Alumni Newsletter, April 2013

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Save the Date
Alumni Reunion
September 25, 2013

New Website Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the website for the new Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary, It is a creative collection of dynamic content from the five initiatives that comprise the Center and provides a gateway into a new kind of online reading and learning environment. Read the CTS news story.


Bryan Scott Holley ‘13 – January 20th
First Christian Church, Ashland KY

Terry Brace ’13 – March 17th Tunnel Hill Christian Church, Georgetown  IN


Whittaker Wray was born to Tyler10 and Amanda Thompson on December 1, 2012.   He weighed  in at 6 lbs 20 ounces  and was 21 inches long. 

Emerie Lenay was born March 6, 2013 to Luis ’11 and Learsy GierboliniEmy weighed in at 5 lbs.


M. Thomas Swantner ’58, died December 17, 2012 at his home just outside Indianapolis.

Ray Cameron Sr. ’67, died December 19, 2012 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL.

Carl J. McClellan60, died December 27, 2012 in his sleep at his home in Lancaster, OH.

Josef W. Palat ‘63, died December 30, 2012 in his sleep at home in Ocoee, FL.

Margaret “Mike” Foutch ’97, died February 14, 2013 at her home in Champaign, IL.

Edward H. Sawyer65, died February 15, 2013 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Harold “Hal” W. Tucker Jr., ’78, died March 26, 2013 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, ME, surrounded by his family.

Becky Hartley ’91, died March 31, 2013 in her Springfield, MO home.


Trayce Stewart ’11, most recently a CTS recruiter, has returned to the Ohio region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to begin work toward a new church plant in that state.

Shannon Walker Dycus ’10, began ministry as full time Associate Pastor with First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis in January.

Congratulations to Judy Fackenthal ’93, who has been nominated to become Vice President of American Baptist Churches USA for 2014-15.

Kory Wilcoxson ’01, pastor of Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington will serve as the Regional Moderator for the Christian Church in Kentucky for the 2013-14 biennium.

Dan McKeon ’80, has retired as Catalog Library Emeritus from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2008.  He now lives a life of study and meditation focused on the Bible and German history. 

Joe Culpepper ’74, retired from pastoral ministry in 2011 to pursue a long-time dream.  He fulfilled the dream of bicycling coast to coast by following Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail from Yorktown, VA to Astoria, OR, covering 4,676 miles in 88 days.  Follow the pilgrimage that for him was physical, mental and spiritual at

Nate Faris ’06, president of Faris Tree Consulting just became the first arborist in Indiana to achieve both of arboriculture’s highest distinctions:  Registered Consulting Arborist and Board Certified Master Arborist.

Karen Estle ’03, has recently published four poems in the Wayne Oates semi-monthly notifications, Caring for the Dying. She also had her spiritual reflection essay published in the current Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Rev. Allissa Santoro Williams ’12, is a Mental Health Clinician at Hamilton Center in Brazil, IN.  Allissa is trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Play Therapy with children, but utilizes many other modalities as well.  She serves on the board of the Midwest American Association of Pastoral Counselors and specializes in grief and loss issues.

See You Around!

Saturday, May 4th
Michigan Disciples Regional Assembly
Unity Christian Church
Swartz Creek, MI
Karen Horsman, CTS Annual Fund Gift Officer, will have a presence there.

Thursday, June 6th – Saturday, June 8th
Indiana United Methodist 2013 Annual Conference

Indianapolis Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN
CTS will have a display booth.

Saturday, July 13th - Wednesday, July 17th
General Assembly of the Christian Church
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL
Sunday, July 14th - Alumni Reception
Monday, July 15th - Alumni and Friends Luncheon
Vist our booth in the HELM exhibit area.

Faculty Updates - Publications

Many of you have asked us to include news and information about CTS faculty along with alumni news.  To start, we thought we might introduce you to some of the recent faculty publications; this time books, next time journals and chapters.

Allen, Ronald J. A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe. Westminster/John Knox Press, 2010.

Allen, Ronald J. Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Commentary on the Lectionary: Year B. Westminster/John Knox Press, 2012.

Allen, Ronald J. Reading the New Testament for the First Time. Eerdmans, 2012.

Hearon, Holly, ed. The Death and Resurrection of the Author and Other Feminist Essays of Jane Dewar Schaberg.  Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.

Janzen, J. Gerald  et al. When Prayer Takes Place: Forays Into a Biblical World.  Cascade Books, 2012.

Janzen, J. Gerald.  Job  (paperback edition of the 1997 original).  Interpretation: a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Westminster/John Knox Press, 2012.

Janzen, J. Gerald. At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job. Eerdmans, 2009.

Kincaid, William. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Wipf & Stock Publishing, 2012.

Miller, Michael St. A. Freedom in Resistance and Creative Transformation. Lexington Books,  2013.

Russell, Helene T. et al., ed. Creating Women's Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought. Pickwick Publications, 2011.

Seay, Scott, Managing Editor, et al. The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. Chalice Press, 2013.

Steussy, Marti J.  Samuel and His God.  University of South Carolina Press, 2010.

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Fountain Court entrance gets a new look.



John '59,'78 and Eleyce '59 Hinant at the alumni reception held at the Indiana Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) last fall.  Doris Woodruff Filbey '85 is behind them.



Professor Ron Sommerville (left) talking with trustee and alum Preston Adams '96 and Richard Reynolds '09 at recent MLK Celebrate the Dream event.


Jerry Galbreath '72, on campus for the MLK event,  from Enid, OK visits with old friend Charles Webb, Jr. '74.

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