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Richard C. Looney 57T was named the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church. The Foundation for Evangelism presents the award annually to an individual whose personal ministry in evangelism has been recognized throughout the denomination. As a member of the Holston Annual Conference, Looney served in appointments in Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, pulpit exchanges in England and Australia, and mission work in Peru, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In July of 1988, he was elected the first bishop of the newly created South Georgia Episcopal Area, where he served 12 years before retiring. He then served as president and episcopal director of The Foundation for Evangelism in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, where he is now episcopal director emeritus.

Charles E. Cox 56C 59T was a semifinalist in the Best First Novel category at the 50th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards for his book The Ravenwood Trade


Jeffrey Jones 76T was appointed senior pastor at North Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland on July 1, 2014.

George Hovaness Donigian, Sr. 77T has recently released his book, Three Prayers You’ll Want to Pray, which reintroduces familiar prayers in new and fresh ways.

Gary R. Gunderson 78T recently married Dr. Teresa Cutts, an assistant research professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Cecil Ernest Nivens 79T has recently released Baker’s Dozen: 13 Insights from Highly Successful Financial Advisors, a book that gives financial advice from a biblical perspective.


[01] Gina Gilland Campbell 81T, canon precentor at the National Cathedral, on January 25 became the first United Methodist to preside over Eucharist at the Cathedral, an act made possible by the recent Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement between The United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church.

Tim Trent 81T has been appointed the new district superintendent for the Pensacola District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the UMC. He has served a number of churches in the district, most recently as senior pastor of Andalusia First UMC.

[02] Stephen M. Dodson 87T received the 2014 Malone Dodson Award from Wesley Woods Senior Living. This award is given annually to the clergy member of the North Georgia Conference who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults. Dodson is pastor of Peachtree City UMC and led the church to increase by 146% its giving to the annual Mother’s Day Offering that supports Wesley Woods. 

Sam Halverson 87T recently published One Body: Integrating Teenagers into the Life of Your Church, a resource for churches, church leaders, and youth ministry leaders. Halverson has served as a youth minister in churches for over 30 years and currently serves in the North Georgia Conference as an associate director of Connectional Ministries. This is his eighth book.

John Thomas Maddox III 88T married Glendine Maddox on September 7, 2013. He has recently published the book Follow the Mist (Tate Publishing), about life-after-death experiences.

Bonnie Joan Civitts 89T has released her new book, There’s a Little Mud Left on My Skirt, a book about healing and recovering from abuse and violence.

Ezekiel Umo Ette 89T has been promoted to department chair and program director in the department of social work at Delaware State University. He also recently released a novel, Refuge in the Battlefield.

Miles Herbert Flanders 89T recently published The Perfect Gift, a collection of his favorite Christmas articles.


Danny Andre Horne 91T has been appointed as the new director of chaplaincy services for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Lake Lambert III 91T will become the 16th president of Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, on July 1, 2015. Hanover College is a nationally ranked liberal arts institution that has core strengths in business, education and the sciences. Lambert currently serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University in Macon.

Ann Brookshire Sherer 91T was recently named as Mars Hill University’s 2014 Alumna of the Year. 

SooChul Ko 92T is now president of Knocking Central Co., an organization focused on suicide prevention.

Edward Lee Boye 94T recently released Musings: A Reflection on Being, a book of thoughts, poetry, and short stories.

Susan Laraine DeHoff 95T was ordained to pastoral counseling ministry as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on November 30, 2014.


Cory Smith 95T, district superintendent of the Baypines District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, will become the conference’s director of Connectional Ministries following the retirement of Neil McDavid. Smith has served as the Baypines district superintendent since 2011 and previously served Woodland UMC in Montgomery and Epworth UMC in Phenix City, Alabama.

Sue Haupert-Johnson 95T, district superintendent of the North Central District of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, was the featured preacher on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program, on November 23 and 30, 2014.

Deborah E. Lewis 96T and Stacey Simpson Duke 96T both have essays featured in the book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments, and the Healing Power of Humor (Skylight Paths, 2015). Lewis is the director and campus minister for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Virginia. Duke is co-pastor of First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also serves as campus minister for the University of Michigan’s American Baptist Campus Foundation.

Stephen Elderbrock 97T became pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville, North Carolina, in January 2013.

Scott D. Landes 97T is now an assistant professor at the University of North Florida.

