Alumni

‘Alma Mater, Sewanee, my glorious mother ever be. I will give my all to thee, God bless thee to eternity…’

When you become a student at the School of Theology, you join in a rich tradition and legacy. Signing the matriculation book makes you a part of the Sewanee family, and your time here marks you as one of Sewanee’s own forever. You don’t leave this place with just what you learned in class, you leave here with skills for ministry, with friendships, with companions for the journey. Perhaps most importantly you leave here with an enduring connection to this place. The School of Theology will continue to serve as a resource throughout your vocation, that won’t stop simply because you’ve completed your degree.

Many graduates continue relationships with faculty who are happy to help answer questions and think through situations. We’re here when you need to get away, to do more research, when you need continuing education, when you need advice and support, and when it’s time for you to start your advanced degree.


Keep in Touch

Are you receiving email and publications from the School of Theology? Every year, Sewanee hosts dozens of events around the country for alumni and friends. We also send emails and publications keeping you informed of the latest news from the Mountain. We want to stay in touch with you so that we can notify you of events in your area and keep you posted on the latest Sewanee news and happenings, but to do that we need to know where you live and how to reach you. If you have had a change in your contact information, please fill out this form.


Come Home

We love when alumni come back to visit us. You’re of course welcome to visit anytime, however we’d especially like to see you at the annual Alumni Gathering at the DuBose Lectures. You can learn more about that and nominate fellow alumni for the DuBose Award there.

Need a place to get away and work on a project? You may also want to consider applying for a fellowship or taking part in some of our other continuing education opportunities.


Stewardship

Do you love Sewanee and the experiences it has provided you? Were you offered financial aid or a scholarship? Do you enjoy the great faculty and staff at Sewanee? We could go on and on with questions like this, and I bet you would say 'yes' to many of them. Truth is, these things would not be possible without the support of generous alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and student donors. Consider helping us raise up the next generation of church leaders.

What can I give to?

You can give to nearly anything that is meaningful to you!

  • School of Theology (general support)
  • Scholarships/financial aid
  • Faculty development
  • Educational programs for laypersons and clergy
  • School of Theology Building for the seminary and the Beecken Center

How do I give?

The easiest way to make a gift is to click this link. You may also make a gift by check, please contact to Sukey Byerly, by email or phone, 931.598.1217.

 

Stronger Truer Sewanee

Stronger Truer Sewanee will help to prepare a new generation of church leaders through a superb seminary education and programs for laity. Through resources made available by the campaign, we will move the School of Theology to its historic home on central campus and bolster financial aid, ensuring that all graduates begin their ministries with no debt related to their seminary education. New programs for laity at the Beecken Center will complement ordained ministry by building the church from the grassroots.

 

Want to learn more? Ready to give? Click here


 

Alumni Council

The School of Theology Alumni Council has been restructured. After many years of the council being organized according to class years, council members now represent dioceses or geographical areas. The goal is to increase the council to 15 members who will serve three-year renewable terms to support the alumni and advancement offices in the following ways:

  1. Make a personal annual fund gift.
  2. Follow up with alumni in diocese and nearby areas to secure annual fund gifts.
  3. Assist staff in identifying prospective non-alumni donors.
  4. Brainstorm with staff on fundraising strategies.
  5. Correspond with alumni throughout the year.
  6. Encourage support from alumni parishes through the One Percent Gift for Theological Education program.
  7. Encourage alumni participation in DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering.
  8. Meet twice a year—in the fall and spring.

