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Alumni Notes March 2009

Alumni News

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Bill Speigner (class of 1957) underwent open heart surgery to replace a faulty heart valve on April 16. He is now in Evergreen Laurel, a rehabilitation center in his hometown of Billings, Montana, where his wife, Carol, keeps a close eye on his recovery.

Dorris Goswick (class of 1959) visited the Alumni Office in the spring of 2009, along with his wife, Hilda, and their daughter, Jennifer. The Goswicks live in Alpharetta, where Dorris retired from the United States Post Office after 38 years of service. He brought a gift to the Alumni Office—his letter jacket from his years at Truett-McConnell (1957-1959), when he was manager of the Truett-McConnell Mountaineers (the men’s basketball team). When Dorris left Truett-McConnell, he transferred to Georgia Teachers College (now Georgia Southern University), where he earned a degree in social studies. He worked for a time with Lockheed Corporation and then went to work in the post office in Alpharetta, from which he retired. He reminisced about the Mountaineers team in the late 50’s—a team that included Herman Dove, Sam Huggins, Luke Huggins and Joe Stovall among its players and Don Carroll as coach. Since Truett-McConnell did not have a gym at the time, the team played in the old Cleveland High School gym on the Helen Highway (the location where the current Cleveland post office is). Dorris said that he always went early to the gym to build a fire so the gym would be warm enough for the teams to play their games.


Gail Dangar Bell (class of 1962) underwent colon surgery on June 8, 2009, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Thomas Dorsey Cavender, husband of TMC alum Imogene (Jean) Berry Garner Cavender (class of 1962), passed away on March 17, 2009, following an extended illness. He had worked for Gainesville Iron Works and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Gainesville. He is survived by his wife, Jean Berry Garner Cavender, of Gainesville.

Mickey Cobb (class of 1962), who lives in the Kansas City area, visited friends in northeast Georgia on March 28, 2009. On that Saturday afternoon, he invited former classmates at TMC to drop by the hotel in Gainesville where he was staying for a visit and time of fellowship. Among those attending were Coach Rollin Channell, Carmen and Jim Martin, Jack and Louise Holcomb, Glenda Chatham, Kathy and Don Wills, Chris Doyle, Gerald Davidson, Harry Werner, Shack McDaniel, as well as a number of other friends and former basketball players at TMC. Mickey Cobb is now retired from his lengthy tenure as head athletic trainer for the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team.


Gail Dixon Mann (class of 1972) is director of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Graceville Extension Center in Graceville, FL, where she lives. She was married in 1974 to Ned Mann (attended TMC 1971-1973). The couple served as missionaries in Brazil. Ned was killed in 1994. They had three daughters.


Gerald (called Gerry) Purcell (class of 1981) recently announced his campaign as a Republican candidate for the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner in the 2010 state election. Following his degree from Truett-McConnell, he graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, on an ROTC scholarship as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He is a decorated Army Military Intelligence Officer and a winner of the prestigious General George C. Marshall Leadership Award, recognizing one of the top military science cadets in the nation. He is married to the former Julianne Sant, and they are the parents of two adult sons. The Purcells live in Alpharetta. To read about his candidacy, visit www.gerrypurcell.com.

Andy McCullough (class of 1984) and his wife, Robin, will be changing their ministry focus this summer. After 17 years (for Robin) and 23 years (for Andy) on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, the McCulloughs will be leaving the organization and joining Global Services Associates as of August 1. They will be serving as missions consultants, working with churches and mission organizations in developing a vision and plan of how God can use them to help bring the His Kingdom to the world. One aspect of their ministry will be a microloan program to focus on providing support groups and jobs for HIV-positive women in Africa to give them hope both financially and spiritually. While the McCulloughs are still working with Campus Crusade, their whole family (Andy, Robin and three sons) will be going to South Africa to serve for a month. Andy and Robin will lead a team from their church to serve together with BEAM Africa, ministering to the poor in the township of Nellmapius near Pretoria.

Lt. Col. Greg Rawlings (class of 1984) served as chief of Multi-National Corps-Iraq C3 Force Management Division in Camp Victory in Baghdad, a part of the XVIII Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rawlings and Southern Baptist chaplain Jeff Houston discovered their mutual love of bluegrass music and formed their own bluegrass band among the soldiers in the unit. The band was called the Baghdad Bad Boys and entertained the troops for about two hours each week in a camp coffee shop called Green Beans Café and lifted the spirits of the soldiers by providing music in the weekly Sunday chapel services. The bluegrass group’s last performance together was March 15, 2009, after which the members of the group began heading home from their deployment assignments.

Amy Goins (class of 1988), along with the singing group she is a member of, Beloved, had the honor of singing on stage at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on May 12, 2009, for the worldwide premiere of The Way Home, a movie starring Dean Cain. The group Beloved sang the title song in the movie entitled “The Way Home,” which Amy co-wrote. The song appears in the movie and will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack. The movie The Way Home is an inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two-year-old son and, through doing so, changed the lives of many of those involved. The movie will be released nationwide in the fall. Visit www.thewayhome-movie.com to find out more about the movie. Several TMC alumni of the late 1980s were in attendance at the Fox premiere, including Randy Simpkins (class of 1988), whose family story is told in the movie. It was Randy’s son who was missing and who was the object of the search that pulled a community together and furnished plot material for the movie.


Vickie Clemons Black (class of 1990) is a second grade teacher and grade-level chair with Francis Howell School District in Saint Peters, MO. She lives in Saint Peters with her husband of 15 years, Brad Black, and their children: Kaley, 12, who is in sixth grade, plays the flute, sings in the show choir and enjoys her friends at church; and Joey, 9, who is in art classes, has a lead role in his church musical and loves doing anything with computers. Vickie directs a kindergarten choir and teaches 3-and-4-year-olds in Sunday School.

Kelly Walraven Carr (class of 1990) is an education specialist with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Heather Robinson Camp (class of 1991) is a Doctor of Chiropractic with Camp Chiropractic and Fairburn Road Chiropractic. She and her husband, Lamar Camp, live in Douglasville, GA.

Clay Chasteen (attended 1991-92) is youth pastor at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Griffin, GA, a position he has held since 1993.

Amy Willis Clegg and her husband, Jeff Clegg, (both class of 1991) live in Monroe, GA, where Amy is a pharmacist with Carmichael Drugs.

Julie Taylor Eibeschitz (class of 1991) is on staff in the Pageant Production Department of First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She and her husband, Joshua, live in Lighthouse Point, FL.

Le Gibson (class of 1991) is a Gwinnett County middle school teacher and pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Hoschton, GA. He and his wife, Jennifer Lisberg Gibson, live in Winder, GA, with their children.

