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COLUMBIA 
THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY 



Vantage 



SUMMER 2001 



Columbia names dean of faculty 



At its March meeting, Columbia 
Theological Seminary's Board of 
Trustees elected D. Cameron 
Murchison, Jr. as dean of faculty and 
executive vice president. He will begin 
his new duties on July 1. 

A pastor, church leader, and 
teacher-scholar, Murchison came to 
Columbia in 1996 as professor of 
ministry. Prior to joining Columbia's 
faculty, he was pastor of the Blacksburg, 
Virginia, Presbyterian Church for eight 
years. He has served as pastor of four 
other Presbyterian churches in Virginia 
and one in Tennessee. 

His service to the Presbyterian 
Church (USA) includes work as a 
member of the General Assembly 



Council and the Advisory Council on 
Church and Society and as chair of 
the Catholicity and Global Mission of 
the Church Task Force. He also served 
on the Committee on Nature and 
Value of Human Life for the Council 
on Theology and Culture for the 
Presbyterian Church (US). 

Murchison will continue to teach 
on an occasional basis at Columbia. 
He has been on the faculty of Union 
Theological Seminary in Virginia as 
professor of pastoral theology and 
education and also director of continu- 
ing education. 

He holds the Ph.D. and M.Phil, 
degrees from Yale University, the B.D. 
from Union Theological Seminary in 



Virginia, and the B.A. from Rhodes 
College. 

Commenting on his appointment, 
Columbia's President Laura 
Mendenhall said, "After a national 
search, we found our dean within 
our own faculty. Cam Murchison is 
uniquely gifted to help us carry out 
the vision of this seminary. His admin- 
istrative gifts, his understanding of the 
importance of teaching, his knowledge 
of Columbia and other seminaries, his 
trustworthiness and personal integrity, 
and his commitment to the life and 
mission of the church are among those 
qualities which led the committee to 
nominate Cam Murchison as dean of 
faculty." □ 




D. Cameron Murchison, Jr. 




Emmanuel Lartey 



Barbara Brown Taylor 



Two distinguished 
professors elected 



Columbia's Board of Trustees has 
elected two distinguished new profes- 
sors — Emmanuel Lartey in pastoral 
care and counseling and Barbara 
Brown Taylor in Christian spirituality. 

Currently president of the Inter- 
national Council on Pastoral Care and 
Counseling, Emmanuel Lartey will 
join the faculty this fall as professor. 
He has most recently been senior lec- 
turer in pastoral theology and pastoral 
care and director of graduate studies, 
Department of Theology at the 
University of Birmingham, England. 



A native of Ghana, Lartey received his 
theological education at Trinity 
Theological Seminary in Legon, Ghana. 
After receiving his Ph.D. from the 
University of Birmingham in 1984, he 
returned to Ghana where he taught at 
Trinity and at the University of Ghana. 
In 1989 he joined the faculty of the 
University of Birmingham, where he 
became a senior lecturer in 1997. As a 
pastor, he has been deeply involved in 
the life of the church. Lartey has 
served also as an external examiner in 
theology for the universities of 



Edinburgh, Oxford, and Manchester. 

Lartey has published widely. His 
most recent book, In Living Colour: An 
Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care 
and Counselling, points to his special 
interest in the church's pastoral care 
of people living in a multicultural 
world. Professor Rod Hunter of 
Emory University, co-editor with 
Columbia Professor Emeritus John 
Parton of the Dictionary of Pastoral 
Care and Counseling, says, "Emmanuel 
Lartey is one of the world's leading 
figures on intercultural pastoral care. 
He is thoroughly conversant with the 
issues of pastoral care and counseling 
in the U.S. and is working on one of 
the cutting edges of our field." 

Lartey will be a great help to the 
Columbia faculty as it seeks to pre- 
pare and nurture ministers for the 
early decades of the twenty-first cen- 
tury — ministers who will have 
responsibility for pastoral care and 
counseling of persons in the midst of 
the great cultural and demographic 
shifts taking place in the U.S. The 
Board's election of Professor Lartey is 
both a recognition of those challenges 
before the ministry of the church and 
a bold response to them. 

Barbara Brown Taylor is well 
known as one of the most distinguished 
preachers in the U.S. and as an author 
whose books address the spiritual 
crisis that marks contemporary life. 
Through an agreement with Piedmont 
College in north Georgia where she 
teaches, Taylor will serve at Columbia 
in an adjunct capacity as distinguished 
professor of Christian spirituality. 

A graduate of Emory and Yale 
universities, Taylor has for the last 
decade been a preacher in great 



demand. She has been a teacher of 
preaching at a number of theological 
schools and conferences and has 
delivered, among other lectures, the 
Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale and 
the Franklin S. Hickman Lectures at 
Duke University. Her latest book, 
Speaking of Sin: The Lost Language of 
Salvation, addresses the spiritual 
hunger of many people today. In the 
book, she seeks to explore "sin, 
damnation, repentance, penance, and 
salvation" — a "cluster of words that 
seem to be hard for many people to 
pronounce, especially in twenty-first 
century North America." She is inter- 
ested, however, in the human experi- 
ences that underlie these words and 
the ways they can lead us to the expe- 
rience of God's grace. 

Taylor's work at Columbia, begin- 
ning in 2002, will focus on the Doctor 
of Ministry program and continuing 
education events for pastors. With a 
teaching team of Columbia faculty, 
she will address both the spiritual life 
of pastors and the ways pastors nur- 
ture the spiritual life of congregations. 
Columbia's certificate program in 
Christian Spirituality, under the lead- 
ership of Julie Johnson (D.Min. '98), 
will have new responsibilities for 
Master of Divinity students. The 
Board's call of Professor Taylor thus 
represents a deepening commitment 
to nurturing what earlier generations 
called Christian piety. 

Taylor will be building on the 
pioneer work of Professor Emeritus 
Ben Johnson, who founded Columbia's 
Spirituality Program in 1995. □ 

Erskine Clarke '66 

Professor of American Religious History 

and Acting Dean of the Faculty 



Inaugural reflections 



Laura S. Mendenhall, President 




The president's family: Matt, Maury, Ijiura, and Chuck Mendenhall 



Blowing across the bow of this strong 
school of the church, the wind of 
God's Spirit continues to fill the sails 
of Columbia Theological Seminary as 
it moves into the twenty-first century. 
An inauguration is a time to watch 
again for new breezes which may 
encircle and carry us further into the 
service of God's mission. The commu- 
nity of Columbia Seminary prow I 
itself open to the wind of the Spirit 
this spring. 

I knew we took a risk having the 
inauguration outside. I wanted to 
invite people to this campus because I 
believe something special happens 
here where we study and pray and 
live together. Columbia Seminary nur- 
tures leaders and pastors for the 
church by teaching in the context of a 
faith community. Our work is not con- 
fined to the classroom nor to this cam- 
pus. We teach in local congregations, 
in hospitals, on Atlanta streets, in 
housing developments, at the state 
capital, and in countries around the 
world. However, the impetus for such 
learning comes from working and 
worshipping and breaking bread 
together here on this campus. 
Therefore, I wanted to hold the inau- 
guration in this place so that people 
who had never before been to 
Columbia might experience the kind 
of nurturing for leadership which goes 
on here. The only place big enough to 
hold 500 people was the Oldenburg 
Quadrangle. It was a risk, but white 
chairs were set out on the green lawn 
as the community prepared itself to 
deal with the wind of the Spirit. 

