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.

Rev. Jennie Leake Hemrick, ’02, was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and began serving as Intentional Interim/ Transitional Minister of Grace Moravian Church in Mount Airy, NC, on April 27, 2014.

Cheryl (Garrison) Bridges, ’04, has opened her private practice in Intuitive Counseling and Change Coaching.  While based in Greensboro, services are provided worldwide. “Throughout my work as a change consultant and as a Quaker minister, I have always used my intuition to help people and organizations in transition. My private practice will allow me to reach more people and to share guidance that gets to the heart of what’s next in their lives.” More information is available on her website ( or on Facebook (

Carin Delfs, ’05, is doing interim work with an Episcopal parish that meets on the Kenyon College Campus in Delaware, Ohio.

Maria Stinnett, ’05, became the Associate Pastor for Children & Communications at Third Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, in December, 2013.

Gretchen Spars McKee, ’07, and her spouse, Ed and daughter, Lena, welcomed their baby girl, Eden Elisabeth Brown McKee, to the world on June 17, 2014.

Eileen Ayuso, ’08, was ordained by the United Methodist Church in June as an Elder in Full Connection, and is Pastor at New London United Methodist Church, New London, NC.

Greg Dover, ’09, Suzy Dover and big brother, Yates, added a new member to their family, a healthy baby girl, Lennon, on April 11, 2014.

Oliver Thomas, ’10, is enrolled in the PhD program in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies at UNC Greensboro.

Christa Chappelle, ’11, began working as a chaplain at Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas, in March.

Ryan Newson, ’11, and Rebecca Hewitt-Newson, ’11, had a baby on January 16 of this year, Atticus Herbert Newson.  Ryan also worked on two edited volumes just released by Baylor University Press, The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.(Volumes 1 and 2).

Alfonso Marcel Rivera, ’11, and his spouse, Elizabeth, had their first child, Liam Marcel, last November in Monterrey, Mexico.

Zachary Bailes, ’12, was promoted to Director of Philanthropy at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina this summer.  He and Stacy Dail of Snow Hill, North Carolina, were married on October 11 .

LaTonya McIver, ’13, was ordained on Saturday, December 3 at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and also was recently named senior pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC.

Amy Russell, ’13, is Associate Minister, First Baptist Church, Henderson, North Carolina.  She started her job in September, 2013, and was ordained at FBC Henderson in August of this year.


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