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from the dean TABLEAUX: plural [ta-bloh]: A picturesque group of persons around a common table Welcome to the second edition of Tableaux: A Publication for the McAfee Community. This tri-annual publication celebrates what McAfee is knowing, being and doing as a theological institution. You will find within its pages news about past and upcoming events, articles on key theological issues, featured stories on alumni and current students, and an array of information to keep you connected with McAfee. Tableaux means “a picturesque grouping of persons around a common table,” and among the McAfee faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends there are many noteworthy—not to say “picturesque”— people. So feel free to join in on our conversations and contribute to that which makes McAfee so great. Follow along as we continue the journey of knowing, being and doing.

Join us at the table.

R. Alan Culpepper

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“McAfee’s Going Places” by Michelle Garber


Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership


“Preaching Peace in a Timid Church” by Brett Younger


Conference on Sexuality and Covenant


Knowing: a focus on new faculty


New Director of Development




“The Journey of Faith” by Loyd Allen


Being: a focus on student award winners

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Doing: a focus on alumni Jaye Peabody


2011-2012 Faculty speaking engagements


Class Notes

by David Gushee

Rob Nash and Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Coming Events

McAfee’s going places This year marks a milestone for McAfee – we awarded our 500th degree! In just sixteen short years McAfee has proven to be a vital resource for Christian churches, nonprofits, counseling centers, educational bodies, denominational bodies, and the world at large. We are proud of each of our alumni and are encouraged with the impact they are making for the kingdom of God. Below is a categorical breakdown of the 512 alumni. _Michelle Garber

12 (2%)

Male: 3 (25%) Female: 9 (75%)

480 (94%)

Male: 259 (54%) Female: 221 (46%)

25 (4%)

Male: 22 (88%) Female: 3 (12%)

Out of 512 graduates... Male: 280 (55%) Female: 232 (45%) African American: 104 (20%) Male: 40 (8%) Female: 64 (13%) Caucasian: 384 (75%) Male: 222 (43%) Female: 162 (32%) International: 18 (4%) Male: 15 (3%) Female: 3 (0.5%)

Average age at graduation: 34 Range of age: 22-79

graduates working in congregational ministry

of graduates continued to postMDiv education

of graduates minister in a helping profession (churches, non-profit, global field personnel, counseling, etc.)

denominations represented among McAfee graduates

Statistical data compiled by Dr. Michelle Garber and Funmi Adebayo. Note: Data is based on best available information. If you have vocational changes submit them to Dr. Michelle Garber,

Mercer launches new

Baugh for Baptist Leadership

Offering opportunities for Baptist leaders to experience transformative learning. Connecting Baptist leaders with one another for education and enrichment. Providing a place for Baptist leaders to engage in scholarly research, thoughtful conversation and meaningful relationships. Creating resources for Baptist leaders.

P r o p o s e d P r o g r a m s • Ph.D. in Religion with an emphasis in Baptist Studies • Mentoring for emerging Baptist leaders • Conferences, seminars, retreats • Baugh Fellows (scholars and ministry practitioners) • Global Baptist collaboration • Online education for Baptist laity • Visioning for a Baptist future • Research and development

The Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership

at Mercer University offers academic programs and promotes research initiatives that bring students, professors, pastors and other Baptist leaders into collaborative relationships. It also attracts Baptist leaders and emerging leaders from around the world for conferences, sabbatical leaves, and to pursue research and educational programs. The Baugh Center draws on the resources housed on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta, such as the national offices for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the American Baptist Historical Society, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, the Center for Theology and Public Life, as well as other programs throughout the University.

We will be unapologetically centered in Christ and committed to the vitality of Baptist churches, institutions and denominational life. We will seek to serve the Baptist family and the broader Christian and human community from a Baptist perspective.

