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Hutchinson Stays Course

Following an April 28, 2008, change in the mandatory retirement age for United Methodist bishops, William H. Hutchinson D’66 decided to serve four more years as bishop of the Louisiana Conference. For more about Hutchinson’s decision, which was announced after the Spring 2008 edition of Divinity magazine was published, see his episcopal address to the Louisiana Annual Conference in Shreveport, La.

James L. “Jerry” Bryan D’65, a parish minister in Graham, N.C., has been elected for a fourth quadrennium to serve as secretary of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Don Fortenberry D’65 of Jackson, Miss., has retired from Millsaps College after 32 years as chaplain and two years as the part-time coordinator of the McNair Fund for Christian Missions. He looks forward to involvement with Hospice Ministry, the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Millsaps College Center for Ministry.

R. Page Shelton D’66 was interviewed about his book The Church Called to Be God’s Salt & Light: Called from Comfort with Cultural Religion to Discomfort with the Sermon on the Mount (Tate Publishing 2007) by Mary Staff for the July 26, 2008, edition of The Brunswick News. Shelton is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a resident of St. Simons Island, Ga.


Archie B. Aitcheson D’74 continues to teach American literature and expository writing to juniors at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif. He was named Teacher of the Year by his colleagues and Most Inspirational Teacher by his students. Arch and Liz live in Temecula, Calif.

Gregory B. Iverson D’75 has retired after 35 years of ministerial service in the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Paul L. Leeland D’75, D’76 was elected and consecrated as a bishop of the United Methodist Church at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July. He will be the episcopal leader for the Alabama-West Florida Conference for the next four years. A member of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors, he previously served parishes and as administrative assistant to the bishop in the North Carolina Annual Conference.

E. Bruce Fitzgerald D’76 has been appointed senior pastor at the Gulfview United Methodist Church in Panama City Beach, Fla.  He and his wife, Nancy, recently celebrated their son Matt’s wedding and their daughter Devon’s completion of a doctoral degree.

Mark V. Ogren D’76 represented Duke at the May 7, 2008, inauguration of the new president at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond. Mark is superintendent of the Ashland District, Virginia Conference, of the United Methodist Church.

Carol Woods Goehring D’78 is the new executive director of connectional ministries for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C.

Stephen C. Compton D’79 has been appointed as superintendent of the Sanford District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served as director of congregational development at the conference headquarters in Raleigh, N.C.


William A. Schweiker D’80 has been named the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago. He has also been appointed director of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His most recent book is Religion and the Human Future (Blackwell, 2008) with David E. Klemm.

G. Miles Smith T’78, D’81 is the new rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton, N.C.

Randal M. “Randy” Woodham D’82 was recently appointed superintendent of the Marianna/Panama City District in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in Prattville, Ala.

A. Gene Cobb D’83 was awarded the D. Min. degree at Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, N.C., in May. His project was in homiletics. Gene is a United Methodist minister in Durham, N.C.

Beth G. Lyon D’83, D’94, pastor since 2000 of Glenside United Church of Christ near Philadelphia, Pa., spent her recent sabbatical working with refugee children in the Andes Mountains at the Students of the Light Home, which has been a mission project of her church for several years. It is located near Medellin, Colombia.

Joseph L. Ratliff D’83, a Baptist pastor in Henderson, N.C., was selected for the Pastoral Excellence Program by the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention to participate in three 15-day mission trips to Guyana, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe.

R. Carl Frazier Jr. D’84 is the new superintendent of the Elizabeth City District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in Sanford, N.C. A daughter of Carl and Mary Ellen, Elizabeth Frazier D’08, is director of youth ministry at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.


Amy-Jill Levine G’84 received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in May. Levine, who is professor of New Testament studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, was cited for bringing “together the faith traditions of Judaism and Christianity in the classroom, places of worship and our greater society.” Levine’s most recent book is The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus.

E. Powell Osteen Jr. T’82, D’85 is the new superintendent of the Wilmington District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in New Bern, N.C.

Bruce D. Tuttle D’85 has been named superintendent of the Danville District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in Roanoke, Va.

Samuel D. “Mack” McMillan III D’87 has been named superintendent of the Rocky Mount District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in Laurinburg, N.C.

Jennifer E. Copeland T’85, D’88, director of the Wesley Fellowship campus ministry at Duke University since 1999, was awarded the Allan Burry Award “for promoting campus ministry servant leadership” by the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association at the July 2007 biennial gathering in Fort Worth, Texas.

Brad Scott D’89 has been appointed to First United Methodist Church, Pearisburg, Va.


Carter Askren D’93 continues as pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Washington, N.C., and as a result of the full-communion agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church, supplies once a month at Eglesia Episcopal de San Mateo in Yeatesville, N.C., an Episcopal Hispanic mission church. He also serves as chaplain on the board of Eagle’s Wings: Christian Love in Action, an ecumenical food pantry.

Joseph D. Carson D’91 has been appointed superintendent of the Rappahannock District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. His previous service was with a parish in Seaford, Va.

Joseph L. “Joey” Hester Jr. T’87, D’91 is the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Smithfield, N.C.
Samuel H. Moore Jr. D’91 is the new superintendent of the Northeast District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served
a parish in Greensboro, N.C., prior to this appointment.

R. Courtney Krueger D’92 won the annual preaching contest and preached the sermon “Until Moss Grows on My Eyebrows,” on religious liberty, at the Baptist History and Heritage Society’s meeting in May 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. He is a Baptist pastor in Pendleton, S.C., and serves on the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School.

