2021 Virtual Sprunt LecturesMay 4, 2021
The 2021 Virtual Sprunt Lectures began on Monday, May 3, 2021. Lecture I was presented by Dr. Ted Smith, Professor...
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Alumni and friends of UPSem in the Charlotte area gathered for “Just Jesus in the Public Square – A Social...
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BY MICHELLE WALKER Two black students in Richmond and three in Charlotte will be graduating in spring 2018. Richmond’s commencement...
Colleen M. Earp (M.Div.’19) serves as Director of Programs with the Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA.
Crystal R. Sygeel (M.Div./M.A.’96) now serves as Associate Director for Call and Candidacy with the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Heidi G. Bolt (M.Div.’07) has been appointed the Co-Chair of the ACORP Board of the PC(USA) on July 1, 2021 for a two year term. She and her husband, Greg Bolt (M.Div.’07), remain co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church, Red Wing, MN.
Crystal Varner Parker (M.Div.’09) has been called as Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Discipleship with the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA.
Noe Juarez (M.Div.’10) serves at a non-profit in Peru called Puriyninchik (that’s Quechua), working with children and youth promoting literacy and education.
Daniel J. Commerford (M.Div.’11) serves as Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC.
Anita Bernhardt (M.Div. ’88) has been called as General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her husband, James Bernhardt (M.Div. ’88; D.Min ’07) is senior pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church in Erie, PA.
Kathleen Henrion (M.Div.’11) serves as Interim Pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Bridgeton, MO.
Claire George-Drumheller (M.Div.’12) serves as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA.
George W. Chapman III (M.Div.’06) serves as a pastor in the United Protestant Church of France (Église Protestante Unie de France) for the region of Saint-Étienne and the Forez.
Jennifer Mitchell (M.Div./M.A.C.E.’10) began a new call on May 23, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana, TX as a Solo Pastor.
Wynter Benda (M.Div.’98, Th.M. ’99) has been appointed as the city manager of Lynchburg, effective August 4, 2021.
Kelly S. Lindsay (M.Div.’16) serves as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, IN, since January 1, 2021; she was installed on May 29, 2021.
Thomas J. “Tom” Biery (D.Min.’81) is honorably retired as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Central Florida; he served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Dora, FL for 35 years.
Joslyn Shipman (M.A.C.E.’13, M.Div.’15) approved by the Presbytery of the James as a Candidate for Ministry of the Word and Sacrament, 2/20/21
Louie V. Andrews, III (M.A.’77, M.Div.’81) honorably retired as Minister of the Word and Sacrament, effective 10/31/20 by the POJ; he was the Pastor for Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford, VA
Terry N. Diebold (UTS ’92) honorably retired by the Presbytery of the James as Minister of the Word and Sacrament, effective 01/01/21; she was a Counselor for the Center for Family Counseling, Fredericksburg, VA
D. Todd Davidson (M.Div.’11) received by the Presbytery of the James, and called as Pastor of the Sandston (VA) Presbyterian Church
Erin Burt (M.Div.’20) was approved for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of the James, 02/20/21; she serves in a validated ministry as Director of Admissions – Richmond campus, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Keli S. Cooper (M.Div.’19) was approved for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of the James, 02/20/21; she serves in a validated ministry as Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
Roger E. Horne (B.D.’62, D.Min.’78) will formally retire, for a second time, as Stated Supply Pastor of the Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, in Lillington, NC. Since his official retirement in January 2000, Roger has served as an interim pastor in various churches, before accepting the call to Cape Fear in May 2011.
Y. Dianna Wright (M.A.’90) serves as Interim Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, PCUSA.
Benjamin S. “Ben” Brannan (M.Div.’19) has been called as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults with the Second Presbyterian Church, in Roanoke, VA. He will begin serving there in March, 2021.
Molly Smerko (M.Div. candidate ’21) will serve as Pastoral Resident for Education/Young Adults with the Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Charlotte, NC. She will begin serving with Covenant upon her graduation from our Richmond campus in May.
