Alumni

Aaron Carr '12

Religion and Classics religion double-major and University Fellow Aaron Carr is a student at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. His 2012 sermon on the topic of "Foundations," presented at the National Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, Ky., was included in the book Uncommon Sense: Jesus and the Renewal of the World (Chalice Press.)He is one of six members of the Academy of Preachers’ national Gospel Catalyst Network leadership team.

Jenny Eaton Dyer `99

Jenny Eaton Dyer earned a master of theological studies degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School (2001), and a Ph.D. in history and critical theories of religion at Vanderbilt University (2007). Currently, she is Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health organization committed to improving the quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Dyer also currently teaches Global Health Politics and Policy as a Lecturer in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. In the Fall 2012, she taught Southern Religion and Culture in Vanderbilt’s Department of Religious Studies. Dyer served as the National Faith Outreach Director for the DATA Foundation or The ONE Campaign from 2003-2008. In this role, she worked with religious leaders, authors, artists, and other faith-based leaders to promote awareness and advocacy for extreme poverty and global AIDS issues. Dyer is a co-compiler of The aWAKE Project: Uniting Against the African AIDS Crisis (2002), winner of the Contemporary Christian Music Magazine- Editor’s Choice Award 2002 and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association –2003 Finalist, Gold Medallion Book Award. She is also a co-compiler of The aWAKE Project: Uniting Agains the Africa AIDS Crisis, Revised (2005). She is a contributor to Why Save Africa: Answers from around the World (2011). She has written several articles and opinion pieces on the intersection of religion and health. She lives in Franklin, Tenn., with husband, John, and sons, Rhys and Oliver.

Scott McGinnis `90

Scott McGinnis earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Alabama, an M.A. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, he is Associate Professor in Samford’s Department of Religion, where he teaches Cultural Perspectives, Christian Theology, Tolerance and Freedom in Christian Thought, The Craft of Religious Studies, and Contemporary Theology. He researches in the area of Christianity in early modern England and has published many articles and book reviews, including the book, George Gifford and the Reformation of the Common Sort: Puritan Perspectives on Elizabethan Religious Life (2004.)

Wes Spears `13

University Fellow and Pre-Ministerial Scholar Wes Spears preached on the topic, “God in the Year 2012” at 2012 National Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, Ky. His sermon was then included in the book Uncommon Sense: Jesus and the Renewal of the World (Chalice Press.)

Chris Thomas `06

Chris Thomas earned his M.Div. degree at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University (2009) and currently is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Williams in Jacksonville, Ala. Prior to coming to First Baptist, he served churches in Anniston, Alabama and Crawford, Texas. Thomas also currently serves as the president of Interfaith Ministries of Calhoun County, a religion contributor to The Anniston Star, and is a Key Voice Blogger for Day1.org. He and wife Sallie live in Jacksonville, Ala.

Katherine Veach Urquhart `06

Katherine Veach Urquhart `06 earned an M.A. degree in Religion at Vanderbilt University, producing a thesis titled "Healing Steps: Jesus' Dionysiac Tour in Luke." She is currently a doctoral candidate in New Testament at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and her dissertation, "Using Luke's Allusions: The Composition of Luke-Acts in Its Literary Milieu," focuses on the literary environment that produced the texts as well as the theoretical relationship between the author and his early audience. She also currently serves as a Program Manager for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she oversees summer programs for gifted and talented youth at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. She has presented numerous times at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting and has chaired panels at the North American Patristics Society annual conference, as well. She is married to Capt. Wes Urquhart, USMC, who is stationed at MCAS Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C.