Alumnae/i Days 2014
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The Rev. Delmar (Dale) Sewall ’70, Mission
Now retired from 40 years of pastoral ministry, Dale Sewall is president and CEO of Union University of California and sponsor for the Black Prisoners’ Caucus at Clallum Bay Correctional Facility. His ministry culminated in 23 years as senior pastor of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Washington.
Along the way he was a founding member of the Heartside Neighborhood Association and founder/chairman of Dwelling Place Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
As Clergy Association president for Brainerd, Dale helped establish the Crow Wing County Jail Chaplaincy Program. In Seattle, he chaired the board of the Center for Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence; served on the board of the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation; and established a long-term partnership between Emerald City Outreach Ministry (Urban Impact) and Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
Dale co-established the Vietnam Ministry of Seattle Presbytery. He has chaired the board of the Vietnamese Theological College; sponsored medical teaching teams for Vietnam’s Hue Medical School; and supported the International Justice Mission’s Northern Thailand Office and anti-trafficking work in Cambodia.
The Rev. Dr. W. Glenn Doak Jr. ’72/’80, Pastoral
Glenn Doak began his pastoral ministry in Pittsburgh in 1972 and continues it today as head of staff for First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ga., where he has served since 1996. A particular focus of his ministry has been strategic planning and visioning, and he has led churches, campus groups, and others through the mission-writing and strategic planning process. Many churches have used his book, A Guidebook for a Pastor Search Committee, in their pastoral search process.
While Glenn emphasizes the ministry of presence, he has also been a very active servant of the wider church and the community. He has provided leadership to the Presbyterian Church through a variety of committees, councils, and boards, including those serving the Indian Nations Presbytery, the Northeast Georgia Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission, and Desert Ministries Inc.
In Oklahoma, Glenn served as president of the board for United Way and commissioner of the Human Rights Commission. In Athens, he has been a member of service agencies and boards ranging from the Samaritan Counseling Center to Presbyterian Health Foundation, Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, and the University of Georgia’s Student Center.
The Rev. Curtis Illingworth ’70, Specialized Ministry
From 1982 to 2013, the Rev. Curtis D. Illingworth ’70 served on the design faculty of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University. He received numerous awards for excellence as principal architect and owner of Curtis Illingworth Architecture. Earlier, he worked for Patrick Sullivan Associates, where he was a leader in designing new and more humane models for correctional facilities architecture.
Since his ordination in the PC(USA) in 1971, Curtis has also been active in the life of the church. He served three churches in a large recreational area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His interest in tent-making ministry led him to pursue a degree in architecture, and while a practicing architect he served several churches in California and Nevada as interim pastor and parish associate. He has recently completed a manuscript tracing the relationship of Christian architecture and worship.
Curtis’ community service has included sitting on the City of San Luis Obispo Architectural Review Commission, membership in the Obispo Beautiful Committee, and regularly giving talks on architecture for the Lucia Mar School District.
Dr. David W. McCreery ’73 Academia
David McCreery has taught in the department of religious studies at Willamette University, Ore., since 1988 and co-directed the Tell Nimrin Excavation (Jordan) since 1986. A Near Eastern archaeologist specializing in Early Bronze Age agriculture, he has also served as paleobotanical consultant for numerous archaeological projects in Jordan since 1981.
David has provided leadership for both the American Schools of Oriental Research and the American Center of Oriental Research. He has served as a staff member for ASOR’s archaeological survey of Syria and, since 2006, on the board of ACOR. His consulting projects have included those for Jordan’s Tourism Development, Cultural Resource Management, and Naur/Dead Sea Highway Survey projects. His extensive field experience includes the Idalion Expedition to Cyprus and the Bâb edh-Dhrâ’ and Numeira Excavations (Jordan). In 2007 he was named director and professor of archaeology emeritus at ACOR.
David frequently gives public lectures on Near Eastern archaeology, biblical studies, and the modern political situation in the Middle East. He has published numerous articles, monographs, and booklets in his field.