John Robert Moeller, Jr. 97T was recently named to the inaugural board of directors of Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care. The organization works to improve housing and service options that can lead families and individuals from homelessness to housing stability in the 152 counties served by the Continuum.

J. Dean Phelps 97T is now serving as the interim executive regional minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Anna Nicole Davis-Hutto 99T was appointed as the deputy director for the Southeast Region of the United States Fund for UNICEF.

Gordon David Van Namee 99T released Discovering Your True Worth: Awakening New Possibilities, on November 18, 2014. His book takes readers on a journey towards finding true worth, an enhanced personal identity, growth, and healing.


Aimée Eyer-Delevett 01T is the priest at All Saints By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, California.

Beth Sanders 02T, pastor of Second Avenue United Methodist Church in Rome, Georgia, was the featured preacher on “Day 1” on November 9, 2014.

William E. Flippin, Jr. 03T, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta, was the featured preacher for “Day 1” on All Saints’ Sunday, November 2, 2014.  

Brita Reed 03T has worked for the Veteran’s Administration for several years, and credits her Candler education with preparing her to be effective with veterans who have experienced moral injury during deployment.

Ki Jun Lee 04T is now a professor of theology at Berkeley Christian College & Seminary.

Juan Huertas 05T was the featured preacher on “Day 1” on May 3, 2015.

Katharine Meacham Nintcheu 05T is now the director of children and family ministries at Old South Church in Boston, a United Church of Christ congregation that dates from 1669.

Young Won Kim 07T is now a professor of theology at Berkeley Christian College & Seminary.

Seung Woo Woo Lee 07T is now an adjunct professor in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Linda Elizabeth Otero 07T and Michael D. Otero announce the birth of a baby girl, Magdalena Sophia, born on September 15, 2014.

Cindy Brown 09T was ordained on April 25, 2015, at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

George C. Payne 09T recently founded Gandhi Earth Keepers International, an environmental justice organization devoted to active nonviolence, including opportunities for blogging, photojournalism, and social media-based activism.

Theodore Thomas Turman 09T was appointed as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Detroit on October 19, 2014.  


Jay Daniel Cooper 12T was recently appointed to serve as pastor of Bay Minette First United Methodist Church, effective February 1, 2015.

[04] Susanna Haynes 12T has served as a missionary in South Korea and the Philippines. 

Mathew Hotho 14T is now the director of adult discipleship at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, Florida.

Dora Lynn Thomas 14T recently became associate pastor of First UMC of Oviedo, Florida.

In Memoriam

S. Allen Balch, Jr. 46T

C. Douglas Mayo 47T

A. Ray Adams 48T

Edward Laney Davidson 48T

Charles W. Hancock 48T

Allen D. Montgomery 48T

Donald G. Chandler 50T

Virginia E. Proctor 50T

Charles O. Butler 52T

Omar R. Fink, Jr. 52T

Jamie G. Houston, Jr. 52T

Beth J. Conerly 53T

Joseph Joel Jones 53T

John Millsaps, Jr. 53T

Ashland D. Shaw 53T

Charles Hillis 51C 54T 67M

William Hubert Hurdle, Sr. 54T

George V. Puster 54T

Roger L. Branan, Jr. 55T

Eddie F. Roberts 55T

Chester Bolton, Jr. 56T

Morris C. Gaskins 56T

M. Gene Kirk 56T

Max E. Barlow 57T

Leo Burgess 57T

Rudolph McKinley 57T

M. Beecher Dunsmore 58T

Sam E. Yearby, Jr. 59T

David A. Lawrence 63T

James W. Thurman, Jr. 63T 84T

R. C. Warren 63T

Dewey W. Griffin 64T

James A. Starnes 64T

W. James Cowell 65T

Calvin Wayne Maas 66T

Billy A. Glover 67T

Joe E. Luther, Jr. 69T

Thomas Leon Precise 69T

C. Robert Allred 70T 73T

Kyle V. Overton 70T

Harvey H. Walters 70T

Julian Walton 70T

James L. Britton 71T

Charles J. Davis 73T

Bill H. Lassiter 73T

Guss J. Shelly 73T

Wallace B. Draper 74T

William Richard Burke 75T

George E. Shehee 77T

Jay R. Rogers 79T

Marcus Dawson Antley 80T

Robert W. Bresler 81T

Hazel C. Hetzel 87T

Jerry E. Sims 87T

Ernest Richard Babel 89T

Raymond C. Deese 90T

R. Clinton Pittman 95T

Christopher Edward Carlton 99T