Issue - United Theological Seminary



Issue - United Theological Seminary
Fall/Winter 2012
Keeping in Touch
A Magazine for United Alumni/ae
Featured Inside
All Things New . . . . . . . . . . page 10
United Residents . . . . . . . . . . page 8
Alumni/ae Awards . . . . . . . page 3
News and Notes . . . . . . . . . page 4
Spirit Led, Renewing the Church!
United Theological Seminary • 4501 Denlinger Road • Dayton, Ohio 45426
Renewal: An Extraordinary Calling
Letter from the President
2012 Alumni/ae Awards Presented
Dear alumni/ae and friends,
How on earth can we expect a seminary and its graduates to play an important role in turning
around decades of decline in the Church? Yet this is exactly what the United community expects
and is working toward.
Led by the Holy Spirit, fortified with humble prayer and a God-given vision, the seminary and
the Church must work together to reconnect our congregations and those beyond with faithful
teaching, preaching, pastoral care, courageous leadership and a conviction
that God is making all things new!
This is an extraordinary calling. Nonetheless, our prayer that the Holy
Spirit will lead us to do our part in renewing the Church through faithful
discipleship resonates with many who are being called into the
ministry. It has been a main factor in more than doubling United’s
student enrollment in the past four years. The annual number of
credit hours taken at United has grown from 3,793 in 2008 – 09 to
9,283 in 2011 – 12 (now 567 students). In addition to the traditional
subjects like Bible, theology and preaching, these students
participate in the required coursework and spiritual formation
that will prepare them not only as faithful pastors, but also as Spiritled change-agents in renewing the Church for the mission of Jesus
Christ in the world. What could be more important than this?
At its Alumni/ae Banquet on October 16,
United’s Alumni/ae Association honored The Revs. James H. ’77, and Billie Ann
Maynard ’77 (top middle) as Effective Ministry Award recipients; Bishop Gregory
G.M. Ingram ’91 and Rev. Dr. Jessica Ingram ’94 (top right) as Distinguished
Alumnus/a Award recipients; and Bishop Allyson Abrams ’00 ’05, (lower left)
as Outstanding D.Min. Alumna Award recipient.
In the late 1970s, the Maynards opened Pleasant Vineyard Ministries (PVM) as a
retreat center for pastors and laypeople. PVM’s ministry has expanded over the
years into a camp facility and now offers programs to children in the U.S. and in
military bases all over the world.
Many of our students have come to United because of this
commitment to renewing the Church and because you have
referred them. Thank you for your prayers and your faithful work
for renewal among God’s people! Thank you for supporting
United, especially our current students, and for sharing the
vision and expectation that God is making all things new!
The Ingrams have made outstanding contributions to Christian ministry throughout the
world as episcopal leaders in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the First, 15th
and 10th districts. Both have authored several publications and have served as senior
pastors in Michigan.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Bishop Abrams founded Speak the Truth Economic Empowerment, MyVision Corporation, and Speak the
Truth Baptist Church. She was the first female pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church in Detroit and is the
author of two books.
Wendy J. Deichmann, President
Three members of the class of ’72 were inducted into the Eckels Society. They include Rev. Joseph Easley,
Rev. Daniel Nugent, and Rev. Kenneth Hutchinson (upper left).
The Eckels Society recognizes and honors United graduates of 40 or more years who have given dedicated
service to Christ. The Society is named for Rev. Dr. Harry L. Eckels who earned a diploma and five degrees at
United from 1941 to 1989.
United is a seminary of The United
Methodist Church that welcomes
students from many faith traditions.
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She appeared on a panel discussion,
“What I Wished I Had Known.” Her
book, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,
was a finalist for the LCC Eureka! Award
for best first mystery novel.
Ruth A. F. Winters, LaGrange, KY,
has published Married to the Church,
self-published, 2011.
Class of 1997
Class of 1948
Edward D. Auchard, Bryan, OH, has
published A Quest for Truth, Xlibris
Corp., 2011
Class of 1955
Dr. and Mrs. James L. Harring, Kingston,
PA, were recognized at the conclusion
of the morning worship service of the
Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston
for their 60th wedding anniversary
on April 15. James is in his 14th year
of service as Minister of Pastoral Care
to this merged United MethodistPresbyterian congregation of 1,200 in
the Susquehanna Conference.
Class of 1962
Ehrhardt I. Lang, Lompoc, CA,
will begin his fifth interim pastoral
appointment this fall since retirement
in 2000, this time at Christ UMC
in Santa Maria, CA, a JapaneseAmerican congregation. The
assignment coincides with his recently
self-published book, A Child in Japan
during World War II – Memories of a
German Missionary’s Son. The book
is available free of charge to United
alumni/ae by request:
[email protected] 805.733.2300.
Class of 1974
J. Robert Sandman, Oak Brook, IL,
who died January 16, 2012, was a
lifelong pastor of the United Church
of Christ. He was present when the
General Council of the Congregational
Christian Churches approved the Basis
of Union while a student at Oberlin
College in 1948. After retirement, Bob
and his wife, Olgha, served for one year
as volunteer missionaries, establishing
the Istanbul, Turkey, Interparish
Migrants Project. Later, he was Interim
Conference Minister in South Dakota,
Acting Conference Minister in Illinois,
Interim Association Minister in the
Fox Valley Association, one of the
Illinois Conference’s teachers of UCC
History and Polity and an Annuitant
Visitor for the Pension Boards. For 31
years he was an active member of
First Congregational UCC in Downers
Grove, IL.
Richard and Jennie Thomas,
Reynoldsburg, OH, retired after 40 years
of ministry in The United Methodist
Church. Their final appointment was 17
years as senior pastor of Milford First
UMC in the West Ohio Conference.
In retirement they will be living in the
Columbus, OH, area.
Class of 1977
Susan Hischke Perkins, Stoutsville, OH,
has published Passover Promises, a
work of historical fiction. It is available
from or from
[email protected]
Class of 1987
Daniel Houghton, Eagle Point, OR, has
retired but will continue his service as
a fire chaplain with Jackson County
Fire District #3. He also does healing
services in local churches.