David Holt (class of 1991) is a strategy coordinator with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Alisha, currently reside in Corrientes, Argentina, where they serve as church planters.

Chad Hulsey (class of 1991) is a meeting event coordinator with The Travel Corner, currently living in Smyrna, GA.

Mark Paul (class of 1991) is Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church of Dunwoody, GA. He and his wife, Lisa Cagle Paul (class of 1992), have two children: Jonah, 8; and Sonja, 4. The family lives in Stone Mountain, GA.

Matt Paul (class of 1991) is assistant vice president for client support and senior training consultant with Financial Supermarkets, Inc., in Cornelia, GA. His wife, Alyson Rainwater Paul (class of 1995) is the Director of Residence Life at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. The Pauls live in Clarkesville, GA, with their two sons: Sawyer, 6; and Brighton, 3.

Kevin Pledger (class of 1991) is married to Michelle Waters (attended 1990-1991). They live in Newnan, GA, where Kevin is Worship Arts Pastor at SouthCrest Church.

Olivia Houston Bishop (class of 1992) is a fourth grade teacher at Allgood Elementary School in Dallas, GA. She and her husband, Jimmy Bishop (attended 1992-1993), live in Dallas, GA.

Jason Daniel Carter (class of 1992) is assistant principal at Boynton Elementary School in Catoosa County, GA. He and his wife, Amy Green Carter, and their three children live in Ringgold, GA.

Christie Michael Copeland (class of 1992) is a CSC/tax preparer at H & R Block in Walnut Grove, GA.

Mike Copeland (class of 1992) and his wife, Angie, announce the birth of Alexander Brice Copeland on January 12, 2009. Alex joins big brother, Aaron Thomas, 15, and sister, Anna Copeland, 8.

Joy Johnson Phillips (class of 1992) is married to Mark Phillips. Their children are Madison, 8; Andrew, 6; and Ryan, 20 months.

Chad Taylor (class of 1992) is a sales executive with Advance Logistics Services, Inc., in Buchanan, GA, where he and his wife, Nerissa, live.

Libby Saye West (class of 1992) is a special education paraprofessional with Cherokee County Board of Education. She and her husband, Dwayne, live in Canton, GA, with their two children: Beau Ryland, 3; and Drew Channing, 20 months.

Monique Bainbridge (class of 1994) is married to John Lowe, and they are the parents of two daughters, Hayleigh and Chloe. The Lowe family lives in Doraville, GA.

Marc Ivey (attended 1994-95) lives in Lynchburg, VA, where he could be contacted at 5600 White Oak Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Tracey Bowden Prator (class of 1994) is a fifth grade teacher with Cobb County School System. She and her husband, Robert Prator, live in Kennesaw, GA, with their two children.

Michael Weiland (class of 1994) is the service director of the Child and Adolescent Unit of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.

Jessica Murphy Butler (class of 1995) is employed with Gateway. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Gainesville, GA.

Alan Cook (class of 1995) is the release manager with Acxiom Corporation in Nashville, TN. He and his wife, Tanya Moore Cook, live in Hermitage, TN.

Allyson Harper (class of 1995) is a special education teacher with Northgate High School in Newnan, GA. She is a resident of Palmetto, GA.

Kathie Ivester (class of 1995) was recently named dean of academic affairs at North Georgia Technical College. She graduated from North Georgia Technical College and then received an Associate in Applied Science degree from Truett-McConnell. From here she went to Piedmont College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, followed by a master’s degree in public administration.

Jennifer Jones Caston (class of 1996) was married in 2005 to Timothy Andrew Caston. They have two children: Ashley Grace, born April 2006, and Aubree Faith, born December 2007. Jennifer is now teaching preschool at John Wesley United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center in Charleston, SC, where the family resides.

Amber Smith Dawson (class of 1996) is a logistic administrator for Manheim in Stockbridge, GA, where she resides with her one-year-old daughter, Grace.

Mandy Page Gazaway (class of 1996) is employed with Lowe’s Home Improvement Store of Cornelia, GA. She and her husband, Jacob, live in Dillard, GA.

Robby Gilbert (class of 1996) is a paraprofessional and football/basketball/baseball coach at Tucker High School. He and his wife, Amy Weiss Gilbert (class of 1995), and their two children live in Tucker, GA.

Autumn Lashley Shepard (class of 1996) is a foster care case manager for the Department of Family and Children Services.

Jason Suddeth (class of 1996) is a fireman with the Dalton Fire Department.

Melinda (Mindy) Paul (class of 1997) is married to Brian Gunter (attended 1995-96), and they are the parents of Toby Bradford Gunter (born June 13, 2005) and Austin Truett Gunter (born March 3, 2009). Mindy writes that he is named for Truett-McConnell, the place where his mommy and daddy met. Mindy has a degree in early childhood education but at this time, she is a stay-at-home mom to her two little boys. The Gunter family lives in Loganville, GA.

Michael Stovall (class of 1997) will graduate in 2010 from Luther Rice University with his Doctor of Ministry degree. He and his wife, Tricia White Stovall (class of 1997) reside in Elberton, GA, with their three children.

Andrea Harper Brown and her husband, Jason Brown, (both class of 1998) live in Newnan, GA, with their one-year-old son, Jacob. Andrea is an elementary school teacher with the Carroll County Board of Education, and Jason is a department manager with Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Amy Arrowood Martin (class of 1998) is athletic director for the White County Parks and Recreation Department in Cleveland. She lives in Demorest, GA.

Cory Hallett (class of 1999) is youth pastor of RiverStone Church in Kennesaw, GA. He and his wife, Ann Marie, and their daughter live in Kennesaw.

Kenya Norton (class of 1999) is a fifth grade teacher at Welch Elementary School in Newnan, GA, where she lives.


Kris Anderson (class of 2000) is engaged to be married to Nicole Slack.

Aaron Moon (class of 2000) and his wife, Jennifer Quick Moon (attended 1998-99) own Pics by the Moon Photography in Atlanta, GA. Aaron is also employed with The Hartford Company, while Jennifer is a manager of an animal hospital. The Moons live in Sandy Springs, GA.

Jeni Wallis Turner (attended 1999-2000) and her husband, Ben Turner (attended 2000-2002) built a new house in 2007 on a wooded lot in Seven Oaks Subdivision near Winder, GA. They are members of 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville. Ben is porter supervisor at Akins Ford and has a car detailing business on the side. Jeni is office manager of ADI Marketing and working on building her own Tupperware business so she can be a stay-at-home mom when they start a family.

Rob Drake (class of 2001) married Meredith Turner in June 2008. Rob is currently the Associate Director of Recreation at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, GA. Meredith is an elementary school music teacher. The couple lives in Bethlehem, GA.