William Guy Webb (D.Min.’76) a retired Georgia and Virginia Baptist pastor, now 85, has re-entered retirement after 20 years as an historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Heather Woodworth Brannon (M.Div.’19) has been called as Pastor and Head of Staff of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Milbern, NJ.
Kelley M. Connelly (M.Div.’20) serves as UKIRK Campus Minister and Pastoral Resident with the Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA.
Kim Ruth Nofel (M.A.’92, M.Div.’93) is now serving as Temporary Supply Lead Pastor for the Greater Greene County Presbyterian Ministries in Jefferson, Grand Junction and Paton Churches, in Iowa.
Wilson Kennedy (M.Div.’20) serves as Covenant Pastor for Discipleship with the First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia.
Russell M. “Russ” Kerr (M.Div.’18) has been called as Associate Pastor with the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, NC, where he is ordained and installed on November 15, 2020.
Leah E. Epps (M.Div.’16) has been called as Pastor with Fairview and United Presbyterian Churches, Lenoir, NC. She will be ordained by Western North Carolina Presbytery on December 5, 2020.
Samuel A. Shields (M.Div.’19) approved for ordination by the Presbytery of the James, October 17, 2020 for Validated Ministry as Resident Chaplain at University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.
Nathan L. Taylor (M.Div.’17) approved for ordination by the Presbytery of the James, October 17, 2020, and called as Associate Pastor for Youth and Families with the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA.
Glen Bell (M.Div ‘88) has accepted a call as a Senior Vice President of the Presbyterian Foundation.
George P. Whipple (D.Min.’84, Th.M.’92) was honorably retired by the Presbytery of the James, October 17, 2020. He retired as Covenant Pastor of the Hawkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ford, VA, effective September 30, 2020.
James C. Goodloe (D.Min.’79) was honorably retired by the Presbytery of the James, October 17, 2020, effective December 31, 2020. He serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Reformed Theology and as Covenant Pastor of the Mattoax Presbyterian Church, Amelia Court House, VA.
Hannah Altman (M.A.C.E. ’20) has accepted a call as the Children and Youth Program Director at Massanutten Presbyterian Church, Penn Laird, VA
Colleen Earp (M.Div.’19) now serves as Chaplain Resident at UVA Hospital, Charlottesville, VA.
Jeremy Cannada (M.Div.’10) serves as Pastor-Head of Staff with First Presbyterian Church, Statesville, NC
Isabella Fagiani (M.Div.’20) has been called and is serving as Associate Pastor with the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA
Katherine “Kate” Fiedler (M.Div., M.A.C.E’07) now serves as Associate Pastor with the Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA
Rebecca Heilman (M.Div.’18) now serves as Associate Pastor with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
Gail Henderson-Belsito (M.Div.’20) now serves as Associate Pastor with Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
Byron A. Wade (M.A.’94) serves as General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.
Jayme Babczak (M.Div./M.A.C.E.’20) serves as Associate Pastor for First Parish Congregational Church, Yarmouth, ME.
Alexander “Alex” Fischer (M.Div.’18) serves as Pastor for the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Hillsborough, NC.
Matthew A. “Matt” Rich (M.Div.’00) has been called and serves as Pastor/Head of Staff of Unity Presbyterian Church, Fort Mill, SC.
John B. Hartman, II (D.Min.’82) and Elizabeth M. Hartman (M.A.’79) live in Seneca, SC, where John now serves as Pastor of the Seneca Presbyterian Church.
Amy Busse Stoker (M.Div.’95) now serves as Pastor-Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, TN.
A. Lee Zehmer (M.Div.’91) is Transitional Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, High Point, NC.
Claire N. George (M.Div.’08, Th.M.’17) is now a Chaplain Resident at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA.
Anne Solovey Marshall (M.Div., M.A.C.E.”08) and James Gray Marshal (M.Div.’07) serve as Co-Pastors of the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming, OH.
