Connect With UPSem Alumni


Grace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Among our goals as your alumni team for UPSem is to help connect our generations of graduates. We want you to connect with all the news and events that Union Presbyterian Seminary has to offer in your life and vocation. We hope, also, that you may find a place here to connect with others…your seminary and PSCE classmates and friends…current and former faculty members …current students and members of the seminary communities in Charlotte and Richmond.

We hope this will be a webpage that you may visit often, not only for news and updates of the seminary, but to share the news of your life and ministry with us. Come here to learn more about seminary and alumni gatherings on our two campuses and perhaps in your area. Discover ways that you may support the seminary in its mission to educate and prepare women and men for ministry in a variety of places.

Let us hear from you and share with you the news of how we live and serve together by grace through faith! We hope you will enjoy what you find here and also share your news with us!

Faithfully yours,

Rev. W. Clay Macaulay

(D. Min.’85)

Director of Alumni Development


Rev. Nicole Smith

Alumni Associate


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Rev. T. Feild Russell has retired as pastor for the Banner Elk (NC) Presbyterian Church.

Miriam Foltz (M.Div., ’14) completed her call with UKirk-St Louis this summer and began a new call as pastor of New Castle Presbyterian Church in Delaware.

Elnoria Lofton Harrison is pastor of Squires Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia and serves on the presbytery’s nominating committee.

Charlotte Elia (’09) has been called as pastor to Holmes Presbyterian Church, Cape Charles, VA, effective July 1st.

Archana Samuel (Th.M’16, M.A.C.E.’18) is the new Director of Children’s Ministries for Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, Richmond.

Owen Gray (’17) began ministry as Associate Pastor at Saint Barnabas PC in Richardson, TX.

Lana Heath de Martinez (’16) has  launched a new Immigrant Defense and Bail Fund with community activists, organizers, and clergy. Santos En Virginia is here #ToSetTheCaptivesFree. This is a triage service doing the most basic work of liberating humans from cages. Find out more at and //

Megan Arbarite (’13) began serving as the pastor of Amity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC in July.

Robert Griffin (D.Min. ’03) was hired as the Regional Brand Manager for LegrandAV managing sales for Vaddio, Luxul and Cables 2 Go throughout the Mid-Atlantic territory.

Eileen B. Best (M.A. ’84) retired in May as Connections Coordinator, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portage, MI, Presbytery of Lake Michigan and Synod of the Covenant.

John M. Best (D.Min. ’84) moved from General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan to temporary pastor of Pine Island Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, MI

Mary Ellen Vernon (M.A. ’95) has been called to serve as the Director of Discipleship for Youth and Adults at Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst, NC

Ronnie A. Hankins, Sr. (M.Div. ’99) is serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Odessa, TX

Louis A. Florio, Jr. (M.Div. ’05) is serving as associate pastor for Community Engagement, Christian Formation & Pastoral Care at Christ Lutheran (ELCA) in Fredericksburg, VA.  He was recently appointed Chaplain of the City of Fredericksburg Police Department

Jenny Day (M.Div. ’06) has accepted a call as pastor of Dayton United Methodist Church in Dayton, VA

Katie Barrett Todd (M.Div. ’11) is serving as transitional pastor at Stony Creek PC in Burlington, NC & as the church leadership connection associate for the Office of the General Assembly

Mason M. Todd (M.Div. ’11) is serving as transitional pastor at Stony Creek PC in Burlington, NC & as the church leadership connection associate for the Office of the General Assembly

Caitlin Hahn (D.D. ’19) is serving as Director of Youth, Young Adults & Community Engagement at Bon Air United Methodist Church in Richmond, VA

Candice “Candy” Wagner White (M.Div. ’19) has been ordained as Minister of the Word and Sacrament by New Hope Presbytery, September 15, 2019. She serves as the pastor of Warrenton (NC) Presbyterian Church.

Andy Spaulding (M.Div. ’19) has accepted a call to serve as the Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL

Linda Kurtz (M.Div., M.A.C.E. ‘19) has been ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, 09.22.19, by National Capital Presbytery.  Linda is the Associate Pastor of Christian Formation with First Presbyterian, Lexington , KY.

Stan Farthing (’96) recently celebrated 15 years of serving the Zetta church, Churchville, VA. The congregation celebrated with pie, after worship, and nobody complained about spoiling their lunch!

Kristin Wickersham (M.Div. ’18) was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by the Rt. Rev Susan E. Goff, Bishop Suffragan of Virginia on September 7, 2019, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Goochland,Virginia.

Matthew White (’18) completed his CPE residency at VCU and earned a Master of Science in Patient Counseling. He has also officially been licensed as a lay preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

Ashlee and Michael Anderson celebrate the birth of their son Hayes, born June 14, 2019.

William Upchurch (UPSem-Charlotte student) and his wife Erin, celebrate the birth of son William, born April 12, 2019.

Elizabeth (M.C.E. ’69) and Yugo Suzuki (Th.M. ’66, Th.D. ’71) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.

Elizabeth Lovell Milford (M.Div./M.A.C.E. ’09) along with husband Matt and son Nathan, celebrate the birth of Andrew Norman Milford on October 2, 2018.

Andy Blackwelder (M.A.C.E. ’11, M.Div. ’18) was ordained into the ministry of the word and sacrament and installed as associate pastor for youth & children at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, TN.

