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Class Notes

Welcome to 1980's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



2010 Notes


Vanessa Falgoust ’80 M.Div. has been called to serve as Minister of West End Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Danville, VA. Her husband, Alan Cox, continues to teach music at the University of Virginia.


Holly Hamlett ’80 M.Div. writes that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007, underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment; and is point doing well and no evidence of recurrence. In 2008, she traveled to Korea for 10 days as a delegate of the Global Cooperation Society and received an award from California State University, Long Beach School of Social Work in recognition of 15 years of service as a Field Instructor. She is now in a new position at Kaiser Permanente Hospital as part of the Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Team - a perfect blend for someone with an M.Div. and LCSW and she lives in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. She has one daughter (Jordan Hope Smith - age 24) graduated from Tisch School for the Arts at NYU with a master's degree in cinemas studies who lives and works in NYC, and a son (Nathaniel Kirk Smith - age 20) who is enrolled at the Art Institute in Santa Monica, CA studying video production.

Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div., partner with Alexander Haas consulting firm in Atlanta, GA, had the pleasure (and unique experience!) of co-teaching a course: “Nonprofit Leadership and Management” with Oli Jenkins at Candler School of Theology earlier this year. Designed for students considering vocations with nonprofit agencies (social service, faith-based, and social justice ministries in particular). Jerry says “Imagine the two of us teaching together! Those students will never be the same again!!!!”


Oli Jenkins ’80 M.Div. writes: “My good news is my sabbatical starts in January! Maybe the better news is I still have a job when the unemployment rate in Georgia is one of the highest in the country!” This year Oli became the (first) Director of the Office of International Initiatives for Candler School of Theology, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, in addition to teaching and directing the first year of Contextual Education for M.Div. students. He writes, “One of the perks of the new job was accompanying Candler student interns to the Republic of Georgia in May. International Relief and Development, the host NGO, provides housing, job training, and some medical care for the thousands of internally displaced persons who fled during the two Russian invasions of Georgia. And if you have insomnia, watch for the book, Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education, going to press this fall. I was a contributing editor.”


Karen Johnson ’80 M.Div. retired from institutional work almost 2 years ago after serving in a variety of capacities since ordination in 1980: school chaplain, college chaplain, associate rector, rector, managing director of community ministries, staff assoicate for pastoral care, and spiritual director. For the last 15 years she has been part of the Dayspring Community of Washington D.C.'s ecumenical Church of the Saviour., Since 'retirement' she continues to do spiritual direction three days a week both in private practice and at Virginia Theological Seminary. She writes, “To have been blessed with work I love all these years is to experience life as a cup running over. I am so grateful.”


Peter Strimer ’80 M.Div. continues as rector of St. Andrew's, Seattle. He headed his diocesan deputation to the Episcopal Church General Convention and served as the chair of the Legislative Committee on Communications for the House of Deputies. His church continues to grow - 300 families, 120 kids in the church school and a growing art ministry. The people of St. Andrew's designed and built the 35-foot high stained glass window that is the centerpiece of their sanctuary. He wants his classmates to know that he continues “to dance and carry on and have a good time.”


Paul Wood ’80 M.Div. has begun his thirtieth year of fulltime ministry and now serves the First United Methodist Church of Cheraw, SC. His wife, Kay, is a Provisional Deacon in the UMC and doing extended CPE in Columbia, SC. Their daughter Jane teaches first grade in Spartanburg, SC; and their son, Paul Wood III, works for a video gaming firm in Shanghai, China.