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R. Wright Spears D’36, retired United Methodist pastor and former longtime president of Columbia College (South Carolina), was one of the organizers of the first Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2008, with more than 400 people attending. The event considered why the church is too often silent in a world of violence. Speakers included professors Ken Carder, Richard Hays and Peter Storey.


Joel Cooper D’43, a Methodist minister for more than 75 years, has published the book No Price I Bring. He and his wife, Billie, have remained active during almost 25 years of retirement, serving at Hendrix College and helping to organize two new churches. They are the parents of four sons, including Chris Cooper D’75.


George C. Megill D’52, and his wife, June, spent three weeks in Brazil in spring 2007 visiting their daughter and preaching in Portuguese at churches where he had served. They were amazed at the tremendous growth in church membership.

Robert “Bob” Foster D’53 published Why All the Fuss about Theology in December 2007. He lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., and he may be contacted at

W. Ray Bailey D’54 was recognized as supervisor emeritus in the current history of the South Central Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in March 2008 in Denver, Colo.

Raymond L. Moore D’54 continues teaching Old Testament and New Testament at Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Highlands Community College. He resides in Bristol, Tenn.

Bishops’ Bonds Began at Duke

Bishops William W. Hutchinson and Lawrence McCleskey are giving up their offices and moving into the next phase of doing God’s work.

Wayne R. Smith D’64 retired in 1999 as senior assistant to the president of Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Remember V. Smith, reside in Willow Spring, N.C.

H. Sidney Huggins III D’65 retired in 2007 from parish ministry in the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is the author of Morning Will Come (Xulon Press, 2007), a celebration of Christian hope. He and his wife, Kay Haire Huggins WC’64, G’67, reside in Raleigh.

Kwanlyun Kim D’69, a Methodist pastor and longtime college administrator in Seoul, Korea, returned to Durham, N.C., to preach at the 40th anniversary of the North Carolina Korean Presbyterian Church, which he helped to establish as a student in 1968.


Carol A. Miller D’74 is the pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Pine Plains, N.Y., following seven years in Saudi Arabia.

Thomas A. “Andy” Langford III D’78, senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C., is a co-author of Beginnings: Journey to Faith (Abingdon, 2007), a new video-based intensive program series on the Christian faith, life and community.

Photo courtesey of Tracy Radosevic D’87
Ten Duke Divinity School graduates gathered in Durham for two days during July 2007 to commemorate their 20th anniversary of entering seminary, when they first met. On the staircase of the new Westbrook Building are: (back row, l to r) Randy Foster, Dave Markay, Jon Adams; (second row) Marja (Erickson) Houston, Katherine Owen, Danny Leonard; and (front row) Tracy Radosevic, Kristin (Chiles) Markay and Keith Bailey.
Not pictured is Betty Ann Buckley.

Sandy Kopp McNutt D’83 is the new senior associate director of major gifts for the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in New York, N.Y. She was previously in a development leadership position at Princeton Theological Seminary.

William O. “Bud” Reeves D’83, senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Ark., has been named to the board of trustees at Hendrix College, his undergraduate alma mater, in Conway, Ark.

Rockwell F. “Rock” Jones D’86 will become the 16th president of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, July 1, 2008. He has served in various capacities at Hendrix College, Conway, Ark., for the past 23 years and since 2001 as executive vice president and dean of advancement. Rock and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of three children. Ohio Wesleyan, recognized for strong liberal arts and character education, has approximately 1,850 students from 43 states and 45 countries.

Photo courtesey of Tracy Radosevic D’87
Betty Ann Buckley and Tracy Radosevic, both D'87, during a January tour of Israel and Palestine.

Betty Ann Buckley D’87, who owns and operates Alpha Christian Tours in Raleigh, N.C., and professional biblical storyteller Tracy Radosevic D’87, led an 11-day trip to Israel and Palestine in January. Among the 35 participants were Roxanne Gwynn D’07, and her husband, Owen.

Ann Ryan Collins D’88 of Wellesley, Mass., has written Teacher in Faith and Virtue: Lanfranc of Bec’s Commentary on Saint Paul (Brill, 2007).


Martha A. Carson D’90 has retired from military chaplaincy. She served as a Marine officer prior to divinity school and subsequently as a chaplain with the Navy and the Army.

Thomas J. Bell D’91, associate professor of religion at Brevard College, Brevard, N.C., has written Peter Abelard after Marriage: The Spiritual Direction of Heloise and Her Nuns through Liturgical Song (Cistercian Publications, 2007).

W. Mark Ralls D’91, senior pastor of Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, N.Y., is a co-author of Beginnings: Journey to Faith (Abingdon, 2007), a new video-based intensive program series on the Christian faith, life and community.