Daniel Vestal Distinguished University Professor of Baptist Leadership



in a Timid Church

Brian McLaren spoke powerfully: preachers. Would the one who innocent life, the demeaning of We preach the peace of one commanded us to “love our people, the destruction of property, who was crucified, so we cannot enemies” think we do enough to the poverty that results, and the preach power that crucifies. We stop killing our enemies? hatred that poisons. When war preach a way of love and service, The church has become is portrayed by politicians as the so we cannot preach conquest reticent to preach on war and less painful option, ministers need and domination. At the 2012 peace. During the Vietnam War to persistently speak the hope of William Self Preaching Lectures preachers like Martin Luther peace. Killing terrorists does not at the McAfee School of Theology, King, Jr. and William Sloane Coffin defeat terrorism. Pre-emptive wars “Preaching Peace in a Crumbling were well-known for speaking do not make us safer. Crushing a Empire,” McLaren argued that prophetically against the war. Why few despots perpetuates hatred. the Bible is a call to speak God’s weren’t there similarly well-known War on Islamic countries ultimately word of peace to an empire built on prophetic voices during the war in increases the number of Islamic power. Iraq? terrorists. McLaren’s words in If the United States the chapel were challenging If Christians never hear a sermon supported a policy based and inspiring. The words on peacemaking will they assume more on human rights, in the hall—not so much. that faith has nothing to do with the international law, and Popular opinion seems to sustainable development most important issues of our day? be that peace belongs in for poor countries, and less lectures, but not in sermons: on arms transfers and military Will they get the impression that attacks, we would be safer. Our “That peace stuff wouldn’t fly at my God has no concern about the war national security must be based church.” in Afghanistan? on more than military power. “Now we know why McLaren isn’t a Ministers are not exempt We should preach in support of pastor anymore.” from preaching peace because it diplomacy, economic development, “His last church must have been in will be uncomfortable, the finance and the protection of human Switzerland.” committee will not be happy, or the rights. We should recognize that “If I preach on peace, war will break inbox will fill up on Monday morning. poverty and national humiliation out in the next deacons’ meeting.” The United States has amassed are as dangerous to our security “I’ll preach against the war when the most formidable weapons as any weapon. We need to return McLaren agrees to pay my kid’s systems the world has seen. Our to the most effective ways America college tuition.” military spending is equal to that of has influenced nations throughout the rest of the world put together. the world, by offering a helping In Jesus’ day prophets were run The combined military budget of hand and abiding by our deepest out of town, thrown off a cliff, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Syria principles. or stoned in the middle of the is less than 4% of our budget. The When ministers are afraid village. Now we dismiss prophets United States’ planned military to speak prophetically about peace in the conversations between spending in 2012 is $671 billion they fail to be a voice for the Prince lectures. When did peace become while China’s budget is $106 billion of Peace. They have ceased to a peripheral issue? How can (Newsweek, March 19, 2012, 14). be ministers of the Gospel of ministers read the Gospels and Courageous preachers Jesus Christ. Christian preachers think peace is an optional topic? speak to the cost of war, the proclaim Christ’s different, better When Jesus preached, “Blessed present wars, the next war, the way—even when it is hard. are the peacemakers,” he included shedding of blood, the wasting of _Brett Younger

When ministers are afraid to speak prophetically about peace they fail to be a voice for the Prince of Peace.

Watch part of the lectures here:

This past April Dr. David Gushee, in cooperation with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Resource Center, facilitated a national conference on “Sexuality and Covenant.” Before the conference Dr. Gushee wrote an article for the Associated Baptist Press discussing seven presuppositions for the conference and then reflected on how the conference handled them in another article for ABP the week after the conference. Below is a glimpse into Dr. Gushee’s reflections concerning the conference on sexuality and covenant: Presuposition 1: The conference presupposed that there is such a thing as the Church, which is not the same as the State or the Culture, and that the Church is (something like) that community of human beings who loves Jesus Christ and seeks to serve him faithfully as Lord in every aspect of its life...The conference presupposed that it is possible for the Church to talk together about sexuality exclusively as an aspect of Christian discipleship, rather than as a matter of denominational policy or public law, and that is critical to remember how to have a discipleship-focused conversation before this skill disappears entirely from Christian life. Comment 1: The Baptist Conference on Sexuality and Covenant (BCSC) largely succeeded in maintaining its focus on the life of the Christian Church, and both plenaries and small groups were filled with reflections on what it means to truly love Jesus Christ and serve him faithfully as Lord in every aspect of life. There was occasional slippage with a few references to whether or not gay marriage should be legalized, which was unfortunate but perhaps inevitable given that the organizers did not censor the speakers. Critics might say that the conversation itself represented capitulation to the culture. While I experienced moments in which I thought I might be hearing more culture than scripture or ecclesial tradition, sorting through which is which is

exactly what one does in an open conversation about a contested issue in Christian community. Presuposition 2: The conference presupposed that the best way to have a Church conversation about sexuality is to bring scripture, tradition, and contemporary realities into sacred conversation with each other, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Way of Jesus Christ... The conference presupposed that a meaningful family conversation about sexuality must be open and honest and not restricted to bland platitudes and clichés. Comment 2: Most speakers operated from explicitly cited or implicitly assumed biblical texts and themes, except for those who were charged primarily with exposing conferees to specific, sometimes deeply painful, cultural and personal realities. The conference was richly biblical, but that may not always have been appreciated by those for whom being “biblical” means taking one or two Bible passages and then proclaiming them as if the reader’s/preacher’s interpretation is beyond dispute and occurs without any interpretive framework provided by the rest of scripture, Christian tradition, life experience, or contemporary realities. The question is not whether to be biblical, but how to be biblical, and how honestly to integrate attention to other sources of authority in shaping Christian moral vision and norms.