David W. McCormick (Professor Emeritus of Music) September 23, 2019

Richard H. ‘Dick’ Barnhardt (former PSCE trustee), September 15, 2019

Richard (Dick) Mizell (M.Div. ’60) August 5, 2019

Patricia Gatlin Maxwell, (M.A. ’56) August 22, 2019

Patricia A. McClurg (MACE, ’63) August 25, 2019

Rayburn Holman (former UTS trustee) August 17, 2019

Dean Horace P. Holden, Sr. (B.D. ‘60) March 17, 2019

Nancy Irving Smith, (M.A., ’57) June 13, 2019

JoAnn Anderton, spouse of the late Rev. Malcolm Anderton (B.D.’58), August 3, 2019

James R. Lloyd (M.Div.’57) February 26, 2018

Dennis James Starr, (M.A.’75) May 4, 2019

Weston Brown Guthrie (M.Div ’76) July 28, 2019

Pat Gilmer Tubbs (PSCE ’44-’46) November 14, 2018

Cecil O. Eanes (B.D. ’45) January 25, 2019

Jane Anderson Clark (M.A. ’49) May 15, 2019

Helen Jenkins Goodwin (PSCE ’50-’51) July 19, 2018

Eleanor Bear Wallace (M.A. ’52) March 18, 2019

Charles E. Sutton (UTS ’52-’55) December 31, 2018

Lydia Nomi Frias (PSCE ’53 -’55) January 25, 2019

Ann Jordan McNeill (M.R.E. ’53) January 17, 2019

Margaret Ann Dyson (M.R.E. ’54) October 7, 2018

Martha Mayfield Newcomb (M.R.E. ’54) February 6, 2019

Glenda Selman Owen (B.R.E. ’54) March 24, 2019

Cornelia Hale Bryans (M.R.E. ’55) March 26, 2019

Dawes B. Graybeal (M.Div. ’55, D.Min. ’73) February 26, 2019

Billy A. Melvin (B.D. ’56) February 1, 2018

Lucius A. Gray (B.D. ’58, S.T.M. ’72, D.Min. ’78) April 7, 2019

Dick R. Kinser (M.R.E. ’58) November 21, 2018

Mary Hays Kinser (M.R.E. ’58) June 6, 2018

Richard Henry Little (B.D. ’58) March 21, 2019

Jane Wilson Holmgren (M.C.E. ’59) June 8, 2018

Harold McKeithen (B.D. ’59) January 27, 2019

William H. Duke (B.D. ’61) March 12, 2019

Denton McLellan (B.D. ’61, Th.M. ’62) December 10, 2018

Steve A. “Sam” Martin (M.Div. ’62) February 21, 2019

John Richard Wilcox (M.Div. ’62) April 8, 2019

Calvin R. Parks (PSCE ’62-’63) February 16, 2019

Benjamin W. Farley (B.D. ’63, Th.M. ’64, Th.D. ’76) December 28, 2018

Janet Allen Chin (M.C.E. ’67) December 22, 2018

William E. Alexander (M.Div. ’68, M.A. ’70) February 10, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Smart (B.C.E. ’68) September 1, 2018

James Bernard Hatch, Jr. (M.Div. ’71) September 28, 2018

Joseph B. Mullin (D.Min. ’76) December 19, 2018

Edward James Conner, Jr. (D.Min. ’77) January 5, 2019

Daniel E. Fullerton (Th.M. ’77) October 30, 2018

Wayne Cole (M.Div. ’78) July 25, 2018

David L. Morgan (D.Min.M ’82) November 3, 2018

Helen Riblet Woodward (D.Min. ’86) July 25, 2018

Mary Susan Pisano (M.Div. ’09) December 2, 2019

Harry G. Paris (M.Div. ’12) April 6, 2019

Carolyn Stuart Burgess (wife of Samuel A. Burgess M.Div. ’52) January 19, 2019

Mildred S. McIver (wife of Malcolm C. McIver, PSCE Dean of Faculty ’52-’81)

James H. Smylie (UTS Faculty ’62-’96) January 5, 2019

Anne E. Treichler (former trustee of UTS ’87-’97) July 22, 2018

Ophelia Garmon-Brown (M.Div. ’08) is being honored as the Charlotte Post Foundation’s 2019 Luminary for healing and promoting opportunity. It is the Charlotte Post Foundation’s highest award.

Katherine Paterson (’57) will release a new picture book called The Night of His Birth this Fall (Publication date: Sept. 17, 2019). The Night of His Birth is a poetic, dramatic picture book that recounts the night of Jesus’ birth from the perspective of Mary, offering a mother’s reflection on the joyous arrival of a child. The book features striking artwork from illustrator Lisa Aisato. For more information about the book, or to watch a book trailer about it, visit

Bruce Taylor (Ph.D., ’88) is the author of The Word in the Wind: Sermons for the Lectionary, Year A, Advent through Eastertide, to be published by Wipf and Stock earlier this month. Wipf and Stock has also accepted the companion volume, No Business as Usual: Sermons for the Lectionary, Year A, Pentecost through Christ the King, which is projected to be available in December, 2019.

Thom M. Shuman (M.Div. ’86) is the author of ‘Grace will walk us home,’ a year of daily short prayers/’nudges’  based on Scripture, intended to speak to the reader’s heart and soul, published by Wild Goose Publications/Iona Community. His book of Advent devotions, ‘A is for Adventure; Z is for Zoo’ will be out in September.

Jim Chatham (’64) is author of a book for teaching and preaching the Psalms: Psalm Conversations, Listening In As They Talk with One Another, published by Liturgical Press, as well as a book on personal story writing in a small group: Moments of Magic, published by Amazon.

Joseph Everson (Th.M. ’66, Ph.D. ’69) is the author of a new book, A Vision of the Prophet Isaiah – Hope in a War Weary World a commentary published by Wipf & Stock Publishers

Roy A. Harrisville, III (Ph.D. ’90) is the author of The Faith of St. Paul: Transformative Gift of Divine Power published by Wipf & Stock Publishers


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