Brandelyn Rogers Shirley (class of 2001) and her husband, Chad Shirley (class of 1999) live in Canton, GA, where Brandelyn is a lifestyle photographer with Brandelyn Lee Photography.

Daniel Stancil (class of 2001) is the owner of Daniel Stancil Photography in Canton, GA. He also serves as Executive Pastor at The Pointe Church in Canton. Daniel and his wife, Jessica Hammock Stancil, and their two children live in Canton.

Courtney Ankrum (class of 2002) is a business and computer science teacher at East Hall High School and living in Gainesville, GA.

Jordan James Cunnings (class of 2002) and her husband, John, serve as house parents for middle and high school boys at Eagle Ranch, Inc., Flowery Branch, GA.

Peter Gross (class of 2002) and his wife, Marci Kerlin Gross, announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Beth Gross. The family lives in Loganville, GA.

Stephanie Layfield (class of 2002) graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, specializing in pediatric nursing. She lives in Marietta and is getting married on May 9, 2009, to Richard I. Welling, Jr.

David and Kristen Nowak Parker (both class of 2002) have a son, Logan, born October 1, 2007. Kristen works as a supervisor in the Foster Care and Adoptions Unit of Barrow County Department of Family and Children Services. David works as branch manager for Russell Landscaping Company in the firm’s Doraville office.

Andy Steele (class of 2002) and his wife, Shannon Bass Steele (class of 2001), live in Senoia, GA. Both have Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Medical College of Georgia. Andy is manager of Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s emergency department, where he has been for almost four years. Shannon is a stay-at-home mom to two-year-old Carter, and the couple is expecting their second child in mid-September—a girl! Congratulations to Andy and Shannon.

Dr. Gail Taylor (class of 2002) was named Director of Institutional Effectiveness for North Georgia Technical College on February 1, 2009. She holds an Associate in Applied Science from Truett-McConnell College, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Piedmont College and a doctorate in education from Capella University. Her duties in her current position including designing and coordinating NGTC’s efforts in institutional research, assessment and performance improvement.

Mitch Fielder (class of 2003) is an account manager with Liberty Party in Hendersonville, TN. He has been elected to serve as Vice President of Communications for the 2009-2010 year for the Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors and will be on the Executive Leadership Committee. In August 2005 Mitch married TMC alum Rebecca Chapman (class of 2004); the couple lives in Nashville, TN, where Rebecca is a first grade teacher with Williamson County Schools. The Fielders also own their own meeting/event planning company called Event Concepts.

Chinyelu (ChiChi) Onyeka (class of 2003) graduated on May 17, 2009, from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Georgia campus in Duluth) with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. On July 1, Dr. Onyeka will begin a three-year residency in internal medicine at a hospital in Roanoke, VA. Her first rotation in the hospital will be in the emergency room. ChiChi is married to Chu Ofodile and plans to practice medicine under her married name—Dr. Chinyelu Ofodile. Her husband, Chu, expects to complete his doctorate in mathematics from Howard University in Washington, DC, in December.

Paul Bridger (class of 2004) is a manager with State Farm Insurance in Tuscaloosa, AL. Paul graduated with his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. He currently lives in Birmingham, AL.

Aaron Coalson (class of 2004) is a transporter with Floyd Medical Center in Rome, GA. He currently lives in Rockmart, GA.

John Smith and Brandi Beck Smith (both class of 2004) live in Washington, GA, where they recently started a church, which John currently serves as pastor. The Smiths are parents of two sons, Benjamin and Elijah.

Melissa Clanton (class of 2005) is a music therapist, working with Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL. She drives to patients’ homes, nursing centers, and hospitals and counsels them and family members. She also sings and plays her guitar at every visit to help alleviate pain and depression.

Heidi Weiss Hager (class of 2005) is a communications officer with the Virginia Tech Police Department. She and her husband, Daniel Hager, currently reside in Blacksburg, VA.

Stephen Folker (class of 2007) has been ordained to the ministry and currently pastors a church in Princeton, NC. He is planning to be married on November 7, 2009, to Jennifer Huddleston of Manhattan Beach, California. She is a recent graduate of Liberty University and teaches first grade in an elementary school in Lynchburg, VA.

Stephanie Strong (class of 2008) has been appointed by the North American Mission Board to serve in resort ministries in northeast Georgia. She will be serving from the Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries office in Cleveland, GA. While still a student at TMC, she served as a summer missionary, then interim director and then assistant director of the Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries, having served the ministry in some capacity since 2004.


Alumni Spotlight June 2009


June 2009 

Mickey Cobb
Class of 1962

Mickey Cobb came to Truett-McConnell College from Ware County, Georgia, near Waycross, having graduated from Ware County High School in 1959.

In high school he earned athletic letters, wrote articles for the school paper—the Gator Gabb—and was a spotter at the high school football games. Always an avid sportsman, Mickey served as a student athletic trainer at all three of the colleges he attended. He received an associate’s degree from Truett-McConnell College in 1962, a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern College in 1964 and a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1966.

From 1966 until 1977 Mickey served stints as head trainer at DePauw University, at Georgia Southern College, and for the Charleston, West Virginia, Pirates, the Kansas City Royals Academy in Sarasota, FL, and for the Royals’ triple-A team in Omaha, NE.

In 1977 he became the head baseball trainer for the parent major league baseball team, the Kansas City Royals. He served as head trainer for 13 years until he retired in 1990. His term of service with the Royals included five divisional playoff appearances and two World Series appearances for the ball club. Mickey was selected twice as the trainer for the American League All-Star team—in 1982 and in 1990. His memories of his years with the Royals include a close friendship with one of the all-time great players of his era, George Brett

In addition, he was chosen by major league baseball players and writers as the team trainer for Sports Illustrated’s Dream Team in the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern University.

Mickey Cobb is a published author, having written 16 magazine articles while at Georgia Southern College and authored a book entitled Baseball Injuries and Training Tips, published by Vantage Press, NY, in 1974. In the early 1980s he appeared on Good Morning America with David Hartman to discuss the hazards of smokeless tobacco.

Since Cobb’s retirement in 1990, he has conducted some athletic training workshops in Europe and Asia and continues to be active in community work for charity as a member of the Kansas City Royals Alumni.

 Mickey and his wife, Cheryl, have six children and ten grandchildren. They reside in Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City.


Alumni News June 15 through September 25, 2008

Alumni News

June 15, 2008 - September 25, 2008


Gene and Sue Lyons Robinson (class of 1958) observed their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2008.  They celebrated with a week on North Captiva Island, FL, with their two sons and their wives and their four grandchildren.  The Robinsons were married at Nacoochee Baptist Church in Nacoochee Valley. 

