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John James Powell D’42, 89, is serving in retirement as pastor of Alexander United Methodist Church in Forest City, N.C. His first appointment was as a student in 1938 in Salisbury.

Joel A. Cooper D’43 of Conway, Ark., has published Christian Horizons 2007, a booklet of pictures and comments from the 12 remaining members of the Divinity Class of 1943. He was editor of the Divinity student publication Horizons in 1943 and observes that over the intervening 64 years he and his classmates—now in their late 80s or early 90s—“have looked both to the eastern horizon for the dawning day and emerging opportunities, and toward the western horizon and beyond into the Spirit World.”


Jacob C. “Jake” Martinson D’57 has been a United Methodist college and university president since 1972, and during the past year he was interim president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He served High Point University, High Point, N.C., from 1985 to 2005. Upon retirement he was named honorary chancellor.

William K. Quick D’57 preached Feb. 24, 2007, for the opening celebration for the 175 anniversary of Trinity UMC in Durham. He preached May 6 at the centennial celebration of the Zebulon UMC. Other assignments included Lenten services at Tabernacle UMC in Ghio, N.C., preaching for a cluster of seven UM churches in Scotland County, N.C., and Marlboro County, S.C., and at a Palm Sunday gathering for nine UM churches in Warren County.

Quick preached in Goodson Chapel for the weekend Course of Study, and Post-Easter services in Faison and St. Paul UMC in Goldsboro. He led “A Day Apart” in February for pastors in the Farmville District of the Virginia Annual Conference. He continues to coordinate the Partner Church ministries in the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania for the General Board of Global Ministries. He returned to preach May 20 at Metropolitan UMC in Detroit where he served from 1974 to 1998. In addition to teaching in the spring semester, Quick teaches in both the weekend and summer Course of Study at the divinity school.


N. Fred Jordan Jr. D’70 will be the superintendent of the North Wilkesboro District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served most recently in Brevard, N.C.

J. Keith Kennedy T’70, D’74 has returned to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz as the managing director of the Washington, D.C. office. He returns after service as staff director of the Senate Appropriations Committee and two years as Deputy Sergeant at Arms of the U. S. Senate.

James T. Trollinger D’70 has been named assistant to the bishop of the Western North Carolina of the United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

William T. “Bill” Medlin III D’72 will serve as superintendent of the Northeast District of the United Methodist Church in Western North Carolina. His most recent parish was in Winston-Salem.

Betty Wolfe D’75, who has worked as a biofeedback practitioner since 1985, was certified as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2006. She serves as a lay reader and lay Eucharistic minister at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C., and is the grandmother of eight.


Ashley Crowder Stanley T’77, D’80 is the new superintendent for the Asheville District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church following 10 years as pastor at Biltmore United Methodist Church.

William S. Shillady D’81, senior minister at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York, N.Y., represented Duke at the Feb. 23, 2007, installation of the new president at New York Theological Seminary.


Lehoma Goode D’90 has retired from Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., following 14 years as an associate pastor there. She is teaching part-time at the Creative Learning Center for Very Young Children, and doing supply preaching.

Arnetta E. Beverly D’92 is the new director of connectional ministries for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Elizabeth “Beth” Hackney Hood D’92 has been named superintendent of the Greenville District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served most recently as senior pastor at Page Memorial Church in Aberdeen.

Joel J. Shuman D’93, G’98, a professor of theology at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Penn., presented a lecture at Duke Medical Center on May 3, 2007, titled, “Landscapes of Flesh: Thoughts Toward Alternative Metaphors for the Body and Its Goods.” The seminar was co-sponsored by Theology and Medicine (Divinity) and the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health (DUMC).

John E. Upham Jr. D’93, D’96 received the Doctor of Theology degree in liturgics from St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary, a member educational institution of the Confederazione Nazionale della Universita Populari Italiane, on Jan. 14, 2007. He is rector of St. George’s Anglican Church in Raleigh, N.C., a parish of the Anglican Province of Christ the King.

Christopher Waddle D’94 and his wife, Sarah, celebrate the birth of Benjamin Graham Waddle (Graham) on Jan.17, 2007. Chris is the chaplain and director of church relations at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Renee Lloyd Owen D’95 is the chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Calif., and her husband, Tommy, is executive producer for “Rick Dees in the Morning.” The Owens reside in Burbank.

Roy M. Terry IV D’96 published “Becoming God’s Church” in Alban Weekly No. 144, April 24, 2007, from an article he originally wrote for Congregations. He is pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Naples, Fla., and one of the leaders of “Church for the 21st Century,” a program in mid-May at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Mount D’97 of Medford, Mass., will be attending the Oxford Institute in England this summer and looking forward to seeing many Duke friends.

Betty Ann Buckley D’98 operates Alpha Christian Tours in Raleigh, N.C. She is offering “Ladies, Lovers & Women of the Bible,” led by Tracy Radosevic D’98, Jan 2-12, 2008, to Israel. For more information, go to Alpha Christian Tours.

Tracy Radosevic D’98 is a freelance storyteller, mostly of biblical narratives, who relies on her Duke MRE and experience as she teaches, leads retreats and workshops, and performs. She partners with Betty Ann Buckley to sponsor tours to the Holy Land that focus on women’s narratives, including stories of Rahab, Ruth and Naomi, and Mary Magdalene.

       Women’s Week 2007



Crystal D. Salyers D’04 and Trevor D. Smith were married Jan. 6, 2007. Crystal is associate pastor at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn.

Olive L. Joyner D’05 serves as executive director of Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, a network of 30 local churches whose mission is to address the needs of homeless families.

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