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Class Notes

We celebrate the achievements of these School of Divinity alumni and the way in which they are leaders of justice, reconciliation and compassion in our communities.

Linda McRae (’03) opened HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc (HOPE).  She is CEO/Founder. HOPE promotes and enhances health and recovery for individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and behavior problems through high quality outpatient services. HOPE provides programs and supportive services in a respectful manner to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and our community. HOPE’s mission is to provide programs and services that seek to address the whole person, thereby, promoting behavioral, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Noel Shoonmaker (’04) began a new job as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Ryan Eller (‘07) and Rev. Laura A. Barclay (’08) moved to Louisville, Kentucky and are now involved in the ministry of Highland Baptist Church. Laura’s new book will come out this spring. Ryan left his post as US Campaigns Director for Change.org and is now Director of Define American, a media and culture campaign using the power of story to transcend politics and shift conversation around immigration, identity, and citizenship in America. He is also a new partner at Social Movement Technologies and graduated from the MPA program at Penn State University this past December.

Stuart Moore (’07) and Amy West Moore (’08) moved to South Carolina when Amy was hired as Assistant Director of Mere Christianity Forum, a campus ministry serving Furman University.  Stuart continues his PhD work as a student at the Graduate Theological Union.

Gretchen Spars McKee (’07) moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to take  a position on the faculty of University of South Dakota Sanford Medical School Section for Ethics.

Ginny Tobiassen (’10) was ordained on January 20, 2013 and serves as Associate Pastor at Home Moravian Church in Winston Salem.

Karen Richardson Dunn (’11) was ordained in the United Church of Christ on All Souls Sunday, 2013, at Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina. She serves as Associate for Ministry at Warren Wilson College Presbyterian Church/Chapel in Asheville, North Carolina.

Greg Griffey (’11) has received clergy recognition and chaplaincy endorsement with the Alliance of Baptists.

Anne Jones (’11) graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina (May, 2012) with a Master of Sacred Theology degree with a concentration in Lutheran theology.  Following graduation, she completed a one year required internship program in a congregational setting. She was ordained and installed as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 9, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, VA.  She serves as pastor at Christ Lutheran with Richard Carbaugh, Senior Pastor.

Andrew Garnett (’12) began work at the Corrymeela Community in June, 2013.  Corrymeela is a Christian community whose objective is the promotion of reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious, and political divisions in Northern Ireland.  His primary responsibility is coordinating worship two times per day at the residential centre, and providing pastoral care of our volunteers.  He also has a hand in training volunteers, developing resources to be used with visiting groups, and managing the residential centre.

Shea Hawkins (’12) moved to Charleston, SC in January 2013 for the sake of living in a beautiful city on the beach with endless options for shrimp and grits!  She works at Regency Hospice in volunteer management and matching, as well as offering bereavement aftercare for grieving caregivers. Shea says that both of her internships at the School of Divinity prepared her for the role she’s serving in now.

John Carroll (’13) became the Pastor of First Baptist Church, Danville, Virginia on January 14, 2013.


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