A before and after look at the conference on


Presuposition 3: The conference presupposed that what the Church has for generations understood to be biblical Christian sexual morality is challenged comprehensively today both in theory and in practice, and that an adequate family conversation about sex must be just as comprehensive as the challenges we now face. Comment 3: It might not always be apparent from news reports, but the conference was indeed as comprehensive in its scope as it could be for a twoday event. We discussed marriage, divorce, children of divorce, sex trafficking, domestic violence, dating, singleness, pornography, and various aspects of LGBT issues. The primary theological frame was covenant but other norms such as sexual holiness and just love were presented. I do acknowledge that gay and lesbian issues surfaced more often than was scheduled. This must mean that these issues matter to a lot of people, on all “sides.” But those who were present at the conference can easily testify to the comprehensiveness of the treatment of sexuality and covenant issues. The conference presuppose the value of personal encounter within the life of the Church, because we believe that God is active and God’s Spirit can be met in the lives of Christ-followers earnestly seeking to do God’s will. This may be the most important confirmed presupposition of this event. I don’t think there was anyone I met at the conference who was casual about their Christian faith. They had spent hundreds of dollars and three days with us precisely because they want

to follow Christ and want to do God’s will, and they thought this conference could help. And the group was so diverse. People came from all over North America, though most were from the South. Perspectives varied quite a bit, though perhaps the CBF center and left were somewhat more represented than the right—of course, everyone was invited, and a variety of viewpoints were represented. I was most struck by encountering large numbers of young Christians; and perhaps especially gay and lesbian young Christians, whom I had never encountered in such numbers. They came out of the woodwork, came from the margins of Baptist life in the South, because they thought maybe this was an event in which they might be welcomed—and maybe a conversation to which they could contribute—and maybe an experience from which they could benefit. We didn’t go out looking for them. They came to us. I know that when I encountered these “living human documents,” these so often wounded and rejected and bullied and abused young people—kids the age of my own kids—my heart broke. It broke with sorrow at how much they had suffered at the hands of Christians. It broke with gratitude that somehow despite all that hurt these young people still want to be a part of the Christian community. I will never forget those encounters, and I will always seek to be true to these individuals, and what Christ taught me through my moments with them. _David Gushee Taken and adapted by permission from Associated Baptist Press, original article on April 30, 2012. Photos are courtesy of CBF. To read Dr. Gushee’s full reflection:

& Covenant

Rob Nash and Chanequa Walker-Barnes an interview with McAfee’s new professors

What is the last movie you saw in the theater? Dr. Walker-Barnes

Dr. Walker-Barnes

The Lorax. Most of my trips to the movies are on behalf of my 3-year-old. I have some vague recollection of my husband and I going to the movies several months ago, but I cannot remember what it was. We mostly watch movies on Netflix and Vudu.

Dr. Nash

Do you have any pets? What kind? No pets right now. I had a really great dog who died several years ago and I still miss her. I tried to fill that void with two other dogs, but that just didn’t work. Shelby was irreplaceable. My son may be getting a pet for his fourth birthday this summer. He originally asked for a dog, but we’re thinking he needs to start with something smaller...a goldfish or hamster, maybe.

I don’t get to the movies as much as I’d like, but the last time I did, we saw Hugo – it was wonderful! Dr. Nash

My wife and I have a dog and two cats. Our dog is a Corgi named Nemo. He hangs out with our two cats, Mama Kitty and Agamemnon.

What is the most played song on your iPod? Dr. Walker-Barnes

This is really sad. My son took over my iPod so most of my top 25 songs are from Thomas & Friends and the Disney Channel. The first grown-up song that appears on my list is Deitrick Haddon’s “Gravity.”

Dr. Nash

Don’t judge me too badly, but “Son of a Preacher Man” is by far the most played song on my iPod!

What scripture passage is most meaningful to you? Dr. Walker-Barnes

I think Micah 6:8 summarizes Christian scripture in its entirety. I love that passage so much that I named my son Micah.

Dr. Nash

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41.10, NRSV

If you were given an all-inclusive vacation package to anywhere in the world, where would you go? If you could eat lunch with anyone in history, who would it be? Dr. Walker-Barnes Dr. Nash

It’d be cool to eat lunch with Michelle Obama. I’d let Barack come too.

Out of all the people in the world, out of all the theologians, athletes, world leaders and the like, I would sit down with Martin Luther before the rest.

Dr. Walker-Barnes

I‘d love to go to Europe, especially England, France, and Italy.

Dr. Nash

I don’t know if anyone else has been to this place, but the Bagan Plain in Myanmar is something everyone should experience. You should probably Google it right now just to get a taste of what I’m talking about.

What excites you most about coming to McAfee?

Dr. Walker-Barnes

Dr. Nash

I don’t think I could even answer this succinctly. But from my first conversation with the search committee for this position, I had a gut reaction that this was the right place. I think it’s the combination of McAfee’s commitment to preparing people for ministry while maintaining high academic standards, its diversity (and willingness to grapple with the challenges that diversity brings), and the strong sense of community.

Students are my passion so I’m thrilled to connect again to this first love!

What kind of electives do you look forward to teaching? Dr. Walker-Barnes

I have a passion for ministry with marginalized populations. So I’m looking forward to teaching electives that deal with issues of diversity. I’m looking forward to teaching a class on African American families as well as one on pastoral care and oppression.

Dr. Nash

Mission of God in the 21st Century, Asian Religions, Missions in Popular Culture

Tell us about yourself.

i n t r o d u c i n g . . .