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Class of 1990
Ken Custer, Coal Center, PA, was
appointed to Coal Center Grace
UMC beginning in July 2012 after
16 years at Saegertown UMC in the
Western PA Conference of the UMC.
Class of 1992
Edward McNulty, Walton, KY, writes
exegetical material for LectionAid
and reviews films from a Biblical
perspective in As
of this writing, Part 2 of his 3-part series
on “Distopias in Science Fiction Films”
has been posted on,
an online religious news service.
It includes reviews of “The Hunger
Games” and “The Lorax.”
Class of 1993
Jack Sullivan Jr., Greensburg, PA,
was installed into the office of
Regional Minister and President of the
Pennsylvania Region of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) on July 1,
2012, in Bolivar, PA. The Regional Minister
post is similar to that of bishop in other
communions. With 71 congregations,
the Pennsylvania Region is one of
33 geographic regional expressions
of the historic Protestant Christian
denomination known as the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S.
and Canada. While at United, he was
a Proctor/Moss Doctoral Fellow.
Class of 1994
Sally Carpenter, Moorpark, CA,
attended the annual Left Coast Crime
convention for mystery writers and
readers in April in Sacramento, CA.
C. Duh Kam, Frederick, MD, writes:
“I am very thankful to United. I really
got a great [preparation for] the
Lord’s ministry from United. God has
been helping me to carry wonderful
ministries to thousands of fellow Chin
refugees resettled in the U.S.A. I visited
Chin refugees in Malaysia who are
waiting to go to third countries in 2009
and 2011. I have been serving the Chin
Baptist Mission Church in Washington,
DC, for eight years now. There are 600
members who are Chin refugees from
Burma. I am also the Executive Minister
of Chin Baptist Churches U.S.A.,
which is organized with 55 Chin
refugee churches [in a cooperative]
mission to our own people in Burma as
well as in the U.S.A.”
Class of 1998
Stephen E. Ellis, Middlebury, IN,
received his D.Min. in 2011. He
relocated to Middlebury as Senior
Pastor, and wrote a workbook
for Bible studies on prayer titled
Experiencing Prayer.
Class of 2000
David C. Piatt, Ogdensburg, NY,
graduated Nov. 1, 2011, from Trinity
Theological Seminary, Newburgh,
IN, with a D.Min. in pastoral ministry.
He is pastoring the Morristown and
Ogdensburg First UMC along the St.
Lawrence River in New York.
Class of 2004
Michael L. Harris, Indian Trail, NC,
just published an article in the May/
June/July 2012 Circuit Rider magazine
titled “Changing Neighborhoods:
Remarketing, Not Reinventing.”
Brice A. Thomas, Xenia, OH, coauthored an article with Dr. Richard
Eslinger that was published in the
November/December 2011 issue
of “The Clergy Journal” magazine
titled “Encountering God through
Emerging Worship.”
Class of 2005
Charles Eagle, Logan, OH, was
appointed pastor of New Hope United
Methodist Church as of July 1, 2012.
Class of 2007
Paul F. Koehler, Lillian, AL, has
published Telling God’s Stories with
Power, William Carey Library, 2010.
Class of 2011
W. Darin Moore, Mt. Vernon, NY,
became the 99th bishop of the A.M.E.
Zion Church on July 24. Dr. Moore is a
pastor of Greater Centennial A.M.E.
Zion Church in Mount Vernon, NY, a
mentor in United’s Doctor of Ministry
program, and is currently co-leading
the focus group “Leading Church
Renewal” with Dr. Jason Vickers.
Blessings on:
Eugene ’65 and Gladys Risch,
Clarkdale, AZ, who celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary
on November 23, 2011. They were
married on Thanksgiving Day in 1950.
Congratulations to:
Aaron and Jennifer Smith ’10, of
Anchorage, AK, on the birth of
Isabella Kay on December 31, 2011.
Chanda and Justin Williams ’09,
West Milton, OH, on the birth of
Wesley McArthur Williams on May
6, 2012. He weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and
was 20.25 inches long.
Our prayers are with the families of:
Robert Leroy Miller ’56, who died on
April 6, 2011. Condolences may be
sent to his wife, Ann Thuy Miller, 6801
Edgewood Drive, Highlands Ranch,
CO 80130-5143.
J. Robert Sandman ’74, who died
on January 16, 2012. Condolences
may be sent to his wife, Olgha S.
Sandman, 2S 761 Theresa Court, Oak
Brook, IL 60523-1042.
Mark Gough ’77, whose father, Francis
L. Gough, died on April 11, 2012.
Condolences may be sent to, the Rev.
and Mrs. Mark (Paula) Gough, 5613
Albany Court, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.
Al Kundenreich ’77, whose wife, Carol,
died on April 16, 2012. Condolences
may be sent to Al at 2800 W. Riggin
Road, Muncie, IN 47304.
Sara L. Rees, who died on April 30, 2012.
She was the spouse of Howard E. Rees,
’53, who died in 1993. Condolences may
be sent to their son, Mr. David Rees, 903
W. Manor Dr., Marion, IN 46952.
Beatrice Luther ’96, who died on
May 16, 2012
Patricia Sounders, who died on
May 27, 2012. She was the spouse
of Bruce Souders ’47, who died on
February 12, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to their son, Mr. Gregory
Allen Souders, at 208 Stafford Drive,
Winchester, VA 22602-7431.
Ronald L. Foulk ’61, who died on
June, 11, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to his wife, Virginia, at 110
Lakengren Drive, Eaton, OH 45310.
Jeffrey B. Haverfield, a mentor in the
D.Min. program, died on June 13,
2012. Condolences may be sent to
his wife, Bobbi, at Crosswood United
Methodist Church, 1551 Richland
Road, Marion, OH 43302.
Dale W. Smith ’61, who died on June
15, 2012. Condolences may be
sent to his wife, Justina, at 1420 N.
