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Atlanta Area Graduates Recognized at Columbia Seminary Commencement-- AJC Release

2004-06-04

Decatur, GA.— Ten Atlanta-area graduates received the Master of Divinity degree and were recognized for outstanding academic achievement on May 16 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Jonathan William Ball, Allen Cross, Beth McMullen Daniel, Kevin Michael Day, Louis Daniel Imsande, Cheryl Vaughan Mack, Sandramarie Kirk McDonald, Christy Lynnae Maddox-Miller, Lindsay Lee Slocum, and Jonathan Victor Landt Weicher were among 84 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia’s five degree programs during commencement exercises. Ball received the Columbia Friendship Circle Fellowship. The award recognizes superior academic achievement and provides support for further study. Ball, originally from Broken Arrow, OK, holds the B.A. from The University of Tulsa. This fall he begins a year-long residency in clinical pastoral education at Portsbridge Hospice, serving the Atlanta area. Cross received the Anna Church Whitner Memorial Fellowship, given periodically to a graduate who intends to pursue advanced study. The fellowship is made possible by a legacy left to the seminary in 1928 by the late William C. Whitner of Rock Hill, SC, in memory of his mother. Cross holds the B.A. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He serves as interim director of mission at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. Daniel received the James T. and Celeste M. Boyd Book Fund Award. The award is given to an M.Div. student who, in the judgment of the faculty, would be a good steward of a theological library and has demonstrated a desire through studies to build a personal theological library. Daniel, of Scottdale, GA, holds the B.S. from the University of Wales. She graduated from Columbia with honors in practical theology. Day received the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of St. Andrew Preaching Award, a cash award given to the M.Div. student who, in the judgment of the faculty, preaches the best sermon at Columbia during the academic year. Day is from Westport, CT, and holds the B.A. from The University of Virginia. This fall he begins a year-long residency in clinical pastoral education at Portsbridge Hospice, serving the Atlanta area. Imsande received the William Rivers Waddey Fund Award, given this year for the first time. The award was established by Walter and Cecilia Waddey in memory of their son, William, who was an active and vital part of the youth program at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. The fund supports an award given to a graduating basic degree student possessing extraordinary gifts for youth ministry and pursuing such a call in the church. Imsande, of Roswell, GA, holds the B.S. from Clemson University. He serves as director of family ministries at Roswell Presbyterian Church, in Roswell. Mack received the Fannie Jordan Bryan Fellowship, an award given to students who intend to pursue further study. The fellowship was established through a generous legacy left to Columbia by the late Fannie Jordan Bryan of Columbia, SC. Mack, of Decatur, GA, holds the B.S. from Florida State University and the J.D. from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. She is a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church, in Decatur. McDonald received the Columbia Leadership Award, presented to an M.Div. graduate who shows promise of providing outstanding leadership to the church and who demonstrates unusual leadership qualities as well as spiritual depth and integrity. McDonald is from St. Augustine, FL, and holds the B.A. and the M.Ed. from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and the Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She serves as associate for pastoral care at McDonough Presbyterian Church, in McDonough. Maddox-Miller received the Florie S. Johnson Award. The award is given to an M.Div. graduate who presents the best paper setting forward a plan for pastoral care to the aging, and who shows promise of providing such ministry in a parish. Miller is from Kansas City, KS, and holds the B.A. from National-Louis University. She serves as assistant pastor of Turner Monumental A.M.E. Church, in Atlanta. Slocum received the William Dudley Award, given to an M.Div. graduate who has shown significant achievement, interest, and commitment in the area of evangelism and church growth. Slocum is from Lexington, SC, and holds the B.A. from Presbyterian College, in Clinton, SC. She serves as director of middle school ministries for Peachtree Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. John Victor Landt Weicher received the Toms-McGarrahan Award in Theology, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of Christian theology. The award is given in honor of the Rev. Russell Toms, a 1951 graduate of Columbia, and his daughter Eunice McGarrahan. Weicher is from Washington, DC, and holds the A.B. from Princeton University. He serves as director for children, youth, and family ministries at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). xxx


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