James W. “Jim” Davis (M.Div.’07) is now the Pastor of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Camden, SC.
Daniel H. Burch (M.Div.’16, Th.M.’17) has been appointed to serve at Carlisle UMC and Owingsville UMC in the Kentucky Conference, July 5, 2020.
Jennifer M. “Jenny” McDevitt (M.Div. ’09) has been called as Pastor-Head of Staff of Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, May 17, 2020.
W. Rush Otey (D.Min. ’73) was honorably retired as co-pastor of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2020.
Robert S. “Bob” Osborne (M.Div.’86, D.Min.’03) was honorably retired as pastor of Berkeley Springs Presbyterian Church, Berkeley Springs, WV, July 7, 2019.
Jim Ewing (M.Div. ’04) has been called as Pastor of Avondale Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 2019.
Ron Gilmer (M.Div. ’06) has been called as Interim Pastor of Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, December 2019.
Perry Neel (M.Div. ’82) will be retiring as adjunct instructor in Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities, and Religion at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, in May 2020, after 20 years.
Shelly Barrick Parsons (M.A.,M.Div. ’00, Ph.D. ’05) has been called as Director of Church and Family Ministry at River Road Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA.
Timothy J. “TJ” Remaley (M.A.,M.Div. ’14) has been called as Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at Faith Presbyterian Church, Cape Coral, FL.
William “Will” E. Robinson (Ph.D. ’15) is Pastor – Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island, SC.
Martin L. Stokes, Jr. (D.Min.’74) retired from the pastorate on December 31, 2014.
Christopher M. Tweel (M.Div. ’14) has been called as Pastor-Head of Staff at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, Richmond VA, January 6, 2020.
Matthew White (M.Div. ’18) has accepted a one- year position as a lay preacher and newcomer consultant at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Chesterfield, Virginia.
Erin A. Burt (M.Div.’20) ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, PCUSA, August 28, 2021, Watts Chapel, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond campus. She serves as UPSem’s Director of Admissions for the Richmond campus.
Aaron B. Davis (M.Div.’20, Th.M.’21) serves as Youth and Family Minister with St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Wilson, NC.
Mary Grace Reynolds (M.Div.’21) ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, PCUSA, August 28, 2021, Madison Valley Presbyterian Church, Ennis, Montana, where she now serves as Pastor.
Allen C. McSween (B.D.’68) was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Public Service, by Presbyterian College in October 2020.
Philip Turner (M.Div.’91) is celebrating 30 years as Pastor of Pine Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia on July 1, 2021. Pine Street was his first pastorate upon graduation from Union.
Stephen Emick (M.A.’89, M.Div.’90) marked several celebrations in 2020: His 30th ordination and wedding anniversaries; his 25th anniversary serving as one of the pastors at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, PA; and served as the moderator of Lehigh Presbytery.
Samuel A. “Sam” Shields (M.Div.’19) was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of the James in a virtual service of worship that occurred at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA, on December 13, 2020. Sam serves as Chaplain Resident for the UVA Health System.
Nathan L. “Nate” Taylor (M.Div.’17) was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of the James, in a virtual service of worship, and was installed as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families of the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA, on November 22, 2020.
Leah E. Epps (M.Div.’16) was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, and installed as Pastor of the Fairview and United Presbyterians Churches, Lenoir, NC, December 5, 2020.
Heather Woodworth Brannon (M.Div.’19) was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by New Hope Presbytery, in a service held at the Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC, December 6, 2020. Heather has been called as Pastor of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Milburn, NJ.
Sarah Pugh Morgan (M.Div.’13) and Andy P. Morgan (M.Div., M.A.C.E.’13) welcomed the birth of their second son, James Miller Morgan, on November 19, 2020. Robert Morgan is James’ big brother. Sarah is the Associate Pastor with the Second Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN. Andy serves as the Pastor of the Fountain City Presbyterian Church, Knoxville.
