Alumni & Careers

Religion & Philosophy majors go on to get jobs in the fields of law, intelligence analysis, diplomacy, human services, education, counseling, museum curation, archival work, journalism and media consultancy, nonprofit leadership, aid work, medicine and various forms of ministry

Religion Alumni Spotlight

Recent Religion alumni now in seminary:

Duke Divinity School—Grayson Hicks, ’17 and Timothy Hale, ’16;

Emory University’s Candler School of Theology—Mary Sue Renner, ’17

Other alumni include:

Anne Marie McLean, 2014; M.T.S., Candler School of Theology, and currently working on M.L.I.S., University of Alabama; Music and Media Desk Coordinator, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University

Rachel Witt, 2013; M.Div., Duke Divinity School; Associate Pastor, Oak Ridge (TN) United Methodist Church

Elizabeth Wassum, 2012; Program Coordinator for Community and Donor Relations, Brunswick Community College, North Carolina

Richard Aylor, 2011; M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary; Chaplain Resident, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC

Timothy Best, 2011; M.Div. Duke Divinity School; Pastor, Madam Russell UMC, Saltville, VA

Alexandra Veatch, 2010; Creative Communications and Event Manager, Highlands Community Services, Abingdon, VA

Andrea Reily Rocha, 2007; M.Div., Boston University School of Theology; Regional Missionary in Latin America for United Methodist Women, United Methodist Church

Zachary Dresser, 2005; M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, and Ph.D., American Religious History, Rice University; Placement Counselor, Southern Teachers Agency, Charlottesville, VA

Jamie Turner Henthorn, 2005; Ph.D., English Studies, Old Dominion University; Assistant Professor of English, Catawba College

Joshua Ashton Hill, 2003; M.Div., Yale Divinity School; Chaplain and Theology Department Chair, Holderness School, Plymouth, NH

Laura Lambert McLean, 2003; Associate Director, Youth and College Connectional Ministries, Holston Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church

Chalmer Harper, 2002; General Manager, KWFC Christian Radio, Springfield, MO

Robert Thomas, 2001; Consul-General at U.S. Consulate General, Montreal, Canada

Wil Cantrell, 2001; M.Div. Duke Divinity School; Associate Pastor at Concord UMC, Knoxville, TN, and author of Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism

Christy Bonner, 2000; M.Div., Candler School of Theology, and D.Min., Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Hospice Chaplain, Chattanooga, TN

Michael Turner, 1997; M.Div., Candler School of Theology, and Ph.D. in American Religious History, Vanderbilt University; Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Wesleyan Studies, Memphis Theological Seminary

Phillip M. Sherman, 1996; M.Div. and Ph.D in Hebrew Bible, Emory University; Associate Professor of Religion, Maryville College, and author of Babel’s Tower Translated: Genesis 11 and Ancient Jewish Interpretation

Jennifer Coulter Stapleton, 1996; M.Div., Iliff School of Theology; Manager, Communications, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Philosophy Alumni Spotlight

Lillian Minx, ’15, artist, Abingdon, VA

Sarah Welch, ’13, graduate student, George Mason University

Jonathan Jonas, minister, State Street United Methodist Church, Bristol, VA

David Graybeal, Methodist minister

Alex Johnson, attorney

Nik Snyder, graduate school, Ohio State University