Phillips Alumni/ae



Welcome to the Phillips Theological Alumni/ae Association. As the Director of Alumni/ae Relations, I look forward to connecting with you and interacting with you at events. We are so excited to provide affinity groups and educational opportunities to help you in your ministry – in and out of your local congregations. We hope these events will result in connections and support with other alumni/ae and I and Phillips Seminary are here to support you in living ‘the way of Jesus’ in your ministry.

Again, Welcome!

Malisa R. Pierce, MDiv (2011)

The Phillips Theological Seminary Alumni/ae Association exists to promote understanding of, pride in and support for our alma mater and its identity and mission:

Identity statement: Phillips Theological Seminary offers theological education dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital congregations, communities, conversations, and the public good.

Mission statement: The seminary’s mission is to learn and teach how to be: attentive to God; responsible biblical and theological interpreters; faithful individuals, congregations, and communities acting with God to transform the world.


Update Your Information

It is important to us to keep in touch with you, our Alumni/ae. You can update your information such as address, phone number, email, ordination date, and ministry setting. Help us keep you informed of everything happening at Phillips Seminary by updating your information.

Ways of Connection

  • Affinity Groups: Choose a group that fits you. You will find groups for your region, graduation year, ministry setting, identity, and interests. Currently we have the following affinity groups available with plans to continue to grow the list:
    • New Alumni/ae Group: If you are a new alumni/ae this is a great place to connect with those with whom you recently graduated.
    • Chaplain Group: A monthly alumni/nae Chaplain Group was started to provide peer support, educational support, and occasional guest speakers.
  • Mighty Networks: The Mighty Networks is the new platform that Phillips is using to connect with alumni/ae and to connect alumni/ae with each other. We are excited to use this platform for affinity groups, webinars, and educational opportunities. Join Phillips Seminary Connect (
  • Chapel: You can connect to our chapels on our YouTube channel, Phillips Seminary. You may join us live or watch chapel after the live event. You will find other videos from events on the YouTube channel.
  • Phillips Communities: COMING SOON! Phillips Communities will be a group in some geographic areas that will bring together students and alumni to connect and support each other. The Phillips Communities will get together once or twice a year for dinner, happy hour or similar event. There will be an alumni coordinator in each area. If you are interested in being a coordinator in your area, please contact Malisa Pierce to get more information.

Ways of Learning

  • Center for Ministry and Lay Training: CMLT provides year-round educational opportunities for you and your congregants. CMLT is a great place to provide extra training for the leaders in your church and to supplement your own education at a low cost. Each class occurs on-line for 8 weeks. Click Here to see current available classes, learn more about CMLT, and register for a class.
  • Center for Religion and Public Life: CRPL provides a podcast, blog and other resources to the public. To learn more about the programs, activities, and learning opportunities provided by the CRPL click here.
  • Audit: Every semester particular classes are designated as available to auditors. This is a great way to keep up with new theories and practices of ministry without entering a degree program.
  • Remind & Renew: Each winter Phillips hosts Remind & Renew, a two-day conference for alumni/ae, laity, and ministers. For more information about Remind & Renew and the upcoming conference theme, click here.
  • Library Usage: All Phillips graduates are automatically given alumni/ae status with the library. Alumi/ae retain all prior privileges when on campus. Remote privileges vary by license agreements with our vendors. Learn about more library privileges available to alumni/ae here. You may also access all of your benefits on the library website.
  • Other educational opportunities to look for:
    • Justice Program Coming July 2021
    • Webinars
    • Clergy Circles
    • Phillips Roundhouse

Ways of Giving

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Phillips Encouragement Program (PEP): COMING SOON! PEP is an encouragement program pairing alumni/ae with students to encourage them through their Phillips career. At a minimum, the alumni/ae are expected to send encouraging notes (mail or email) to the student each semester and pray for them as they prepare for them. How the encouragement relationship grows will depend on the needs of the student as long as the interaction stays within the boundaries of the program protocols. If you would like to be a PEP volunteer, please contact Malisa Pierce.
    • Recruiting: We are all recruiters for Phillips. As an alumni/ae, you are one of the most important recruiters because the majority of students are referred to Phillips by an alumni/ae. If you would like information about referring potential students to Phillips or have questions for the Phillips recruiter, contact Ulysses Allen.
  • Give a Gift to Phillips: You may give a gift by mail or online. You may visit the “Ways to Give” page of the Advancement section on the website to learn more about supporting Phillips through your monetary gifts.
  • iFundPhillips: iFP is the annual fall campaign to connect with our alumni/ae and raise funds to support student services. More information is available on the iFundPhillips page on the Phillips web-site.
  • Sustaining Donor Club: As an alumni/ae, monthly giving is a great way to support your alma mater. The monthly giving program, Sustaining Donor Club, allows Phillips to budget and count on a gift each month that will help support the students, innovation, and the monthly needs of the seminary. To become a Sustaining Donor, contact Sharon Russ.
  • Campaigns: COMING SOON!