As guests arrived from far and 
near, they were delighted with the 
beauty of the campus and the southern 
hospitality as the piper gathered them 
for worship on Tuesday morning, 
April 24. The service of worship was 
led by two choirs and a brass ensemble. 
The choir from Central Korean 
Presbyterian Church in Chamblee 
was accompanied by violinists. The 



50-voice Interdenominational 
Theological Center choir had the 
i n»wds moving with them as they sang 
African- American spirituals, with 
Columbia students singing with both 
choirs. These voices of the church were 
joined by others. Ashley Seaman '01, 
member of the World Council of 
Churches' Central Committee, read 
scripture. Syngman Rhee, moderator 
of the Presbyterian Church (USA), 
preached God's Word of reconciliation. 

Joanna Adams '79, Board of 
Trustees chair, and Joe Harvard '66, 
chair of the Presidential Search 
Committee, conducted the installation. 
Greetings were brought from Mary 
Brown Bullock, president of Agnes 
Scott College, on behalf of the academ- 
ic community; from Harold Augustus, 
resident of the Night Shelter at Central 
Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, on 
behalf of the city of Atlanta; from 
Jeremy Senterfitt, 18-year-old elder 
from First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 
on behalf of the PC(USA) present and 
future; from Dan Aleshire, executive 
director of the Association of 
Theological Schools, on behalf of 
theological institutions; and from 
David Gathanju (Th.M. '01), director of 
theological education by extension at 
Presbyterian College, Kikuyu, Kenya, 
on behalf of the global community. 
Former presidents Ben Kline, Davison 
Philips '43, and Doug Oldenburg pre- 
sented the symbols of office — Bible, 
chalice, bread — as Columbia students 
sang a hymn written for the occasion 
by Professor Brian Wren. I was charged 
by Joanna Adams for the Board of 
Trustees, Erskine Clarke '66 for the 
faculty, and Bobby Williamson '01 for 
the students. This chorus of voices 
from the whole church proclaimed 
that Columbia seeks to nurture leaders 
for the church in this new century 
through shared leadership — lay and 
clergy, men and women, young and 
old, a diversity of economic classes, 
races, nations. And the wind of the 



Spirit moved among us, unable to be 
contained or controlled, knocking over 
flowers, but welcomed by those open 
to the new thing that God might be 
doing in our midst. 

Despite predictions of rain, the 
sky was a clear blue and the sun shone 
brilliantly. The winds held the rains 
over Birmingham until we had finished 
the service and enjoyed a bounteous 
lunch on the lawn. It looked very 
much like a family reunion with some 
cousins meeting one another for the 
first time. By 2:00 p.m. we were all 
indoors at Columbia Presbyterian 
Church when the winds brought the 
blessing of rain from the heavens. 
During the brief shower, Ofelia Ortega, 
president of the Evangelical Theological 
Seminary in Mantanzas, Cuba; 
Robert Franklin, president of the 
Interdenominational Theological Center; 
Bill Arnold '66, former professor and 
now pastor to senior adults at the Bryn 
Mawr, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian 
Church; and Dan Aleshire discussed 
how the seminary might best nurture 
church leaders for the church in this 
century. The conversation was lively 
and inspirational and led to smaller 
workshops as we considered how to 
engage congregations biblically, theo- 
logically, and prophetically, proclaim- 
ing the full extent of the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 

The whole church sharing the whole 
Gospel in the whole world became the 
message of the inaugural event, which 
concluded the following day after a 
magnificent production Tuesday night 
by Columbia students on "Columbia 
through the Years." Students wrote, 
produced, and acted in this musical 



drama which began with the words 
of seminary leaders in the earliest 
days in Columbia, South Carolina, 
and ended with the words of the 
Campbell Scholars from the fall of 
2000, words calling us into "Mission 
as Hope in Action." 

After workshops Wednesday 
morning, participants met for wor- 
ship, led by the words of Professor 
Walter Brueggemann, who preached 
from I Kings 19:19-21, II Kings 2:9-15, 
Luke 9:59-62. Walter preached out of 
the work of the Campbell Scholars, 
envisioning God's appointment of 
Columbia Seminary for the coming 
days of mission. As Elisha tested his 
call with the mantle, embraced his 
tradition with a kiss, lavished his 
endowment on the future, he received 
a double portion of Elijah's spirit, 
which propelled him into mission with 
a newness that the world had not yet 
imagined. Since Jesus' word was even 
more radical, Walter proclaimed that it 
will be difficult to measure the gift of 
the Spirit about to be given to us. 
What we know is that we can expect 
a double portion of God's Spirit and 
that this will be more than enough to 
nurture leaders for the twenty-first- 
century church. 

We saw at the inauguration a 
community welcoming the wind of 
the Holy Spirit, engaging in significant 
issues regarding Christ's mission, and 
committed to nurturing leaders for the 
church that we might be faithful stew- 
ards of God's mysteries and equip the 
saints for ministry to the glory of 
God's holy name. Thanks be to God 
for vision and courage. □ 




Shirley Guthrie, professor emeritus of theology, Margit Ernst, instructor of theology, 
and Eberhard Busch were the teaching team for the spring semester course, "The Life 
and Work of Karl Barth. " Busch is professor of Reformed theology at the University of 
Gottingen, Germany, and author of the biography on Barth. For the past 15 years, he 
has held the chair at Gottingen which Barth held in the 1920s. 

VANTAGE 



Degrees awarded to 108 students 
at Columbia's commencement 



Columbia's 108 graduates received a 
standing ovation from the families and 
well wishers who filled both levels of 
Peachtree Presbyterian Church for the 
seminary's commencement service on 
May 19. 

Celebrations the previous day 
included a chapel service led by 
graduating seniors, a picnic on the 
quadrangle, and a Baccalaureate service 
at Decatur Presbyterian Church which 
was conducted by faculty, administra- 
tion, and students. 

Professor Emeritus Shirley Guthrie 
preached the sermon, "The Alpha and 
the Omega," based on Revelation 1:4-8. 
Guthrie described the tension he has 
experienced between the two types of 
churches he has encountered in his 
years as a teacher and minister: those 
that rely on God and those that look 
to themselves. "We have to decide 
whether we want to serve God or if 
our interest is in what God will do 
for us." Quoting Karl Barth, Guthrie 
concluded that the task of the church 
is to discern what the living, triune 
God is doing in our time. 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, 
David Cozad, board secretary, wished 
the graduates "God's richest blessings," 
and conferred 46 Doctor of Ministry 
degrees, eight Master of Theology 
degrees, 51 Master of Divinity degrees, 
and three Master of Arts degrees. 



