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Ernest Newsom (MDiv ’70) was honored as a 2017 Jerry Anderson Humanitarian Award recipient from the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was also honored at the 21st Unity Luncheon at Middle Tennessee State University for his work as a humanitarian leader.

Rick Carus (MDiv ’74) was honorably retired by the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys on April 1, 2017, having served there as the transitional executive presbyter for more than three years. During his 42-plus years of ministry, he served congregations in Arizona (twice), Nebraska, Iowa, and New Mexico, as well as on presbytery staffs in Texas and Minnesota. He was honored by the Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association with their Life of Ministry recognition in 2011. He lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Douglas G. Chase (MDiv ’77) celebrated his 25th anniversary as pastor at Brick Presbyterian Church in New Jersey last October. He serves on the Ocean County Prosecutor's Citizen Advisory Committee, the Brick Municipal Alliance Against Drugs, and the Board of Directors of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, and the Convener of the Brick Ministerial Association. In May, the Brick Township Council appointed him to be a chaplain to the Brick Township Police Department. Douglas’ spouse, Linda (MDiv ’76), is a part-time associate pastor at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church in New Jersey.

Don Dempsey (DMin ’77) was honorably retired by the Chicago Presbytery after completing seven interim ministry assignments, the last being at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, Illinois. This past summer he served as the preaching minister at St Timothy's Chapel at Georgetown Lake, Montana, for five Sundays. Don and his wife, Meg, live in Highland Park, Illinois.

Stephen W. Scott (MDiv ’79) celebrated his nineteenth year as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Statesville, North Carolina, and is serving a second year as moderator of Salem Presbytery.
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