On August 15th, Jake Bennett (MDiv '11, MAC '12) was ordained and installed as a civilian Chaplain at Friendship Village Chesterfield by Missouri Presbytery. George Stulac (DMin ’93) chaired the Presbytery commission and Dr. Robert Peterson preached for Jake's ordination. Jake and his wife Rebekah have two children.
Justin Sembler (MDiv ’11) is now serving as pastor of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Cedar Grove, WI.
Jennifer Cronk (MAEM ’10) recently transitioned to director of children's ministry at Grace Evangelical Church in Germantown, TN.
Abby and Currie Bishop (MDiv ’10) welcome Hudson Davis, born January 14, 2012.
Congratulations to Beth and Barrett Turner (MDiv '10) on the birth of their third son, Louis Benedict, June 14, 2012. Louis joins older brothers Symeon (3 years) and Ambrose (1 year). The Turners live in Alexandria, VA where Barrett is working on his PhD in moral theology at the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC).
Dawn and David Salyer (MDiv ’10) welcome Evelyn Elizabeth, born November 24, 2011.
Congratulations to Suzy (MAC ’06) and Nathaniel Thompson (MDiv ’10) on the birth of Adelaide Elise, July 14, 8 lbs 14.5 oz and 20.5 inches long. Adelaide joins her older brother Iain (2.5). The Thompsons live in Kailua, HI where Nathaniel serves as the assistant pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Tim Butler (MDiv ’10) recently transitioned to assistant pastor of discipleship at Grace Presbyterian Church in St. Charles, MO.
Tom Rubino (MDiv, MAC ’10) is now serving as assistant pastor at Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church in Leesburg, VA.
After three years of working toward his full licensure, Steve Benson (MAC '09) received his LPC in North Carolina. He has opened up his own practice called Grace Roads Counseling Center PLLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Steve is also an adjunct faculty member at New Life Theological Seminary undergraduate urban studies and counseling department. Steve continues to write devotionals along with speaking in churches and Christian schools about journeying toward grace. You can find out more about his ministry by visiting his website: www.groundedingrace.net
Congratulations to Amy Roebke (MAEM '09) on becoming the Kid's Ministry Director at Redemption Hill Church in Singapore. Amy has been serving at Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC in the Children's Ministry for the past 3 years and is especially thrilled to be continuing her work with Redeemer in their City-to-City church plant in Singapore.
Gary Leibovich (MDiv ’09) is now serving as associate pastor at New City Fellowship of Nairobi, Kenya.
Charlotte and George Lacy (MDiv ’09) welcome Amos Hamilton and Malachi Tucker, born February 14, 2012.
Kudos to Luke Morton (MDiv ’09) on his contribution to a compilation music CD by Cardiphonia.
Jennifer and Todd Gwennap (MDiv ’09) welcome Raney Grace, born May 24, 2012.
JoAnna and Jeff Zehnder (MDiv '09, ThM ’10) welcome Anna Sophia Judith, born May 28, 2012. Jeff also was ordained as associate pastor of Fairview Reformed Presbyterian Church in Industry, PA, on May 20, 2012.
Kristy Mitchell (MAEM ’08) is now serving as executive director of the Wilson Pregnancy Center in Wilson, NC.
Susie and K. J. Kim (MDiv ’08) welcome Samuel Covenant, born July 22, 2012.
Congratulations to Mike Bobell (MDiv '08) on being called as the Pastor of Emmaus Christian Fellowship (RCA) in Langley, British Columbia. Mike has been without call since 2010. He and his wife Sarah (MAEM, MATS '08) have a daughter named Maya (8 months) and all of them are excited for this new work to which the Lord has called them.
Mike (MDiv ’08) and Sarah (Park) Bobell (MAEM, MATS ’08) welcome May Evangeline, born January 26, 2012.
Jason Polk (MDiv ’07) is now serving as a missionary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Mission to the World (MTW).
Jonathan Mattull (MDiv ’07) is now serving as headmaster of Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis, MO.
Gretchen and Michael Barber (MDiv ’07) welcome Samuel Hewitt, born May 13, 2012. Michael also was ordained as a chaplain in the South Texas Presbytery on May 27, 2012.