Matt DuVall McAfee’s new Director of Development

I was born and raised in Georgia. I grew up in Cordele, went to Mercer-Macon and then McAfee. While in seminary I worked as an intern at Central Baptist Church in Newnan as well as Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. After graduation I became the Minister to Students at FBC Athens where I served for four years. In Athens I met and married the former Caroline Ross. From Athens, I was called as Pastor of FBC Middlesboro, and so Caroline and I moved to Southeast Kentucky where we lived for 3 ½ years and had two girls: Catherine James and Arly Elizabeth. What scripture passage is the most meaningful to you? I’d have to say Luke 15: 11-32. As much as any story in scripture, I have been able to find myself over and over again within this text. I am the elder brother— full of self-righteous superiority. I am the lost son— greedy, selfish, and broken. I am the father—handing over; searching; scared; hopeful; running down dirt roads with robe hiked up; celebrating. I am also the unnamed—the companion in far off places; preparing the meal and setting the table. Reunion happens every day, and every time I read this text, I find new ways to reconnect with parts of myself and with others. What excites you about coming to McAfee? It’s exciting to be “home.” When I accepted the job at Mercer, Caroline and I realized that we’d be returning to our Georgia roots to reconnect with some of the people and places that gave birth to who we are. It’s also exciting to think that in ten years we’re going to look back and realize what a crucial time it was for the future of McAfee; higher, theological education; and Baptist life. I’m excited to be a part of this pivotal movement. McAfee continues to expand in ways that our founders wouldn’t have dreamed sixteen years ago, yet there are still amazing dreams that are waiting to be realized, and in order to get there we need to resource those dreams! What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish in the first couple of years on the job? I would love to help more than 50% of our alumni realize the importance of their supporting McAfee each year with some size of gift. If it is just $10--that is fine. If it is $100 or even $1000 – great! We will be good stewards of every single dollar that we receive. Even 50% of our alumni giving would be unheard of for a school. Last year 9% of our Alumni gave. If we reach 50%, it will speak volumes to our outside donors who are currently invested, or who are looking to possibly invest in the future of McAfee.

Now There’s a Time and Place for Discussions on Faith

TIME: 24/7/365 PLACE:

Mercer has joined and we want you to join too! is a new social network for faith experiences, and Mercer has created it’s own spot to hang out in the virtual village. Join thousands of other Christ-followers who are reading, talking, listening and exchanging ideas about their faith. Take a moment to register for your own free account on Once a member you’ll be able to make new friends, find inspiration in an article or video, or start your own cause. And that’s just the beginning.


Journey Viewing the spiritual life as journey is an almost universal religious symbol. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Native Americans, and Jews all make spiritual pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage is archetypal, an OUTSIDE action that remaps the INNER spiritual life. We find this correlation between journey and faith often in the Bible. Think of wandering Abraham, the Hebrew people’s journey to the Promised Land, and the earliest name for Christians—followers of The Way.

of This summer I will spend two weeks leading a Celtic pilgrimage to Scotland. Both the pilgrimage part and the Celtic part energize me. I have long taught pilgrimage as a spiritual discipline and have served as a spiritual guide to pilgrims in Israel. This is the first pilgrimage I have led to Celtic sites, though. Christians over the centuries have gone on pilgrimage as a spiritual discipline. A Christian spiritual discipline is an intentional action taken in order to become more like Christ for the sake of others. On Christian pilgrimage, we journey to sacred places known for God’s activity in history in order to seek transformation of our souls’ inner geography. Pilgrimage is a kind of praying with the body. It is behavior that deepens belief. God willing, we return changed, more able to represent Christ to others in our daily routine.

Pilgrimage is not a tour or a research expedition. On my trips to Israel, I found that Americans typically try to see as much as we can in as little time as possible, documenting as many facts as we can about each site. The spiritual discipline of pilgrimage requires a different approach. The pilgrim’s primary tools are not guidebooks or cameras; they are silence and a reflective pace. The task on pilgrimage is not to see more, but to see more deeply. Of course, God is present everywhere. We do not need to go

anywhere special to be found by the Risen Christ. That said, certain geographical locales, hallowed by prayer and connected to God’s extraordinary activity, have proven especially helpful as doorways to divine encounter. The Celtic tradition calls these “thin places,” where we more readily become aware of the nearness of the Holy Spirit in whom we live and move and have our being. Pilgrims go to sacred spaces to experience this grace. I sensed something similar when I visited Pearl Harbor for the first time. My father fought and was cruelly wounded in the Pacific in World War II. I had heard and thought about it all my life, so I did not expect the Hawaiian wrecks to affect me much. Standing on the deck of the USS Arizona above the watery graves of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice, I found myself weeping. There is a kind of knowing that does not come through words. Sometimes the old saying is true, “You just had to be there.” Now for the Celtic part. Celtic Christianity is indigenous to Ireland of the fifth century. Rome never extended its empire into Ireland. As a result, the GrecoRoman philosophical disdain for the physical world, which tends to pit matter against spirit, did not contaminate Celtic Christianity as it did most of Christendom. The Celtic Christian tradition stresses God’s love of all created things and God’s presence in the ordinary activities of daily life. Though orthodox, it is more a way of Christ-like living than a set of beliefs.

