Alumni News Class Notes

Alumni Updates: March 2017


Nibs Stroupe ’75 is retiring in January from Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA.

Jack Taylor ’63 (BD), ’77, ’80 (ThM) celebrated his 80th birthday in the pulpit of Roberts Church in Anderson, SC surrounded by family, friends and the congregation he has served for the past eight years. The church members pulled off an amazing birthday party.



Randy Calvo ’81 retired as director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Mary Jane Cornell ’81 is contract call pastor at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, Conyers, GA.

Laurey Murphy ’82 is pastor, Johns Island Presbyterian Church, Johns Island, SC.



Steve Bryant ’90 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Canton, MS and also the Executive Director of the Booth Leadership Initiative who partners with Christian denominations in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide leadership and sustainability training for African pastors and evangelists in thirteen countries.

Pablo Jimenez ’95 (DMin) is Associate Dean of Hispanic Ministries at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Rebecca “Becky” Burton ’97, ’05 (DMin) is serving as supply pastor.



Rachael Banzhoff Knoll ’10 has been called to be the Regional Presbyter of the Presbytery of South Alabama and the Presbytery of Mississippi.

Katie Ricks ’02 is associate director of vocational services and student life at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Alan Bancroft ’05 is interim pastor of Discovery Church, Clayton, NC. On January 15, 2017, he welcomed a baby boy, Michael Henry.

Charles Davis Hankins ’05 is the winner of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise and Professor at Applachian State University, Boone, NC. He co-authored Ecclesiastes: A Commentary with Columbia Seminary Professor Brennan Breed.

Julie Jensen ’05 is interim pastor of Nineveh Presbyterian Church, Nineveh, NY.

Derek Wadlington ’06 is supply pastor at Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA

John Napoli ’07 is pastor of United Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, IN.

Bill Davis ’07 is pastor at The Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Northglenn, CO.

Phil Brown ’08 welcomed a baby boy, Paxton Ross on January 16, 2017.



John Plattenburg Ryan ’10 (DEdMin) was ordained as a teaching elder on February 12, 2017 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC. Participating in the ordination service were Lib McGregor Simmons ’79, Michelle Thomas Bush ’94, Steve Lindsley ’97, Robert Alexander ’00, and Joe B. Martin.

Katie Owen Aumann ’11 and husband Wait welcomed baby daughter Mollie Grace on October 19, 2016.

Dan Jessop ’11 was installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, IA October 16, 2016.

Emma Ouellette ’11 was called to Bayside Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, VA.

Nathaniel J. R. Dunlap ’12 (MATS) is Executive Director of the PRF Institute, a stewardship-based teaching ministry that assists pastoral leaders and churches to better understand the relationship between their possessions, resources and finances. He received his DMin in Theories and Practices of Conflict Transformation from New York Theological Seminary in 2015.

Dawn Martin Hyde ’12 started as co-pastor (with Amos Disasi) at Downtown Church in Columbia, SC in January. She was installed on February 26, 2017. Dr. Anna Carter Florence preached at the service, and Anna Fulmer ’12 and Leslie Fuller ’12 were also a part of the service.

Amy Gall Ritchie ’12 (DMin) is interim executive director of Admissions and Student Services at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN. She will be moving into the Alumni Relations department when the interim position is completed.

Shavon Starling-Louis ’13 and husband Kirk are proud parents of a baby boy, Kamden, born November 3, 2016.

Melissa Tidwell ’15 was ordained January 1, 2017. She is now pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, OH.

Katy Walters ’15 will be associate pastor of Christian education at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, New Braunfels, TX, beginning in 2017.

Landon Dillard ’16 was ordained November 13, 2016, as associate pastor, Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC.

Micah Nutter Dowling ’16 was ordained at First Presbyterian Auburn on December 11, 2016 in Auburn, AL. He is now Associate Pastor of Youth and Family at Newnan Presbyterian Church in Newnan, GA.

Anna Owens Sweeney ’16 was ordained October 30, 2016. She is a Lake Fellow in the two-year residency program at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Chad Wright Pittman ’16 is serving as DOOR Atlanta Director of programming in the city.

Josh Stanley ’16 is a Lake Fellow in the two-year residency program at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.


In Memoriam

Frederic Dinkins  ’66 (ThM) October 16, 2014
Homer Lamar Kimmons ’76 September 27, 2016
Daniel E. Youngblood ’66 (BD) January 14, 2017