Wilson Kennedy (M.Div.’20) was approved for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of the James. He is to be ordained by the Presbytery on December 3, 2020, a service to be broadcast for Sunday morning worship at First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA on December 6, 2020.
Russell M. “Russ” Kerr (M.Div.’18) was ordained and installed as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by Salem Presbytery at the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, NC, November 15, 2020.
Jayme C. Babczak (M.Div.,M.A.C.E. ’20) was ordained into Christian Ministry as an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ on September 3, 2020.
Isablla Fagiani (M.Div.’20) was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament and installed as Associate Pastor for Youth by the Presbytery of Western New York and the Presbytery of the Peaks at the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church on September 20, 2020.
J. Richard “Dick” Winters (B.D. ’49) now Pastor Emeritus of Warrenton (Va) Presbyterian Church, and long-serving chaplain of the Warrenton Fire Department, was honored by a drive-by parade – of fire trucks and a total of 83 vehicles, on his 98th birthday, August 20, 2020.
Amy Busse (M.Div.’95) married Brent Stoker on August 3, 2019. She serves as Pastor-Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, TN.
Patricia LaSala (Stout) (M.Div.’83) is honorably retired from Presbytery of Riverside, CA. She has been named Pastor Emerita of Little Church of the Desert, Twentynine Palms, CA.
Hampton Deck (M.Div.’88) celebrated his 25th anniversary as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Vallejo, CA, on January 2, 2020.
Linda M. Kurtz (M.Div., M.A.C.E. ’19) and Daniel H. Burch (M.Div. ’16, Th.M. ’17) were married on March 26, 2020 at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
D. Todd Davidson (M.Div. ’11) was installed as associate pastor of West End Presbyterian Church, West End, NC, March 8, 2020.
The Rev. Christopher Tweel (M.Div. ’14) was installed as Pastor-Head of Staff for the Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, Richmond, on March 1, 2020.
Sam Bush (1st year M.Div. student, Richmond) and his wife, Maddy, welcomed a son, Elliott Jonathan Bush on February 17, 2020.
Annie Franklin Arvin (M.Div., M.A.C.E. ’18) and Thomas Arvin welcomed Molly Claire Arvin on September 10, 2019. Annie serves on staff at the St. Simons Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, GA.
The Rev. Owen J. Gray (M.Div.’17) was installed by Grace Presbytery, Sunday, October 27, 2019, as associate pastor of the St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas.
Emily B. Hook (M.Div. ’17) was installed by The Presbytery of Arkansas, Sunday, November 17, 2019, as pastor of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Forrest City, Arkansas.
Lyndsey McCall (M.Div. ’11) married Dominique Gilliam, November 3, 2019, in Watts Chapel, Richmond campus.
James ‘Jay’ Morgan (3rd year M.Div., Richmond) married Rebecca Smyth, October 19, 2019, in Watts Chapel, Richmond campus.
