Class Notes – November 2016
The Rev. Maggie Spring Ainslie, MDiv 1999 | Director of Pastoral Care, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
I have left my position as Staff Chaplain at Methodist Hospital, Philadelphia, (part of the Jefferson system) to begin a new job as the Director of Pastoral Care at Doylestown Hospital. I will be continuing to work towards becoming a CPE Supervisor. My husband and I live in Elkins Park with our two boys who are in 5th and 8th grade. (photo via Facebook)
The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Mills, MDiv, STM 2005 | Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Trumbull, Connecticut
The Kinship of Jesus: Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Pickwick Publications 2016) by The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Mills, MDiv, STM, was published in October. From the paperback edition’s page on Amazon.com
Christology and discipleship have largely remained separate categories in Markan scholarship. This study provides a commentary on the Gospel of Mark that underlines kinship as the nexus between Christology (Jesus and his kinship with God) and discipleship (Jesus and his kinship with disciples). Jesus, designated as the Son of God (1:1), establishes a kinship group of disciples and followers by providing them hospitality, welcoming them into his household, and addressing them in kinship terms as his family. The kinship between Jesus and God and that between Jesus and the disciples are imitative and contestive means for Mark to negotiate the Roman imperial context. In the church today, Christians still refer to their church family and to each other as brothers and sisters because of their relationship to Jesus. In a world that finds people increasingly separated from one another, this study demonstrates Jesus’s formation of his own family and its continued impact on Christian identity and community.
The Rev. Ron Hari, MDiv 1987 | Pastor, The Hungarian Evangelical Reformed Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Rev. Ron Hari, MDiv, pastor of The Hungarian Evangelical Reformed Church, Bethlehem, for over 28 years, saw the congregation dwindling and, in an effort to continjue to fund the church ten years ago brought an unusual talent to fundraising: he began backing strudel the congregation would sell at fundraising events. Illness and other problems had interrupted the popular fundraiser in 2010, but Pr. Hari persevered, and estimates he has baked and the church has sold around 39,000 of the pastries to keep the congregation going. Alas, with around 20 members, the congregation is to close at the end of 2016, with another congregation planning to purchase the property. The story of the impending closing of the “beloved Strudel church” was told by The Morning Call in November.
(information and photo from Mcall.com)
The Rev. William E. ‘Sonny’ Hayman Jr., MDiv 1989
The Rev. William E. ‘Sonny’ Hayman Jr., ’89, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, died on October 18, 2016, of gastric cancer Tuesday at Osceola Medical Center in Kissimmee, Florida. After graduating from LTSP in 1989, he became pastor for three years at Messiah Lutheran Church, then served a year as interim pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, both in Philadelphia. In 1993, he became pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word in Columbia, where he remained until 2001, when he took over as pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Dundalk, both Maryland.
St. Timothy, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Lutheran Memorial Church, all in Dundalk, were consolidated to create New Life Lutheran Church, and, according to longtime St. Timothy parishioner Patricia D. Warfel of Dundalk, “Bill played a major role in the consolidation.” He retired from congregational ministry in 2010, moving to St. Cloud, Florida and worked 18 months at the Walt Disney World Resort. “He worked at the Animal Kingdom stroller and wheelchair concession, and he loved it,” his wife of 29 years, Margaret, said.
In addition to his wife, Pr. Hayman is survived by two daughters, Kecia Hayman of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Linda Hayman-Morales of Davenport, Florida; four brothers, Edward Hayman of Tampa, Florida, Dale Hayman of Newark, Delaware, Jeffrey Hayman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Wade Hayman of Dover, Delaware.; and a sister, Esther Welch of Glendale, Wisconsin.
Read the obituary from the Baltimore Sun. Photo from the Baltimore Sun.