Celts stress the walk above the talk. The Celtic saints

are associated with living a joyful life in unity with the created world in a manner rivaled only by Saint Francis of Assisi, who grew up near a Celtic founded monastery. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Celtic evangelists did what the legions of Rome could not do; they conquered Europe’s barbarian tribes for Christ. In our day, when creation is often viewed as an expendable resource, and Christianity is too often defined as doctrines designed to get us out of this evil world, the Celtic way offers modern Christians a Spirit inspired way of living, here and now. The island of Iona, the main destination of this summer’s pilgrimage, has been a center of Celtic Christianity for fifteen hundred years. It is one of those “thin places” where pilgrims seeking spiritual renewal have trekked by the thousands for centuries. From this tiny island off the west coast of Scotland, Irish born Saint Columba and his followers evangelized the unconverted tribes of Britain from the sixth century forward. Today it is a sanctuary for pilgrimage and retreat. In this “thin place,” and others like it, we pilgrims will seek to reorder our love for creation and its inhabitants through fresh encounter with the One who manifested those things among Iona’s founders with such clarity in another day and time. Here’s hoping for pilgrims’ progress.

_Wm. Loyd Allen


Each year McAfee graduates ministers who excel academically as well as ministerially. The class of 2012 is no exception. It is full of pastors, nonprofit leaders, Ph.D. candidates, writers, counselors, congregational ministers, global field personnel, and more! Below is a snapshot of just some of these amazing scholars and ministers. They are the 2012 award recipients voted on by the faculty as well as denominational bodies. We are proud of the work they are accomplishing and look on with eager anticipation to their contributions that lie ahead.

Scott Wesley Claybrook Scholarly Acheivement Award, William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Excellence in Leadership Award, John R. Claypool Excellence in Preaching Award

Scott graduated with a M.Div. in Academic Research and hopes to enter full time pastoral ministry and later pursue more schooling.

_Karen Massey

Tiffany Gibson Cox Interpretation

Tanya Lanette Croone Review and Expositor

Tiffany graduated worked within the Academic Research track and completed a master’s thesis titled “Song of Songs and Woman Wisdom.” Tiffany is off to Denver, CO to begin a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.

Tanya recently received her Master of Divinity from McAfee. She currently serves as Co-Pastor of Redeeming Love Christian Church with her husband in Conyers, Georgia. She works closely with the women’s ministry and prayer ministry at RLCC.

focus on current students Susan Virginia Ferndon Interpretation Susan graduated with a M.Div. in Pastoral Care and served as a graduate assistant for Missional Congregations at CBF; Chaplain Intern at Park Springs retirement center, Stone Mountain; and as a Resident Assistant for Mercer Campus apts.

Angela Fields BWIM Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Pastoral Leadership Angela recently received a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and now serves as an Associate Minister at Cornerstone Church in Snellville, Georgia.

Leah D. Jackson Interpretation

Elizabeth Noelle Owen Review and Expositor

After law school, Leah graduated with a M.Div. in Christian Education. She is currently employed at Jack Attorneys & Advisors (Intellectual Property and Technology Attorney).

Noelle graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a M.Div. in Pastoral Care. She currently serves as the Assistant Family Housing Coordinator at the at the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Christopher Edwin Purser William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Excellence in Leadership Award Chris graduated with a M.Div. He has served on four church staffs, including International Program Coordinator at Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as a pastoral intern at Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta.

James Ryan Wilson Interpretation

Ryan graduated with a M.Div. He has been serving as the Minister of Students and Young Adults at Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth, GA. This fall he is moving to New York City to begin a year of full-time ministry with Metro Baptist Church and the Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries.

Christopher Daniels Robertson Scholarly Acheivement Award, William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Excellence in Leadership Award

Chris graduated with a M.Div. in Global Christianity and is currently serving as pastor at Passport Choices Summer camps. In August, Chris begins a new job at Towne View Baptist Church as Minister of Youth and Outreach.

Mary Kate Christian John R. Claypool Excellence in Preaching Award

Mary Kate Christian will be a 3rd year student in this fall, graduating in December with a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry. She hopes to use her love for high school students and music in some sort of school or church setting after graduation.

pastoral care with

Jaye Peabody focus on alumni


McAfee affirmed me as a woman, an African American, and a preacher. McAfee encouraged me to ask tough questions and think outside the box. It is because of McAfee I am able to provide the same affirmation, abiding love and safety at Covenant Counseling Institute.