Annie and Nick Hathaway (MDiv ’07) welcome Cosette Capell, born February 14, 2011.
Lisa and Lance Qualmann (MDiv, MAC ’07) welcome Will Edwin, born June 5, 2012.
After 11 years as pastor of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, Jame Hahs (DMin ‘ 06) was appointed to the position of Directing Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, IL. He is now entering his fourth year in that position. Jame and his wife Donna live in Alton, IL.
Congratulations to Laura Shultz (MAC ’06) on the successful defense of her PsyD in clinical psychology with an emphasis on the integration of faith and psychology as ministry, received from Wheaton College.
Uche and Melissa Anizor (MATS ’06) welcome Ezra Christian, born May 16, 2012.
Jone and Kristofer Holroyd (MDiv ’06) welcome Sylvia Jean, born March 15, 2012.
Brooke and Travis Scott (MDiv ’06) welcome Jerram Charles, born July 17, 2012.
Our sympathies to the family of Mari Ellen Reeser (MAC ’05), who passed away April 8, 2012.
Brian Main (MDiv ’05) is currently in the PhD program in biblical studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Jeremy Bedenbaugh (MDiv ’05) recently transitioned to lead pastor at The Journey: Tower Grove, in St. Louis, MO.
Congratulations to Matthew Novenson (MDiv '05) on the successful completion of his PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary and on his position as lecturer in New Testament and Christian origins at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Suzanne and Nick Gleason (MDiv ’05), welcome longtime foster child Lyric Denise Ayanna (age 4), adopted August 2, 2012.
After 6 years as the RUF campus minister at Washington University in Seattle, WA, Amy and Ryan Hughs (MDiv ’05) transitioned to Fort Collins, CO where Ryan will be serving as the RUF campus minister at Colorado State University. The Hughs have two children, Ava (3) and Jane (10 mo.).
Tom Mirabella (MDiv ’05) is currently serving as a missionary to Chiba, Japan, with Mission to the World (MTW).
Katie and Brent Webster (MDiv ’04) welcome Lucy Kathryn, born December 14, 2012.
Karly (Klocksiem) Winter (MAC ’03) is now serving as a lay counselor for The Living Center in LeMars, IA.
Luda and Derek Bates (MDiv ’03) welcome Elisea Hope, born June 24, 2012.
Rodrigo DeSousa (MDiv ’03) recently became dean of theological faculty at Mackenzie University (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie) in São Paulo, Brazil.
Congratulations to Matt (MDiv, MAC ’03) and Cheri Uldrich (MAC ’03), who are licensed as professional counselors in Arizona.
The R. Schumacher Memorial Library at Jubilee Community Church in St. Louis, MO, opened on May 18, 2012. It is named after the late Richard Schumacher (MATS '02, MDiv '07).
Brent Harriman (MDiv ’02) recently became area coordinator for Reformed University Ministries for 15 college campuses in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.
Wes (MDiv ’02) and Amy Zell (MAC ’00) welcome Wiley Paul, born April 8, 2012.
Larry McAuley (MATS ’01) and wife Linda are leaving Malawi after 14 years of service there with RCA/CRWRC and partner churches in Malawi and Mozambique. They are transitioning back to Kenya where they previously served with RCA/AIM/AIC for 15 years. In their new assignment they will be joining the staff of AIC’s Missionary College in Eldoret contributing to the preparation of African missionaries through classes in Wholistic Development, Missions, and Theology. They will also be facilitating implementation of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Church and Community Mobilization Process (CCMP or Umoja) with churches and communities in western Kenya. Larry’s theological education at CTS has built a strong foundation for helping churches and communities see God’s providence and presence and move forward in confidence toward more abundant living.
Allen (MDiv ’01, DMin ’10) and Tracy Taha (MATS ’99) continue serving at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Boerne, TX, which they planted six years ago.
Congratulations to Nicolas Farelly (MATS ’00 ThM ’02), associate professor of New Testament at the evangelical seminary in Vaux-sur-Seine in the Paris region, who was recently appointed director of École Pastorale (pastoral school), in Massy, France.