Danny Caudell (class of 1978) is Southeastern Regional Safety and Environmental Manager for Cobb-Vantress, Inc., the world’s oldest poultry breeding company and a global leader in broiler breeding.  He lives with his family in Gainesville, GA.

Rev. Barry Thompson (class of 1972) and his wife, Kay, began service in July at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta, where Barry is Senior Associate Pastor for Education and Administration.

Jennifer King (attended 1977) is principal of Jack P. Nix Primary School in Cleveland.

Angela Stovall Post (attended 1977-1978) has recently been named Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Helen Branch of United Community Bank.  An 18-year employee of the bank, Angela has two children and is very active in civic projects in White County.

Dr. Cathryn Van Brackle (attended 1978-1980) is a licensed clinical psychologist with PsychCare Services, Inc., in Winter Springs, FL.  Cathy, who lives in Daytona Beach, came by the TMC campus on July 11, 2008, for a visit.

Don Howell, Jr. (class of 1984) is Manager of Network Operations and Support for the Gwinnett County Public Schools with an office in Suwanee, GA.  He and his wife Tracy and their three children live near Cleveland, GA.

Scott Mewborne (class of 1987) is an officer in the United States Air Force.  He graduated in early August from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, receiving a Master of Military Operational Arts and Sciences degree.  He and his family are moving to Belgium, where he has been assigned as personnel chief at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Steve Bartlett (class of 1993) is in his second year as Assistant Principal of White County Ninth Grade Academy.  He also serves as the head wrestling coach at White County High School.

Sebastian Muah (class of 1994) was recently appointed to work in the cabinet of Her Excellency Madamme Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia and the first female president of any African nation.  Sebastian is Principal Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs for Policy.  In his role as the second in leadership in the ministry, he will lead in the formulation and review of policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Liberia, where 48% of the 3.5 million population live on less than one dollar a day.  Sebastian is enrolled in the graduate school of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in its distance learning program and is completing his graduate work online while living and working in Liberia.

Chad Robbins (class of 1994) and his wife, Christie, operate a ministry in which they go to areas where they are needed and pitch in to help—construction work on buildings, flood cleanup, sending care packages to American soldiers in Iraq, supporting children in Mexico--anything they feel God leading them to do.  It is truly amazing what they are able to accomplish on a very small budget.  Contact e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dena Burnett (class of 1999) was married to Aaron Hayes on April 19, 2008, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Aaron is a graphic designer for a newspaper, and Dena works for Edward Jones Company and is also a massage therapist.  The couple has recently purchased a house in Decatur and adopted a puppy.

Davis W. King, Jr. (class of 2000) was elected to the Board of the Georgia Health Care Association at the group’s annual convention June 15-20 at Amelia Island, FL.  He is Chief Executive Officer of King Enterprises and Associates, Inc., in Albany.  King Enterprises oversees the operation of 702 long-term care beds throughout southwest Georgia.

Dr. Joshua D. Kinsey (class of 2001) was recently honored by the Georgia Pharmacy Association as the Georgia Retail Pharmacist of the Year.  The Georgia Pharmacy Association is a nationally recognized and respected organization with more than 2,000 members.  Kinsey also was elected to serve as the vice chairman of the Academy of Employee Pharmacists for the next two years and then will assume the chairmanship of the Academy’s Board of Directors.  He was chosen for this prestigious award based on his involvement with the Georgia Pharmacy Association, his volunteer work in his community, and his dedication to his patients and the profession of pharmacy.  He is one of the youngest pharmacists to receive the honor in the history of the award. 

     He is a 2005 honor graduate of Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is currently employed as the pharmacist in charge of the Ingles Pharmacy in his hometown of Cleveland, GA.

William Threadgill (class of 2004) is in his first year as band teacher at White County Middle School.  William received his Associate in Music degree from Truett-McConnell and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Georgia.  He is married to the former Amanda Hearington (TMC class of 2007).

Camilo Ochoa (class of 2006) and his wife announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Belen Ochoa, on May 15, 2008.  The Ochoas formally presented Zoe to their church during the Sunday service on June 1, 2008.  The Ochoas live in Argentina in South America.

Lynn Westmoreland (class of 2008) is employed as a fifth grade teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School, White County’s brand-new elementary school which opened in August 2008.  Lynn was one of the first class of candidates to graduate from Truett-McConnell with bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education in May 2008.


Alumni News October 2008 through February 2009

Alumni News


Bob Nash (class of 1956) and Janet Carpenter Nash (class of 1955) have retired—again!  In their words, “We have decided it is time to slow down and smell the roses.  As doors of ministry may open for us, we will walk through them with great joy.  In the meantime, we are enjoying the slower pace.”  Bob and Jan live in Athens.  They have two sons, Rob and David; two daughters-in-law, Guyeth and Vicki; and five grandchildren—Lindsay, a senior at Tulane University; Douglas, a freshman at Temple University in Philadelphia; Brittany, a graduate student in the Medical College of Georgia; Courtney, a junior at Clemson University; and Stephanie, a ninth grader.

Bill Dixon (class of 1957) sent the TMC Alumni Office a Christmas greeting in which he gave the following information:  He and his wife Snookie have been married for almost 45 years and are the parents of two sons, David and Chris.  They have four granddaughters and two recently adopted sons—

two brothers from Uzbekistan who are students at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.  Bill served Ouachita many years as the Vice President for Student Services and officially retired, although he continues to lead the school’s extensive travel program.  In January 2008 he took a group to Israel and Jordan; in March, a group to Egypt; in July, a medical mission team to the interior jungles of the Amazon River in South America; and in August, a group to Costa Rica.  He writes that in 2009 they are planning trips to Israel and Greece in March, to Alaska in May and to India in October, and, in addition, they may try to work in a tour of Ireland also.  It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

Beth Underwood Brown (class of 1959) of McDonough underwent exploratory surgery on October 31, resulting in the discovery of stomach cancer and the removal of her entire stomach.  The esophagus was connected directly to the small intestine, enabling her to eat.  She is taking treatments with a fairly new drug and is feeling considerably stronger and better than before she began her treatments in early January.  She can be contacted at 78 Stone Road, McDonough, GA  30253.

Bob Hatfield (class of 1969) recently celebrated 30 years as minister of music at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.  The Alabama Baptist newspaper, The Alabama Baptist, published a very nice article on him with a photo to mark the anniversary.  He was Truett-McConnell College’s 2000-01 Outstanding Alumnus.  In his career in church music, he has served churches in Texas and Arkansas before coming to Dawson Memorial.  He has also served as president of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, church music chairman of the Alabama Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and adjunct instructor at Samford University and Samford’s Beeson School of Divinity.