Clarence, Apt. 103, Wichita, KS 67203.
Jim Kuhn ’60, who died on June 18,
2012. Condolences can be sent to his
wife, Nancy, at 116 Steeple Chase,
Lima, OH 45807. | 5
Richard L. Myers, ’61, who died on
June 24, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to his wife, Linda, at 5291
Seneca Trail, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Daniel L. Shearer ’41, whose wife,
Irma, died on July 15, 2012, at the
age of 96. Condolences may be
sent to Dan at 655 Willow Valley
Square #L406, Lancaster, PA 17602.
George Fandt ’55, who died on August
4, 2012. Condolences may be sent to
his wife of 60 years, Lillian, at 119 W. 2nd
St., Apt. 506, Xenia, OH 45385.
Forrest M. Garner ’56, who died on
August 9, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to his wife, Linda, at 10647
Ura Lane, Northglenn, CO 80234.
Bonita Engle Burtner: Dec. 19, 1911 – June 27, 2012
Bonita Burtner, wife of the late Dr. E. Edwin Burtner (Professor Emeritus
of Preaching at United), died on June 27 at the Otterbein Retirement
Community in Lebanon, OH. She was 100 years old. Survivors include a
son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Burtner of Dayton; a sister,
Alberta Messmer of Pickerington, OH; grandchildren, Rob of Kansas
City and Rochelle of Dayton; a sister-in-law, Margaret of Minneapolis;
a great-granddaughter, Macy of Wichita, KS; and numerous nieces.
Bonita graduated from Otterbein College in 1935 and was an
accomplished pianist, teaching for many years. A celebration of life
service was held on July 5 at Fairview UMC, Dayton.
Dr. Harold McSwain, former Professor of Church Administration
at United, died on June 17 in Columbus, OH, after an extended
decline following a stroke in 2007. He was born in Memphis, TN,
the son of Elvis and Ruby McSwain. He married Joyce DeShazo
on July 25, 1948, when they were undergraduates at Lambuth
University. They had three children: Harold (Hal) W. McSwain, Jr. of
Ocala, FL; Kenneth W. McSwain (wife, Christine) of Columbus, OH;
and Mara M. Weed (husband, Peter; children, Kaitlin, Timothy,
and Gregory) of Cheshire, CT.
William H. Jenkins ’44, who died at
the age of 100, on August 12, 2012.
Condolences may be sent to his
daughter, Alice K. Hilderbrand, at 3053
Township Road 35, Ada, OH 45810.
Donald F. LaSuer who died on
August 26, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to his son, Craig LaSuer ’85
(Joy) at 6247 W. Munsee Dr., West
Lafayette, IN 47906.
Daniel R. Barker ’94, whose son,
Andrew Wade Barker of Kendallville,
IN, died on August 26, 2012.
Condolences may be sent to Rev.
and Mrs. Daniel R. Barker, 515 Kimmel
South Shores, Kendallville, IN 46755.
Naomi Forkner, who died on
September 17, 2012. She was the spouse
of Stanley H. Forkner ’35, ’42, who died
in 1993. Condolences may be sent to
their son, Robert Forkner, 899 Sun Deck
Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.
Robert Thomas Coleman ’91, who died
on October 14, 2012. Condolences may
be sent to his wife, Sonia Coleman, 5619
Doremus Ave., Richmond, CA 94805.
Harold W. McSwain Sr.:
Jan. 20, 1925 – June 17, 2012
Anna Claire Mauerhan: July 5, 1920 – June 7, 2012
Anna Claire Mauerhan, long-time trustee and friend of United, died on
June 7 in Anaheim, CA. Anna Claire served on numerous committees
of the seminary, most notably the academic affairs committee as
well as the strategic and long-term planning committee. Her nephew,
Richard Mauerhan, was an alumnus of United and brought with
him the care and support of his entire family. The Mauerhans have
made great contributions to the seminary, including the seminary
conference room named in Anna Claire’s honor. She was a global
traveler and always a gracious host for the seminary. Her Christian faith
was unfaltering, and her kindness was unforgettable.
At one Board of Trustees’ meeting, Anna Claire told of an African safari
when native monkeys got into her tent and took her cosmetic kit and
her soap. “I just assumed they needed it more than I did,” she said.
And that was a mantra for her life – if she could help any being on the
earth, she would do it happily and cheerfully. She was one of a kind
and we will miss her.
President Wendy Deichmann represented United at Anna Claire’s
memorial service on June 17 in Waverley Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial
Park, Anaheim. We pray that she has entered eternal rest with the grace
that she has done well and been a faithful servant of our Christ.
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He was ordained an elder in the Memphis Conference of the
Methodist Church, serving churches, academia and the parish
for 63 years. In 1957 he became Executive Secretary of the
Memphis Conference Town and Country Committee and served
on the faculty at Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. Beginning
in 1973 until his retirement in 1994, he was Professor of Church
Administration for Methodist Theological School in Delaware, OH,
and United. He was Director of the Center for Town and Rural
Ministries, working closely with the East and West Ohio Annual
Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Dr. McSwain helped to found the Rural Chaplains Association in
response to the family farm crisis in the late 1980s, served as Staff/
Dean until the beginning of 2008 and served several leadership
roles including President of the United Methodist Rural Fellowship.
Harold was a mentor, teacher, friend, counselor and anchor to
many seminary students, pastors, lay persons and colleagues
across the country. He was a visionary, a dreamer, an activist,
one who stood against oppression and injustice. He had a
lifetime commitment to God’s people of rural, town and country
and small-membership churches.
A memorial service was held on June 23 at Epworth UMC
Columbus, OH. Condolences may be sent to Joyce McSwain,
2871 Lakewood Drive, Columbus, OH 43231.
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Spotlight on United Alums
Two United alumni/ae and one current student
are now serving in West Ohio United Methodist
congregations through the conference’s Resident
Program, which seeks to help young clergy be
successful in ministry.