Jaye Peabody Executive Director at Covenant Counseling

My name is Jaye Peabody. I am a 2010 dual degree graduate from McAfee School of Theology and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at Mercer University. I received my M.Div. as well as my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I currently work as the Executive Director at Covenant Counseling and Family Resources in Snellville, Georgia. It is with a gracious and humble heart that I write to tell you a piece of my life’s journey and how McAfee played such an important part. I am confident that my Pastoral Counseling training at McAfee prepared me for the challenges I face today. On any given day, I manage the programs, facilitate the day-to-day operations, coordinate the support staff, oversee the financial operations, as well as counsel with clergy, children, and families at Covenant Counseling. No one day is the same and I am constantly pouring myself into this magnanimous work. I can say with pride that the person I am today, confident and capable to handle the challenges life brings, is in direct correlation with the impact McAfee had on my life.

about but the time McAfee spent Then there was Dr. Allen who had on me. enough courage to pull me aside, tell me my writing was awful BUT For example, there was the time there has to be a reason because I found my preaching voice in the he thought I was quite intelligent. class of Dr. Peter Rhea Jones. He (After taking Church History you will and others affirmed me not only understand why that compliment as a woman in ministry but as an meant so much). Because he African American preacher. Or took the time to talk to me about about the time my old church went possible learning disabilities, I through a horrible split. Everyone learned I had adult ADHD. For except me and one other colleague years I had suffered with my mind was fired, sat down, or was put on moving faster than my body. leave. I had only been ordained And though I have three master a year. Dr. Slater saw me one day degrees, but I cannot describe how and took the time to sit me down difficult it was before my diagnosis. and simply say “How are you?” That After learning how to treat ADHD, simple gesture reminded me I was writing and organization became not alone on this journey. so much easier that I am no longer I think about the time I had to call afraid to pursue my doctorate.

Dr. Garber and tell him I could not make my Hebrew midterm because my baby daughter’s asthma had gotten so bad I was on the way to the emergency room. I just knew he would think it was an excuse to get out of my exam. Yet when I was in the emergency room I felt a sense of peace come over me even as I held my daughter watching her struggle. I later found out that Dr. Garber took the time to lift me and my daughter up in prayer during chapel…around the same time So many words come to mind when I was at the ER…and my McAfee I think of my McAfee: intellectual, family prayed for my little girl. affirming, prestigious. Yet the word I feel as if God continuously Or the time Dr. Denise Massey affirmed and whispered in my ear while there unknowingly encouraged me to stay the was TIME. At first I thought it was because it took me a lot of time to course when she talked about complete the program. As a mom the difficulties and the rewards of four, who worked full time, it took of balancing being a mom, wife, me six years. But it’s less about the minister and student. time I spent at McAfee and more

I can go on and on about the amount of time the McAfee community has poured into me from the professors, to the staff and to the students (Dr. Michelle Garber Brooks was my lifeline at this school). But the most important time of all was when I learned that if you cannot show God’s love, you cannot teach God’s love. And I am in the business of teaching God’s love. It was at McAfee that I learned how to see, experience, embrace, and accept God’s love for my life. It took time to develop my pastoral authority, my confidence, and my intellectual ability. I am sure there are a lot of good seminaries out there, but I know of no other place where professors, staff, alumni, and students take the time to help a minister (especially like me) grow.

_Jaye Peabody

To read Jaye’s full reflection:

Aug. 21 featuring Floyd Roebuck

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.


founder’s day


in the Davis Administrative Building

coming events Fall Preview Conference Explore your sense of call by

engaging with faculty and students experiencing classes learning about academic programs & financial aid

interviewing for merit-based scholarship

worshiping in community

Oct 28 & 29

D. Perry and Betty


L e c t u re s September 18 & 20, 2012 Featuring

Adrian Wyard

Executive Director, Counterbalance Foundation

Lectures on Christian Faith & Modern Science For more info on the lectures: To read more about Adrian Wyard:


Featuring Luke Timonthy Johnson, Candler School of Theology

September 23-25, 2012 | St. Simon’s Island, GA Registration





O N L I N E To register for McAfee events, visit our website:

2011-2012 faculty speaking engagements Loyd Allen Ordination council, Hannah Coe, First Baptist Church Athens, February 2011.

Teaching “History of Christian Spirituality” at the Academy of Spiritual Formation #34, Sumatanga, AL, July 31Aug 5, 2012:

Hebrew Bible,” at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 2011, San Francisco, CA:

New Testament Canon presentation, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, March 2011.