Charles M. (Mickey) Moore (class of 1969) is owner and CEO of LuMic Digital Studios, as well as production director and keyboardist for Harmony Baptist Church in Monroe, GA.

Don L. Ansley (class of 1975) is an account executive for Ansley Communications Group, Inc., in Cornelia, GA.

Dr. Wesley Harris (class of 1978) and his wife, TMC alum Teresa (Terri) Burns Harris, have relocated from their former home in Ringgold, GA, to Royston, GA.  Wes is a medical doctor, and they have a ministry called World Evangelism Foundation, PO Box 327, Royston, GA  30662.  The Harrises have three adult sons: Tim, Travis and Daniel.  They have two grandchildren.  During 2008 Wes and Terri served in mission projects in Ethiopia (twice), Honduras and Peru.  The group of doctors, nurses and dentists participating in the projects are able to serve many sick and needy people, who often wait in long lines to see a doctor or a dentist.  Wes reports that, besides using food and medicine, God worked healing in many lives through His Word and through prayer as people came through the clinics. 

Lisa Reeves Spivey (class of 1980) and Cathy Van Brackle (class of 1980) visited the Truett-McConnell Alumni Services Office, along with former TMC Director of Admissions Rodney Fitzgerald and former TMC Dean of Students Claude Smith, on November 21, 2008.  Dr. Cathy Van Brackle is a clinical psychologist who works as a consultant in Daytona Beach, FL.  Lisa Spivey works for State of Georgia Child Protective Services, where she is administrator of the Clayton County, GA, office.  She and her husband Mike live in Hampton, GA.

Christen Brown, daughter of William E. (Billy) Brown (class of 1981) and Kaye Bramlett Brown (class of 1982), graduated this past spring from Wake Forest University, where she played basketball, earning four letters and an education degree at the university in Winston-Salem, NC.  The 22-year-old returned home to Dalton, GA, in the fall of 2008 to teach second grade at Roan Elementary School and serve as an assistant coach of the women’s basketball program at Dalton State College.  She grew up in a home where there was little doubt that she would probably end up on a basketball court, for her parents met during their own college basketball careers at Truett-McConnell College.

Tim Smith (class of 1982) received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, in December 2008.  Dr. Smith received his Associate in Arts from TMC, his Bachelor of Science from West Georgia College in Carrollton, GA, and his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.  He serves as a consultant in the Sunday School Ministries division of the Georgia Baptist Convention.  Tim and his wife, Cathy, and their two children live in White, GA.

Charles Huyck (class of 1983) lives in Mount Pleasant, SC, where he is Branch Chief for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) of the US Department of Homeland Security in Charleston, SC.  The focus of training is primarily maritime and seaport security with heavy emphasis on anti-terrorism training and security.  Charles is also a US Coast Guard Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service as a reservist member of the US Armed Forces.  The FLETC trains all federal agents including the US Secret Service, US Marshal Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and others, with the exception of the FBI/DEA, who train out of Quantico, VA.  The focus of FLETC is training and preparing agents to protect our homeland. 

Bruce Poss (class of 1983) has been tapped by the North American Mission Board to serve as its Coordinator for National Disaster Relief.  He has been associate pastor for students at Marshall Baptist Church in Thomson for 21 years.  He and his wife, Sandra, have two children:  Carol, a senior in high school, who plans to study musical theatre at Shorter College next fall, and Cameron, a freshman in high school, who loves playing drums.  Sandra is a ninth grade biology teacher at Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School.  Poss has also served for the past 16 years as director of Feeding Unit 2F of the Georgia Disaster Relief organization, so working in disaster relief is a project near to his heart.  He began his new position with NAMB on February 2, 2009.

Brenda Neal Sapp (class of 1985) teaches EBD middle school at the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, GA.  Her daughter, Sarah Anne, recently married Jeremy Stewart, and her son, Timothy, will graduate from Warner Robins High School in 2009.

Patsy Adams (class of 1990) works in the Edward Jones Investments office in Cleveland, GA, where she has been employed for the past nine years.  She is remembered pleasantly by many TMC alumni as a college employee in the Registrar’s Office for several years in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lori Hickey Brooks (attended 1990-1992) has been married to Jimmy Brooks for 13 years.  They are the parents of an eight-year-old daughter, Sierra, and a six-year-old daughter, Gracie.  The family lives in Woodstock, where Lori is a pre-K teacher at Alpharetta Christian Academy operated by Alpharetta First Baptist Church.  She is back in college working on a degree in early childhood education.

James Armour (class of 1992) says that he is staying busy in his job with developmentally disabled adults.  He lives in Crawford, GA.

Scott Thomas (class of 1992) and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of their second son, Aiden Carter Thomas, on August 20, 2008.  Aiden joins a brother, Ryan, aged 4, in the Thomas household in Birmingham, AL.  Scott works for Long’s Electronics and assists Lisa, who is the preschool director for First Baptist Church of Trussville, AL.

Olu Menjay (class of 1993) has been administrator of the Ricks Institute in his hometown of Monrovia, Liberia, in West Africa for the past several years.  He has worked very hard to get the secondary boarding school that was begun by Baptists in 1887 back up and running after it was almost destroyed by the civil war which raged in Liberia in the 1990s.  Recently he has been forced to close the school down and send the approximately 400 students home until a dispute over land ownership is resolved.  It seems that local town officials near the school donated 28 acres of land to the Liberia Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration Commission to build housing units for refugees from Sierra Leone. However, Menjay maintains that the Ricks Institute has a deed to that land, which was part of a 1200-acre purchase in 1887 by Baptists as a campus for the school.  He maintains that the local town officials did not own the land and, therefore, had no right to give a deed to it.  Construction of the housing units has already begun on land that the school has always claimed as its own. The matter is currently before the Supreme Court of Liberia, and until it is decided, the Ricks Institute is closed down.

Johnathan Gray (class of 1994) has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation, having begun his responsibilities on November 7, 2008.  Dr. Gray and his wife, Andrea Folsom Gray (class of 1988), along with their four children, have moved to the Fort Worth area and now live in the suburb of Keller, TX.  He serves as immediate past president of the Truett-McConnell College Alumni Association.

Chad Robbins (class of 1994) and his wife founded and operate a ministry called Mtn2Sea Outfitters, Inc.  During 2008 they relocated their ministry from Talmo, GA, to St. Simons Island, GA, where they are finding opportunities to serve everywhere.  At Christmas Chad sent an e-mail to the Alumni Office, and these are some excerpts:  “In 2008 God granted us the opportunity to serve across the world, across the country, and across the street.  We have had the opportunity to serve those who are hungry, those who have suffered great loss, and those who just needed a little encouragement to help them keep their heads up.  This year [2008] we have strived to meet our mission of Reaching the Lost, Teaching the Found, and Serving in His Name.  In 2008 we were blessed with the opportunity to serve in Mexico, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Georgia and locally doing mission work, which included working on churches, serving those in need and disaster relief work.  We had the opportunity to speak to groups in different states about God’s love for them and also about how they have the responsibility and the ability to serve Him right now, right where they are.”  The ministry website is http://www.mtn2sea.com/ministry.htm.