Acting Dean of Faculty and 
Professor of American Religious 
History Erskine Clarke '66 presided 
over the recognition of students foi 
awards, honors, and fellowships 

The Wilds Book Prize, for the 
highest distinction in academic achieve 
ment throughout the entire M.Di\ 
program, was awarded to Jane Fahey 

Kate Foster Connors received the 
Columbia Leadership Award, given 
for outstanding skills in church leader- 
ship. She and her husband, Andrew 
jointly were awarded the Presbyterian 
Women of the Presbytery of St. Andrew 
Preaching Award. 

The George and Sally Telford 
Award for congregational leadership 
in the areas of social justice and church 
vision was given to D.Min. graduate 
Joseph Cordero. 

The Harvard A. Anderson 
Fellowship, honoring the graduate 
who has demonstrated the greatest 
academic promise for further graduate 
study, went to Bobby Williamson, who 
also received the Ludwig Richard Max 
Dewitz Old Testament Studies Award 
and the Paul T. Fuhrmann Book Prize 
in Church History. 

The Columbia Graduate 
Fellowships, to assist students of 
promise pursuing further study, were 
given to Anne H.K. Apple and Tim 
Reynolds. Ashley Seaman received the 




GyeongMok Kim(ThM 95), pictured here xuith his family received the Doctoi o) 
Ministry degree from Columbia on May 19. He is pastor of the Auburn, Alabama, 
Korean Presbyterian Church. 



Columbia Friendship Circle Graduate 

Fellowship to aid in further study and 
to recognize her superior academic 
achievements I he l.mma Gaillard 
Boyce Graduate Fellowship was 
awarded to Amy Lehr. 

The William Dudley Award Fund 
was conferred jointly upon Adam 
Flynt and Blaine Hill foi their demon- 
strated commitment to church growth 
and evangelism 

Joe Albright received the I larol.l I 
Riddle Memorial Book Award, 
Columbia's highest honor in the field 
of pastoral care 

The James T. and ( eleste M. Boyd 
Book Fund Award was given to Dorris 



Barton, Bet \ I loiy and Barbara |ordan, 

i onaidered to be good stew aids ol 

(In ologil il libraries. 

Graduates recessed t<> the ( olumbia 
ii\ urn, "Praise Mb, Praise Ye the Lord 
and gathered al the front steps ol the 
i hun ii foi pit in"", and to greel friends 
and family A Budden rain shower did 
not dampen the joyful festh Idea oi 
the celebration ol the « lass ol 1001 but 
merely hastened them Inside to the 
re eption hosted foi the thirteenth 

\<ir b) IV. i, htree Presbyter iaii ' bun b 

A bill listing of graduates 1 dissei 
tation topics and placements will 

appear in the next Issue ol Vanillic. I I 
Ihionl Ihiull (MAIS) II' 




John H. Patton 



Patton retires: 
37-year career 

In a career that has spanned four 
decades and touched countless lives 
and numerous institutions, John 
Patton is among the world's foremost 
leaders in pastoral theology. The life 
arid work of John Hull Patton were 
celebrated with a festive dinner at 
Columbia on May 9. The evening was 
highlighted by remarks from a number 
of his colleagues, including long-time 
associates Rod Hunter, professor of 
pastoral theology at Emory University's 



Candler School of Theology, and 
Jasper Keith (STD 79), professor 
emeritus and pastor of Decatur 
Presbyterian Church. The high "note" 
of the evening was Patton's response, 
in which he played his saxophone in a 
variation on a theme of "name that 
tune." The event was full of laughter, 
tributes, and heartfelt appreciation for 
his years of service at Columbia. 

Columbia's association with Patton 
goes back to 1964, when he joined the 
faculty as an adjunct professor. During 
the next 25 years he was associated 
with the Georgia Association for 
Pastoral Care, serving as director of 
pastoral counseling and, from 1970- 
1989, as executive director. Patton 
joined the faculty at Columbia full-time 
in 1990, where he has directed the 
Doctor of Theology program in pas- 
toral counseling, jointly sponsored by 
the Atlanta Theological Association. 

The influence of Patton's life and 
work is profound, and nowhere is this 
more true than in Atlanta and the 
Southeast. Patton, along with Tom 
McDill, who taught at Columbia from 
1951 to 1979, and Chuck Gerkin, was 
responsible early on for Atlanta's 
becoming perhaps the premier center 
for training in clinical pastoral educa- 
tion and counseling. Moreover, 
through his written work, Patton 
has produced a remarkably rich and 
seminal oeuvre whose legacy has 
been — and continues to be — far reach- 
ing. As Rod Hunter said in his 



remarks, "John has shown us, as much 
or more than any other pastoral theolo- 
gian, what it means to be a clinically 
informed pastoral theologian in the 
full theological sense of that term, as 
originally proposed by his great 
teacher... Seward Hiltner John thinks 
theologically in the caregiving context." 
Patton, along with Hunter, Liston 
Mills, and Newton Maloney, edited 
the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and 
Counseling. The Dictionary arguably 
represents the coming of age of pas- 
toral theology and counseling as a 
discipline in its own right. 

Patton has clearly demonstrated 
to two generations of specialists and 
theologians that pastoral theology 
can be a truly theological, reflective 
discipline from within the context of 
pastoral practice. Patton's conception 
of pastoral counseling as a "meeting of 
persons" through empathic, compas- 
sionate, and accountable relationship, 
rather than as primarily a solving of 
problems, is both psychologically and 
religiously profound. In this day and 
age of managed care and the 
marketplace of shallow, psychological 
fix-it therapies, it is much needed and 
prophetic. "The central act of caring," 
he writes, "is not problem solving. It is 
hearing and remembering in relation- 
ship... [that] human problems are the 
contextual background for the more 
important task of care." (Pastoral Care 
in Context, p. 40). 

Rod Hunter noted that this most 



i< < ent book is already a wideb i [ted 

i i.i isii in tin' Field in dei eloping the 

n..ii. in ol the "communal « on textual 
paradigm," Patton has, I lunter sug- 
gested, "outlined a shift from lndi\ Id 

;i\ in)-, to communal prat h< <••• 
of care, from clergy as spe< i.ih.i and 
laity as general! .Is, to clergy .is genei 
alists ,mt.\ laity as the true spei i.ilr.l .. 
to a conception of ministry as a form 
of peel i onsultation and empown 
ment rathei than hieran hii al Bupi 
sii .n and pow 1 1 

I bankfully for those of us who 
teach, see clients, and work in and 
with churches, John will continue to 
supervise, write, and teach. And so the 
work of this most quintessential and 
eminent of pastoral theologians will 
( ontinue. Integrity and ore have been 

the essential features of John Patton' 

life and work. Indeed, these virtu 
have been the context of care ou( ol 
which he has engaged his students, 
counseling (bents, and colleague 
I he integrity and care of his work will 
continue to stimulate and challenge 
the field of pastoral theology for 
generations to come, as has the work 

ol in mentor Seward Hiltner, upon 
whose legacy Patton has built. It is 
now up to us to "hear" and to 
"remember" his extraordinary legacy 
to the church and to our ministry and 
life together. Q 

/. William Harkins 
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology 

and Care 



SUMMER 2001 



Continuing Education 
and Lay Institute 
Calendar 



Summer Lay Scholars meet 



For further information or to register for courses, call or write: 
The Office of Continuing Education, or 

Richard S. Dietrich, Director of the Lay Institute of Faith and Life 
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA 30031 / 404-378-8821. 