Leonard Douglas Hill, Jr. (B.D.’65, Th.M.’66) September 26, 2021
Michael R. “Rick” Underwood (M.A.’97, M.Div.’97) September 12, 2021
Patricia Turner-Olds (M.A.C.E.’05) September 1, 2021
Jeffrey H. Patton (Th.M.’83) August 19, 2021
Vernon D. Miller (B.D.’65) August 14, 2021
Clifton P. “Clif” Ford (D.Min.’84) August 13, 2021
Joseph O. “Joe” Rand, Jr. (B.D.’53) August 5, 2021
Robert S. Dendy, Sr. (D.Min.’81) July 31, 2021
Donald W. Shriver, Jr. (B.D.’55) July 28, 2021
Charlotte Machen Wilson (B.C.E.’60) July 27, 2021
Gordon F. Garlington, III (M.Div.’72, D.Min.’76) July 9, 2021
Neil C. Leach (B.D.’54, Th.M.’58) July 8, 2021
William E. “Dub” Graham, Jr. (Former Trustee) June 27, 2021
Donald K. “Donn” Langfitt (M.Div.’57) April 16, 2021
Patricia R. Hall (M.A.’60) September 29, 2020
Melvin Stanford Hester (D.Min.’76) June 25, 2019
Robert E. “Bob” Reynolds (M.A.’61) June 8, 2021
James P. “Jim” Sample (M.Div.”60, D.Min.’74) June 10, 2021
Frances Craig Magruder (M.R.E. ’52) May 26, 2021
Samuel Lee Rochester (B.D. ’57) December 23, 2019
Curtis Harper Jr. (B.D. ’53) December 19, 2019
George Mallory Patton (PSCE ’68-69) August 3, 2019
Charles Louis Priddy (M.A. ’67) January 10, 2021
William M. “Bill” Plonk (B.D.’53) April 10, 2021
Paul Walaskay (UPSem Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus, 1993 – 2009) April 8, 2021
Richard K. “Dick” Knowles (M.Div.’68; M.A.’69) April 8, 2021
Edwin H. Layton (UTS in VA, ’75) April 8, 2021
Susan G. Hickock (Former Associate Vice President for Advancement, UPSem Charlotte) April 3, 2021
John David Stewart (M.Div ’59) December 12, 2020
James F. Van Dyke (B.D. ’54) January 17, 2018
Mary Catherine M. Houck (M.R.E.’51) February 16, 2021
Lillian M. Taylor (M.R.E.’51) February 25, 2021
William R. Klein (B.D.’54) February 26, 2021
Sherwood F. Smith, Jr. (M.Div.’52) February 8, 2021
Joseph L. Nelson, Jr. (B.D.’50, Th.D.’69) January 24, 2021
David T. Lee (D. Min.’81) January 22, 2021
Melvina Hobson Sprunt “Mel” Busby (M.R.E.’48) January 18, 2021
Layne K. M. Wright (B.R.E.’45) January 23, 2021
Elizabeth L. “Liz”Hill-Sainio (M.Div.’68) January 15, 2021
Jane D. Rourk (Former chair of the Union – PSCE board, 2002-2005) January 3, 2021
Daphne C. McCord (B.R.E.’49) December 30, 2020
Stratton L. Peacock (M.R.E.’49) December 27, 2020
Jocelyn Hill (M.A. ’49) December 13, 2020
Peter Jorgensen (B.D. ’65) December 10, 2020
H. Thomas Baugh, III (M.Div. ’82) December 6, 2020
Jean G. Edwards (PSCE ’46) November 4, 2020
Willie Woodson (M.A.’84, D.Min.’08) December 4, 2020
Albert G. “Al” Harris, Jr. (Th.D.’59) December 2, 2020
James T. “Jim Buschong, November 26, 2020, the spouse of Diane K. Prevary (M.Div.’84)
Evelyn Bannerman, November 16, 2020, the widow of Glenn Q. Bannerman (M.R.E.’57)
William R. Long (B.D.’58) November 5, 2020
James H. Monroe, Sr. (M.Div.’57) November 3, 2020
Suzanne R. Jenkins, November 4, 2020, wife of David B. Jenkins (M.Div.’57)
Glenn Q. Bannerman (M.R.E.’57) October 30, 2020
Christopher Ellis Rigby, III (M.A.’64) February 14, 2019
Alice Ann K. Morgan (M.R.E.’58) October 6, 2020, the wife of Richard L. “Dick” Morgan (M.Div.’53, Th.M.’56, Ph.D.’66)
William C. “Bill” Norris, Jr. (B.D.’58) September 27, 2020
John N. Miller, Sr. (B.D.’52, D.Min.’83) October 5, 2020
H. Gudger Nichols, Jr. (D.Min.’74) September 23, 2020