Wade Giffin, ’91 (also a United alum),
who is serving as Director of the Office
of Ministry in the West Ohio Conference,
said the program began in 2007 as a way
to find exceptional young leaders who
could be mentored by an experienced
pastor with proven leadership skills. The
typical resident is either a recent graduate or in the last
year of his or her seminary education, and would spend
two - three years in residency.
“The churches that are chosen must
have a congregation that understands
what it takes to raise up a leader.”
Residents are not to be placed in one area such as
youth or children’s ministry, but are to participate in all
aspects of ministry.
“The churches that are chosen must have a
congregation that understands what it takes
to raise up a leader,” Giffin said.
The vision for the Residency Program began in 2006
when Bishop Bruce Ough began to see the need
for an intensive program to grow young leaders for
medium to large-sized churches. The program started
with one resident in 2007 and now has five residents
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Seth Oiler ’12
Seth Oiler ’12 is in his second year as a resident at Pickerington Peace UMC, Pickerington,
OH, having applied and been accepted in 2011, his last year of seminary. He was placed
with mentor Bill Lyle, who also mentored the first resident in the program, Rachel Billups,
back in 2007. Oiler and Lyle began a new appointment together in July of 2011.
“It’s been amazing,” said Oiler. “I’ve learned more in the past year than I learned during my
entire student appointment, where I was on my own.” He said the high expectations and
accountability have made a big difference for him.
Peace UMC had been languishing at 300 in attendance for several years and was ready
to grow. Oiler was able to be a part of that process from the beginning. He serves as
director of worship and discipleship and is responsible for directing staff and lay people.
“I have learned things I never would have learned on my own,” he said, “like how to manage a budgeting process and
how to run a capital campaign. It’s been a great experience for me and is absolutely where I need to be right now.”
Mic Mohler (M.Div. student)
By Ms. JoAnn Wagner,
Senior Assistant to the President
and two graduates. Residents receive a full-time
salary, health insurance, pension and a parsonage
or housing allowance funded by the conference
and a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
“Our hope was that the resident pastor would
experience ministry at a pace they ordinarily would
not,” said Giffin, “and that when they were finished
they would have shaped their pastoral identity, feel
competent to lead a congregation and know what
to do on the first day.”
The Office of Ministry and the Bishop covenant with the
resident and the mentoring pastor, and check in on a
regular basis to see how they’re progressing. New this
year is a cohort of residents led by the two graduates,
in the hope that they will gain even more insights from
each other as they share their unique experiences.
“We’re learning as we go,” said Giffin, “but this
program has been a real success and now other
conferences are looking at it as a leadership
development model. “
Mic Mohler (M.Div. student) heard about the program from Giffin. He applied and was
placed at Troy First UMC in Troy, OH, with mentor Dave Leckrone, Lead Pastor. Mohler was
already working there as an associate, and when he, Leckrone and the church were
selected, his position was converted from Associate to Resident Pastor in July of 2012.
The Resident Program allows Mohler to get hands-on experience in all the church’s
various ministries. He will lead the Stewardship Campaign in 2013, will take part in
leading change in Adult Discipleship, is helping to transform the church’s committee
structure into teams, is re-inventing the contemporary services and is preaching each
week in the contemporary services.
“But even though I preach at the contemporary services, I function as a pastor on staff.
I am in ministry with the whole church.” said Mohler.
“I have been blessed with a great mentor who allows me to try new things and be creative in ministry,” said Mohler.
“He (Leckrone) helps me see things in ways that I am not accustomed to. I will leave the Residency Program and
become a lead pastor with experiences and knowledge that I would not have gotten without this program.”
Mohler recommends residency to any young pastor who is looking to change the world through serving God.
“This program is all about preparing you to be a successful and effective pastor. Why would anyone not want
to be a part of it?” he asked.
Marie Smith ’08
Marie Smith ’08, has been out of seminary for four years, having served at Stillwater UMC,
Dayton, OH, at its Miller Lane Campus under senior pastor Duane Anders ’91,’92,’03. At
first glance, she doesn’t really meet the requirements set out for the program – she’s not
just out of seminary and has already had an appointment.
After a series of interviews, the Residency Council felt she fit the spirit of the program
because of her passion for ministry, her gifts and graces for leadership, and her previous
appointment, which was a one-on-one with a senior pastor who was a proven leader.
They offered her a “hybrid” residency at Clough UMC in Cincinnati, OH, where she is
lead pastor and is mentored by Mark Rowland, Senior Pastor at Anderson Hills UMC.
“This program has been so valuable for me,” said Smith. “If I’m stuck, I go to Mark and
he helps me get unstuck.” She meets with him once a month and attends Anderson Hills staff meetings to learn
about their systems, but has no responsibilities there.
“We’re very aware at Clough that we’re never going to be Anderson Hills, and I know that what they do there
may not work for us,” said Smith. “But the value of having a mentor is learning what questions to ask and what
expectations to have for ministry.” | 9
Behold, I Am Making All Things NEW!
Revelation 21:5
New Faculty Contribute to Renewal
By Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament
When we talk about church renewal at United, we aren’t talking about just one program, model or concept. Rather,
we are engaging in a vital conversation about the myriad avenues available to us for the renewal of the church in our
time. Our underlying theological conviction is that all renewal, whether of individuals, churches or the Church Universal,
is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to discern prayerfully and follow the Spirit’s leadings. Church renewal may look very
different in different contexts, but God is the one source of all true renewal within
the Christian life.
United faculty
members contribute
to this conversation
about renewal in unique ways
through their particular fields of
specialization, including our newest
faculty members, Dr. Felicia LaBoy,
Dr. Luther Oconer and Dr. Horace
Six-Means. Dr. LaBoy is teaching a required course for all M.Div. students called Foundations
for Church Renewal. This course helps students to learn about and to consider various theological
proposals and models for renewal. Dr. Oconer and Dr. Six-Means offer historical perspectives on
church renewal through courses such as Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal Movements
and Methodism as Revival Movement.
