Alumni Updates, January 2013

Aaron Baldridge (2004, MACL)

Christmas greetings! I wanted to let the seminary know that I graduated with my D.Min. in Christian Preaching Wednesday from Samford University.

Brad Kirk (2009, MDiv/MA)

In May I became an Elder in Full Connection in the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church.  I am continuing in ministry at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, Kansas.

On December 22, 2012 I married Diana Machotka at the First UMC in Garden City.  She is the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries, an organization that has medical and dental clinics and care centers with many programs.  We will remain in our ministries in Garden City for the foreseeable future!

Ong Hwai Teik (2009, DMin)

Hwai Teik (Ong HT Hwai Teik), one of our Beeson International Leaders, was elected on Oct 23 to succeed Hwa Yung as Bishop of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He is a deeply spiritual and effective leader and will continue and build upon the excellent work that Hwa Yung has begun and help keep Methodism in Malaysia vibrant and evangelical.

Jay Roberson (2000, MDiv)

On November 3, I married Ms. Kathy Edore Taylor of Nashville, GA.

David Schreiner (2007, MA; 2012, PhD) 

Congratulations to several of our students and alumni whose work appears in the newly released Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (JESOT), available online ( alum David Schreiner has a major article in this issue based on his dissertation as well as a book review, and J. Park, Ryan Cook, and MA alum Matt Hamilton (2010) have also contributed reviews to the issue.

Eric Shepard (2008, MDiv) and Richard Reams (2010, MDiv) 

Eric Shepard and Richard Reams were approved for ordination by the South Carolina Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Kevin John Smith (2003, DMin)

From John and his wife Glena:  We turned 70 this year and have 17 grandchildren so we are busier than ever in our corner of the vineyard.  One of our ministries, called God’s Squad Motorcycle, just celebrated 40 years – we now work in 13 countries and had 300 at the reunion recently.

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