Alumni

Class Notes

Stephanie Adkins (’21) began working as a nurse practitioner at King’s Daughters Medical Center on the
inpatient cardiology team in January.

Austin Archey (’20) began as Program/Events Coordinator at Howell’s Mill Christian Assembly in Ona, West Virginia.

James “Dusty” Barrett (’03) has launched a solo music ministry after 13 years with Soul’d Out Quartet. Dusty is based out of Greenfield, Ohio.

Todd Barrett (’99) of Barrett Renovation Bathroom Remodeler won the Lexington Best of 2022 award. This is his fifth consecutive year receiving this award.

Andy Conklin (‘15) became the new Discipleship Pastor at Rochester Christian Church in Rochester, Illinois in July 2021.

Faith Conn (’18) former KCU Lady Knight basketball player was named Coach of the Year in Kentucky’s 16th Region.

Troy Cleland (’00) has moved from Michiana Christian Camp to the position of Project Manager at Country Lake Christian Retreat in Underwood, Indiana. His wife, Melissa (Gilbert) Cleland (’00) has assumed a role with Guest Services at Country Lake as well.

Taylor (Conn) Dixon (’17) has recently been appointed as the Head Volleyball Coach at West Carter (KY) High School.

Brandon Dulaney (’05) began a new position with Habitat for Humanity in East Central Ohio in January.

Faron Franklin (‘89) has concluded a ministry with the Restoration Church of Christ, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after 16 years and has begun a new ministry at Williamstown Christian Church in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Briquelle Hoppes (‘17) transitioned from Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky to become a traveling nurse, beginning in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Trooper Charles Jones (‘14) is leaving Kentucky State Police Post 14 where he has served Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence counties. He will be serving on Executive Security, which includes security for Kentucky politicians including the governor, governor executive and their families.

McKenzie (Vanover) Kirk (’18), former KCU softball player, has been named a 2022 inductee into the KHSAA Hall of Fame.

Jesse Martin (’15 & ‘18) has begun as Sr. Minister at Artemus Christian Church in Artemus, Kentucky.

Mark Messmore (’05) has authored a new book titled Simple Preaching Prep. His book guides readers through one pastoral task: the important task of preaching. Mark stated that “he wrote this book to be easily readable and accessible to anyone, offering them a model to customize to their personality.”

Paul Pat Mooney (’69 & ’84) has retired from the active pulpit ministry after nearly 53 years. He has moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and will occupy his time with revivals and supply preaching.

Ernie Perry (’79 & ’85) has begun a new position at Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky as Connections Minister.

Nina (‘93) and Tim Perry are both now retired and living in Oolitic, Indiana and welcomed their first grandchild, a boy named Trace Owen Perry on May 14, 2021.

Pam (Waltz) Perry (’79) retired as of December 31, 2021 from the University of Kentucky Clinic.

Rick Miller (‘77 & ‘85) recently retired as Senior Minister of Eastview Christian Church in Martinsville, Indiana. He continues his ministry with Stability First, a non-profit to help alleviate the pressures of poverty in the Martinsville community.

Travis Roehm (’04) transitioned from a 13 year ministry in Dubuque, Iowa and began a second ministry with Adventure Christian Community in Davenport, Iowa on January 1st. He will serve as Executive Pastor.

Cody Sabol (’17) was featured on MNF on January 3, 2021 as he speed painted a portrait of retiring Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Lisa (Davis) Stephenson (‘85) was an official at the Kentucky Volleyball State Tournament (November, 2021). Lisa played volleyball (‘81-‘82) and basketball (‘81-‘85) for the Lady Knights.

John “Casey” Thomas (’12) has accepted the position of sports director at the Coffman YMCA in Springboro, Ohio.

Keith Wise (’72) celebrated the 50 year anniversary of his ordination into Christian ministry. Loran Dace gave the ordination charge in the LaBelle View Church of Christ, Steubenville, Ohio on December 26, 1971. He is married to Sharon (Kourim) (‘71) Wise.

John Wright (’78) has celebrated 50 years in the pulpit ministry. He and his wife, Martha, celebrated 25 years of ministry at the Bishopville Church of Christ at Glouster, Ohio.

Shiloh Young (‘12) was named the Director of Compliance and Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator for Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics in December 2021.

  1. Daniel and Rebecca (Mullen) (’19) Hartley on September 18, 2021
  2. Caleb (’15) and Kelsi Yankey on October 30, 2021
  3. Jonathan (‘22) and Kennedi (Meredith) (’21) Munson on November 20, 2021

Lynne S. Aleshire (’89), Teacher Education, 10/17/2021
Maribeth Cox (Attd ‘18-’19), 11/4/2021
John Oliver Lewis (’81), Bible, 11/23/2021
Howard William Thomure (’54), Bible, 11/27/2021
Peggy (Bliffen) Bauer (’57), Bible, 12/8/2021
Vincent Mansfield (’86), Communications, 12/9/2021
Angela Ruble (’02), Bible, 12/27/2021
Robert Holden (‘78), Ministry, 1/10/2022
Donald F. Boswell (’80), Bible, 1/25/2022
Oscar Benny Baumgardner (’61), 1/26/2022
E. Paul Perry (‘55), Bible, 2/5/22
Wanda Sisk, former KCU employee, 2/5/22
Steven Taylor (’82), Bible, 1/30/2022
Zebedee Togarepi (’88), Bible, 2/9/2022
Linda (Deacon) Dailey (’81), Bible, 2/15/2022
Bruce Heller (‘92), Master of Ministry, 2/20/22
Richard Peterson (’73), Business, 1/25/2022

Class Notes will be updated in the Spring, Summer, and Fall in conjunction with the publishing of The Voice.

Prepared for the World

“KCU was more than a University, it was also a home for me. Professors didn’t just worry about my grades, but
they knew about my life, provided counsel, encouraged me, and pushed me to grow. I felt that my education for
ministry was amazing and really helped prepare me for ministry. A lot of my spiritual mentors have come out of
KCU and also some lifelong friendships with fellow students. KCU might not be the biggest school, but it has one
of the biggest hearts.”

Cady Wurtz, Class of 2017 Graduate School

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