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Reinhard Brose D’58, who was unable to attend his 50th class year anniversary during Convocation, sent greetings from Berlin, Germany, where he serves as a part-time pastor in three retirement homes. Ordained in the United Methodist Church of Germany, he spent much of his career as a missionary to Brazil teaching theology and communications. He also served parishes in Kassel and Bremen, Germany, prior to his retirement in 1998. He recalls with thanksgiving the scholarship he received from an anonymous donor for his second year of studies at Duke.


Walter A. Whitehurst D’61 and his wife, Betty, have published Following God’s Call: Individual Volunteers in Mission (Abingdon, 2008), reflecting upon their long-term leadership with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission programs. They are retired in Virginia Beach, Va.

Syl Lorenzo Shannon D’66, D’93 was named the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award Oct. 13 during the annual Convocation & Pastors’ School.


Richard F. McCleery D’71, D’74, a United Methodist/Society of Friends chaplain with Halifax Health, Hospice of Volusia, in Flagler, Fla., has published Of Sorrow and Laughter (Carebourne, 2007). He and his wife, Carole, reside in Palm Coast, Fla.


William S. “Bill” Shillady D’81 is the new executive director of the United Methodist City Society in New York, N.Y. He was formerly pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church. Shillady represented Duke University at the Nov. 17, 2008,  inauguration of Serena Jones as president of Union Theological Seminary.

Gayle C. Felton D’82, G’87 has written United Methodists and the Sacraments (Abingdon, 2008), a study guide of rituals and practices. She resides in Rougemont, N.C.

Steven C. Morton D’83 has been elected to serve on the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association. He is a United Methodist pastor in Downingtown, Pa.

Deborah A. McLeod D’85 has been elected president of the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association. She is superintendent of the South East District of the Florida United Methodist Conference and resides with her husband, Thomas H. McLeod D’85, in Coral Gables, Fla.

Lisa Withrow D’88, who teaches church leadership and directs the Doctor of Ministry program at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, has written Claiming New Life: Process Church for the Future (Chalice, 2008). During the past two years, she has enjoyed kayaking trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.


Joerg Rieger D’90, G’94, professor of systematic theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, has been named the Wendland-Cook professor of constructive theology at Perkins. An elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, he is the author most recently of Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Fortress, 2007).

Scott T. Kisker D’93 published Mainline or Methodist: Rediscovering Our Evangelistic Mission (Abingdon, 2008). He is an assistant professor on the faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Michael Schneider D’93, a United Methodist pastor in Antwerp, Ohio, represented Duke University at the Oct. 7 inauguration of Wendy Deichmann Edwards as president of United Theological Seminary.

L. Shane Stanford D’94 is the author of When God Disappears: Finding Hope When Your Circumstances Seem Impossible (Regal, 2008). He and Barbara, his wife, reside in Petal, Miss.

Audrey Langley Wilson D’98 has served as the palliative care chaplain at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center since 2006. She has recently earned full board certification for chaplains.


Jason C. Dykehouse D’00 has completed a Ph.D. in religion with a concentration in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Baylor University. Jason, his wife, Pamela Lynn Dykehouse D’00, and their children Caleb and Eliana now live in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she is pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Donna M. Thompson D’00, pastor of Saint Peter United Methodist Church in Hamlet, N.C., received the D.Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2008. Her project, “Revive Us Again: Reviving the Black Church Through Experiential Worship in the Methodist Revivalist Spirit,” was developed to promote revival in the black church, but is relevant for any ministry setting. For more information, e-mail her at

Matthew Schlimm D’01 has been appointed an instructor in Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, he has served as a ministry coordinator for the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, and as an associate pastor and interim supply pastor for churches in Minnesota and Michigan. He is completing his Ph.D. in religion at Duke.

Artist Carole Baker D’03, a research associate at the Divinity School, has completed “Mary: The Paper Doll Project,” an interactive exhibit supported by grants from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Duke Divinity Women’s Center, and the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South.

An opening reception was held Dec. 11, 2005, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (Durham, N.C.) where the exhibit was open through Dec. 25. Viewers could interact with four life-sized paper dolls of various cultural depictions of the Holy Mother: Our Lady of Lourdes, Byzantine Theotokos, Virgin of Guadalupe, and Madonna of Soweto. For more information or to arrange an exhibition, contact Baker at

Amanda Miller Garber D’03 and her husband, Jack, announce the Sept. 7, 2008, birth of a son, John Robert. Robert joins his 3-year-old sister, Abigail. Garber is director of the Wesley Foundation at James Madison University and an associate pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg, Va.

R. David Ruth D’03, a Presbyterian pastor in Kingstree, S.C., has been elected to serve on the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

Jennifer Harner Sims D’04 and her husband, Michael L. Sims D’04, are the parents of Luke Bentley, who was born Oct. 8, 2008. They are United Methodist pastors who reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Jose Luis Villasenor D’04 has begun Reino Hoy, Spanish for “Kingdom Now,” a new ministry that meets at different locations in Durham, N.C., once each month. The church’s aim is to establish a network of worshippers and churches interested in ministering within the Hispanic community. Reino Hoy is supported through the new church program of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina.

Edward S. New D’05 and his wife, Judi, announce the Nov. 21, 2008, birth of Riley William. Ed is a United Methodist pastor in Raleigh, N.C.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan D’06 has been named senior pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Va. While at Duke she was active with the Uganda Pilgrimage program, the Free Church Women’s Retreat (she continues as a resource person), and the Roger Williams Fellowship.

Canessa Lockhart Stafford D’06 has been ordained as minister of word and sacrament by the Salem Presbytery (PC-USA) and installed as pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Statesville, N.C.

Amy Hawfield Watson D’06 and her husband, Bill, announce the July 28, 2008, birth of twins, Benjamin and Elizabeth, in Charlotte, N.C. Amy is employed by the Accenture Foundation.

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