Alexander M. “Sandy” McGeachy (B.D.’58) September 17, 2020
Louis H. Zbinden, Jr. (B.D.’62) September 11, 2020
Samuel B. “Sam” Shumate (M.Div.’69) September 8, 2020
William K. “Bill” Thomas (B.D.’60, D.Min.’73) March 23, 2020
David H. Dyer (D.Min.’74) August 29, 2020
A. Thomas “Tom” Murphy, Jr. (B.D.’59, Th.M.”60) August 16, 2020
Jean Feild Russell (B.R.E.’53) August 8, 2020
Daniel Bonilla-Rios (M.A.T.S.’03, Ph.D.’09) August 8, 2020
Douglas W. Oldenburg (B.D.’60) July 21, 2020
Willard W. “Buddy” Olney (B.D.’66) June 29, 2020
Ernest G. Sangster (Th.M.’58) August 16, 2018
Coline T. “Toto” McGehee (M.A.’47) July 21, 2020
W. Reid Dalton, III (M.Div.’89) July 19, 2020
Frederic D. Thompson, Jr. (UTS ’58) December 16, 2019
James E. “Jim” Atwood (M.Div.’59) June 26, 2020
Leonard G. Boswell (M.R.E.’52) June 12, 2020
John Hubert “Bert” Johnston (M.Div.’53) April 14, 2020
Pansy E. Duke (M.A.’65) June 3, 2020 .
Hugh F. Halverstadt (M.Div.’63) April 14, 2020
Carole F. Chase (M.A.’64) May 21, 2020
James H. “Trip” McKinnon, III (M.Div.’10) June 6, 2020
James H. “Jim” Allen (M.Div.’56) May 30, 2020
O. George Aichel (B.D.’56, D.Min.’75) May 29, 2020
Roger W. Jackle (M.Div. ’71) September 20, 2019
Richard E. “Dick” Bethune (B.D.’58) May 24, 2020
Gerald M. Miller, Sr. (B.D.’69, Th.M.’70, D.Min.’81) May 2, 2020
S. Dean McBride, Jr. (Cyrus H. McCormick Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation, Emeritus) May 12, 2020
Thomas E. Marshall, III (M.Div.’99) April 29, 2020
William F. “Chip” Summers, Jr. (M.Div.’72, D.Min.’84) May 10, 2020
Kay Ellis Menius (PSCE, 1960) April 28, 2020
Freda A. Gardner (M.R.E.’57) May 9, 2020
Patrick D. Miller, Jr. (B.D.’59) April 30, 2020
Barry D. Van Deventrer (B.D. ’59) April 23, 2020
H.R. ‘Reid’ Montgomery, Sr. (B.D.’54) April 21, 2020
Carolyn W. Arbuckle (MC.E.’66) April 9, 2020
Marilyn J. “Lyn” Sutterlin (B.C.E.’67) March 11, 2020
Ruth ‘Kamuanya’ Metzel (B.R.E.’54) March 21, 2020
J. Gary Campbell (M.Div.’59) June 24, 2019
Louise Maxwell (“Coffee”) Worth (B.R.E.’44) March 25, 2020
George Conrad Wilson (D.Min.83) March 26, 2020
Sheila Kennedy Burns Cordle (PSCE ’62) March 27, 2020
Cora Jean Hubbard (M.C.E. ‘63) December 17, 2019
Jane M. Towner (widow of former UTS professor, Dr. W. Sibley Towner) February 24, 2020
Kenneth F. “Ken” Morris (Th.D.’64) January 31, 2020
Joellyn S. “Jo” Blandord (M.A.’88) February 4, 2020
Robert H. Crumby (M.Div. ’56) December 24, 2019
Gary H. Hall (Th.D. ’80) June 15, 2019
Jean C. Hess (widow of former Union-PSCE professor, Dr. Curtis Hess) January 31, 2020
Sally Hinchman (M.A. ’71) January 17, 2020
Beverly Ann Davis Johnson (M.A.’60) January 5, 2020
Winfield R. “Casey” Jones, Jr. (D.Min. ’79) June 9, 2019
Katherine Little (M.R.E. ’58) November 9, 2018
Dr. Carl Pernell Losen (Th.D. ’66) January 28, 2020
Jerry C. McCann, Sr. (B.D. ’52) December 10, 2019
Charles S. McChesney (B.D. ’49) December 11, 2019
Angus W. McGregor (M.Div. ’64) October 28, 2019
James H. Montgomery (B.D. ’58) December 7, 2019
Kenneth F. Morris (Th.D. ’64) January 31, 2020
Jessica B. Reveley [spouse of Nelson Reveley (M.Div. ’10, Th.M. ’11)] November 25, 2019
William F. Summers, Sr. (B.D.’45) July 15, 2019
John D. Turner (B.D. ’65) October 26, 2019
James K. “Jim” Wilson (UTS & PSCE alumnus, M.Div.’59, M.C.E.’60, D.Min.’81) November 8, 2019
Elizabeth Hallett Jones Worrell (PSCE alumna, B.C.E. ‘66) October 30, 2019
