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Franklin W. Greene D’45 works in ministry daily in Sun City, Ariz., where he has lived for the past 30 years. Greene recalls “with great joy” his years in the Divinity School and on the Duke music faculty as the associate director of the chapel choir, 1943–45.


Theodore “Ted” R. Morton Jr. D’56, who is chair of the board of directors for the South Carolina Methodist Foundation Inc., also serves as 2010–2011 president of the S.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.


ST Kimbrough Jr. D’62 delivered the keynote address “Lessons of Early Russian Methodism and Their Importance for the Present and Future of the Church in Russia” for the international academic conference “Breaks and Links: Past, Present, and Future of Russian Methodism,” Oct. 1–3, 2009, at the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow. He presented the paper “Charles Wesley and Slavery” to the 20th annual meeting of the Charles Wesley Society at Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons Island, Ga.

John A. Mason D’63 and his wife, Maycle, of Hurricane, W.V., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 15, 2009.

B. Maurice Ritchie D’63, D’64 received the 2009 Duke Divinity School Distinguished Alumni Award. Ritchie, who for many years was associate dean for field education and student life, has continued his leadership and advocacy with numerous Durham church and community projects, including Seniors Staying Put.

Clyde D. Burberry II D’66 of Lexington, Ky., represented Duke University and the Divinity School at the Nov. 9, 2009, installation of the new president of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

M. Douglas Meeks D’66 is the editor of Our Calling to Fulfill: Wesleyan Views of the Church in Mission (Abingdon, 2009). He is the Cal Turner professor of theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn.


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Planning for the third annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference—“Children at the Table of Peace” with keynote Marian Wright Edelman—are
(from left) conference vice chair Garland Young D’60, chair Wannie Hardin D’67, and Wright Spears D’36, whose vision led to the first conference in 2008. The 2010 conference will be held Sept. 19-21. Spears says he hopes the success of the Lake Junaluska conference will inspire other grass roots groups to advocate for peace.
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Gregory R. Dell D’70 was honored as an advocate for racial and LGBT justice with the Gilbert H. Caldwell Justice Ministry Award from the Church Within a Church Movement at the September 2009 conference “Living in the Now: The Journey to Justice.” He and his wife, Jade Luerssen Dell D’69, live in Chicago, Ill.

Louis B. Weeks III G’70 of Williamsburg, Va., has written All for God’s Glory: Redeeming Church Scutwork (Alban, 2009).

Michael B. Brown D’74, senior pastor at Marble Collegiate Church in New York, N.Y., has published Bottom Line Beliefs (Smyth & Helwys, 2009).

Michael T. Cash D’75 recently retired as executive director of the Fairfax County, Va., Human Rights Commission, where he worked for 30 years after nine years as a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina. An avid fisherman and musician, he has released his second CD, Con & Cash.

Thomas A. “Andy” Langford III D’78 and W. Mark Ralls D’91, United Methodist pastors in Concord, N.C., and Pittsford, N.Y., respectively, have co-authored Is This All There Is? And Other Big Questions about God and Life (Abingdon, 2009).

Paul Wesley Chilcote D’79, G’84, professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, has published The Song Forever New: Lent and Easter with Charles Wesley (Morehouse, 2009).

James C. Howell D’79, G’84, senior minister at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., has published The Will of God: Answering the Hard Questions (Westminster John Knox, 2009).

Timothy E. Kimbrough T’79, D’83 was installed Nov. 22, 2009, as dean and rector at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Nashville, Tenn. Previously he served the Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Robert B. “Bob” Bushong D’81, senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla., has been elected to the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

David McEntire D’81, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Fla., was re-elected chair of the Florida Conference board of trustees and a trustee of Florida Southern College.

Kenneth H. Carter Jr. D’83 has written Prayers and Liturgies of Confession and Assurance (Abingdon, 2009). He is the senior minister at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., and married to Pamela Barrow Carter D’83.

Michael Pasquarello III D’83, Fisher professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., published We Speak Because We Have First Been Spoken: A Grammar of the Preaching Life (Eerdmans, 2009).

Kelli Walker-Jones D’83 and Richard L. Hester have written Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership (Alban, 2009). She lives in Raleigh, N.C., with her husband, Logan C. Jones D’82.

Sam Hamilton-Poore D’84 is the author of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room, 2009). He lives in San Anselmo, Calif., with his wife, Terry Jo Hamilton-Poore D’86.