September 17-18 jAVAORjBSUS ["HE CHOICE FOR GENERATION X Focus on min- 
istry to young adults. Leader: Rodger Nishioka. Cost: $100. 

September 24-25 Conversations about the Missionai Chukc ii, Pari HI Third 
in a series on understanding a theology of the church in our North American 
context. Leaders: Lois Barrett and Darrell Guder. Cost: $160. 

October 2, November 6, December 4, January 1, February 5, March 5 

Theology and Lm kaiuki Leader: Kick Dietrich. Cost: $10 annual dues. 

October 8-10 Resi rvoirs for Writing, PREACHING, and Liturc.y Think, imagine, 
read, and write about prayer, praise, and preaching. Leader: Richard Ward. 
Cost: $140. 

October 15 The Power Connk nON: Gftiinc; Things Done in Political Systems 
How can one be faithful and effective in political systems? Leader: Jim Watkins. 
Cost: $65. 

October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19 

Faith and Film Leader: Frit/ Bogar. Cost: $10 annual dues. 

October 22-26 Clergy Self-Assessment Lxplore and examine the strengths and 
liabilities you bring to ministry. Leader: Roy Oswald. Cost: $275. 

November 5 Advent Lectionary Study New ways to prepare texts of "watch- 
fulness and waiting." Leaders: Charles Cousar and Christine Yoder. Cost: $65. 

November 5-9 Guthrie SCHOLARS WEEK For pastors seeking a week of 
independent study. 

November 12 Called to Care: Older Adults, Their Families, and the Church 
Third in the series on aging. Leader: Elizabeth Fairleigh. Cost: $65. 

January 14-18 Religious Education: Theory and Practice (CE Certification) 
A course on teaching and learning the faith. Leader: Ted Brelsford. Cost: $250. 

February 7 Grief Through the Life Cycle Leader: Kenneth J. Doka. Cost: $65. 



Mark your calendar for evening 
and morning fall lay courses 



Plans are underway for a diversity of 
lay school courses this fall, designed 
to appeal to a wide range of biblical 
interests and daily life concerns. 

Course topics for the first session 
of evening lay school (Mondays, 
September 17, 24, October 1, 8) 
include: finding Christian truth in the 
narrative imagination of C. S. Lewis' 
children's literature; understanding 
why we are called Christians; and 
exploring what keeps Torah lively 
and contemporary. 

The second session of evening 
lay school (Mondays, October 22, 29, 
November 5, 12) will include how the 
"end is near" theology of the New 
Testament can shape our day-to-day 
living, and the power of Christian 



friendships, as well as a course topic 
to be determined. 

The first session of morning lay 
school (Thursdays, September 20, 27, 
October 4, 11, 18) will address the 
Word behind the words, the authority 
and interpretation of scripture. 

The second session of morning 
lay school (Thursdays, October 25, 
November 1,8, 15) will explore how 
scripture draws on our five senses to 
enrich our relationships with God 
and each other. 

Brochures and registration forms 
will be mailed in late summer. To be 
added to the Lay Institute's mailing 
list, call 404/687-4577, or visit 
the Lay Institute's web page at 
www.CTSnet.edu (Outreach 
Programs/ Lay Institute). □ 



Taste and See: An Introduction to the 
Old Testament is the theme of this 
year's Summer Lay Scholars program, 
August 6-10, a time for immersion in 
the literature, wisdom, and culture 
(,l the Old Testament. The course 
includes morning devotions and class 
study, afternoon experiential forays, 
evening activities, interaction with 
faculty, opportunities to relax, and 
time to explore Atlanta. 

With Columbia faculty members 
Kathleen O'Connor and Christine 
Roy Yoder, students will explore the 
theology and the historical and 
cultural contexts of Old Testament 



narratives. "We will consider how 
these texts inform our Christian faith, 
life, and mission," Yoder says, "that is, 
how they may shape our day-to-day 
living as individuals and communities 
of faith." 

Participants are encouraged to 
stay in on-campus housing; use of the 
seminary library is included. Tuition, 
room, and board are $300; tuition only 
is $200. Registration deadline is July 30. 

For more information, call 
404/687-4577, fax 404/687-4591, 
email LayInstitute@CTSnet.edu, or 
visit Columbia's web site at 
www.CTSnet.edu. D 



Worship and music events set 



"Let everything that breathes praise 
the Lord!" God's people have sung 
praises throughout history, as the 
psalmist did. This fall and winter, two 
continuing education events focusing 
on music offer opportunities to wor- 
ship, learn, and enjoy. 

Hear the gospel in fresh new ways 
during "Jazz as Liturgy for the 
Church." Dwight Andrews, professor 
of music theory at Emory University 
and senior minister at First 
Congregational Church, Atlanta, will 
lecture and present jazz vespers on 
Tuesday, October 23, at 5:00 p.m. 

Andrews, a graduate of Yale 
University, has made his mark in 
music and as pastor of a large African 
American church. Andrews serves as 
music director for August Wilson's 
plays, including the Broadway pro- 
ductions of Joe Turner's Come and 
Gone and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 

Following the lecture and supper, 
participants will join in jazz vespers. 



This event offers an opportunity to 
learn and grow in understanding of 
this unique American music and to 
worship with the psalmist, who said, 
"Praise God with trumpet sound, with 
strings and pipe." 

A second music event, centered 
on Mozart, is planned for March 5, at 
5:00 p.m. Sue Mitchell-Wallace, choir 
director and organist at St. Luke's 
Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody, 
Georgia, will lecture on "Mozart as 
Liturgy for the Church." Mitchell- 
Wallace is national councillor for 
education of the American Guild of 
Organists. At 7:30 p.m., Mitchell- 
Wallace will conduct St. Luke's 50- 
voice choir in Mozart's Solemn Vespers 
and Coronation Mass. 

Due to limited space, registration 
for the jazz event will be on a first 
come, first served basis. For more 
information or to register, call 
404/687-4562, or email 
ConEd@CTSnet.edu. □ 



January Seminars 2002 examines 
ministry and mission 



Mark your calendars now for a won- 
derful mid-winter continuing educa- 
tion event to be held January 28-31, 
2002. Planned to help the church think 
about ministry and mission in the 
twenty-first century, Columbia's 
annual January Seminars feature Tom 
Long, Dennis McCann, Brian Wren, 
and Walter Brueggemann. Preachers 
are Laura Mendenhall, Marcia Riggs, 
Elizabeth Mitchell Clement, and 
Catherine Taylor; the liturgist is Anna 
Carter Florence. Wren, Brueggemann, 
Mendenhall, Riggs, and Florence are 
members of Columbia's faculty. 

McCann is Wallace M. Alston 
Professor of Bible and Religion at 
Agnes Scott College and executive 
director of the Society of Christian 
Ethics. His seminar is "Ethics and the 
Twenty-First Century: Globalization 
and Personal Responsibility." 