Robert L. Yoder (M.Div. ’72) November 12, 2019
Jeannie DeMotte Ford (M.A. ’83) has been named as the recipient of the 2021 ENRICH Educator of the Year Award by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).
Rev. Richelle White (Ph.D. ’11) has been named as the recipient of the 2020 BAA Trailblazer Award.
Rev. Mary Jane Winter (M.Div. ’76) has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alum Award.
Bruce L. Taylor (Ph.D.’88) A publication of the latest in his series of sermon collections for the Sundays and feast days featured in the Common Lectionary (Revised), entitled, Between Advents: Sermons for the Lectionary, Year C, Advent through Eastertide. This latest work joins Taylor’s earlier work The Word in the Wind, No Business as Usual, Looking Up at Love, and Life Woven into God which together cover Years A and B of the lectionary. Both volumes are published by Wipf and Stock Publishers.
David Howell (M.Div.’81) Tethered to an Appalachian Curse: A Surprise Calling, Resource Publications – An imprint of WIPF and STOCK Publishers, 2021. wipfandstock.com. “A unique book about a unique life chronicles a persistent journey from an isolated Appalachian area mired in deep poverty. Illegal bootleggers and nasty mountain villains haunt the young man’s family. A fundamentalist preacher condemns the young man to hell. As a four-year-old first-grader, he perseveres to academic excellence. Numerous episodes in his misspent youth ring outrageous with an abundance of original sin. The young man frantically struggles to find acceptance and eventually receives a surprise calling. Driven to find meaning in life, he battles against a social anxiety disorder and eventually speaks to audiences of thousands.”
David R. Bauer (Ph.D. ’85) has written a book, The Book of Acts as Story: A Narrative-Critical Study, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021.
James Black (M.Div.’63, D.Min.’73) has published a book entitled, “Weddings and Funeral: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” (’20) from Page Publishing Co. of New York City. Black has been active as a minister for 58 years now and serves Mayport Presbyterian Church at Mayport, Fla. It is the oldest community in America and was founded in 1557 by the French Huguenots and Menorcans.
Andrew Taylor-Troutman (M.Div. ’09) has a new book entitled, Hope Matters: Churchless Sermons in the Time of the Coronavirus, published by Parson’s Porch Books.
Richard L. Morgan (M.Div.’53, Th.M.’56, Ph.D.’66) Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life, Nashville: Upper Room Books , 2020.
James C. Davis (M.Div.’95) has completed his fifth book, American Liturgy: Finding Theological Meaning in the Holy Days of US Culture (published by Cascade). In essays on Super Bowl Sunday, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, and other holidays of the secular calendar, he explores the wisdom that Christian tradition brings to our sense of American identity, as well as the ways in which American culture might prompt us to discern the imperatives of faith in new ways. His hope, says Davis, is that this book will be helpful to preachers tasked with writing sermons on these holidays, as well as any Christian interested in a theologically astute approach to the gift and challenge of culture.
