Class of 1960
Ben F. Wade, Bridgewater, VA, and wife Janice W. Wade were honored by Bridgewater (Va.) College, which named its new Center for Engaged Learning in their honor.
Class of 1964
Jack Kouth, Omaha, NE, published a personal reflection on his experience as a hospital chaplain in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling vol. 69(I), no. 47 (2015).
Marlin Miller, Central City, PA, shares that in June 2015 he “re-retired,” having served 60 years in The UMC.
Class of 1974
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Concord, NC, delivered the Founders’ Day Convocation address at Paine College on Feb. 12, 2016.
Class of 1981
Donald J. Riker, South Vienna, OH, will retire in the West Ohio Conference of The UMC, effective July 1, 2015. He has served in ministry for 35 years.
Class of 1983
Barbara Housley, Doylestown, PA, retired in 2014.
Class of 1986
Rebecca Clark, West Carrollton, OH will be celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Otterbein College and her 30th anniversary from United.
Class of 1987
Greta Peterson, New Philadelphia, OH, is currently retired. She received her Master of Divinity at the age of 54, and served in single ministry and divorce recovery ministry.
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lilly, Columbus, OH, made her life profession as a solitary oblate of the Holy Nativity.
Class of 1990
James C. Perkins, Detroit, MI, was a featured speaker at Campbellsville University’s chapel in September 2015.
Jeremiah Wright, Tinley Park, IL, was featured in November 2016 at a Vanderbilt Divinity School social justice forum. He spoke on “Prophetic Faith for Social Justice.”
Class of 1991
Frank Thomas, Indianapolis, IN, was the featured presenter at Hood Theological Seminary’s annual Ruben L. Speaks Memorial Lecture Series in October 2015.
Class of 1993
Jack Sullivan, Greensboro, NC, in October 2015 became executive director of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, an organization that advocates for an end to the death penalty.
Class of 1995
Deborah Stevens, Hilliard, OH, was appointed as lead pastor to Jerome UMC in the West Ohio Annual Conference.
Floyd Flake, Old Westbury, NY, received the William Tucker Garvin award for public service in February 2016.
Class of 1996
Toussaint Hill, Atlanta, GA, joined the Atlanta Hawks organization as community consultant. In this role, he will “champion new community events aimed at connecting with the Atlanta faith-based community,” said a release from the Hawks.
Marvin Thomas, Cincinnati, OH, bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, was guest speaker at Campbellsville University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Worship Service on Jan. 20, 2016.
Class of 1997
Quentin J. White, Roanoke, VA, is retired from the Veterans Administration Chaplain Service of Salem, VA. He now serves as the Presiding Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for the Port Smith and Roanoke districts in Virginia.
Class of 1999
Freddy Washington, New York, NY, with the Rockville Centre Office of Multicultural Diversity/Catholics of African Ancestry and Haitian American Apostolate Ministry and the Brooklyn Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns, led a revival in honor of Black History Month.
Class of 2000
Allen L. Williams Sr. is a candidate for Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is currently serving as Presiding Elder of the Los Angeles North District of the Southern California Conference.
Class of 2001
David C. Forbes is serving as Dean of Divinity at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC.
Class of 2004
John C. Dorhauer, Phoenix, AZ, wrote a foreword to an investigative article on religious liberty, published in January 2016.
Class of 2010
Estella Shabazz, Savannah, GA, was re-elected to the Savannah City Council in the November 2015 general election. She was first elected in 2011.
Class of 2012
Will Randolph, Gallatin, TN, was a guest speaker at Drew University in March 2016. Rev. Dr. Randolph is Director of the Office on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for Discipleship Ministries of The UMC.
Class of 2013
Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard launched Word of Encouragement Community Church, Los Angeles, CA, on April 20, 2014, and shares that the church is growing steadily.
Class of 2014
Kelon Duke, Glenwood, IL, was guest evangelist at the Baptist Ministers’ Union of Pensacola and Vicinity’s annual City Wide Revival in October 2015.
Class of 2015
John Tyus, Columbus, OH, received the Social Justice Award at the 31st annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Jan. 14, 2016, in Columbus, OH.
Harry C. Sherry ’68 and his wife, Naomi, celebrated their 65th anniversary on August 19, 2015.
Our Prayers are with the families of:
Duane Snyder ’72, who died May 27, 2015. He was a resident of Redford, MI.
Hansel H. Henry II, who died July 17, 2015. He was a resident of Jessup, MD.
Raymond Jackson ’55, who died July 31, 2015. He was a resident of Estero, FL.
