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Notes about People
PCUSA NEWS <PCUSA.NEWS@ecunet.org>
18 Apr 2000 15:39:10
In note #5858 to PRESBYNEWS, PCUSA NEWS wrote:
Notes about People
by Jerry L. Van Marter
Marianne Wolfe, parliamentarian at meetings of the General Assembly and
former stated clerk of Pittsburgh Presbytery, is recovering in a Louisville
hospital from surgery to repair injuries she suffered in a fall April 2 in a
Wolfe stumbled over an elevator threshold at the Galt House Hotel when the
elevator stopped a few inches above the level of the floor. She broke her
left leg in two places and her right arm in two places.
Wolfe, who is moderator of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution, was
in Louisville for a meeting of the committee.
# # #
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has announced the
appointment of two new directors to its Philadelphia-based staff.
Karen Babik is the Board's new director of communications, public relations
and marketing. A graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a Master's
degree, she was formerly director of strategic planning and relations with
Anthem Life and Health Insurance Company.
Kelly Riley Brown is the Board's new director of member services. She also
came to the Board from Anthem Life and Health where she was responsible for
managed care operations for the Eastern Region.
# # #
Sara Bernice Moseley, a former moderator of the General Assembly, has been
elected president of the board for Presbyterian Parents of Gays and Lesbians
Six new board members have also been elected: Leslie Bonner, an elder at
Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, Texas; the Rev. Cynthia Campbell,
president of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; Jodi Haun, director
of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church, Grapevine, Texas; the
Rev. Joseph Parker, associate pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in
Dallas; Norma Worrall, an elder at Northridge Presbyterian Church in Dallas;
and Angeline Wortham, a member of Northridge Church.
Formed in 1994, PPGL is a non-advocacy pastoral care ministry for parents
of gays and lesbians. It has support groups in Dallas; La Canada, Calif.;
Raleigh, N.C., Bellevue, Wash.; Albany/Watervliet, N.Y.; Norwalk, Conn.;
Johnson City, Tenn.; and Bend, Ore. Grandparents and siblings are also
welcome in support groups.
Margaret E. Gurecky, a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower
Mound, Texas, is the organization's director. More information about the
ministry of PPGL is available by calling 972-219-6063 or by visiting PPGL's
website at <www.presbyterianparents.org>.
# # #
The Rev. Douglas E. Holben of Clinton, Pa., has been elected executive
presbyter of the Presbytery of Redstone, comprising 19,000 members in 88
churches in southwestern Pennsylvania.
A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and Pittsburgh
Theological Seminary, Holben served pastorates in Houston, Pa., and Clinton,
Pa. Most recently he served as interim associate executive for Pittsburgh
Holben began his new work April 3.
# # #
The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina has announced its election of the Rev.
John Robert Goodman as its executive presbyter, stated clerk and treasurer.
He begins his new work May 1.
Goodman comes to Coastal Carolina from South Charleston, W.V., where he is
currently serving as stated clerk of West Virginia Presbytery.
# # #
Gerald O. North, a Presbyterian elder and clinical psychologist, was
installed March 28 as executive presbyter for San Fernando Presbytery, which
includes 34 churches and more than 10,000 members.
North is a member of Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church in Sunland, Calif.
He has completed all of the course work to qualify as a commissioned lay
pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
# # #
Ann Ritzius, a longtime leader in Presbyterian Women, died March 9 in
Plainfield, Ind., after a long illness.
A registered nurse, Ritzius served in many capacities in the PC(USA), but
she was most devoted to Presbyterian Women. She was PW moderator in her
congregation, presbytery and synod and served nationally in PW leadership
from 1983 until 1997.
An avid reader, she drove for many years regularly from Plainfield to
Louisville to select books for readers to review for "HORIZONS" magazine,
writing many herself.
Ritzius was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. She is
survived by her husband of 51 years, Fred, and by two daughters, Cheryl
Ritzius and Linda Cheatham, and a granddaughter, Simone Cheatham.
# # #
On April 6, the Rev. Joseph C. Hough was installed as the 15th president of
Union Theological Seminary in New York, which though non-denominational has
historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Founded in 1836 by a group of liberal Presbyterians, Union quickly
established itself as an institution that ran counter to Protestant
orthodoxy of the day. In the late 1890s, Union formally severed its ties
with the Presbyterian Church after the school refused to fire the biblical
scholar Charles Briggs under pressure from conservatives angry with Briggs'
non-literal interpretation of the Bible.
In the mid-20th century, Union became synonymous with the teaching of two
noted liberals, the American ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr and the German
theologian Paul Tillich. Union is now known as a center for the teaching of
black and feminist theology, and among its faculty members is the prominent
black theologian James Cone.
# # #
Ann Taylor Heinze, 79, widow of legendary Presbyterian journalist Frank
Heinze, died April 3 of a heart attack in Englewood, N.J.
A memorial service was held April 8 at Leonia (N.J.) Presbyterian Church.
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