2003 Distinguished Alumni/ae
Writer Lynne Hinton (MDiv '88) is the pastor of First Congregational Church of Christ in Asheboro, North Carolina. She is the author of five books, including Meditations for Walking, Friendship Cake, The Things I Know Best, Garden of Faith, and Forever Friends. Hinton is former pastor of Mt. Hope United Church of Christ in Whitsett, North Carolina, and has served as a chaplain with Hospice of Rockingham County and Hospice of Alamance and Caswell Counties. A native of North Carolina, she has also studied at Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and in the filmmaking program of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Hinton lives in rural Guilford County, where she divides her time between her writing and her work as a minister.
Robert Rue Parsonage (BD '63) is a United Church of Christ minister with over 40 years of experience in higher education and the church. A former executive for Higher Education and Education for the National Council of Churches, he has served as Chaplain and Associate Professor of Religion at Springfield College and President and Professor of Religion at Northland College. Parsonage is the author of several works on church-related higher education and campus ministry, and is a national spokesperson for independent higher education. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he earned his PhD from Hartford Seminary and a ThM from Harvard University Divinity School.
Kealahou Alika (MDiv '79) is the pastor of Keawalai Congregational Church in Kihei, Hawai‘i, where he strives to unite his Christian faith with his Hawaiian culture. An historic missionary church, Keawalai Congregational Church now provides mission services to its own extended community through food, shelter, health care, and other programs. Alika is a former Program and Fundraising Director for the Pacific and Asian American Center for Theology and Strategies in Berkeley and has also worked as an administrator for the Presbytery of San Francisco. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Hawai‘i Hilo College.