Each year we offer courses connected with our Light the Fire conference and the Change the World
conference in partnership with Ginghamsburg UMC. Dr. Michael Slaughter offers students hands-on,
practical perspectives on church renewal through his yearly course, The Missional Church. Rev. Sue Nilson
Kibbey, Director of Connectional Ministries for the West Ohio Conference of the UMC, teaches a course each
year called Leadership for Ministry.
We emphasize renewal, however, not only in these specialized courses, but in more general course offerings as well.
For example, Dr. Lisa Hess and Dr. Peter Bellini teach Methods of Interreligious and Intercultural Encounter, a course
connected with a trip each M.Div. student takes outside of the United States. Within our current global context, the
ability to interact constructively with people of other cultures and religious traditions is essential for any Christian
leader. In this course, students experience widely varied, yet nonetheless legitimate, forms of Christian worship and
practice. They also learn how to engage people of other faith traditions respectfully and to learn from them, yet
without giving up their own commitments to the Christian faith. Dr. Emma Justes, who teaches courses in pastoral
care and pastoral theology, also contributes to our conversation around renewal. Dr. Justes holds that when churches
become healthier institutions, they are more likely to move forward into renewal. Dr. Jim Eller and Ms. Phyllis Ennist
teach a course together called Web Design and Digital Ministry, which helps pastors think through ways in which we
can reach people and bring renewal to communities through the various social media so prevalent within our culture.
It is not only through teaching, but also through publishing, that our faculty participates in this conversation around
renewal. In 2008, Dr. Thomas Dozeman published a book called Holiness and Ministry: A Biblical Theology of Ordination,
which will be the subject of a panel discussion at the upcoming meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. Last year,
Dr. Jason Vickers published Minding the Good Ground: A Theology For Church Renewal (Baylor University Press). He is now
writing a follow-up volume on clergy renewal. I myself have a book coming out next year, co-authored with Dr. William J.
Abraham, called Key United Methodist Beliefs (Abingdon Press). This book is a ten-chapter account of the Christian faith,
written from a Wesleyan perspective, intended to help facilitate the doctrinal renewal of United Methodism.
New Scholarship Programs
Help Students Minimize Debt
By Rev. Evan Abla ’10, Director of Development
In 2011, Marcus Mills, a first-year United student, was
facing the possibility of having to give up his call to
pastor because of the financial burden of seminary
expense. When he received a call from the admissions
office offering him a Master Scholar award, everything
changed. He is now a second-year student and a
full-time pastor at Albright-Bethune United Methodist
Church in State College, PA.
“This scholarship frees me from the added stress of trying
to search for funds to pay for school, and I can pastor a
church. It frees me to pray, to prepare for Bible studies,
prepare for sermons, to minister and provide pastoral
counseling,” said Mills.
The Master and Doctoral Scholar Program, begun in 2011,
provides full tuition scholarships to qualifying students. It
matches benefactors with students and fosters a supportive
relationship between them through email, phone calls
and occasional meals together.
The Bishop Christian Newcomer Scholarship, also new, is
intended to augment United’s residential and academic
student life. Named after the third Bishop of the United
Brethren in Christ, a predecessor denomination to United
Methodism, the academic scholarship provides one-half
of tuition for new residential students with high academic
standing. This fall, nine new students were admitted under
this new scholarship program.
One of the recipients, Lisa Heckaman of Sidney, OH, writes,
“I am so excited to begin this adventure and to join the
United community in glorifying God through serving and
loving people and helping them grow into faithful followers
of Jesus Christ. I cannot thank you enough for allowing
me this opportunity and for demonstrating your faithful
commitment to Kingdom work.”
At United, we know how important it is to
minimize educational debt and to help
our students become the best pastors and
leaders they can be. If you would like to
participate as a donor, please contact
Evan Abla, Director of Development, at
938.529.2201 or [email protected]
There are many more things that could be said about the great work by the United faculty in service to the renewal
of the church. It is a privilege to work with this group of Christian people who are so deeply dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ through the ministry of education. We ask for your prayers that our work together may be Spirit-led
and faithful to God’s purposes.
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Renewal in and Through
the Intercultural Program
By Dr. Lisa M. Hess, Associate Professor of Practical Theology
According to oral history, an explicitly intercultural focus
area for Master of Divinity students began in the 1980s
with a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Core. Since
that time, much has remained the same, even as more
recent, critical resources have been brought to this area
of the curriculum. United’s “intercultural” or “transcultural”
program, recently renamed the “Contextual Theology
and Immersion Program,” (CTIP) is a required 3-credit
course and a 10-day immersion trip outside the bounds
of the contiguous United States.
coursework, deepens its
christocentric roots and Spiritled practices of discernment
into interreligious and intercultural
encounters. The immersion trip
experience then offers a “lab”
or experimental context of a
travelling covenantal community
within which students discern and assess the validity
of their analysis, their “method” of encounter.
Dean David Watson’s invitation to assume oversight of this
program as part of my faculty responsibilities prompted me
to revisit an important question: How is United reading the
signs of the times and preparing graduates to be Christian
leaders in a pluralistic, interreligious and intercultural world?
And the name change? “Contextual Theology” claims
its theological roots. It builds on United’s local contextual
ministries commitment while offering similarly formative
work in the broader, more global contexts of World
Christianity, a compassionate missiology and religious
pluralism. CTIP promises a curricular coherence and
deeply rooted theological formation well-suited to
Christian leaders in local and globally-sensitized settings.
In response I have pondered an old Yiddish proverb:
“When the fence is left behind, you’ll be sure to change
your mind.” And an ancient Roman one: “All things
change, and we ourselves change with them.” The first
urges renewed commitment to the tradition within a
“fence” of a critical-realist faith; the second notes the
unavoidable challenge of change and new knowledge
in what I like to call “Spirit’s tether.”
