2015 ASA Award Recipients
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan (MDiv’87)
John D. Williams (MDiv’87)
Michael J. Cole (MDiv’75)
Warner Bailey (MDiv’64) is the principal editor of The Theologically Formed Heart, Essays in Honor of David J. Gouwens (Wipf & Stock, 2014). He contributed the essay, “The Aesthetics of Persuasion, Rhetoric in Calvin’s The Golden Book of the True Christian Life [Institutes 3.6-10].”
Judy Record Fletcher (MDiv’69) is the author of the 2015-2016 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study Come to the Waters.
The Thin Place, the tenth book and first novel by Robert D. Lively (MDiv’73, DMin’79), was published this summer (Treaty Oak Publishers, 2015).
Alonzo J. Campbell (DMin’94) received an award in May for valuable service and leadership as a site coordinator/instructor to the Certificate in Theology program through the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
After twelve years as pastor of Korean Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, Maryland, Dong Yung (MDiv’95) is now pastor of Korean Community Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
GIA Music has released “Breathing Spirit into Dust,” a collection of original hymn texts by David Gambrell (MDiv’98). Included are fifty new hymns on a wide range of themes (including creation, healing, lament, sacraments), with extensive scriptural and lectionary indexes, plus a few “behind the music” notes on each hymn.
Carol Howard Merritt (MDiv’98) will be teaching a doctor of ministry course as an adjunct faculty member for Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Carlos Emilio Ham-Stanard (DMin’99) was elected president of the Seminario Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas, Cuba, on February 10, 2015.
Steve Buchele (MDiv’99) writes that he and his wife, Suzanne, have finished their first year of service in Ghana (www.ServingInGhana.org). Suzanne is associate provost of Ashesi University where Steve teaches leadership and does ministry with the student population. He’s planning to teach a world religions course based on one he took with Professor Terry Muck.
Former admissions director Eleanor Cherryholmes (DMin’95) married John Wright on March 14 in Denton, Texas; Shelby Miller (MDiv’97) conducted the service.
Helen T. Boursier (MDiv’07) has been named an adjunct professor for online religious studies in the Department of Arts and Sciences at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Stacey and Juan I. Herrera Ortegon (MDiv’07) welcomed a son, Sebastian, on May 25, 2015.
Matthew Calvert (MDiv’08), has been named director of pastoral care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Michael Waschevski (DMin’03) co-authored Rhythms of Worship: The Planning and Purpose of Liturgy, published by WJK Press.
Reno Lauro (MDiv’05) wrote a book review, “The Sinuous Line of World and Screen: On D.N. Rodowick’s Elegy for Theory and Philosophy’s Artful Conversations” for Senses of Cinema (online film journal) Issue 74 (March 2015). He has written the book, Synergy and Control: Life in the Age of the Screen, to be published by Fortress Press in 2016.
Alex Knott (MDiv’09) married Keenan Rodgers on November 15, 2014. The wedding, held in Shelton Chapel, was officiated by Andy Odom (MDiv’01),
Welcome to Oliver Guthrie Morris, son of Brittany Harvey (MATS’12) and Russell Morris, born on January 15, 2015.
Welcome to Parker William Dunn, son of Alisha and Chris Dunn (MDiv’13), born March 6, 2015.
Molly E. Atkinson (MDiv’14) married Mario G. Ransan (MDiv’14) on August 8, 2014.
Patrick and Erica Knisely (MDiv’14) welcomed Magnus David into their family on December 11, 2014.
Jamye D. Cook (MDiv’10) began work as a chaplain at VNA Hospice in McKinney, Texas, on August 3, 2015.
Lindsay R. Conrad (MDiv’13) has been called as associate pastor of mission, young adults, and congregational care at First Presbyterian Church, in Burlington, North Carolina.
Leigh Ann and Joseph Tognetti (MDiv’13) welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, on June 23, 2015.
Amy M. Wilson-Stayton (MDiv’14) and William R. Chuch (MATS’15) married after Will’s graduation on May 24, 2015.
Abigail and J.D. Herrera (MDiv’15) welcomed their daughter, Cora, born June 23, 2015.
At the Rio Texas Conference in June 2015, (Tina) Wynn Stenftenagel (MDiv’07) and Rosemary Grattan (MDiv’11) were ordained as full elders; Brian Edward Fitzgerald (MATS’04) was ordained as a full deacon.
Holly Clark-Porter, (MDiv’12) ordained at First & Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, March 22, 2015.
Kaci Clark-Porter (MDiv’10), ordained at First & Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, March 22, 2015.
Chris Dunn (MDiv’13), ordained at First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis, Maryland, December 7, 2014.
Sabrina Jennings (MDiv’14), ordained and installed on March 28, 2015, at Community United Church of Christ, San Antonio, Texas.
Remington Johnson (MDiv’12), ordained as chaplain at The Heart Hospital, Austin, Texas, December 23, 2013.
Michael Lauziere (MDiv’09), ordained and installed on October 19, 2014, as pastor of First Baptist Church, Springvale, Maine.
Crystal E. Silva-McCormick (MDiv’10), ordained as a minister on December 7, 2014, at the United Christian Church, Austin, Texas. She has been called as associate pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Austin.
JoAnne Ramsey (MDiv’14), ordained and installed on March 22, 2015, as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro, Texas.
Stephen C. Robinson (MDiv’13), ordained and installed as associate pastor of education and evangelism at Hyde Park Christian Church, Austin, Texas, March 8, 2015.
Laureen Suba (MDiv’14), ordained on February 1, 2015, at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas. She is executive director of United Campus Ministry of Greater Houston.
in memoriam |
Former chair of the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees John McCoy (MDiv'63) died August 30, 2015
1978 ASA Award recipient John Rayner Blue (MDiv’71) died July 11, 2015, in Tulsa, Oklahoma
John E. Toppins (MDiv’50, ThM’57), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 11, 2015
C. Keith Wright (MDiv’56, DMin’86), Austin, Texas, January 8, 2015
Douglas B. Finch (MDiv’62), Seguin, Texas, December 8, 2014
Owen McGarity Jr. (ThM’62), Austin, Texas, February 23, 2015
Chuck Gibbs (MDiv’63), San Antonio, Texas, January 18, 2015