Moderating the Mercer Baptist Classics Presented “Ezekiel and the Theology Seminar on the Civil War, September of Exile” on Wednesday nights in 13-15, 2012. September 2011 at Briarcliff Baptist Church: The Sermon, Transfiguration Sunday, same topic at Heritage Baptist Church Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford Nativity Lutheran Church, Dallas, in Cartersville on Wednesdays in May Georgia, April 2011. Wednesday night Bible Study session, 2011: First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia, Ordination council and ordination, Bible Study on Wednesdays in January Amanda Miller, Parkway Baptist Church, January 2011: and February, 2011 at First Baptist August 2011. Saturday evening and Sunday morning Church Jefferson: sessions and sermon at Northminster Lecture, “Body and Soul,” Milledge AIB T.V. show, “Religion Roundtable” Avenue Baptist Church, Athens, Georgia, Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, with Audrey Galex and Gary Laderman, February 2011: October 2011. initial airing on June 21, 2012: Reformation Sunday sermon, Heritage Wednesday Passover Seder at Baptist Church, Cartersville, November Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2011: 2011. David P. Gushee Lecture series, “Faith Development,” “Can We Find Common Ground on Lectured on “Reading Backwards from Abortion?” Lectures with Rachel Laser, First Baptist Church Indianapolis, the Beginning: My Life with the Psalter, Mercer University Atlanta and Macon Indiana, November 2011. Take Two” at Philips University, Marburg, “Can anything new be said about Faculty, “History of Christian Germany, November 2011: abortion?” January 2012: Spirituality,” Academy of Spiritual Formation, Denver, CO, March 2012. Presented “The Canonical Approach Ashe-Henderson Lectures at Carson Presenter, “Baptist Higher Education to Scripture and The Editing of the Newman College, “The Difference Christ Today,” at Baptist History and Heritage Hebrew Psalter” at The Society of Makes,” February 2012: Society Annual Conference, Dallas Biblical Literature annual meeting, San Baptist University, Dallas, Texas, May Francisco, California, November 2011: 2012: Intensive course in Political Ethics Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society Board Presented “Translating the Psalms and taught at Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine, Meeting and Moderator of Annual Qoheleth” at the National Association of March 2012: Awards Meeting, CBF General Assembly, Professors of Hebrew annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, June 2011. San Francisco, California, November 2011: Convener and Presenter at “A [Baptist] Montserrat Practicum on Preaching Conference on Sexuality and Covenant,” the Weekend Retreat, Dallas, Texas. Wednesday Bible Study First Baptist Videos, April 2012: One of first three Protestants trained to Church, Tucker, Georgia, Jan–Feb, HzC8vu. give the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in 2011: weekend retreat, July 2011. Lead faculty, “Evaluation of Daily Spiritual Experience among Students of Professional Degree Programs at a Faith Based, Private Institution of Higher Education,” AIM project, beginning August 2011 and continuing. Meets about twice a month. Director, Baptist Heritage Seminar, Atlanta, September 2011. Faculty, “Protestant Spirituality,” Academy of Spiritual Formation, San Antonio, TX, Oct 25-30.

David Garber Presented “Justice or Wormwood: Debt and Debt Slavery in The Hebrew Bible,” for the “Forgive Us Our Debts: A Roundtable Reflection on the Revolutionary Core of the Christian Tradition” panel of The Left Forum, Pace University, March 18, 2012:

Dock Hollingsworth

Interim Pastor: Briarcliff Baptist Church, March 2011-May 2012: Ls1VXD. Mercer Preaching Consultation- St. Simons Island, GA, September 2011:

Coaching Workshop at the Pastoral Institute-Columbus, GA, October 2011: Presented “Comics as the Gateway Drug to (Biblical) Literacy? Using Graphic Novels to Teach Narrative Art in the

Preached at New Baptist Covenant II Meeting, November 2011:

13, 20, 27, May 3, 2012:

FBC Commerce, Commerce, GA, May 2012: Northside Drive Baptist Church, May 2012:

Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA --- Martha Stearns Marshall Baptist Women in Ministry Preaching Day, 2011:

CBF of Alabama Pastors Event, May 2012:

Sunday School Teachers Training Event at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snellville, GA:

Peter Rhea Jones

Keynote speaker at Mocha in My Coffee: A Gathering for Professional Black Women, Atlanta, GA:

Interim Pastor for First Baptist Church of Morrow, January – August, 2011: Guest Preacher, Morrow Presbyterian Community Service.

Karen Massey

Keynote speaker at Women’s Retreat on Spiritual Disciplines at First Baptist Church, Savannah, GA:

Roundtable Reflection on the Revolutionary Core of the Christian Tradition” panel of The Left Forum, Pace University, March 18, 2012:

Brett Younger Supply Preacher, Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, January-May 2011: Interim Preacher, First Baptist Church, Wilmington, North Carolina, June 2011-present: Worship Emphasis Preacher, First Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia, June 26, 2011:

Preached at Briarcliff Oaks Retirement Center, Atlanta, GA:

Missions Day Preacher, First Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia, October 23, 2011:

Tom Slater

Emcee 20th Anniversary CBF Dinner, Tampa, Florida, June 22, 2011.

Guest Preacher, First Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia:

FBC Carrollton, August 2011 and April 2012:

Preacher, CBF Pastor’s Institute, Tampa, Florida, June 22, 2011.

Guest Preacher, First Baptist Church, Commerce, Georgia:

FBC Pendleton, SC, September 2011:

Speaker, Associated Baptist Press Dinner, Tampa, Florida, June 23, 2011.

Guest Preacher, Signal Mountain Baptist Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee:

FBC Tucker, September – October 2011:

Leader, Thirty Minute Seminary Retreat, First Baptist Churches of Decatur, Athens, and Pendleton, South Carolina, Camp Unicoi, August 26-27, 2011.