Listed below are the alumni currently serving as class stewards:

The Rev. Robert William Beazley, T’16, New Orleans, LA, rector@stmichaelsla.org

The Rev. Jeremy Lloyd Carlson, T’18, Birmingham, AL, jeremy@stmarysoth.org

The Rev. Claire Templin Makins, C’01, T’17, Abilene, TX, cmakins@heavenlyrestabilene.org

The Rev. Sara Michelle Milford, T’15, Bentonville, AR, mothersara@allsaintsbentonville.org

The Rev. Fritz Quinn Parman IV, T’13, Chattanooga TN, quinn.parman@gmail.com

The Rev. Ricardo Wayne Sheppard, T’16, New Brunswick, NJ, Sheppard107@gmail.com

The Rev. Benjamin Allen Thomas Jr., T’17, Boca Raton, FL, bthomas@st-gregorys.com

The Rev. Timothy Emmett True, T’13, Tucson, AZ, timtrue@yahoo.com

The Rev. Suzanne Lowe Cate, C'84, T’12, Clemson, SC, scate@holytrinityclemson.org

The Rev. Ryan Daniel Currie, C’13, T’18, St. Paul, MN, revrdcurrie@gmail.com

The Rev. Bonnie Gordy Underwood, T’15, Warner Robins, GA, bonniegunderwood@gmail.co

The Rev. Lori Cameron O’Riley, T’16, Dublin, OH, assistant@pats-dublin.org

The Very Rev. Kathleen Anne Hargis, T’15,  Hastings, NE, revkatiehargis@gmail.com


 

Class Standings

How does your class giving compare with others?

Class Year Class Count Current Donor Total Participation Percentage Gift_Pledge_Total
1944 1 0 0% $0.00
1945 1 0 0% $3,000.00
1948 1 0 0% $0.00
1953 2 0 0% $0.00
1954 2 1 50% $200.00
1955 2 0 0% $0.00
1956 2 1 50% $100.00
1957 11 4 36% $1,450.00
1958 2 0 0% $0.00
1959 4 1 25% $125.00
1960 4 0 0% $0.00
1961 8 1 13% $100.00
1962 9 1 11% $300.00
1963 9 2 22% $1,400.00
1964 8 0 0% $0.00
1965 8 2 25% $450.00
1966 7 0 0% $0.00
1967 5 2 40% $925.00
1968 7 1 14% $1,650.00
1969 8 4 50% $6,175.00
1970 11 1 9% $100.00
1971 4 1 25% $20.00
1972 9 2 22% $1,400.00
1973 11 4 36% $300.00
1974 12 2 17% $2,250.00
1975 13 3 23% $8,332.00
1976 10 0 0% $150.00
1977 24 2 8% $1,450.00
1978 12 3 25% $2,800.00
1979 14 3 21% $210.00
1980 15 4 27% $1,750.00
1981 15 0 0% $0.00
1982 17 0 0% $0.00
1983 13 4 31% $2,794.88
1984 18 4 22% $1,130.00
1985 8 2 25% $415.00
1986 21 3 14% $800.00
1987 16 4 25% $1,650.00
1988 15 2 13% $23,640.00
1989 17 6 35% $1,175.00
1990 19 1 5% $200.00
1991 15 0 0% $0.00
1992 10 2 20% $1,050.00
1993 25 4 16% $1,500.00
1994 16 6 38% $6,094.00
1995 17 1 6% $400.00
1996 28 3 11% $4,619.00
1997 26 10 38% $8,600.00
1998 17 4 24% $1,850.00
1999 33 8 24% $128,615.00
2000 42 3 7% $6,585.79
2001 33 6 18% $9,590.00
2002 40 5 13% $2,510.00
2003 36 3 8% $1,550.00
2004 39 5 13% $2,070.00
2005 45 8 18% $5,739.18
2006 30 10 33% $7,616.80
2007 43 6 14% $1,250.00
2008 36 6 17% $2,975.00
2009 35 5 14% $2,525.00
2010 29 6 21% $910.00
2011 30 9 30% $4,260.00
2012 27 4 15% $1,050.00
2013 36 8 22% $1,650.00
2014 25 8 32% $3,199.09
2015 32 12 38% $1,900.00
2016 39 15 38% $4,840.25
2017 42 12 29% $9,370.17
2018 26 6 23% $2,275.00