Alumni/ae | A Tradition of Excellence
A tradition of vibrant congregational ministry:
Danielle Cox, a 2016 graduate, is the minister of First Christian Church, Texas City, Texas. Doug Collins, a December 2016 graduate is the Associate Minister of Allisonville Christian Church, Indianapolis. Allie Lundblad, a 2015 graduate, serves Arlington Heights Christian Church as pastor. 2014 graduate Alex McCauslin is Minister of Journey of Faith Christian Church, Ann Arbor, MI, and Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, another 2014 graduate, serves Cairn Christian Church near Boulder, CO, as its associate minister.
Among others serving congregations are McKinna Daugherty, Altoona Christian Church, Altoona, IA; Michael Karunas, Central Christian Church, Decatur, IL; Lee Hull Moses, First Christian Church, Greensboro, NC; Laura Jennison Reed, Christian Church of Villa Park, IL; Michael Swartzentruber, South Elkhorn Christian Church, Lexington, KY; Beau Underwood, First Christian Church, Jefferson City, MO; and Melinda Keenan Wood, Pershing Avenue Christian Church, Orlando, FL.
A tradition of ecumenical leadership:
Vy Nguyen is the Executive Director of Week of Compassion, coordinating Disciples' response to humanitarian needs through an ecumenical network of response. He continues a tradition that includes Michael Kinnamon, Past President of the National Council of Churches of Christ, and former deans W. E. Garrison and W. Barnett Blakemore.
Graduates also serve in ecumenical campus ministry: Peter Browning, Chaplain and Professor of Religion, Drury University; Angela Kaufman, Minister to the University at Texas Christian University; and Stephanie McLemore, Chaplain at Lynchburg College.
A tradition of social visionaries:
Sandhya Jha directs the Oakland Peace Center and serves as Director of Interfaith Programs at East Bay Housing Organizations. Ken Brooker Langston leads Disciples Justice Action Network and coordinates the Disciples Center for Public Witness. Rob Wilson Black is the Chief Executive Officer of Sojourners in Washington, DC. Ana and Tod Gobledale have served all over the world, including presently in greater London. They extend a tradition that includes Arthur Azlein, William Fox, Russ and Barbara Fuller, Dan Genung, Barton Hunter, David Kagiwada, C. Harvey Lord, Frank Mabee, Rolland Pfile, and Ian McCrae.
A tradition of wider church leadership:
In April 2017, Joan Bell-Haynes became the Executive Regional Minister of the Central Rocky Mountain Region. Aaron Smith, a 2015 graduate, is Director of Member Services for the Pension Fund. Chris Dorsey is President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries; April Lewton is Vice President for Development and Marketing at the National Benevolent Association. Ayanna Johnson Watkins is Director of the NBA Incubator Initiative; Bonnie Osei-Frimpong is Director of NBA Xplor. Bethany Watkins Lowery is Director of Development at Church Extension. They are part of a legacy of wider church leadership that includes Dennis Landon, Roland Sheafor, Robert Thomas, and David Vargas.
A tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship:
Brandon Cline, a 2016 PhD graduate, serves at Brite Divinity School. Santiago Piñón, Jr, a 2012 PhD graduate, and Patricia Duncan, a 2014 PhD graduate, are assistant professors of religion at Texas Christian University
Others who teach in colleges and universities are Joe Blosser, High Point College, North Carolina; Larry Bouchard, University of Virginia; Emily Brooker-Langston, St. John's College, Annapolis; Peter Browning, Drury University; Spencer Dew, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA; Volney Gay, Vanderbilt University; David Hall, Centre College; Jennifer Jesse, Truman State University; Ritch Savin-Williams, Cornell University; and George Shields, Kentucky State University, and Garry Sparks, George Mason University.
Among those who serve in graduate theological education are Tim Lee, Brite Divinity School; Bernie Lyon and Scott Seay, Christian Theological Seminary; Daisy Machado, Union Theological Seminary; Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Mark Miller-McLemore, Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt Divinity School; Stephanie Paulsell, Harvard Divinity School; as well as Kris Culp, Yvonne Gilmore, Clark Gilpin, Teresa Hord Owens, and Cynthia Lindner at the University of Chicago.