Guest Preacher, West Hills Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee:

“Lunch on Main” (Wednesday Noon Bible Studies), First Baptist Church Tucker, Georgia, June 2011: “Parables of Jesus” Presentation “Listening to John,” Mercer Preaching Consultation, St Simons, Georgia, September 2011:

Briarcliff Baptist Church, October 2012: Mercer Preaching Consultation, September 2012: Phillips School of Theology, ITC, Annual Founders’ Day & Pastors’ Conference, January 2012:

Guest Preacher, Johns Creek Baptist Church, Television interview, WATC Atlanta “Atlanta Johns Creek , Georgia, January 2012: Live” On Harold Camping’s Predictions, May 2011. Wednesday Evening Bible Studies: January, Television interview, WATC Atlanta “Atlanta First Baptist Church Jefferson, Georgia: Live” On End-time predictions, April 2012. Installation Sermon for Dr. Mike Oliver, First Baptist Church Madison, Alabama: Guest Preacher, First Baptist Church Williams, Alabama: Feb. 19, April 8:

Graham Walker Presentation at the Baptist World Alliance’s Ethics Commission, Summer 2011: Presentation at the Baptist World Alliance’s Ethics Commission, Summer 2012.

Distinguished Lecturer, Pastoral Institute, Columbus, Georgia, September 12, 2011: Preacher on Radio Program, October 16 and 23, 2011. Keynote Speaker, CBF of Georgia, Johns Creek Baptist Church, Georgia, November 6, 2011: Keynote Speaker, Organists’ Guild of Savannah, Georgia, February 10, 2012: Lenten Speaker, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia, March 7, 2012: Spiritual Renewal Day Preacher, Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, June 10, 2012:

Speaker, Peer Group Conveners’ Breakfast, Spring Guest Preacher, Second Ponce Baptist CBF General Assembly, Fort Worth, Texas, Presentation for the “Forgive Us Our Debts: A Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 22, 29, May June 21, 2012.

class notes ‘99 C. Joshua Villines (M.Div.) teaches World Religions as an Adjunct in Mercer’s College of Continuing Education and Professional Studies and trains law enforcement officers in Interrogation Techniques and other intelligence-gathering procedures. At some point, he will finish his dissertation. 




Carra Hughes Greer (M.Div.) and Brian Greer (M.Div. ‘09) celebrated the birth of their second child, Jude Harrison, on April 20. Jude’s big sister, Lola, is two years old and excited about her “baby dude.”


Joe McKee (M.Div.) and wife Sarah announce the birth of their baby girl Ellie Blair McKee. She was born February 3rd, weighing 8lbs 7oz, and 20” long. Jeannette Jordan (M.Div.) just received Master of Arts: Journalism and Media within Globalization: The European Perspective. She completed a two year program after being awarded a fellowship of the European Commission in Brussels. She has now completed required studies at three universities in three countries -- Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Degree to be granted by University of Hamburg and Aarhus University.

Ben Barnett (M.Div.) announces that his first child, Peyton Barnett, is heading off to college in a few months. She will be attending Georgia Southern University.


Leonard Ezel (M.Div.) and wife Stephanie announce their new baby, Taylor Chandler, little brother to Jackson Paul. Leonard also just graduated from the Columbia Theological Seminary in May with a Doctor of Ministry.


begin a Th.D. in Homiletics this fall.

Samuel Raj (M.Div.) accepted the call to serve as the Associate Pastor of New Life Church in Suwanee, GA in the Fall 2012.


Nathan (M.Div.) & Carrie Dean (M.Div.) have finally made a permanent move to Edgewood after three years of trying and four moves over the last eight months! Also, Oliver Finn will be a big brother in October of this year.

Allison Hicks (M.Div.) married Adam Anderson on June 2, 2012 in Aiken, South Carolina. She serves as Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, Kentucky.


Barrett Owen (M.Div.) graduated from Candler School of Theology with his Th.M. in Homiletics this past May.


Jerry Atkinson (M.Div.) and wife announce the birth of a healthy and happy baby, Emily Gracen Atkinson, a precious gift from God. Jerry has also received a promotion to Senior Business Analyst IT and continues to do workplace ministry at Delta with FCAP, the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel.

Shelley Hasty Woodruff (M.Div.) graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Th.M. in Practical Theology/ Homiletics. She has been accepted into Duke University to

John Rogers (M.Div.) was ordained to the Gospel ministry on May 20 at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.

Rev. James Grady E. Shelton (M.Div.) accepted in October 2011 an adjunct teaching position in Biblical Studies at Point University, formerly Atlanta Christian College.

Chris Robertson, (M.Div.) just graduated from McAfee School of Theology and will be serving this summer as a pastor for Passport choices before going to Towne View Baptist Church as Minister of Youth and Outreach. Carla M. Moore (M.Div.) will attend Argosy University in Atlanta starting September 4, 2012 in the Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling (EdD). William Deal (M.Div.) accepted the call as Minister to Students at FBC Boone, NC. Yvonne Scott Wallace (M.Div.) has been devoting more time to developing a Christian counseling practice at her church, New Bethel AME Church, Lithonia, Georgia. I am happy to report that my practice is growing as God continues to bless this ministry. Megan Watts Broadhead (M.Div.) recently accepted a job as a counselor at Ray of Hope Counseling Center in Conyers, Georgia.

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