Long, well known as a teacher 
of preachers, will focus on Lenten 
and Easter themes in his seminar, 
"Preaching the Story of Suffering 
Love." He is Bandy Professor of 



Preaching at Candler School of 
Theology, Emory University. 

Wren will examine hymnody and 
ways to recover a deeper sense of 
worship in his seminar, "Fresh 
Dimensions of Worship and Song." 

Brueggemann's "Reading Again 
from the Ground Up" will concentrate 
on narratives of Israel's faith found in 
the Pentateuch. 

President Mendenhall was pastor 
and head of staff at Westminster 
Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. 
Riggs, an ordained African Methodist 
Episcopal Zion Church minister, is 
associate professor of Christian ethics. 
Clement is associate director of 
Atlanta's Faith and the City program. 
Taylor '92 is pastor of Church of the 
New Covenant in Doraville, Georgia. 
Florence is assistant professor of 
preaching and worship. 

Cost is $65 per day or $225 for 
the week. To register or for more 
information, call 404/687-4562, email 
ConEd@CTSnet.edu, or visit 
www.CTSnet.edu. □ 

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Frank L.Arnold (D.Min.'84) and Calvin W. Kropp '62 (ThM '67, S.T.D. '85) 



Distinguished Service Awards 
presented to Columbia alumni 



At its annual Alumni /ae Association 
meeting in April, Columbia presented 
its Distinguished Service Award to 
Frank L. Arnold '84 (D.Min.) and 
Calvin W. Kropp '62 (Th.M '67, S.T.D. 
'85). These awards are presented to 
two Columbia graduates who have 
shown outstanding Christian service in 
ministry throughout their lives. 

For 33 years, Frank Arnold served 
as a Presbyterian missionary in Brazil. 
Before going to the mission field, he 
was pastor of the Ashburn, Virginia, 
Presbyterian Church and a volunteer 
prison chaplain. 

In Brazil, he served as a technical 
advisor, an organizing pastor in the 
Presbytery of the Amazon, and direc- 
tor for organizing churches in Ceara 
Presbytery. He taught church history, 
church growth, and missions at 
Fortaleza Theological Seminary, was 
chair of the Executive Committee of 
the Brazil Mission, staff associate for 
Latin America and the Caribbean of 
the Presbyterian Church (US), and 
field secretary for Brazil for the 
Presbyterian Church (USA). 

In retirement, Arnold is serving as 
parish associate of Clairmont 



Presbyterian Church in Decatur, 
Georgia, and as a member of the 
Association of Presbyterians for Cross 
Cultural Mission. 

Calvin W. Kropp was instrumental 
in the building of a new counseling 
center for the Georgia Association for 
Pastoral Care (GAPC), where he 
served as business manager, clinical 
director, and interim executive director. 
As director of pastoral counseling 
training for GAPC, he has been a 
regional and national leader in the 
field of pastoral counseling and has 
trained pastoral counselors from 
around the globe. In 1995, under his 
leadership, GAPC received the 
American Association of Pastoral 
Counselors' Distinguished Program 
Leadership Award. 

A former chaplain at Grady 
Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Kropp 
served as pastor of Forest Park 
Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. A diplo- 
mate in the American Association of 
Pastoral Counselors, he is the author 
of articles in Journal of Supervision and 
Training in Ministry and Dictionary of 
Pastoral Care and Counseling. □ 



Representing a total of 86 years of service, four members the < 'olumbia community 
were honored by President Mcndenhall at the fat ulty/staff luncheon in May 

Charles Cousar '58 (top), Cartledge Professoi oj New Testaments joined the fat ulty in 
I960. (L-r), George Stwup, Green Professoi oj Theology, Diane Thome, gifl records 

coordinator in the ncvebpnient ( )///'<•<-, and Waller Brueggemann, McPheeteTS ProftssOl 
of Old Testament, arrived in 1986. 

Fall D.Min. courses announced 



A nkw Bible elective course, 
"Relinquishing and Receiving: A 
Study in Jeremiah," taught by Walter 
Brueggemann is the initial offering 
of an experimental fall term option 
scheduled October 22-November 2. 
The course is open to currently 
enrolled Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) 
students. For entering D.Min. stu- 
dents, this year's required seminar on 
ministry is "The Church Reaching out 
in Mission: Biblical, Theological, and 
Contemporary Foundations." That 
class meets in four monthly sessions, 
September through December. 

"The Jeremiah course will trace 
the ways in which that ancient 
community of faith faced the loss of 
its known world and found amidst 
the loss grounds for hope," says 
Brueggemann, McPheeters Professor 
of Old Testament. "We will keep one 
eye on the contemporary reality that 
we are losing the 'world' we tun e 
long trusted and watch for new 
grounds for hope in that loss." 

Previous D.Min. courses have 



PW Bible study: Explore Esther's story this summer 



Come discover richness, irony, comedy, 
and ethical satisfactions in the story of 
Esther through the course "Esther's 
Feast: A Study of the Book of Esther," 
offered four times this summer on 
the seminary campus. Patricia Tull, 
associate professor of Old Testament 
at Louisville Presbyterian Theological 
Seminary, is author of the study and 
one of the three instructors. "Esther's 
Feast" will be used in Presbyterian 
Women's circles in the coming year. 

The Lay Institute offers the 
course four times: weekday mornings, 
June 25-29 and August 6-10; or 



Friday evening/Saturday morning, 
August 10-11 and August 24-25. The 
weekend courses will offer an optional 
extended session, including lunch, to 
allow in-depth discussion. "Esther's 
Feast," which includes practical 
ideas for teaching this series, is open 
to everyone. Also teaching are Linda 
Momingstar, associate director of the 
Lay Institute of Faith and Life, and 
Rebecca Parker, Presbyterian minister 
and associate director of Mary & 
Martha's Place in Atlanta. 

For a brochure and a registration 
form, call 404/687-4577. □ 




been scheduled only during the 
January term and the summer. Charles 
Raynal, director of advanced studies 
and associate professor of theology, 
says, "This new fall option in. ikes 
Walter Brueggemann, a very popular 
professor, more available to D.Min. 
students. It also provides opportunities 
for more interaction with other faculty 
members while Columbia is running 
at full tilt." Raynal adds, "We hope 
this time frame proves convenient 
for pastors, coming as it does after 
stewardship season and before 
Thanksgiving and Advent." 

The introductory required 
course, "The Church Reaching out 
in Mission," is taught jointly with 
Interdenominational Theologii .ii 
' 'uter (1TC), with every session 
f< during faculty members from each 
institution. Course leaders are 
Stephen Racer of ITC and Raynal, who 
says, "Partnership with ITC is impor- 
tant for this flagship course because 
we unite an ethnically diverse group 
of students and faculty from both 
seminaries." 

The September and October 
classes will be held at Columbia; the 
November and December classes at 
ITC. Topics include Christian perspec- 
tives on family; witnessing faith in a 
pluralistic world; tasks and forms of 
ministry in a post-modern age; and 
spirituality for pastors. 