Grace App, friend of United, who died Aug 16, 2015. She was a resident of Lakeside, OH.
Jere Martin ’60, who died Sept. 15, 2015. He was a resident of Lancaster, PA.
Richard Swartz ’53, who died Sept. 28, 2015. He was a resident of Lewistown, PA.
Edwin Griswold ’59, who died Sept. 28, 2015. He was a resident of Sun City, AZ.
William Lampkin ’77, who died Sept. 30, 2015. He was a resident of O’Fallon, IL.
Harold Scott ’58, who died Oct. 10, 2015. He was a resident of Lapel, IN.
Samuel Hahn, friend of United, who died Oct. 10, 2015. He was a resident of Iowa City, IA.
Larry Willey ’64, who died Oct. 27, 2015. He was a resident of Estes Park, CO.
Gerald Koster ’54, who died Oct. 29, 2015. He was a resident of Columbus, OH.
Ellsworth Kalas, friend of United, who died Nov. 12, 2015. He was a resident of Lexington, KY.
Donald Ciampa ’59, who died Nov. 15, 2015. He was a resident of Mechanicsburg, PA.
Calvin Haverstock ’57, who died Nov. 25, 2015. He was a resident of Mechanicsburg, PA.
Roy Hedrick ’56, who died Nov. 29, 2015. He was a resident of Harrisonburg, VA.
Archie Criglar Sr. ’95, who died Dec. 24, 2015. He was a resident of Fort Wayne, IN.
Philip Isgrigg ’65, who died Dec. 31, 2015. He was a resident of Bartlett, IL.
Lynn Bergman ’57, who died Jan. 8, 2016. He was a resident of Spring Hill, FL.
Robert Lloyd Miller ’54, who died Jan. 15, 2016. He was a resident of Mulberry, IN.
Jackie Love, friend of United, who died Jan. 17, 2016. She was a resident of Dayton, OH.
Donald Rinehart ’75, who died Jan. 20, 2016. He was a resident of Ashland, OH.
John Ness ’73, who died Feb. 10, 2016. He was a resident of Titusville, NJ.
Marco Hunsberger ’69, who died Feb. 17, 2016. He was a resident of Williamsport, PA.
Arlie Cassiday ’54, who died Feb. 20, 2016. He was a resident of Wabash, IN.
Albert Clipp ’72, who died March 20, 2016. He was a resident of Mechanicsburg, PA..
Donald Hines ’51, who died March 20, 2016. He was a resident of Topeka, KA.
Daniel Shearer ’41, who died March 31, 2016. He was a resident of Lancaster, PA.
Eugene Garlow ’59, who died April 9, 2016. He was a resident of Poca, WV.
May 14, 1933 – Sept. 26, 2015
Rev. Sheaffer, emeritus faculty member and a 1958 alumnus, died Sept. 26, 2015. For 30 years, Rev. Sheaffer directed United Sound, the former seminary choir. He served as Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Music and was the founder of United’s broadcast television ministry program.
Rev. Sheaffer was ordained in the Central Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. A talented musician, he was organist for several churches, including Shiloh Church UCC, where he served for 29 years.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, a 1988 United alumna. He also leaves four children, Neil (Ruth Osier), Noel (Joe Farley), Megan (Randy) Kreill, and Brian (Amanda Materne); three grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Kenneth H. Pohly
Nov. 6, 1923 – April 21, 2016
Dr. Kenneth H. Pohly, emeritus faculty member, died April 21, 2016. He joined United’s faculty in 1969 as Professor of Pastoral Care and Director of Supervised Ministry. In 1980 he established the Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation. Following Dr. Pohly’s retirement in 1989, he consulted as Director Emeritus of the Pohly Center. In 2001, he published Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision.
Prior to serving on United’s faculty, Dr. Pohly was a pastor in the East Ohio Conference of The UMC and served as Director of Religious Activities at Otterbein College.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, daughter Carol Pohly, son Keith (Eva Jo) Pohly, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his brother Gerald (Eileen) Pohly, a niece and two nephews.
Nov. 13, 1959 – April 23, 2016
Rev. Dr. Terry Thomas, long-time mentor with United’s doctoral program, died April 23, 2016. Rev. Dr. Thomas served as a mentor to Doctor of Ministry students since 2001. At the time of his death, he was leading a focus group on effective preaching. In addition to his work at United, Rev. Dr. Thomas served as pastor at West Durham Baptist Church in Durham, NC, and was the author of several books on Christian living and discipleship.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Thomas, three brothers, and nine sisters.