Amy-Jill Levine G’84, Carpenter professor of New Testament interpretation at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tenn., has published The Jewish Context of the New Testament (Abingdon, 2009).

Samuel F. “Skip” Parvin D’84 and Mark J. Pinsky wrote The Gospel According to The Simpsons: Bigger and Possibly Even Better! Edition— Leader’s Guide for Group Study. Skip lives in Casselberry, Fla.

J. Clinton McCann Jr. G’85 teaches biblical interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., and has published Great Psalms of the Bible (Westminster John Knox, 2009).

Todd Outcalt D’85 published School’s Out (Abingdon, 2009) and the $5 Youth Ministry (Group Press, 2009). He is senior pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, Ind.

David Matzko McCarthy D’87, G’92 is the editor of The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance (Brazos, 2009). He is on the faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md.


J. Burton “Burt” Palmer Jr. D’90, pastor at Bear Creek United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, was elected president of the Duke Divinity School Alumni Association and National Alumni Council.

Joerg Rieger D’90, G’94 is the author of No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future (Fortress, 2009). He is the Wendland-Cook endowed professor of constructive theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.

Diana Butler Bass G’91 of Alexandria, Va., is the author of A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009).

Lisa G. Fischbeck T’77, D’91, vicar at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Carrboro, N.C., has been elected to the Divinity School’s National Alumni Council.

David A. Markay D’91 and his wife, Kristin Chiles Markay D’91, are in their sixth year as pastors of a multi-cultural Methodist congregation in Milano, Italy. Their previous service was in Lithuania.

Rodney L. Aist D’92 is director of the Four Corners Native American Ministry, a Navajo cooperative parish of the New Mexico Annual Conference. Based in Shiprock, the ministry includes 25 congregations, a day care, and a thrift shop.

H. Lee Cheek D’94 is the new associate vice president for academic affairs at Athens State University in Athens, Ala. He previously was vice president for advancement at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga.

Harriet J. Bryan D’95, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., has been elected to serve on the National Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

Jill Jackson-Sears D’96, her husband, Clayton, and daughters Charlotte and Victoria announce the April 22, 2009, birth of Rhett Duane. They also celebrated the consecration of the sanctuary of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, where Jill serves as senior pastor.

Chad Hall D’98 has joined Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., as the director of coaching. He co-authored Faith Coaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith with Bill Copper and Kathryn McElveen D’99.

T.J. Wesley D’96, D’98 was honored as Faculty Chapel Leader of the Year at Lane College, Jackson, Tenn., a historically black college founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as associate professor of religion there since 2007, and also serves as the pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Cindy, have two young children.

D. Brent Laytham G’99, professor of theology and ethics at North Park Seminary in Chicago, Ill., is the editor of God Does Not ... Entertain, Play “Matchmaker,” Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness (Brazos, 2009).


Charles F. “Rick” Stone III D’01 of Boston, Mass., represented Duke University and the Divinity School at the Oct. 23, 2009, installation of the new president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation in Durham, N.C.

Ginger A. Thomas D’01 and her husband, L. Roger Owens D’01, G’06 and their two young sons announce the Oct. 25, 2009, birth of Mary Clare. Ginger and Roger are co-pastors of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C.

M. Blake Kendrick D’06 and his wife, Anna, announce the Sept. 19, 2009, birth of their first child, Winston Miles. The Kendricks reside in Greenwood, S.C., where Blake is a Baptist pastor.

Mary Frances McClure D’07, associate pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Eastover, N.C., and the wife of U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Merryman, published an article on ministry with the military in the November 2009 North Carolina Conference Christian Advocate. She urges churches to prepare for opportunities for mission and discipleship as 40,000 military and civilian personnel and their families move to Ft. Bragg and Pope Air Force Base by the end of 2011.

Kevin K. Wright D’08 continues as minister of missions at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., where he is leading outreach programs with Haiti and Kenya. He recently spent a couple of weeks in Kenya and taught a young friend, who knows about Duke basketball, to say “Let’s go, Duke” in English and Swahili.

Heather Bishop D’09 is serving a two-year appointment to Four Corners Native American Ministry in Shiprock, N.M., as a missionary with US-2, a UMC Global Ministries leadership program for young adults. She will focus on issues of fair trade and economic justice, community gardening, and creation care—including a pet camp promoting responsible animal care on the reservation.

E. Ross Kane D’09, assistant to the rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., has been elected to serve on the National Alumni Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

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