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Ann Cameron Pearce D’69 has been named director of the Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.


J. Barney Hawkins IV D’74, G’81 has been appointed vice president of institutional advancement at Virginia Theological Seminary. He will continue to serve as the honorary associate at Immanuel Church on the Hill in Alexandria, Va., and as associate dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and professor of pastoral theology at Virginia Seminary. Before joining the seminary faculty in 2000, Hawkins served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Md., and prior to that as rector of the Church of the Ascension in Hickory, N.C., a position he held for almost 14 years. His wife, Linda Wofford Hawkins WC’72, D’76, D’79, is rector of St. Barnabas Church in Annandale, and they are the parents of two children.

G.C. Stoppel D’76 has published Stories of Silver Tea (BookSurge, 2008). Set in the mythical town of Borgen’s Lake, a lost town far away in the hinterland of Canada, the stories are based on tales told at the Advent Tea of Stoppel’s parish, All Saint’s Episcopal Church, in Saugatuck, Mich.

Richard W. McBride D’78 presented the 2009 commencement address at Elon University, Elon, N.C., where he is retiring after 25 years of service as chaplain



Todd Outcalt D’85, a United Methodist pastor in Indianapolis, Ind., who has been active in youth ministry for more than 17 years, has published two new books: Ready-To-Go School’s Out!: Youth Ministry Ideas for School Breaks and Summer Vacations (Abingdon, 2009) and, in response to couples going into debt to pay for their weddings, Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, May 2009).

Jonathan E. Strother D’86 will be named superintendent of the Raleigh District of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church effective July 1. He is currently a parish minister in Raleigh.

Tracy Radosevic D’87 performed a dramatic reading of the Gospel according to Mark in a special two-part service March 31 in Goodson Chapel. An acclaimed biblical storyteller and educator who has been touring since 1991, Radosevic has served United Methodist parishes as a director of Christian education and as an artist-in-residence. She is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Network of Biblical Storytellers, as well as the dean of the Academy for Biblical Storytellers.

Swimming English Channel a Class Act
If all goes as planned, Mike Solberg D’89 will cross the channel to build a school

William J. Barber II D’89 was sworn in as a member of the national NAACP board of directors Feb. 21, 2009, at its 100th annual board meeting in New York City. Barber is president of the North Carolina NAACP state conference and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro. To read more about Barber, see pp. 17-19 of the spring 2003 Divinity.

Paul Douglas Leslie D’89 is pursuing a doctorate in the religious sciences department of the University of Quebec at Montreal after 33 years of active parish ministry. His most recent ministry was at the Église Évangélique Baptiste de Québec. He and his wife, Annette, remain involved in church ministry in Montreal at the Church of the Open Door.


Joerg M. Rieger D’90, G’94 has been named the first Wendland-Cook professor of constructive theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. His books include Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Fortress, 2007) and God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology (Fortress, 2001).

Diana Butler Bass G’91 has published A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, March 2009). In this book, she brings to life the grassroots movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have informed and ignited Christian worship and social activism. Butler Bass is the author of seven books on American Protestantism, including Christianity for the Rest of Us, Strength for the Journey, and The Practicing Congregation. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rhodes College,  and Virginia Theological Seminary. She lives in Alexandria, Va., and speaks at retreats and workshops across the country.

John P. Cleveland D’94 has published the article “What Socrates Would Say to Undergraduate Tutors” in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Cleveland is director of
the Tutoring Center at Pace University, New York City.

Robert Cox D’94 has taken a family leave of absence and moved from South Carolina to Florida to assist family. He is currently working as the minister of children and youth at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. He can be reached at or 700 Avenue I NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881.

Gary Carr D’96 has retired as a chaplain from the U.S. Navy after more than 30 years of service. He now serves as the vice president for translations for the International Bible Society and Send the Light in Colorado Springs, Colo. Chaplain Carr is also serving as the deputy chief of chaplains for the Colorado State Patrol.

Paul D. Tolbert D’98, pastor of White Oak Baptist Church in Archer Lodge, near Clayton, N.C., is serving as a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain in Kuwait. A member of the Army Reserve since 2002, he is attached to the 595th Transportation Division and will minister to troops in Kuwait and at satellite bases throughout the Middle East. He and his wife, April, have three sons: Stephen, 5, Caleb, 3, and Noah, 10 months.

Alicia L. Beam-Ingram D’95 is dean of chapel at The Piney Woods School, branch manager of the Harrisville Public Library, and practicing as a certified financial counselor. Her husband, James C. Beam-Ingram D’98, works at the The Center for Ministry as the director of the Course of Study (a program for local pastors) at Millsaps College and as pastor of Wesleyanna United Methodist Church in Star, Miss. Their son, Boz, recently celebrated his first birthday.

Mellinda G. Hansen-Holloway D’95, D’96 of Graham, N.C., earned a doctorate in education from North Carolina State University in December 2008.

Albert Mosley D’98 has been named The Johns Hopkins University’s new chaplain following a two-year national search. Effective July 1, he will assume full-time duties at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. Mosley previously served in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, where he also served as assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and as an adjunct professor in the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University, teaching courses in subjects ranging from comparative ethics to public life and leadership.


Fred Bahnson D’00, director of Anathoth Community Garden, a ministry of Cedar Grove (N.C.) United Methodist Church, is among eight people selected nationwide as 2009-10 Food & Society Policy Fellows. The program was jointly launched in 2001 by the Jefferson Institute and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The fellowship provides partial support for two years to allow recipients to spend time on media outreach and to participate in policy and communication training.

Bahnson has written extensively on expanding the involvement of faith-based communities in food and agriculture. Through multidisciplinary approaches including a congregation supported agriculture program, Bahnson plans on using his fellowship to inspire dialogue among church communities in support of agricultural activism.

Melanie Dobson Hughes D’01, D’02 and John C. Hughes D’02 announce the birth of a son, Elijah Reid, Nov. 30, 2008. Melanie is currently a student in Duke Divinity School’s Th.D. program.

Jay Carney D’05 is a part-time campus minister at his undergraduate alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, in Fayetteville, Ark., and a Ph.D. candidate at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Carney’s dissertation explores the genocide in Rwanda in the context of the church. He and his wife, Becky, lived and taught in Rwanda following his graduation from seminary.

John E. Anderson D’06 of Waco, Texas, presented two papers at the 2008 Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Boston, Mass.: “Jesus and the Patriarchs: The Imminent Fulfillment of the Ancestral Promise in Matt 8:5-13” and “The Ancestral Covenant in Psalms 105 and 106: Their Function as the Conclusion to Book Four of the Psalter.” His article “Jacob, Laban, and a Divine Trickster? The Covenantal Framework of God’s Deception in the Theology of the Jacob Cycle” appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies.

Sonia C. Norris D’06, executive director of Alzheimer’s Services of Marshall County, Ala., is a contributing author of The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations around Illness, End of Life and Grief, released this spring by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. Norris previously served as director of support teams with Project Compassion in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Timothy D. Catlett D’08 and his wife, Erin, announce the Feb. 2, 2009, birth of Campbell Raelynn. Tim is a United Methodist pastor in Raleigh, N.C.

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