Recently revised by the faculty, the required course includes
the study of Theologies of Religious Pluralism, Comparative
Theology, Scriptural Reasoning, Cultural Theory and a
renewed Missiology. Completed before the immersion
experience, the course builds upon the classical theological
disciplines and offers opportunity for students to stretch their
awareness and skills toward continued vulnerable learning,
cruciform service and peacemaking testimony to God’s
grace in pluralistic and interreligious settings.
Much more could be said, but as I reviewed a hardcopy,
introductory ICP lecture given decades ago by Academic
Dean (now Emeritus) Newell Wert, I was struck by that
program’s time-appropriate language and curricular
intent toward Christian social action in an expanding
world of encountered difference. The times have
changed and new disciplines have emerged to examine
and assess this “ongoing problematic” of theological
education. I smiled, however, to recognize, in all its fullness,
United’s continued and tenacious commitment to shaping
leaders in the historic Christian faith amidst its increasingly
pluralistic, interreligious and intercultural challenges.
“Spirit’s tether” is gracious, indeed.
The program encourages students to consider and
sense anew the overwhelming diversity within World
Christianity as well as across religious and cultural
boundaries. Ultimately, the primarily relational frame
of compassionate-covenantal companionship,
begun in Contextual Ministries (MINgroup)
New Songs and Hymns for the Church
By Ms. JoAnn Wagner, Senior Assistant to the President
United recently concluded its first annual music
competition, New Songs and Hymns for Renewal: A
Competition for Writers and Composers. In the spirit and
guidance of United’s commitment to church renewal, this
competition called for new creations based on the theme
of renewing the 21st century Church for the mission of Jesus
Christ in the world.
More than 79 entries came in from all parts of the country
and even from the United Kingdom.
“We are truly thrilled at the overwhelming response
from composers and writers with their submissions,” said
Jeremy Winston, United’s Director of Music Ministries and
chairperson of the Hymn Competition committee. “The
quality of the submissions are a testament that renewal is
alive and well in the church!”
The competition was divided into three categories:
Category One for hymns with a new melody and text;
Category Two for hymns with traditional text set to a new
tune; and Category Three for hymns with a new text set to a
traditional tune. Styles included traditional congregationalstyle songs, contemporary songs and gospel.
Winners for Category One
Dorothy Frisch (melody) and John Dalles (text) with their
composition O God, Renew Your Church We Pray. Ms. Frisch
is the Associate Organist and Composer-in-Residence at
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Southbridge, MA. Mr. Dalles,
an ordained minister, serves as Senior Pastor of Wekiva
Presbyterian Church in Longwood, FL.
The Winner for Category Two
Sarah Howell with her composition for the traditional text
Behold, the Savior of Mankind. A recent graduate of
Duke Divinity School, Ms. Howell recently began a new
appointment as Associate Minister for Worship and Young
Adults at Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, NC.
The Winner for Category Three
Jann Aldredge-Clanton with her composition Renewing,
Reforming the Church in Our Day, set to the tune of ST.
DENIO. An ordained minister, author, teacher and chaplain,
she currently serves as adjunct professor at Perkins School of
Theology and Richland Community College in Dallas, TX.
On Friday, July 27, the competition was concluded with
a hymn celebration concert at Precious Blood Catholic
Church in Dayton, OH. With Dr. Elise Eslinger as Master of
Ceremonies, this evening of great music was headlined
by a Dayton-area mass choir and featured many of the
entries along with the winning selections. The performance
included Spirit Renew Us by Jeffery Lowery from Veneta,
OR; Oh, To Be by Jackson Henry from Murfreesboro, TN;
Revive Us Again by John Slate from Dayton, OH; and
My Song Is Love Unknown by Stephen Burtonwood from
Greater Manchester, UK. Video footage of this concert
is can still be viewed at United’s YouTube page at www.
United is pleased to continue with this great call
for songs to renew the church. Entries for the 2013
competition will open on January 7, 2013. Please
look out for further information at
Check out one
more Renewal
story on page 14!
“New Name, New
Partnerships in NonDegree Programs”
United President Serves as Chair of Women in Leadership for ATS
At the 2012 Biennial meeting of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, United
President Wendy Deichmann was elected to serve as Chair of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee
for a two-year term, following her membership on the Committee for the previous two years.
Through the work of WIL, the international accrediting association “provides educational support
for women faculty and administrators and assists schools in their efforts to include more women in
leadership positions.” This includes professional development for women through ATS-sponsored events,
including an annual conference for women in faculty and administrative positions, a retreat for senior administrators
and research geared toward supporting the roles of women in leadership in theological education.
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United alumnus Meshach Kanyion ’11, poses
with children at a deaf ministry in Egypt.
Kanyion traveled to Egypt in January of 2011
for his intercultural experience.
While the number of women serving as faculty and administrators in theological education is growing gradually, it is far
behind the pace of growth of the percentage of female students. For example, United remains the only free-standing
United Methodist seminary to have appointed a woman as president to date, while it is not unusual for women to
constitute half of the students at traditional Protestant seminaries, including those that are United Methodist in affiliation. | 13
New Name, New Partnerships
in Non-Degree Programs
By Dr. Peter Bellini, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Missiology in the Vera Blinn Chair;
Director of Non-Degree Programs
We are pleased to announce that the Institute for
Applied Theology, the lifelong learning component
of United’s non-degree programming, has changed
its name to the School for Discipleship and Renewal,
“United’s non-degree programming,
has changed its name to the School
for Discipleship and Renewal.”
effective October 1. We feel the new name identifies
more clearly what the former Institute does in terms
more familiar to both laity and clergy. It also captures
the “church renewal” emphasis that is a feature of our
theological education and life at United. We invite
you to go online and explore The
School for Discipleship and Renewal’s various Spiritfilled learning and equipping opportunities.
The working vision for our ministry in non-degree
programs is “Renewing, Retooling, Refueling –
Refreshing the Church for the Mission of Jesus Christ
to Make Disciples for the Transformation of the World.”
Along with our existing programs, courses, and events,
there are two new emerging ministries, the Hispanic
Christian Academy and our partnership with
Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.
course of study in Spanish
for Hispanic laity and
clergy. The Academy, which is
headquartered in Lexington, KY, and operates out of
multiple sites, will be offering hybrid and online courses
later this year in partnership with United.