Bruce L. Taylor (Ph.D.’88) has added to his series of sermon collections for the Sundays and feast days featured in the Revised Common Lectionary, a book entitled Life Woven into God: Sermons for the Lectionary, Year B, Pentecost through Christ the King, published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This book joins his previous works The Word in the Wind, No Business as Usual, and Looking Up at Love, which cover Advent through Eastertide and Pentecost through Christ the King in Year A and Pentecost through Christ the King of Year B.
Amelia Richardson Dress (M.Div.’06) has a new book entitled, “The Hopeful Family: Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times.” It was released in January 2021 from Church Publishing.
Thom M. Shuman (D.Min.’86) has a new book entitled, “How shall we pray this morning? For what shall we pray this night? A month of worship resources for a time of pandemic.” It was published by Wild Goose Publications/The Iona Community in December 2020. Thom has also contributed to Wild Goose Publications’ ‘Voices out of lockdown’ and ‘The adventure is beginning’ which is for the Advent/Christmas seasons.
Dena M. Hobbs (M.Div.’98) has co-authored a book with her husband, Jason, entitled When Anxiety Strikes: Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm.
Roland L. England, Jr. (M.Div.’75) has a recently published book on Revelation, entitled “Worthy is the Lamb: The Book of Revelation as a Drama.”
Barry R. Huff (Ph.D.’17) and Patricia “Tricia” Vesely (Ph.D’17) have co-edited a Festschrift honoring Dr. Samuel E. Balentine, UPSem Professor of Old Testament and Director of Graduate Studies Emeritus. It is entitled Seeking Wisdom’s Depths and Torah’s Heights: Essays in Honor of Samuel E. Balentine, and published by Macon: Smith &Helwys, 2020. The collection features the writings of several UPSem faculty and former colleagues, as well as many former students of Dr. Balentine. Here is a link to a UPSem Morton Library review:
Merwyn S. Johnson (B.D.’63, Th.M.’64) has published a book, “Bedrock for a Church on the Move,” October 2019. Johnson has served as Visiting Professor of Theology at the Charlotte campus, teaching courses in reformed and systematic theology there off and on since 2005. Published by “In Christ Supporting Ministries / Thriftbooks.com.”
J. Eric Killinger (M.Div. 88) has written a book, Adoration in Secret-An Uncommon Book of Prayer, Intermundia Press. It is available on Amazon.com.
Charles N. Davidson, Jr. (M.Div.’70, Th.M.’74) has edited and written a brief introductory biography for George Buttrick’s Guide to Preaching the Gospel, Abingdon Press, August 2020.
Joseph A. Slane (D.Min.’81) has a recently revised, illustrated, and published book, Pastor’s Golf Association Rules: A Gracious Guide for Anyone Who Loves God and Golf, Laughter and Links, Faith and Fairways, Prayers and Pars,” Amazon, 2020.
David R. Bauer (Ph.D. ’85) has written the book, The Gospel of the Son of God: An Introduction to Matthew, published by InterVarsity Academic Press.
Curtis Christian, IV (D.Min. ’86) has released his second book “The Angels of Hellas.” It was published in October 2019.
Jill J. Duffield (M.Div.’96) has written the book, “Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects”, Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.
Gary H. Hall (Th.D. ’80) commentary “Jeremiah & Lamentations Polis Bible Commentary Volume 15” was published in October 2019, by Urban Loft Publishers.
P. Lynn Miller will release “Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament”, The 2020–2021 PW/Horizons Bible study, March 2020.
Jeff Paschal (M.Div.’90) “The Trajectory of Hope – and Other Sermons that Matter”, published in May 2019 by Parson’s Porch Books.
Thomas T. Shields (D.Min. ’83) has written the book, “Upstream Teaching in the Church”, Westbow Press, 2019.
Ellen Crawford True (M.Div.’96) “And So I Kept Living – and Other Sermons that Matter”, published in 2019 by Parson’s Porch Books.