Danielle Jenkins D’93 and her husband, Jack, announce the birth of their first child, Virginia Elizabeth, on Dec. 19, 2007. The Jenkinses live in Pearisburg, Va., where Danielle is a full-time mom.

David Youngblood D’93 is now teaching physics at the Classical Academy High School in Escondido, Calif.

John P. Cleveland D’94, director of tutoring at the Center for Academic Excellence at Pace University in Manhattan, presented “Tutoring as Midwifery” at the Student Affairs Conference at New York University.

Cecilia Brooks D’96, the United Methodist campus minister at Langston University in Coyle, Okla., has supervised fund raising of $650,000 to build the first Wesley Foundation facility at Langston—the only historically black college in the state. She researches and writes about the history of little-known African-Americans in the Methodist tradition, and she is the author of Justice through Espionage: The Melvin Jackson Chisum Story and occasional articles in Chronicles of Oklahoma.

Terry-Michael Newell D’96 is the pastor for congregational care at Zebulon Baptist Church in Zebulon, N.C.

Holt A. Clarke D’99, a United Methodist minister in Durham, N.C., and his wife, Jackie, are the proud parents of Kiera Loren, who was born Nov. 28, 2007.

Kristen Bargeron Grant D’99, her husband, Matthews, and their 2-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, welcomed another child, Cecilia Ann, born May 25, 2007. Kristen works from home as a full-time mother and part-time director of an adult catechetical program for the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minn.

Jack Mewborne D’99 and Rebecca Cottingham were married April 19, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Laurinburg, N.C.


James T. “Trip” Lowery III D’02 and his wife, Eileen, announced the Nov. 27, 2007, arrival of Katelynn Eileen, who joins big sister Savannah. Trip is pastor at Mighty Wind United Methodist Church, and the Lowerys are residents of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Ben Williams D’02 and his wife, Anna, celebrate the Dec. 19, 2007, birth of Margaret Sarah, who will be called “Maggie.” The Williamses live in Raleigh, N.C., where Ben is a United Methodist pastor.

Robin Brown Fitzgerald D’04 and her husband, James, welcomed a daughter, Molly Caroline, on Jan. 6, 2008. The Fitzgerald family lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Patrick A. King D’04 and his wife, Caroline, are the parents of Auguste Eliot, who was born Jan. 23, 2008. Patrick is an associate pastor for All Souls Church in downtown Knoxville, Tenn.

John E. Anderson D’06 and his wife, Taryn, welcomed their first son, Evan Joseph, Aug. 9, 2007. John presented two papers at the Southwestern Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, one on the theology of divine deception in the Jacob narratives, and the other on the interpretation of Matthew 8:5-13. He is a doctoral student in the graduate school at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Charles W. “Chip” Edmonds D’06 is in charge of fund raising for the pediatrics and OB/GYN departments at the Yale University School of Medicine. He previously worked in development at Lycoming College. Chip, his wife, Erin, and their son, Jacob, reside in Hamden, Conn.

Melanie C. Gordon D’06 of Greenville, S.C., has joined the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship as director of younger children’s ministries. She is responsible for resourcing United Methodist churches in ministries with children under age 6, including weekday ministries, daycare, preschool, and parents’ day out programs. She will be the primary staff person for FOCUS, the quadrennial national event for workers with children.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan D’06 and Kevin Hagan were married in October 2007 in Sylvania, Ga. She is the associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg, Md.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove D’06 has published his third book, Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line (NavPress, 2008), which recounts his experiences living and worshipping in an African-American community. Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate pastor at the historically black St. John Missionary Baptist Church. St. John is across the street from Rutba House, the intentional Christian community that he and his wife, Leah, founded in 2003 in Durham’s Walltown neighborhood, just north of Duke’s East Campus. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, an alternative seminary that offers courses at new monastic communities around the country and study circles on Christian practices in Durham, N.C.

Teresa Cook D’07 was a guest speaker at Bennett College’s Feb. 21 Honors Convocation in Greensboro, N.C. She is associate pastor at Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, N.C.

Tremayne Johnson D’07 and his wife, Tysha, welcomed a daughter, TaKayla McKenzie-Amaryann, born March 20, 2008.

Jessica Shuman Larkins D’07 and her husband, David, are pleased to announce the Feb. 12, 2008 adoption of Elijah James, who was born Feb. 2. Jessica is the associate minister at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, and David is a supervisor with Habitat for Humanity in Durham, N.C.

Martin Rhodes D’07 and his wife, Sylvia, announce the birth of a son, Vincent James Witmer Rhodes, on April 13, 2008. The Rhodeses live in Dayton, Va.

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