United will serve as a hybrid campus for the growing
Academy, which since 2008 has trained 25 leaders
who have planted 35 home groups and four new
churches throughout central and northern Kentucky.
The partnership will be mutually beneficial in reaching
a growing and receptive group as well as providing
institutional and theological grounding for a cuttingedge apostolic movement.
Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, affiliated with the General
Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, is
also partnering with United to offer its Methodist School of
Supernatural Ministry series in hybrid format. The first class
in the series is being offered this Fall and will culminate on
December 1 with the Holy Spirit Seminar, a practicum of
praise and worship, teaching, prayer, laying on of hands
and ministering in the gifts of the Holy Spirit with Terry Teykl.
Aldersgate and United share a common commitment to
renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
Please visit United’s website at
for more information.
The Hispanic Christian Academy, under the leadership
of Dr. Iosmar Alvarez ’11, offers a basic theological
United Sponsors “Chorale
Methodiste de Duplan”
in New York | By Pastor Lee Capodagli
The 32-member Haitian “Chorale Methodiste de Duplan”
(Methodist Choir of Duplan, Haiti) gave the final performance
of its four-city tour of New York State this past August at the
Embury (Cambridge) United Methodist Church.
Student Spotlight
Jonathan C. Augustine, M.Div. Student
Jonathan C. (Jay) Augustine, third-year United M.Div. student, is the author of an
article, “The Theology of Civil Disobedience: the First Amendment, Freedom Riders,
and Passage of the Voting Rights Act,” which was recently published in a leading
interdisciplinary journal, The Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
Augustine, who lives in Baton Rouge, LA, graduated from Howard University before earning his law
degree from Tulane University and serving as a judicial law clerk in the Louisiana Supreme Court.
“I went into law,” he said, “because I was interested in social justice and I thought law would be a
way to serve the community.”
He served as executive counsel to the Louisiana Workforce Commission; was vice president of the
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, and has been an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University
and Southern University Law Center.
Now an M.Div. student at United and a member of the Louisiana Conference of the A.M.E. Church,
Augustine said he finally answered the call that had been on his heart for years.
“I was guided by faith when I was serving in public office,” he said, “and I finally realized that if I was going to
serve God’s people, I needed to accept His call – that’s when I came to United.”
Last year in History of Christianity II, Dr. David Whitford assigned a paper that could be written on any aspect
of history. Because it was the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, Augustine wrote a paper that focused
on the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King and the redemptive nature of suffering.
Augustine chose to do directed study with Dr. Whitford to expand and revise the original paper into
a journal article that could be published.
“Dr. Whitford went above and beyond,” said Augustine. “He worked with me to develop my interest
in doing a law and religion scholarly article that would be accepted for publication.”
Augustine believes the article was only possible because of United’s online/hybrid program.
“This program has made it possible for me to answer God’s call,” he said. “It is a testament to how
United is developing leaders and academics across the United States.”
Gathering Week at United
A group of students gathered for a picture during Gathering Week, held September 24 – 29 with approximately 150
students attending. Gathering Week is held twice a year at the Dayton campus and allows students who are taking
online classes to complete the required face-to-face portions of the degree.
The Choir’s appearance at Embury was sponsored by United
Theological Seminary and was organized by Rev. Stephen Crowell ’10, pastor of Embury and Centenary UMCs and Special
Assistant to the President of United, Wendy Deichmann. The concert was planned in cooperation with Rev. Edzaire Paul of the
Duplan United Methodist Church, Director for General Education in the Methodist Church of Haiti.
The Choir toured the U.S. as a fundraising effort directed at three areas of relief in Haiti: Housing for those who remain in “tent
cities” 30 months after the earthquake, a hospital/orphanage and funding for another humanitarian mission trip to Haiti. The
Choir’s performance and the moving testimony of Rev. Edzaire Paul resulted in a free will offering of more than $1,200.
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Dr. Kenneth Pohly receives 2012
Helen Flanders Dunbar Award
faculty news
Dr. Emma Justes, Distinguished Professor of
Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Emma
Toussant Chair, spoke at “Celebrate Love,
Legacy, Laughter: A Hands-on Experience
for Enriching the Third-Quarter of Your Life” on May 5 in
Lancaster, PA. The Rev. Ann Osborn, who is completing
her Doctor of Ministry degree at United, arranged the
event with speakers Dr. Richard Haid (a D. Min. mentor),
Dr. Richard L Morgan author of Remembering Your Story
and Chaplain Dennis E. Stalvey, a storyteller and also a
United D. Min. candidate. Dr. Justes’ topic was “Having
Secrets, Keeping Secrets, Telling Secrets: Moving Toward
Wholeness.” Dr. Justes has also published an article,
“Finding Respect Amidst Sacred Wrinkles: Laying the
Groundwork for a Ritual of Reclamation” in Liturgy,
Volume 27, Number 4, 2012. It was co-authored by
Rychie Breidenstein, Library Assistant.
Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor
of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair, has
been invited to conduct an interview with
J.R. Woodward on his new book, Creating A
Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake
of the World. She will also be presenting at the 2013
Convocation for Black Pastors on January 9 – 11 in Atlanta.
Conveners of the event include a Rev. Vance Ross,
current United D.Min. student, and Rev. Kelvin Sauls ’96.
Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean and
Associate Professor of New Testament,
delivered two lectures at First UMC, Midland,
MI, as part of the “Exploring the Faith” lecture
series. The event was called: “Belief Matters: Bible, Creed,
and the Faith of John Wesley.”
Dr. Watson just published a new
book, Wesley, Wesleyans, and
Reading the Bible, which he coedited with Joel B. Green. Baylor
University Press, 2012.
Congratulations Dr. Watson!