Columbia D.Min. students 
who wish to register for the Bible 
elective course may call 404/687-4576; 
fax 404/377-9696; or email 
SaboL@CTSnet.edu. To apply for 
admission to the D.Min. program, or 
for other questions, call 404/687-4534, 
email MedfordM@CTSnet.edu, or visit 
www.CTSnet.edu. □ Laura Bordeaux 



SUMMER 2001 



For the Record 



If you have recent news to contribute to this section, please mail it to 
the editor, or you may e-mail it to harperj@CTSnet.edu. 



Laura Mendenhall, president, attend- 
ed the Committee on Theological 
Education meeting in San Franc u 
was keynote speaker at the Sequoyah 
Hills church, Knoxville, TN, and at 
Presbyterian Women's Night Out, 
First church, Marietta, GA. She moder- 
ated the meeting of the Presbyterian 
Judicial Council, Orlando, FL, and 
preached at Central, First, Peachtree, 
and Trinity churches, Atlanta, First 
(Scots), Charleston; First church, 
Nashville, TN; Vanderbilt church, 
Naples, FL; the Collegiate Conference 
2001, Montreat, NC; and at Gener.il 
Assembly in Louisville, KY. She 
spoke at the Flint River Presbytery 
meeting, Valdosta, GA, and to Florida 

Presbytery in Tallahassee Tom 

Watkins '94 is pastor of Covenant 

church, Wendell, NC Albert 

Masters '76 (DMin '91) received a 
study grant from the Louisville 
Institute for his project, "Reconnecting 
the Mainline Church and Young 
Adults in a Postmodern 
Context. "....Darrell Guder, professor 
of evangelism and church growth, has 
received the Book of the Year award 
from the Academy of Parish Clergy 
for his book, The Continuing Conversion 
of the Church . He received a Louisville 
Institute grant award for Toward 
Missional Presbyteries. Guder preached 
for mission season, Rcid Memorial 
church, Augusta, GA; at First churches, 
Colorado Springs, Gallatin and 
Hendersonville, TN. He spoke at the 
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 
Graduate and Faculty Ministries annu- 
al staff conference, Mundelheim, IL. 
Guder was a worship leader for work- 
shops at Coastal Carolina Presbytery 
and for commissioned lay preachers, 
Flint River Presbytery. He was the 
Brady Lecturer, North American 
Baptist Seminary. 

John Leith '43 has published 
Pilgrimage of a Presbyterian: Collected 
Shorter Writings, co-edited by Charles 
Raynal, director of advanced stud ies 
and associate professor of theology. 
....Ashley Seaman '01 is serving 
on the Central Committee of the 
World Council of Churches, the 
Programme Committee, and the 
Commission for International Affairs. 
She helped conduct the Martin Luther 
King, Jr. Service Summit at the 
Interdenominational Theological 
Center and delivered a paper on 
Reformed Church polity to Pope John 

Paul II Wade Huie '46, professor 

emeritus, preached at First church, 
Nashville, TN; Eastminster church, 
Stone Mountain, GA; and at Second 
church, Little Rock, AR. He led a 
workshop for lay preachers of East 
Tennessee Presbytery and led Doctor 
of Ministry students in preaching at 

Columbia Stephen Haynes '88, 

associate professor of religious studies 
at Rhodes College, received the 
Clarence Day Award for Outstanding 



Teaching at the Rhodes' awards con- 
vocation Martha Jane Petersen 

(DMin '87, ThM '91) is stated supply 
at Siloam church, Old Fort, NC, and 
honorably retired from Atlanta 
Presbytery... Ronald Cram, associate 
professor of Christian education, 
let lured on inter-religious dialogue 
lot the Aquinas Institute; led the 
I'rvsbytery of Atlanta educators on 
"Children of Different Faiths in the 
Christian Preschool"; attended the 
Inter-Faith Network meeting in New 
York, led the Religious Education 
Association's annual board meeting 
and the session's discussion on 
preschool religious education at 
Trinity church, Columbia, SC. He has 
published four articles in Journal of 
I ihcral Religion, Religious Education, 
journal of './//'•■/ ■ ■! aon and Darning and 

a book review Eunice Yang '00 is 

associate pastor of the Latrobe, PA, 

church Robert Gamble (DMin '82) 

has an article, "On the Beach," in 
Double Take and The Other Side. 

Kathleen O'Connor, professor of 
Old Testament, gave the keynote 
address for the Spirituality for Mission 
conference; spoke to a Bible study 
group at the Church of Christ, Tucker, 
GA; responded to a paper at the Old 
Testament Colloquium, Conception 
Abbey, MO; and served on the selec- 
tion committee for the Hispanic 
Theological Initiative, Princeton, NJ. 
...Ed Petrus '89 (DMin '99) is pastor 

of the Princeton, WV, church Doug 

Mar '94 and Jennifer McGee '98 were 
married March 31 in Melbourne, FL. 
...Cameron Murchison, professor of 



BIRTHS 

To Sam '92 and Kathryn McGregor, 
a son, James Mitchell, Mar. 5, 2001. 
To David '95 and Robin Palmer '96, 
a daughter, Leslie Hamilton, 
Dec. 6, 2000. 

To Anna '99 and Bryan McArthur, a 
daughter, Caroline Hinton, Jan. 19, 2001. 
To Blaine '01 and Laura Hill, a son, 
John, Apr. 23, 2001. 
To Mark '01 and Ashley '01 Wright, 
a son, Eliort John, Mar. 19, 2001. 
To Art '02 and Carolyn Robin, a 
daughter, Isabela Christiane, 
Apr. 30, 2001. 

To Richard, vice president for devel- 
opment and seminary relations, and 
Jeannie DuBose, a son, William 
Manning, Mar. 25, 2001. 
To Angus, director of development 
services, and Lisa McQueen, a daugh- 
ter, Grace Elizabeth, Mar. 6, 2001. 



DEATHS 

John Dickson '34, Mar. 24, 2001. 
Clyde Pratt '43, Nov. 28, 2000. 
William Hatcher '53, Oct. 18, 2000. 
William McNeill '55, Mar. 9, 2001. 



ministry, led programs on "The 
Mission of the Church in North 
America," "Worship in the 
Presbyterian Family," and 
"Presbyterian Diversity," at Emory 
church, Atlanta; taught the 
Brotherhood Class at Central church, 
Atlanta; and led an officers' retreat for 
Independent church, Birmingham, AL. 