Ryan Raymond (class of 1995) is on the staff at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, FL, as youth minister.  He has also started his own company called Wayout Apparel that prints t-shirts for local ministries, schools and businesses. 

Brian Hancock and Melanie Brantley (both class of 1999) were married in 2004 and reside in Carrollton, GA, where Brian is a funeral director with Almon Funeral Home and Melanie is a teacher in the Carrollton City School.  Brian says he “still preaches from time to time.”

Mitch Fielder (class of 2003) was married on August 13, 2005, to Rebecca Chapman (class of 2004).  The couple lives in Nashville, TN, where Mitch is account executive for Liberty Party Rentals and currently serves as Director of Communications for the board of the Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.  He also works with the worship arts team at The People’s Church in Franklin, TN.  Rebecca earned her Master of Education degree from Belmont University in May of 2007 and currently teaches first grade at Sunset Elementary in Brentwood, TN.

Scott Sienkiewicz (class of 2008) and Carrie Ann Saville (attended 2007-08) were married on December 31, 2008, in a small wedding with family and friends.  They now live in Gainesville, where Scott has been employed as a youth pastor.  He is enrolling in seminary through Liberty University’s online program.  Carrie Ann is employed at Truett-McConnell as an admissions counselor.  Congratulations to the Sienkiewiczes.

Alumni News April 2006 through January 2008


Alumni News

April 1, 2006 - January 1, 2008



Ethelene Dyer Jones (’49) underwent open heart surgery on August 30, 2007, with five artery bypasses at the Middle Georgia Medical Center in Macon.  She lives in Milledgeville, GA.

Grover Jones (’49) is a resident of the Memory Support Unit of the Georgia War Veterans’ Home in Milledgeville, GA, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease that has claimed his memory and his cognitive skills.     



Bob J. Porterfield (’53) and Betty McGraw Porterfield (’53) live in Rock Hill, SC, where Bob has retired three times.  He spent 32 years as BSU chaplain at Winthrop University, was retired five years, and then became pastor Second Baptist Church, from which he recently retired.  The Porterfields are rearing adopted grandson, Ken.  They have a total of six grandchildren.

Robert Pickett (’54) has retired as a pastor and public school teacher after many years of pastoring churches and teaching school in Illinois, Florida and Georgia.  His wife passed away in April 2006 (see In Memoriam), and Rev. Pickett now lives in Adrian, GA, near his son.

Carl Radford (’56) and Mary Lou Bagby Radford (’57) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 23, 2006, with a reception held in their honor at the First Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, GA, where they live.

J. Frank Sailers (’57) and his wife, Peggy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 22, 2007, with a reception held in their honor at Baldwin Baptist Church, their home church.



Harry L. Werner (’61) was inducted as president of the Georgia Retired Educators Association on May 4, 2006, at the annual convention held in Augusta, GA.  He was a member of the TMC basketball team in 1960-61 and continued his education at Georgia Southern College on a basketball scholarship.  He served as a teacher and coach in DeKalb, Hall and Henry Counties.  He was principal of Locust Grove Elementary School for the last nine years of his career, retiring in 1999 from the Henry County School System.

Jimmy McAdams (’66) retired as president of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes on May 1, 2007.  He and his wife, Connie, moved to Hiawassee, GA.

David Doud (’68) was named 2007 Teacher of the Year for the Baldwin County School System.  Doud teaches algebra at Baldwin County High School in Milledgeville, GA.




Martha Gilham Smith (’70) of Bremen, GA, lost her husband in a tragic car accident in mid-February 2007.  Dr. Smith serves as current president of the TMC Alumni Association.

Jim Adkins (’72) owns and operates a private emergency medical service in Georgia and South Carolina.  He resides in Evans, GA.

Gail Dixon Mann (’72), is the interim director for the Graceville Extension Center of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Graceville, FL.  A native of Jonesboro, GA, and a graduate of TMC, Wesleyan College and New Orleans Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, she has served as a Southern Baptist missionary to Brazil.  She is the widow of Dr. Nathaniel E. Mann, who was formerly on the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida, and is the mother of three daughters.

Rev. Harris Malcom (’73) assumed his duties on January 15, 2006, at Ministry Resource Consultant for the Southwest Georgia Region for the Georgia Baptist Convention.  The Malcoms live in Americus.

Vicki Savage Herron (’74) is an Assistant to the Registrar at Piedmont College, where she has been employed since June 2000.  She and her husband, Weldon Herron, celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in June 2007.  They have two adult children, Tim and Carla.

Dr. Peggy Pritchard Kulesz (’75) received the 2007 University of Texas at Arlington Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She is a faculty member in the UTA English Department.

Jaye Cummings Copeland (’77) and her husband, Bobby, are seen around the TMC campus from time to time visiting their younger son, Zac, who is a sophomore at TMC.  The Copelands live in Indianapolis, where Jaye works as Director of Childhood/WMU/Women’s Ministry for the state Baptist convention of Indiana.  Their older son, Clyde, is a music education major at Indiana University. (photo)

Martha Lord Meeks (’77), Deanna Chitwood Turner (’77), Amy Hawkins (’77), Debbie Dixon Davis (’77) and Sarah Hartley Starr (’77) got together for a mini-reunion in Cleveland on July 13 and visited the campus.  Martha Meeks currently lives in Warner Robins and is a retired teacher; Deanna Turner lives in Athens; Amy Hawkins lives in Alpharetta; Debbie Davis lives in Millen, where she is an elementary school teacher, and has a daughter, Jordan Davis, who is currently a TMC student; and Sarah Starr lives in Stockbridge, where she is a public school teacher.

Regina Shultz (’77) is a care coordinator for the Floyd County Board of Health in Rome.  Her residence is in Cedartown, GA.

David Stovall (’77), president and CEO of Habersham Bancorp, was named one of Georgia’s top-performing CEOs by The Atlanta Business Chronicle.  The report lists the CEOs of Georgia’s public companies who produced the greatest stockholder return over the past five years.  Stovall was listed at No. 13 of the CEO Top Performer list for companies with annual revenue of $99 million or less.

