By Randy Calvo, Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations
The Annual Alumni/ae Luncheon was held in the Richards Center Refectory as part of the 2014 Colloquium this spring. Each year a couple of alumni/ae are recognized by their peers with the Distinguished Service Award and the Pioneer in Ministry Award.
In 2006 the Alumni/ae Association Council approved the Recognition Program in order to recognize outstanding service to the church rendered by Columbia Theological Seminary graduates. Recognition is given to alumni/ae who exemplify the ideals expressed in Columbia Seminary’s Statement of Mission found in the Seminary catalog as well as recognize passion, commitment, and dedication since graduation.
2014 Distinguished Service Award: Douglas Wiley Hix
An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a graduate from Davidson College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Duke University, Douglas Wiley Hix has served as a pastor at several churches in Georgia and North Carolina. At King College, he served as the Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought and the Dean of Students. At St. Andrews Presbyterian College, he served as the Associate Professor of Christian Thought, as well as the chair of the Christianity and Culture Humanities Program. He also served as the Director of Advanced Studies and Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at Columbia Theological Seminary.
2014 Pioneer in Ministry Award: Dorie L. Griggs
As a graduate of the University of Richmond, Dorie L. Griggs worked in various public relations, marketing positions, and the hospitality industry. She graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2002, where she developed a model for chaplaincy for journalists who cover traumatic events. She has served as a volunteer with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and is a member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism. She is the chair of military ministry at Roswell Presbyterian Church and is involved with ministering to military families at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. She has published a variety of columns, lectured at many universities, and produced the award winning interfaith dialogue cable TV program, Faith And The City Forum. She is currently volunteering her time with the nonprofit, Care For The Troops and writing her own blog, as well as contributing to the blog site Off the Base.