After nearly 10 years at First Presbyterian Church (ARP), Columbia, SC, Duff James (MDiv ’00, MAC ’02) is planting a new church in Asheville, NC. City Church (ARP) is a new gospel-centered church located on the north side of downtown Asheville in the historic Montford neighborhood. The James’ arrived in May of 2011, and officially stated the parachute plant in December. Currently, they are meeting with a launch team every week for food, fellowship, study, and prayer. Duff and his wife Kristi have two daughters: Olivia and Eliza.
Congratulations to Michael Hall (MDiv '00) on becoming Pastor to Students at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA. Michael has served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Kirk of the Hills, St. Louis, MO for the past seven years. Michael and his wife Kirby Hall MATS '99) have three children, McKenzie (10), Carter (9), and John Thomas (7).
Dan Judge (MAC ’99) continues as chaplain of the Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue in Severance, CO.
Clay (MDiv ’99) and Missy (Barton) (MAC '00) Smith are now in Lynchburg, VA, where Clay serves as senior pastor of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Dave Vosseller (MDiv ’98) recently transitioned to pastor of Lakemont Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA.
Kudos to L. B. Graham (MDiv ’96), chair of the Bible department and teacher of English and ethics at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, who recently published several new books: Avalon Falls (Not Yet Books, July 2012); The Raft, the River, and the Robot (Not Yet Books, Sept. 2012); and The Darker Road (Living Ink, due out in Feb.).
Congratulations to Stephen Estock (MDiv ’95) on being named the next coordinator for Christian Education and Publication. At the fall CEP meeting, Stephen was called to be the provisional coordinator of CEP, effective January 1, 2013. His name will be placed before the 2013 General Assembly for their approval and concurrence with the call. Stephen currently serves as an associate pastor at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian, in St. Louis, MO.
Congratulations t0 Patricia Goodson (MATS ’92), who was named Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University.
Condolences to the family of Brian Wayne Kinney (MDiv ’92), who passed away July 11, 2012.
Mary and Jon Mould (MDiv ’91) returned to Africa with United World Mission on August 2, 2012, to teach at Dakar Academy, a school for missionary children in Senegal.
Sam Joyner (MDiv ’86) is now serving as pastor of Grace Coastal Church in Bluffton, SC.
Sam Murrell (MDiv ’86) is serving as interim senior pastor at St. Andrew's Church (Anglican) in Little Rock, AR.
Curt McDaniel Jr. (MDiv ’84) is currently serving as interim senior pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Ft. Myers, FL.
Condolences to Gerry Gutierrez (MDiv ’82) on the death of his wife, Ruth, on February 27, 2012.
Celebrating a lifetime of ministry, Wai Kan Yu (MA ’81) retired in 2008 but continues serving in his mother church in Hong Kong.
Congratulations to Sandra and Curt Lovelace (MDiv ’81) on the completion of the book Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship (Great Waters Press, January 2013).
Congratulations to Allen Lancaster (MDiv ’80), who celebrates 21 years serving as a Navy chaplain.
Congratulations to John Macaulay (MDiv ’79), who is serving as translation coordinator on the Wycliffe Bible translation for Tanzania and Kenya.
Our sympathies to Bob Muhlig (MDiv ’77) on the death of Mary Anne, his wife of 58 years, on March 27, 2012.
Congratulations to John L. Vance (MDiv ’72), who celebrates 40 years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Tavern, NY.
Rev. Ross Graham (MDiv ’72) was honored at the 2012 General Assembly of the OPC. Ross has been serving as the general secretary for the assembly. The resolution honoring him read: “A glance at his labors helps us to appreciate the work of the broader church. Rev. Graham has served as general secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension since 1990 and has worked tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between the Committee and the presbyteries. The church-planting efforts of the OPC grew from twenty home mission fields in 1990 to forty-six in 2011. During this time, the total number of churches and mission works grew from 195 to 326, the total membership from 18,137 to 30,274, the number of ministers from 325 to 509, and the number of presbyteries from 12 to 17.” Ross and his wife Nicole live in Marlton, NJ.
Condolences to Richard Aeschliman (MDiv ’64) on the death of his wife of 29 years, Sandra (MDiv ’72), on January 3, 2012.