th Class Reunion conversations and dinner during the Oct. 9-11, 2006, Convocation and Pastors’ School at Duke.

Wendy Kilworth-Mason D’81, D’96 of London, England, and Ron Robinson D’81, D’84 assisted. Bill is pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York City and the recent recipient of a Lilly Endowment-funded National Clergy Renewal Program grant.

Paul D. Johnsen D’83 represented Duke University at the Nov. 3 inauguration of the new president at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Ill. Paul and his wife, Sarah Hart Johnsen D’83, reside in Green Bay, Wis., where they are United Methodist pastors.

Michael Pasquarello III D’83 has written Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation (Baker, 2007). He is associate professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Michael Solano D’89 was recently selected as 149 Fighter Wing Texas Air National Guard Wing Chaplain at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is leading a staff of two chaplains and three enlisted troopers for 1,000 Air National Guard troops. This is one of three Fighter Wings that train F-16 pilots. Mike resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife, Leigh, and their two children. He is an affiliate member of University United Methodist Church.

Jonathan R. Wilson G’89 wrote Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice (Baker, 2006). He holds the Pioneer McDonald Chair in Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Martha “Marty” Hoffman D’90 recently received board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has a new position as lead chaplain at Mercy Hospital Clermont in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.

R. Courtney Krueger D’92 was elected to the 15-member National Council of The Divinity School Alumni Association during the annual meeting in October. He is a Baptist pastor serving in Pendleton, S.C.

Scott M. Rimer D’93, a United Methodist minister in Portsmouth, Va., was elected to a one-year term as president of The Divinity School Alumni Association at the annual meeting during Convocation and Pastors’ School. He succeeds Sheila R. Cumbest D’90.

Joel J. Shuman D’93, G’98, professor of moral theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is co-author with Brian Volck M.D. of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos, 2006).

Laurie Lynn Clark D’94 represented Duke University at the Nov. 2 installation of the new president of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, Ohio. She is a United Methodist pastor in Columbus, Ohio, and member of the Duke Divinity Board of Visitors.

John P. Cleveland D’94 has accepted a position as director of the tutoring center at Pace University in New York City. He was formerly an instructor in the department of English and social science at Monroe College in the Bronx.

Harriet Bryan D’95 joyfully announces her marriage to DeWain Harris on Aug. 5, 2006. She is a United Methodist minister in Erin, Tenn.

Mark D. Baker G’96 is the editor of Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement (Baker, 2007). He is assistant professor of mission and theology at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif.

Tiffney L. Marley D’96 and Randy Jones were married on Oct. 7, 2006. Tiffney is director of the Office of Black Church Studies in the Divinity School

Carol L. Cato D’97 received her D.Min. degree from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Va., in May of 2006.

Lisa R. Harris D’97 represented Duke University at the Oct. 26, 2006, inauguration of the new president at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Lisa serves on the Divinity Board of Visitors and directs the Bethel Neighborhood Center in Lenexia, Kan.

Nancy Dixon Walton D’97 and her husband, Lin Walton D’98, recently returned from mission fieldwork in Belize. Their new home is in Tallahassee, Fla.

Audrey Langley Wilson D’98 is the new Palliative Care Clinical Chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C

Confessions of St. Augustine

Jason Byassee D’99, G’05 has published Confessions of St. Augustine with Cascade Books. A companion for readers of the Confessions, whether in an academic, ecclesial or devotional context, it is the first in Cascade’s new series: Cascade Companions. Byassee’s An Introduction to the Desert Fathers is forthcoming in the series.

His interview with Chris Rice D’04–”Life Together: A Passion for Reconciliation” in The Christian Century won a “Best of the Christian Press” Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. Byassee is associate editor of The Christian Century.

James G. Mentzer Jr. D’99 is the new director of gift planning and endowment education with the United Methodist Foundation Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. He was previously a parish pastor and a financial planner.


Laura Hayes Mitchell D’00 and her husband, Howard, are the proud parents of Thomas Jackson, who was born on Oct. 3, 2006. The Mitchells reside in Wilmington, N.C., where she is a United Methodist pastor.

Margaret Fountain Coleman D’01, D’02 is co-founder of a new conferencing and online ministry initiative, Made in His Image Ministries, that seeks to reach the women of God through teaching, preaching, and spiritual disciplines. For further information, visit the Made In His Image Ministries Web site. Margaret resides in Westchester, N.Y.

Charles G. “Chip” Edmonds D’06 and his wife, Erin, announce with joy the Nov. 9, 2006, birth of Jacob Walter. The Edmondses live in Williamsport, Pa., where Chip serves on the development staff of Lycoming College.

Nicole and Grant Woodley, both D’05, announce with joy the birth of their son, Dietrich Steven, who was born Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006.   

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