Rebekah (Becky) Russell Collier (’78) lives in Woodstock, GA, with her husband, Robert, and their four children:  David, 21; Isaac, 19; Catherine, 12; and Ian, 10.  She was a public school teacher for several years and for the past 14 years has homeschooled her children.  She also works as the office manager for Woodstock School of Ballet and Cherokee Ballet Theatre, where her daughter is a company dancer. 

Wesley and Teresa (Terri) Burns Harris (’79) have relocated their residence from Ringgold, GA, to Royston, GA, where Wes works with his brother.  They participate in numerous mission trips—recently to Honduras and Nepal.  They have two more planned for spring 2008—in February a medical evangelism mission trip to Ethiopia and in March a soccer evangelism trip to Honduras.  Wes and Terri are the parents of three children:  Heidi, Travis and Tim.  Heidi is married and has their two grandchildren: Isabel, 3, and Carson, 1.



J. Kelley Hall, head women’s basketball coach at Truett-McConnell during most of the 1980s, was named the new head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Cincinnati in early April 2007.  Hall is now considered one of the top recruiters in the nation and brings with him a career record of 290 wins and 118 losses, or a winning percentage of .711. 

Lt. Col. Mark London, US Army, (’83) returned in June 2006 from a tour of duty in Iraq with a collection of medals for bravery and valor.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the National Defense Medal (his second), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (his second).  He personally led 93 combat missions, surviving several attacks by improvised explosives devices and small arms on his combat patrols, not receiving any injuries. 

Mary Boger Mali (’84) graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree after leaving TMC.  She was inducted there into Alpha Chi Honor Society.  She moved from Decatur, GA, to Kew Gardens, NY, during the late fall of 2006.

Russell Kirby (’85) lives at 3055 Barnwood Crossing, Duluth, GA  30097, and teaches sixth grade social studies at River Trail Middle School in John’s Creek (North Fulton County).  He has been teaching since 1994 in the Athens area until the current school year.  His e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brenda Neal Sapp (’85) lives in Warner Robins and teaches at the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, GA. 

LaCresia Glass Borden (’88) is owner of a full-service travel agency, Personal Touch Tours Travel Agency, located in Hapeville, GA, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  She says that her agency makes plans for everything from family reunions to honeymoon tours.

Andrea Folsom Gray (’88) and her husband, Johnathan Gray (’94) announce the birth of their son, Landon Wayne Overton Gray, on June 26, 2007.  Landon weighed 10 lbs. 8½ oz.   Landon joins three sisters; the Gray family lives in Sharpsburg, GA.

Linda Wood (’89) was named Teacher of the Year in the Hart County School System for the 2006-07 school year.  She is a language arts teacher at Hart County Middle School.



Jeannie Peters Barden (’90) serves as the Language Arts Department Chair for the Georgia Virtual School and, in addition, works full-time as a developer and teacher of on-line courses for Cobb County’s E-high School, a virtual school.  Her husband is a high school athletic director/AP history teacher; they have one small child.

Larry Stell (’90) is employed at Telfair State Prison in Helena, GA, as a corrections officer.  He has been a corrections officer for seven years, including the last five years with the Georgia Department of Corrections.  He and his wife, Paula, along with their dogs, cats, and rabbits reside in Helena, GA.

Chris Wade (attended 1990-1992) was named men’s basketball coach at Miami Dade College in September 2006, coming from a successful five-year stint as men’s basketball coach at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, GA.  He played basketball at Truett-McConnell in 1990-1992.  During his five years of coaching at South Georgia Technical College, he posted a 102-57 record, led his team to three state and one region championship and was selected GJCAA Coach of the Year for the past three seasons.  Congratulations to Chris!

John Barlowe (TMC baseball coach 1991-1994) was named head baseball coach of Lambuth University in Jackson, TN, in June 2007.  His experience, in addition to his stint at TMC, includes eight years as assistant coach at Vanderbilt, seven summers as coach in the Cape Cod League, which boasts some of the nation’s top college talent, and one season as manager of the Edmonton Cracker Cats, an independent baseball team in Canada.

Robert Anderson (’91) received his BA in history from Georgia State University in 2002 and spent the years from 2002 to 2005 teaching English in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.  He resides in Cumming, GA.

Matt Paul (’91) has joined the staff of Financial Supermarkets, Inc., on the client support/training team.  His role is to provide support in the form of business development, sales training and relationship coaching for in-store financial institutions located in the Southeastern United States.  Matt and his wife, Alyson Rainwater Paul (’95), live near Clarkesville, GA, and are the parents of two sons, Sawyer and Brighton.

Joan Dorsey Prance (’91) is a kindergarten teacher in Arab, AL, where she lives with her husband, Paul Prance, and their daughter, Annabelle Grace, born on February 15, 2006. 

Joy Johnson Phillips (’92) and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their third child, Ryan Lee Phillips, born April 27, 2007  Ryan joins big sister, Madison (7), and big brother, Andrew (5).  The Phillips family lives in Flintstone, GA.

Kory Burel (’93) is pastor of Bemiston Baptist Church in Talladega, AL.

Christopher Coggins (’93) became bus minister at Corinth Baptist Church in Loganville, GA, in June 2007. 

Olu Quaity Menjay (’93) is principal of the Ricks Institute, a private boarding school near Monrovia, Liberia, founded by Baptist missionaries in 1887.  The once prestigious boarding school suffered extensive damage during the 14 years of civil war in Liberia in the 1980s and 1990s, and Menjay took the position as principal in 2005 to help the school in its slow recovery from the disaster.  The school now enrolls about 330 children.

Sebastian Muah (’93-’94) returned to his native Monrovia, Liberia, in early December 2006 to work for a year as Country Response Information Systems Manager, working under the aegis of the Office of the President of Liberia to help implement a national program to fight HIV/AIDS.  When he returns to the United States in a year, he will begin the highly-selective Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at Carnegie Mellon University. 

James Kelley Timms (’93) was recently promoted to Vice President of Marketing with First Generation Inc., Athens, GA, a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of parts for classic muscle cars.  He has worked with the firm since 1992, when he began a part-time job to help with his college expenses.

Alison Burrell Brown (’94) and her husband, Rocky Shane Brown, announce the birth of their first child, Addison Kay Brown, on November 22, 2006.  Alison works in the Georgia Department of Transportation office in Cleveland.  The Browns live in Cleveland.

Keisha Mincey Dixon (’94) was married to Derek Dixon on April 3, 2004.  They welcomed their first child, Ashlyn Renea Dixon, born on December 28, 2006.  The family resides in Woodstock, GA.

Robin Lorina Fonclara (’94) was married to Timothy Harrison on March 12, 2006.  The couple resides in Jefferson, GA, where Robin is elementary music teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.  She was chosen Teacher of the Year at the school for the 2005-06 school year.

