Alumni News Class Notes

Alumni Updates: October 2018


Mark Jumper MDiv ’82 was elected President of the Regent University Faculty Senate. His chapter, “Law and Grace as Partners: An Examination of Reformed Theology,” was published in The Truth About Grace: Spirit-Empowered Perspectives, edited by Vinson Synan (Charisma House, 2018).

Stephen R. Haynes, MDiv ’88 is the author of The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump to be released this month by Eerdmans.

Thom Bales, MDiv ’88 is the Executive Director of Haiti Nursing Foundation, a nonprofit headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI that is working to improve health in the Republic of Haiti by supporting quality nursing education, primarily at Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale (FSIL) d’Haïti in Léogâne.

Jack Haberer, DMin 89 serves as Lead Pastor for First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, PA, since October 2016. WJK published his third book, It’s Complicated: A Guide to Faithful Decision-Making, a study of Christian ethics that is both radically biblical and surprisingly nuanced.



Marybeth Asher-Lawson, MDiv ’93 joined the 95th anniversary celebration at First Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach, FL. She ministered in Hong Kong for 16 years.

Kathy Dawson, MDiv ’94, was appointed as the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, a chair previously held by Dr. Rodger Nishioka. Her inauguration was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Columbia Theological Seminary. Her lecture was titled, “Life Together @ 80: What Dietrich Bonhoeffer Might Say About Building Community Today.”

Laura Dunham, MDiv ’94 has a new book, Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition, published by Cascade Books. Laura offers presentations and retreats on the book’s themes of suffering, healing, and the passage through death to the afterlife. Visit, for more information.

Stacy Rector, MDiv 96 is the director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP) was speaker at Action by Christians against Torture (ACAT) annual meeting in Pleasant Hill, TN.

Rebecca Burton, MDiv ’97 retired from active ministry April 2018, and relocated back to Ocala, FL.

Todd H. Green, MDiv 98 is the author of a new book titled Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism (Fortress Press, 2018).

Donovan Thomas, MDiv ’98 and his wife, Faith, were interviewed in the Jamaica Observer newspaper about their faith-based NGO, Choose Life International (CLI), founded in October 2008, which focuses on helping people live physically, emotionally and spiritually.



Bobby Williams, MDiv ’01 is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, and is founding pastor of Mercy Community Church of Little Rock.  His new book, The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today (Fortress Press, 2018) explores Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther as books with urgent relevance for the church today.

Hayes Noble, MDiv ’02, was called to serve as Associate Pastor in a newly created position at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.

Wes Brandon, MDiv ’03 transferred to the Church of Scotland in 2018. He is currently serving a year in familiarisation placement at Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church in Paisley, Scotland, before seeking a call in 2019.

Kally Elliott, MDiv ’04 leads a community of about 20 people in worship at Glenwood Table,  Glenwood Life Center, Glenwood Landing, NY. She was awarded a mission program investment grant for helping people engage in faith conversations.

John Weicher, MDiv 04 was called as Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC. He recently finished his first call of 12 years as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in Swarthmore, PA.

Laurie Taylor Weicher, MDiv ’05 was called in January as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh. She just completed her first call of 12 years as an Associate Pastor at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA.

Manikka Bowman, MDiv 06 is profiled by Boston Business Journal, 40 Under 40 honorees, up close and personal.

Tom Bryson, MDiv ’07 is pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Vestavia Hills, AL.

Keith Gunter, MDiv ’07 is pastor of the newly chartered PC(USA) congregation, New Creation Church, Hendersonville, TN.

Kyle Schmidt, MDiv, ’07, is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, TN. Amy and Kyle are expecting their second child, another girl, in November.

Sarah Walker Cleaveland, MDiv ’07 and Adam Walker Cleaveland with big brother, Caleb, welcomed daughter, Hannah, on December 30, 2016. Sarah began a new call as Co-Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine, WI effective August 1, 2018.

Andy King, MDiv 08, & Melissa McNair-King, MDiv, 10, with big brother, Daniel, welcomed daughters Hannah Jill and Lydia Anne into their lives on May 29, 2018.

Emily Rose Proctor, MDiv 09 is SoWal Community Chaplain in the panhandle of Florida.

Katherine Mealor, MDiv ’09 is teaching PreK-3 at Holy Comforter Episcopal School in Tallahassee, FL, an independent PreK-8 school founded in 1955, and part of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

Katelyn Gordon Cooke ’09 married Andy Cooke on November 11, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.  Katelyn and Andy will serve as Co-Pastors of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA.



Carrie Barnes, MDiv ’11, MAPT ’14 and Hamilton Barnes, MDiv ’10, MAPT ‘12 and big brother, Miller, welcomed Violet Ann on August 29, 2018.

Tara Bulger, MDiv ’11 was installed as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, AL, March 2018. She received a Doctorate in Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary, May 2018.

Drew Stockstill, MDiv 12 his wife Ellen, and Lydia Grace, welcomed their second daughter, River Zoe Stockstill, born August 19, 2018. After serving for two years as pastor and Director of The Health Ministries Drew will be installed as solo pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, PA, November 4, 2018.

Sarah McKenney, MDiv ’12 was ordained January 2018 as the Spiritual Support Coordinator (Chaplain) at Stone Belt Arc Inc, to support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in their spiritual needs.

Leslie Cara Fuller, MDiv ’12 completed her PhD at Southern Methodist University in Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible) with her dissertation, “My Lover is Mine and I am His—the Grazer in the Lilies: A Philosophical-Literary Reading of the Song of Songs.”

Lyvonne Briggs, ThM 13 is the founder of Beautiful Scars, an online platform for Black women of faith who are also survivors of male sexual violence.

Stephen M. Fearing, MDiv 14, MAPT ’14 is the Pastor and Head of Staff at Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY.

Becky Purcell, MDiv 14 will serve as the daily Bible Study Leader for NEXT Church 2019, March 11-13, Seattle, WA. Becky is the pastor of First Presbyterian, Prairie Grove, AR.

Kimberly Skeen MDiv ’15, was appointed as member of The Thomasville City Schools Board of Education.

Jeffrey Banks, MDiv 16 married Anna Harris on October 27, 2018 in Boston, MA. He is now working at Harvard University doing graduate student ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.


In Memoriam

William Rowland “Chip” Cameron, III  MDiv ’86, November 27, 2017

Dinah Baah ’18, July 15, 2018

Elizabeth Dunlap McAliley, MDiv ’73, July 25, 2018

Vaughn J. Michael, Jr., DMin ’94, September 19, 2018