Class Notes – June 2017
Deacon Jennifer Baker-Trinity (MAR 2004, STM 2008)
Deacon Jennifer Baker-Trinity will serve as the new Program Director for Resource Development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She will be working on worship, music, and liturgical resources, along with implementing educational events across the ELCA in the area of worship resources. A shared position between the ELCA Worship Office and 1517 Media with Augsburg Fortress, she will work from the Minneapolis-based 1517 Media office and begins her call on August 14.
Deacon Baker-Trinity has worked at the intersections of theology, liturgy and church music. As a church musician, she has served congregations in Illinois, Minnesota, and most recently, Beaver Lutheran in central Pennsylvania. A graduate of Valparaiso University (BM Church Music) and LTSP, she has enjoyed work in liturgical renewal through giving presentations, crafting reflections for hymn festivals, and writing devotional and worship-related resources. Written works include Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for Year B (Augsburg Fortress, 2011) and as a contributor to Worship Matters: An Introduction to Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2012), Leading Worship Matters (2013), In These and Similar Words (2015), and Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent (2017). An active member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM), she currently serves as President for Region 1. She is also Co-Director of the Institute of Liturgical Studies held annually at Valparaiso University.
(source and photo: ELCA Worship)
Carol Rowehl (MAR 2008, STM 2014)
Chaplain Carol Rowehl continues to work toward her goals of becoming certified by The Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., and bringing chaplaincy care to the veterinary setting. She is currently completing her third unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pennsylvania Hospital, a clinical site of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Chaplain Rowehl is also involved in therapeutic riding both as a volunteer and as a participant at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy in Philadelphia. She represented Pegasus at the 38th Annual Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show, held at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where she was High Point Champion in Trail Class and was awarded The Anne Joyce Cochrane Trophy. Awards were presented the next day at the Devon Horse Show, Devon, Pennsylvania. This qualified her to compete at the Devon Horse Show in the Grand Champion Class for the Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetual Trophy. She was awarded Reserve Grand Champion in that event. (Carol is shown with her Champion and Reserve Grand Champion ribbons on Zephyr.)
The Rev. William deHeyman, MDiv 1960
The Rev. William deHeyman, 84, died on May 16, 2017. He was born on September 3, 1933, the son of Frank Grover and Luella Marquand deHeyman. He married Martha Ann Diana on June 4, 1960, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, Connecticut.
A graduate of Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn, New York, and Wagner College, he taught third grade at St. Paul’s Christian Day School in Floral Park, Long Island, New York, before entering seminary. In 1960 he received his MDiv from LTSP.
He was called to develop King of Kings in New Windsor, New York, and was its first called pastor. He served a number of congregations through his ministry. He served for nine years as Director of Public Relations and Media for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Church in America and was part of the Synod’s extended staff.
Pastor deHeyman retired in December 1995 and then was called to serve as interim pastor for two congregations. Starting in June 2002, he served on the staff of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, where he developed a Sunday worship experience called First Steps to Worship for very young children and their families. He served at St. Thomas for 15 years.
In his youth, Pr. deHeyman was very involved in Luther League activities on the local, state, and national levels. He was convention manager for the National Youth Convention of the Luther League of America at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1959.
Pr. deHaynan served on the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Home at Germantown, and for 35 years atSilver Springs-Martin Luther School.
He is survived by his wife Martha of 57 years and his two children, Elizabeth “Eli” Wiles and Deborah deHeyman and her husband Aitch Sedgwick; his granddaughter Brittney, and his sister Cynthia and her husband Louis.
His Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, May 24, in St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Silver Springs-Martin Luther School, 512 W. Township Line Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.
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The Rev. Dr. Roger William Spencer, MDiv 1973
The Rev. Dr. Roger William Spencer died May 23, 2017. He was 70. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated in 1969 from Muhlenberg College, and received his MDiv from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1973. He served his internship at First Lutheran Church in Clifton, New Jersey. In May of 1995, he received his DMin from The Graduate Theological Foundation in Donaldson, Indiana, writing as his project a Textbook Companion on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.
Pastor Spencer was ordained at his home church, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Merrick, Long Island on June 16, 1973. He served 10 years as pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Edison, New Jersey, and was called in 1983 to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glen Rock. He retired in 2016 after 33 years. During his pastorate at Good Shepherd, Pastor Spencer supervised 21 students in their internship year.
Pr. Spencer served on the Church Vocations and Examining Committee in the LCA, as well as the Division for Professional Ministry of the NJ Synod. He Served as Dean and Cluster Counselor for the Districts and Clusters of the LCA and ELCA and was secretary of the NJ Synod for 14 years and a voting member of the ELCA at six churchwide assemblies.
In his community, Pr. Spencer served as Glen Rock Police Chaplain. He served on the Glen Rock Emergency Task Force and was one of the founding members of the Glen Rock Arts Council, co-chairing the site committee for the town’s centennial celebration.
He also served on the Valley Hospital Chaplaincy Advisory Board and the Clinical Pastoral Education Board at Valley Hospital.
He is survived by his wife since May of 1970, Patricia (nee Heinsohn); children Cortney and Shayne, and his wife Jessica; and grandchildren Alexander, Emily, and Isabelle. Pr. Spencer wrote a child’s book Alexander’s Quest for his grandchildren explaining faith to a young boy thru Theo, a church mouse.
The funeral service was Friday, May 26, 2017, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 233 South Highwood Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 12 Pleasant Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837, or a donation to an organization of choice.
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