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Dr. Lisa Hess, Associate Professor of Practical
Theology, has published “Encountering Habits
of Mind: Kashrut, Jews, and Christians,” in
CrossCurrents, October 2012. The article is the
latest publication on the pastoral-rabbinic ethnography
study she has been conducting toward coursework
development in United’s Contextual Theology and
Immersion Program (see page 12 ). In May, Dr. Hess was
installed as Vice Moderator for the Presbytery of the Miami
Valley, an elected, political-liturgical role of leadership
amongst the 59 PCUSA churches in the Miami Valley area.
Staff News
The 2012 Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, which is given annually by the
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), was presented to
the Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Pohly, Director Emeritus, Pohly Center for Supervision
and Leadership Formation at United Theological Seminary. The award was
announced at the March 2012 Plenary of the CPSP in Pittsburgh, PA. Annually
CPSP honors one who has made significant contributions to clinical pastoral
training, education and transformation.
Because Dr. Pohly can no longer travel, Dr. Robert Charles Powell of the
CPSP traveled to Dayton on April 2, 2012, and presented the award to
him in the presence of family, friends and colleagues. At the presentation,
Dr. Powell noted Pohly’s seminal book, Pastoral Supervision: Inquiries into
Pastoral Care, which was published 35 years ago and revised twice, had
“greatly broadened and deepened our grasp of supervision – what it can
be ... we need to revisit the appreciation he had of supervision as covenant,
relationship, incarnation, plus an optimal amalgam of judgment and grace.”
The following people have recently joined United’s staff:
Karen Payne as Senior Director of Enrollment
Management; Max Fuller as DaytonView Project
Assistant (part-time); Marcia Byrd as Director of Financial
Aid; Victor Davis ’06 as Associate for Development
(part-time); Jean Brindel ’76 as Director of Major Gifts
(part-time); Amanda Wood as Development Assistant;
Ginnene Peavie as Academic Administrative Assistant;
Julia Roat-Abla as Coordinator for Course of Study (parttime); Jayne Corrigan as Admissions Associate; James
Cottrell as Help Desk Analyst; Charity Edwards-Ruffin
as Financial Aid Assistant; Jodi Rose as Administrative
Assistant for the Business Office (part-time); Angela
Klosterman as Communications Coordinator; and
Stephen Crowell as President’s Assistant for Church
Relations in Upper New York (part-time).
The following United staff members have recently
changed positions:
JoAnn Wagner was promoted to Senior Assistant to the
President; Robbie Collins was promoted to Executive
Assistant to the Dean; Laura Weber continues as
Coordinator for Discipleship and Renewal Programs, but
adds responsibilities in Special Events; and Brice Thomas
continues as Director of Alumni/ae Relations but adds
responsibilities as annual Events Coordinator.
Dean David Watson Elected to
The University Senate of The UMC
United’s Academic Dean, Dr. David Watson, was
recently elected by the General Board of Higher
Education and Ministry of The UMC to serve on The
University Senate of The UMC.
“I was surprised and delighted to have been selected,”
Dr. Watson said. “I certainly didn’t see it coming.”
He said he is honored to represent United on The
University Senate.
“It’s a great opportunity to give United a voice at the table
that we haven’t had for a while and to represent what I see
to be the interests of the broader Church,” he said.
As a member of The University Senate, Dr. Watson will be
one of the 25 voting members. He said he will attend his first
meeting as a member of The University Senate in late January. | 17
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For more information on all events contact United: 937.529.2201 |
December 1
March 13, 2013
Firepower for Your Ministry: The
Holy Spirit Seminar is a one-day
event featuring Rev. Dr. Terry
Teykl. This practicum event offers
a day of worship, teaching,
anointing, prayer, impartation
and ministering of the gifts of
the Holy Spirit. This event will
be live streamed; registered
Livestream viewers will receive
a password. Speakers include
Rev. Dr. Teykl, Dr. Peter Bellini,
Dr. Felicia LaBoy and Apostle Arthur McGuire. United’s
School for Discipleship and Renewal and Aldersgate
Renewal Ministries are sponsors. For more details and to
register, visit under “Events.”
Minding the Good Ground: a Conference on Church
Renewal at Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY,
featuring Dr. Jason Vickers.
April 8 – 13, 2013
April 18 – 19, 2013
Exploring the Faith Lecture Series in the Willow Valley
area of Lancaster, PA, featuring Dr. Luther Oconer
on the topic; “Spirit-filled: The Global Pentecostal
Movement in United Methodist Contexts”.
January 28 – February 1, 2013
May 21 – 23, 2013
Doctor of Ministry Intensive, with the theme, “Human
Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Faithful Response,”
will include speakers Dr. David Watson, Dr. Marie
Fortune and Dr. Tony Talbott.
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Eugene ’65 and Gladys Risch Donate Music
Eugene Risch ’65 and his wife, Gladys, pose on campus
with Dr. Wendy Deichmann and the piece of vellum
liturgical music they recently donated to United. Dr. Sarah
Blair, Library Director, notes that her research indicates
that the music is based on Psalm 24 (23 in the Vulgate)
and that the “variety of square (or quadratic) notation
known best nowadays is that of books written in Paris in
the second half of the 13th and early 14th century, used
not only for plainchant but also polyphonic music and the
songs of the troubadours.”
Third Annual Light the Fire Church Renewal Conference will
be held at Ginghamsburg UMC with the theme “Divine
Healing.” Featured speakers include Dr. William J. Abraham,
Dr. Candy Gunther Brown, Dr. Virginia Todd Holeman,
Dr. Craig S. Keener and Dr. Michael Slaughter. Additional
leaders include Bishop Kenneth N. Carter, Florida Annual
Conference, UMC, and Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.,
Mississippi Annual Conference, UMC. Watch for registration
details at under “Events” or contact Laura
Weber at [email protected] | 937.529.2278.
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1 p.m. Bishop Michael Coyne, Bishop
of the Indiana Area, UMC, is the
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Conference: Preaching the Whole
Counsel of God; a conference open to all
preachers, pastors, associate ministers and
seminary students to be held in Columbus,
Ohio. For more details and to register, visit under “Events.”
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