Jeremy Gates (’94) is senior pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Titusville, FL (where the space shuttles are launched).  He and his wife, Kristin Heindel Gates (’99), have a four-year-old daughter, Miranda and live in Titusville.

Stacy Lee Wade (’94-’95) was ordained as a priest of the Eucharistic Catholic Church on February 13, 2006, in Sparta, TN.  The Eucharistic Catholic Church is an independent Catholic group not under the jurisdiction of Roman Catholicism.  Father Wade is a member of the Franciscans of the Annunciation and was ordained to the Hermitical priesthood.

Brian Anderson (’95) was named head men’s basketball coach at Grayson High School in mid-May 2007.  He served as assistant coach at Truett-McConnell from 1998 to 2002 and then spent the years from 2002-2007 as an assistant coach at Habersham Central High School, as well as a teacher of health/PE at Habersham Ninth Grade Academy.  Taking over the helm of the Grayson Rams basketball program will be a challenge because the school competes in Georgia’s largest athletic class and is a member of Region 8-AAAAA.  Said Anderson:  “This is a tough region to cut your teeth in.” 

Suzanne Olmstead (’95) was married to George Stephen Crissey on August 26, 2006, in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, GA. 

Trent Alexander (’97) and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of a son, William Brayden Alexander, on July 19, 2006.  They Alexanders live in Bethlehem, GA, where Trent is pursuing a master’s degree in education from Piedmont College.

Andrea Harper (’98) and Jason Brown (’99) were married on June 17, 2006, at Palmetto Baptist Church.  The couple lives in Carrollton, GA.

Tim Cotten (’98) and Amy Jones Cotten (’97) have moved to Inman, SC, where Tim is minister of music at Lake Bowen Baptist Church.  Tim completed a Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership degree from New Orleans Seminary at the end of 2006.  The Cottens are preparing for the birth of their first child in August 2007.

Gregory Charles Hyde (’98) was married to Candi Hubbard of Rome, GA, on June 5, 2004.  Greg is a minister of youth/outreach at Shorter Avenue Baptist Church in Rome.  Candi is a middle school special education teacher.  The couple lives in Armuchee.

Craig Cantrell (’99) was named Teacher of the Year at East Hall High School in 2006.  He has taught there four years and is band director and chairman of the school’s fine arts department.  He also teaches Advanced Placement music theory.  After earning his Associate in Music degree from TMC, he attended Kennesaw State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Mark Fiddie (’99) is a teacher of music in the Walton County School System at the Atha Road Elementary School near Monroe.  He teaches both instrumental, choral and general music and conducts a chorus of 165 students and a band of 55 students.  In addition, he coordinates the music program for two churches and is putting together a demo CD of spirituals to be recorded in a studio in New York later this year.

Christina Lynn Wallis (attended ’99-’02) was married to Jason Shelton on March 27, 2004.  On September 17, 2005, their son Russell Thomas Shelton was born.  The family lives in Auburn, GA.



Chris J. Armstrong (’00) graduated from the law school of Catholic University in 2005, where he served as vice president of the student body and an editor of the Law Review.  He is currently investigative counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, working under Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. 

Kelly Cockrell (’00) and Tom Young (’98-’99) were married on April 24, 2004, in Cartersville, GA.  The couple now lives in Duluth, GA.

Kyle Langley (’00) married Sara Allyson Henson of Aiken, SC, on June 24, 2006.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken with a degree in marketing and is employed with Verizon Wireless.

Ryan Nichols (’00) was married in January 2006 to Daniela Ciliberti.  The couple resides in Nashville, TN, with their Black Lab mix named Bruno.  Ryan still plays drums and sells software, while Daniela is a teacher.

Molly Speir (’02) was married to Josh Jordan Owens on June 16, 2007, at the Baptist Student Center at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. 

Sarah Louise Stewart (’02) teaches kindergarten (five-year-olds) and first grade at Jackson Trail Christian School in Jefferson, GA.

Jennifer Atkins (’03) works in special events and photography at Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom.  She has been employed for three years by the Walt Disney Company in Florida.

Shannon Horn (’03) was married on July 29, 2006, to Stephen James Tribble of Cumming.  Shannon is a first-grade teacher at Daves Creek Elementary School in Forsyth County.

Brenden Bergin (’04) of Cleveland and Kimberly Ann Townsend of Chatsworth were married on June 16, 2007, at the Berry College Chapel in Rome, GA.  The couple resides in Rome.

Jessica Galusha (’04) married Hill Driggers on July 3, 2006.  They live in Dallas, GA.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from Kennesaw State University and is presently employed by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust as communications specialist for The Anne Frank Exhibit. 

Kelli Nicole Stamey (’04) and Kyle Thomas Edwards (attended ’02-’03) were married on September 9, 2006, in Providence Baptist Church, Clarkesville, GA.  Kelli graduated from North Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and is employed by Christopher B. Smith, CPA, in Cumming.  Kyle attended Lanier Technical College and is employed by Consolidated Utility Services in Gainesville. 

Whitney Susann Ledford (’05) and Casey Jennings Chastain were married on May 21, 2006, at the R Ranch in Dahlonega.  After honeymooning in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, the couple lives in Demorest, GA.

Matt Papa (’05), through his music ministry called the Matt Papa Band, traveled to India in late March 2007 for a week of sharing the Gospel in Goa, India.  Immediately following that week he spent a week in Mexico in ministry there.

Jennie Leigh Rice (’05) and Jonathan Milton Jameson were married on May 19, 2007, at Antioch Baptist Church, Mt. Airy, GA.  The bride is employed by RS Industrial Inc. in Buford, while the groom works for Verizon Wireless as a retail store manager in Atlanta.

Blake Ryan (’05) was featured in an article entitled “Success Story” in The Atlanta Journal Constitution in early April 2006 because he had achieved a weight loss of 183 pounds at the time of the article’s publication.  He is now a triathlete, participating in triathlons which include a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run.  Since he enrolled in Truett-McConnell College, his total weight loss now totals more than 250 pounds.

Joshua Wyatt (’05) and Kathryn Anne (Katie) Cooper (’06) were married on May 20, 2006, at Bethany Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. David Kirkland, campus minister at Truett-McConnell.  The wedding party included these TMC students or alums: JoAnna Burdette, Bryan Youngs, Kathryn Palmer Westmoreland, Andrea Donovan Curtis, Amanda Hearington, Jeremy Wheeler, Dr. David George, Kim Gould, Billy Buchanan, William Threadgill and Kim Gordon.  The Wyatts live in Garrison Hall on the TMC campus, where Josh is resident director, and Katie worked as an admissions counselor for more than a year for the college until she resigned in December 2007 to become choral director at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County.


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