L. Tim Manarin D’92 was awarded the Ph.D. in African history in May 2008 at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. His dissertation focused on the role of Bible translation work in preserving the Luganda language and its influence on literacy, literature, and national language policy in Uganda.

Kelly N. Sprinkle D’94, the Protestant chaplain at Syracuse University, has been named interim dean of Hendricks Chapel there.


Alicia L. Beam-Ingram D’95 and James C. Beam-Ingram D’98 announce the adoption of a son, Boz, in May. Alicia and Jim are United Methodist pastors in Star, Miss.

Mary K. Briggs D’95 is the new chaplain at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., which was her undergraduate alma mater. She previously served a United Methodist parish in Marion, Va.

David J. Abbot D’96 was awarded the D.Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in May. His project was on restoring the self-esteem of small-membership churches. Dave is a United Methodist pastor in Belfast, Maine.

Danielle H. Jenkins D’96 and her husband, Jack, announce the Dec.19, 2007, birth of their first child, Virginia Elizabeth. The Jenkinses live in Pearisburg, Va.

Karen E. Koons D’96 and David Hayden were married May 17, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M. Karen is a United Methodist pastor in Mississippi.

James L. Friday D’97 is the new superintendent of the Florence District in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He previously served a parish in Easley, S.C.

Sarah Mount D’97 is finishing course work and exams for the Th.D. at Boston University School of Theology, chairing the Commission on the Status and Role of Women for the New England United Methodist Conference, and serving part time in a multiethnic parish in Medford, Mass.

Thomas A. Harvey G’98 is the new associate academic dean of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, U.K. The Centre hosts post graduate research and study of theology, mission, relief, and development in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Christian S. White Jr. D’98 and his wife, Kasey, welcomed their second daughter, Sadie Christine, Jan. 25, 2008. The Whites live in Alexandria, Va. He teaches at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Washington, D.C.

Jenny Williams D’98 and Scott Williams D’98, G’03, and their children, Emma and Thomas, have moved to Kingswood, W.Va., where she is the new pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church. Scott continues to teach at Waynesburg University.

A Tradition of Firsts

Teresa Cook D’07, who serves as associate pastor at Pine Valley United Methodist Church in
Wilmington, N.C., was presented with the ordination stole of the late Bishop Marjorie Matthews on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, 2008. The stole was a gift from Matthews’ niece, Barbara Isham, who read about Cook in a Wilmington Star News article, “Profile in Courage.” Isham made the stole for her aunt’s ordination as the first female bishop of the United Methodist Church. She decided to give it to Cook, 26, after reading about her leadership as the first African-American to serve Pine Valley’s all-white congregation.

Donna Claycomb D’00 and Craig Sokol were married June 28 at Duke Chapel. Donna is the pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and Craig works as a program analyst at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The couple resides in Alexandria, Va.
Jose Luis Villasenor D’00, who was ordained in May at Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., is leading a new Latino ministry—Reino Hoy (Kingdom Now)—in collaboration with Durham-area churches.


Julia Alliger D’03, a nurse clinician with Duke HomeCare and Hospice, was featured as one of the Duke Stars 2008 as part of Duke Appreciation, an annual tribute to faculty and staff celebrating career milestones of 10 years or more.

“For me, nursing and ministry were a natural overlap because both are about providing care,” said Alliger, who began working toward her M.Div. in 1999. “I could not have done it without tuition assistance from Duke and flexible work hours.”

Alliger has served as pastor of Eno United Methodist Church in Hillsborough since 2004.

“Nursing is very much about healing, and it has always had a spiritual aspect for me. I’ve always been interested in healing more than people’s bodies, but also their souls.”

Heather West Galvan D’01 and her husband, Jorge, announce the May 24, 2008, birth of Isabella Marie. Heather is the administrative assistant to the board of trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charles H. “Hank” Perry D’02 and his wife, Amy, announce the Feb. 4, 2008, birth of a son, Mills. Hank is a United Methodist minister in Richmond Hill, Ga.

Leah D. Rosso D’02 and her husband, Todd, are the parents of Lily Clare, who was born Feb.13, 2008. Leah is minister of young adults and hospitality at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

Lisa Wiens Thompson D’02, a United Methodist pastor in Belle Plaine, Kan., added three titles to her name in May: Rev., Dr., and Mrs. She was ordained in the Oklahoma Conference, received her D.Min. degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and married Zach Thompson, an Air National Guard pilot, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Michael Barham D’03 was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church on June 13, 2008, in the Diocese of California. He has been called to the Parish of St. Clement, Honolulu, Hawaii, where he serves as assistant to the rector. Following ordination to priesthood, he will serve as associate rector.

Madaline S. Keros D’03, a mediation and conflict resolution case manager in Cambridge, Mass., is enrolled in Middlebury College’s master’s program in French and so will spend the year in Paris.

Grace Murray D’03 was ordained in the United Church of Christ in July 2007 and appointed the following October to First Congregational Church in Leverett, Mass.

Matthew T. Phillips D’03, following two years practicing estate planning and tax law, is returning to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., to serve as assistant dean of business. He will be working with both the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and the Babcock Graduate School of Management.

Charles W. “Chip” Edmonds D’06 and his wife, Erin, welcomed their second son, Luke Charles, on July 28, 2008. The Edmondses reside in Hamden, Conn.


Franklin Golden D’08 and his wife, Martha, announce the July 25, 2008, birth of a son, Davis Patrick. Davis weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long—the same birth measurements as those of his older sister, Lily, 18 months.

 Rebecca L. Rigel D’08 and Christopher R. Donald D’06 were married June 7, 2008, in Duke University Chapel, Durham, N.C. They live in Richmond, Va., where Chris serves as an associate minister at Reveille United Methodist Church.  

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