Mitchell Walker (DMin '96) is pas- 
tor of Church Street Cumberland 

Presbyterian, Huntsville, AL Chuck 

Campbell, associate professor of 
homiletics, preached and led worship 
each Wednesday in the front yard of 
the Open Door Community; led a 
workshop for Methodist pastors and 
delivered the Steel Hendrix Lecture at 
Hendrix College. He gave the Foote 
lectures at First church, Savannah, GA, 
and led two workshops and taught a 
course at the biennial congress of the 
Seminary Consortium for Urban 

Pastoral Education, Chicago Sherry 

Edwards '00 is pastor of Midway 

Community Parish, Gilby, ND 

Don Brown '01 is on the Board of 
Directors of The Pilgrims of Ibillin, a 
group of U.S. supporters of Mar Elias 

Educational Institutions in Israel 

Harry Petersen '58 is stated supply 
of Walnut and Dorland Memorial 
church in Western North Carolina 
Presbytery ...Phil Gehman '68, dean 
of students and vice president for 
student life, attended a meeting of 
Deans of Students, PC(USA) theologi- 
cal institutions; served on the leader- 
ship team for the Synod of Lakes and 
Prairies' Committee on Ministry/ 
Committee on Preparation for 
Ministry Conference; participated in 
Maryville College's Exploratory 
Summit on "Preparing Thinking 
Christians for Leadership in the 
Twenty-First Century"; and as chair, 
made the final report of the Entrance 
into Pastoral Ministry Work Group to 
the 213th PC(USA) General 

Assembly John Gleason (DMin '87) 

is director of the eastern region for the 
Association for Clinical Pastoral 

Education Michael Carey '86 (ThM 

'94) has written "Becoming Purpose- 
Driven Presbyterians," published 

in the May issue of Net Results 

C. Benton Kline, president emeritus 
and adjunct professor of theology, 
taught a series of classes in Atlanta 
churches: "God's Will and Our Will," 
Northwest church, "John Calvin and 
Geneva," Trinity church; "Eighth 
Century Prophets," North Avenue 
church. He preached at the North 

Decatur church Jim Watkins '71 

(DMin '77), director of Faith and the 
City Project, preached and taught at 
the Shannon church, Charlotte, NC, 
and was elected to the governing body 

of Common Cause Bob Pettit '62 

received the Salvation Army's highest 
award in recognition for his work with 
that organization from 1966 to 1999. 

Rodger Nishioka, associate 
professor of Christian education, 
preached at the annual missions con- 
ferences at St. Simon's Island church 
and Covenant church, Albany, GA. 
He led a consultation with the staff 
of Idlewild church, Memphis, TN, 
and was keynote speaker for a youth 
leader spirituality retreat, North 



Georgia Presbytery, and a church rede- 
velopment conference, Synod of Lakes 
and Prairies. He delivered a Lenten 
lecture series for First church, 
McKinney, TX, and preached and 
keynoted an Eastminster Presbytery 
event. Nishioka has a chapter in 
Starting Right — Thinking TJieologically 
about Youth Ministry, a textbook for 
youth ministry undergraduate stu- 
dents Robert Dendy '57 has retired 

from the Seneca, SC, church. He 
served as chaplain on the Nordam 
Holland America for a Carribean 

cruise Joe Hinds '99 is pastor of the 

Pelzer, SC, church Jake Marshall '93 

is interim pastor, BeLAir church, 

Augusta, GA Brian Wren, professor 

of worship, taught adult church school 
sessions on "Worship, Music, and the 
Life of Faith," Trinity church, Atlanta; 
delivered the second annual Blackard 
Lecture, Brevard College; held a con- 
sultation on worship space and arts, 
Eastminster church, Simpsonville, SC; 
and led a workshop and gave a lecture 
at the Canada Hymn Society in the US 

and Canada meeting in Toronto 

Thomas Atkins '77 is Navy chaplain 
for the Seabees operating in the Pacific 

and Europe Anna Carter Florence, 

assistant professor of preaching and 
worship, preached at the "That All 
May Freely Serve" national confer- 
ence, North Decatur, GA, church, and 
the More Light Presbyterians National 
Conference, Austin, TX. She preached 
and lectured for the Montreat 
Preaching and Bible Conference and 
preached for the Montreat West Youth 

Conference, Fort Collins, CO 

William Kelly '80 is pastor of Upper 

Octorara church, Parkesburg, PA 

Susannah Hager '99 and John Cook 
'99 were married March 3 in 

Oklahoma City Kevin Conley '98 

is pastor of Covenant church, 
Winston-Salem, NC. 

Beth Johnson, professor of New 
Testament, preached at Cherokee 
Presbytery's Presbyterian Women 
annual meeting and attended a meet- 
ing of the Presbyteries' Cooperative 

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Committee at First Presbyterian, 
Atlanta Sweetie Francis '00 is chap- 
lain at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 

Wilmington, NC David Dault 

(MATS '02) presented "The Fatherland 
and the Mother Tongue: Martin 
Heidegger and the Rhetoric of 
Silence" to a colloquium at Emory 
University and led a course on sacra- 
mentality in the Quaker tradition at 
Friends General Conference in 

Virginia Beth Hoskins '91 is pastor 

of First church, Woodruff, SC Stan 

Wood, director of the Center of New 
Church Development, organized and 
hosted the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic 
New Church Development Pastor/ 
Spouse retreat and hosted the Korean 
Lilly grant meeting in Las Vegas. He 
taught at the Cartersville, GA, church. 
He attended the National Church 
Growth Prayer Covenant Group meet- 
ing, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the meeting of 
the Worldwide Ministries and 
American Society of Missiology, and 
arranged and attended the Lilly Grant 
Steering Committee meeting in San 
Francisco. He assisted in the 
Commissioned Lay Pastors graduation 



and led the Executive Committee, 
Commissioned Lay Pastors training 

meeting, Glendale, CA Susie 

(Johnson) Cashion '94 is pastor of 
First church, Lawton, OK. She 
preached the baccalaureate sermon for 
her daughter's graduation from Eckerd 
College in May... ..Mark Douglas, 
assistant professor of Christian ethics, 
preached at the Dorchester church, 
Charleston, SC, and taught a class on 
theology and sexuality for Charleston 
Atlantic Presbytery. He joined a panel 
of academics, jurists, and politicians 
who will monitor the application of 

the death penalty in Georgia 

Stephen Robertson '95 is pastor of 
Eastminster church, East Lansing, 
MI ChangBok Chung (ThM '74), 
director of the Center for Church 
Communication at the Presbyterian 
College and Theological Seminary in 
Korea, has written The Dictionary of 

Christian Worship Steve Rhodes '82 

is pastor of Second church, 
Spartanburg, SC. 

Bill Harkins, assistant professor 
of pastoral care and theology, received 
the Ph.D. with honors from Vanderbilt 
University and was ordained by the 
Episcopal diocese of Atlanta. He is 
associate pastor of St. James Episcopal 
church, Marietta. Harkins was a panel 



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moderator at the American 
Association of Pastoral l ounselors 
national convention and the State 
Association ot Pastoral Counselors 
and spoke on developmental chal- 
lenges of entering high school at 

Westminster Schools Atlanta Rick 

Baggett '84 (DMin '99) is pastOJ ol 

First church, Anderson, SC Ho Chin 

'88 is pastor of the Richmond, V \ 

Korean church Patrick Perryman '97 

is assoi [ate pastor, first chun h 

Gastonia, NC Walter Brueggemann, 

professor of Old Testament, published 
articles in Christian Century, Post 
Modern Interpretation of the Bible, Calvin 
Theological Journal, Wdcun, Union 
Seminary Quarterly Review, God Who 
Creates, and }avs, Christians, and tin- 
Theology of Hebrew Scriptures. He 

lectured at Bangor Seminary tiemple 

Beth Israel in Fresno, Trevei > a 
Nazarene University, Wake Forest 
Divinity School, Agnes Scot t i < .1 1< , 
Bethany College, and gave the Stone 
Lectures at Princeton Seminary. He 
preached at the Roswell, GA, church; 
Memorial church, St. Augustine; 
Trinity church, Charlotte; and St. 
Charles Avenue church, New Orleans. 
Ok-Kee Kim '99 is pastor of the 

