Alumni & Careers

Religion graduates often go on to further career training in graduate studies. They also find careers in church leadership, non-profit organizations, community development, counseling, business and more. 

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.