Lexington, KY, Korean church 

Todd Collier (DMin '00) is pastor of 
the Brentwood Trail church, Dallas, TX. 
....Shirley Guthrie, professor emeritus, 
preached and taught in churches in 
Jacksonville, FL; Philadelphia, PA; 
Mayfield, KY; Perkins, SC; and 
Cleveland, OH. He lectured for the 
Board of the General Assembly Council, 
taught church school at Trinity chun h. 
Atlanta, and served as a consultant for 
Princeton's Center for Theological 
Inquiry's Pastor -Theology Program 

in Portland, OR Lori Pistor '92 and 

Terry Allebaugh were married in June 

in Durham, NC Pamela King '85 is 

organizing pastor of the Wakulla, FL, 

church Ernestine Cole, associate 

dean of students, attended the planning 
team meeting for Presbyterian Women 
Monrreat 2002; served as the Women's 
Day preacher, Hillside church, 
Decatur, ( ,A, conducted a I lealth 
Ministries consultation for Austin 
Seminary; and attended the Advice 
and Counsel meeting of the Advisory 
Committee of Women's Concerns 
Group and represented that group 
at the General Assembly. ...Pemberton 
Cooley '88 is associate pastor, Woods 
Memorial church, Severna Park, MD. 
...Charles Cousar, professor of New 
Testament, taught a class at Northwest 
church, Atlanta; gave the Bible Hour 
at the Princeton Theological Seminary 
Institute of Theology, and published 
Reading Galatians, Philippians, and I 
Thessalonians: A Literary and Theological 
Commentary in the "Reading the New 

Testament" series Stuart Wilson '78 

is pastor of First church, Selma, AL 

John Patton, professor of pastoral 
theology, was a principal speaker at 
the Association for Clinical Pastoral 
Education annual conference, Vail, 
CO. His title was "The Evolving 
Nature of Pastoral Supervision.".... 
John Hall '79 is pastor of Oak Hill, 
Horeb, Bethel, Moriah, and Sardis 
Welsh churches, Oak Hill, OH. 
Christine Roy Yoder, assistant 




/ ostei Connors i'i 



Read Award to 
Columbia grad 

Andrew Fosn r 
Connors '01 

has been 

awarded the 
prestigious 
David H.< 
Ke.nl Preacher/ 

Scholar Award 
fo] >001 I he 

$10,000 award 
is given by 
Madison 
\\ enue 
Presbyterian 
I inirch. New v>tk, and recognizes 
and era ourages excellence among 
dusting MmiiMi \ ".indents who 
show promise oi special distinction 
Andrew I ostei I lonnors was nominal 

.•.I In i ohm. 1. 1. 1 professors Anna 

Cartel Florence, preaching and woi 
ship, and Christine Roy Yoder, Old 
testament. 

The award, named after Read, 

pastor oi the Madison Avenue 

Presbytei Ian ( hnreh for 33 years, is 

intended loi |>ie.i, hei s.holars who 

are committed t<> the parish pulpit. 
Faculty members from 21 Bemixutries 

lepresenliii); seven denominations 

•>" rosa ili>' I nited States and ( .mada 
nominated 29 candidates Students are 
judged on the basis of then -.emni.n \ 
"'' <"<!. hioj'.raphu ,il statement, 
recommendations of two |>m> lessors, 
sermons on ( >U lestament and New 
lestament texts, and briel e\< 

papers in support of each sermon. 
Andrew Fostci I onners I »ld 
Testament sermon, based on Daniel 
I I 17, was "You Are What Von I ,,i 
His New Testament topic was t.il en 
from Mark 6:7-13 and tOUi lied mi 
themes i .1 In >s(>italit\ I lis sei mini title 
I he I iirty Work of I >i ,< ipleshlp." 
I le is hi associate pastor at Idlewild 
I 'ie, luiei i, m Church in Memphis, 
Tennessee. Professor Florence said, 

"Andrew is one <»f the finest preai hers 

— not student preai her., |ue.u hers — 

I have ever heard He is the kind of 
student for which a preaching prod . 

sor hopes. His knowledge ol and love 
ini the church are deep." 

I " ter Connors is the second 

< olumbia student to receive the Read 

id in its 11 -year history. In 1995, 
1 1 in. .thy Slemmons '95 (ThM '• I! 1 1 
received this ecumenical honor. Q 

professor of Old Testament, has pub- 
lished Wl dom a^ <a Woman of Substanie 
A 'uii loroonornu Rending of Proverbs 1-9 
and ''110-31 and written a chapter in 
New Proclamation, 2001-2002, Year A, 
Advent through Holy Week. She attended 
the annual Southeastern Commission 
on the Study of Religion meeting; 
Charlotte, and taught at the North 
Decatur church and St. Martin's 

Episcopal church, Atlanta Richard 

Lawther (DMin '01) is pastor of 

First church, Fairgrove, PA Tommy 

Brown, professor emeritus, has writ- 
ten Face to Face: Meditations on the Life 
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SUMMER 2001 



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Everlasting Ashley Beaty '98 and 

John Perry were married December 26 

in Indiana Sharon Mook, assistant 

professor of pastoral theology and 
care, attended the Georgia Association 
for Pastoral Counseling program and 
meetings of the American Association 
of Pastoral Counselors and Society for 
Pastoral Theology. She is teaching 
clinical pastoral education didactics at 
Northside hospital, Atlanta, and is a 
member of the Clergy Task Force for 
the Georgia Network to End Sexual 
Assault. She preached at St. Thomas 

Indian Orthodox church, Atlanta 

Denise Hall (DMin '93) is acting stat- 
ed clerk, West Virginia Presbytery..... 
Daniel McMillan '84 is pastor of the 

Rockmart, GA, church Ann Clay 

Adams, director of admissions, 
preached for Celebrate the Gifts of 
Women Sunday, First church, 
Somerset, KY; led a workshop at the 
Montreat Collegiate Conference; and, 
as senior friend to the Presbyterian 
Student Strategy Team, preached and 
provided leadership at the first 
Presbyterian Collegiate Caucus held 
prior to General Assembly..... Ernest 
Thompson III (DMin '95) is pastor of 
First church, Wilmington, NC. □ 




Brian Wren was inaugurated as the first holder of the Conant Chair of 
Worship during the March meeting of Columbia's Board of Trustees. 
The chair, funded with gifts from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 
was established in honor of Miriam and John Conant, pictured here with 
Professor Wren. 



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CONTENTS 

Columbia names dean of faculty 1 

Faculty appointments announced 1 

Inaugural reflections 2 

Commencement 2001 3 

John Patton retires 3 

Continuing Education, Lay Institute calendar 4 

Continuing Education, Lay Institute offerings .... 4, 5 

Distinguished Service Awards to two alumni 5 

Eighty-six years of service 5 

Doctor of Ministry fall courses scheduled 5 

For the Record 6 

Read Award to Foster Connors '01 7 

From the Bookstore 7 

Professor Wren inaugurated 8 



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