Ways of Outreach

  • Current Assemblies Attending: Phillips wants to meet you at your assembly! Look for opportunities to connect with other Phillips alumni/ea, staff, and/or faculty at the DOC, UCC, UU, and other assemblies.
  • Mighty Networks: Join other alumni/ae on our new networking site. The site contains affinity groups, educational opportunities, and is a great way to stay up to date with activities at Phillips. Phillips Seminary Connect (
  • Update Form: We want to stay in touch with you and your ministry. Please complete this form if you have an address, phone or ministry setting change.
  • Sign up for the monthly ENews: If you do not currently receive the monthly ENews from Phillips, please send your name and email address to with ENEWS in the subject line or complete the form at the bottom of the Alumni/ae page.
  • Tell us your story: We want to stay in touch but also want to know your story. Do you have an interesting ministry story to tell or a life changing seminary experience to share? Submit your story here.

Ways of Leadership

  • The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association has responsibility for the affairs of the Association and assisting the Association to fulfill its purpose.
  • List of Board Members
    • The Rev. Dr. Mark Pumphrey (1977, 1995), President
    • The Rev. Kelley Becker (2014), Vice President
    • The Rev. Dr. Georgia Senor (2004), Secretary-Treasurer
    • The Rev. Andy Beck (2013)
    • The Rev. Andrea Clark Chambers (2010)
    • The Rev. Kent Dorsey (1979)
    • The Rev. Neil Engle (1981)
    • The Rev. Anna Hubbard (2014)
    • The Rev. Hank Jenkins (2013)
    • The Rev. Kay Korpics (2018)
    • The Rev. Marnie Leinberger (2016)
    • The Rev. Charles Ragland (1982)
    • The Rev. Jeremy Skaggs (2002)
    • The Rev. Gina Woods (2014)
    • Steven Williams (2016)

Frank H. Marshall Award for Ministerial Excellence

The Marshall Award recognizes graduates of Phillips Theological Seminary, Phillips Graduate Seminary, The Graduate Seminary of Phillips University, or the College of the Bible whose service to God, the Church and the human Community has been faithful and exemplary.

The Alumni/ae Association is currently in the process of accepting applications for Marshall Award nominees. Please complete the nomination form if you would like to nominate a Phillips Alumni/ae for the distinguished award. You may request a nominations form from Sharon Russ.

Distinguished Alumni/ae Award

(2001 – 2008)


January-01              Jack Allen Oliver

January-02              Spencer Austin                  Stanley Warfield

January-03              Jerry Perryman                  Paul Ehly

January-04              John Henry Cain                Marvin Nelson

January-05              Robert Elliott                      George Young

July-05                    Sharon Watkins

January-06              Robert Gartman                 Robin Meyers

July-06                    Gary Cox

January-07              David Wilson                     Orval Holt

January-08              Honored all previous alumni/ae for Centennial


Frank H. Marshall Award for Ministerial Excellence

(2009 – Present)


January-09              O. Eugene Moore              Alan Lobaugh

January-10              Leslie Penrose                  Eugene Frazier

January-11              Ron Nofziger                     Bill Reece

January-13              Phil Snider                        Archie Lawrence

January-14              Todd Adams                     Jesse Jackson

January-15              Skipped Nominations for lack of nominees

January-16              Sheri Curry

January-17              Melinda Foster                  John Wolfersberger

January-18              Mike Hardgrove

January-19              David Hockensmith            Paul Krueger

January-20              Gene Spillman, Jr.             Myrna Jones

January-21              Bill Inglish                          Maribeth Westerfield

2021 Frank H. Marshall Award Recipients

The Rev. Dr. Maribeth Westerfield

Maribeth Westerfield has been a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) her entire life. She is a Disciple’s disciple, having served in Congregational, Regional, and General Church ministries. When Maribeth entered Phillips in 1974, there were nine women in her class.

By the time of her graduation, approximately one-third of the student body were women. Although she never entered seminary for the purpose of proving a point, it was an honor to be at the beginning of what became a larger movement for women in ministry.

Maribeth’s first two congregational ministries were student ministries with First Christian Church,
Cherokee, Oklahoma, as youth minister: then as pastor of First Christian Church, Yale, Oklahoma.

Immediately after graduation, a courageous congregation in southwest Oklahoma called Maribeth
as their pastor. The congregation at First Christian Church, Walters, Oklahoma, welcomed her into
their pulpit and into their lives. While there, the congregation built a sanctuary, raising the money
for that building in cash. During the Walters years, Maribeth also served the Oklahoma Region as
Director of Study for the OCWF Enabling Council.

It was that ministry which prepared her for a call to serve as Associate Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Indiana for the next seven years. Then, it was back to Oklahoma to serve as pastor of University Place Christian Church in Enid, where Maribeth helped the congregation pay off a building debt through another capital fundraising campaign. That led the way to a 21-year ministry with Disciples Church Extension Fund, Indianapolis, where she retired as a Vice President in 2017.

Maribeth has been blessed with supportive family and friends including two sons, Ethan and Christopher Sexton. Maribeth considers her journey in Ministry, with all its ups and downs, to have been a divine adventure. She is grateful to God for the ride!

The Rev. Dr. Bill Inglish

Bill Inglish often tells that his grade school, his junior high, his high school and his college no longer exist, thus his Phillips Seminary diploma is very dear to him as it is the only proof that he was ever educated.

He remembers Jerry Thompson, a member of Crown Heights Christian’s ministerial staff, coming by the house to consult with his mother, the perpetual volunteer, and thinking to himself that someday he, too, like Jerry, might be a minister. Bill was eight years old.

While attending Phillips University, Bill dabbled in religion courses, but found no passion there, hence writing off his early call as a puerile notion and choosing instead to major in social life—at which few were his equal and none his superior. For his efforts, he was rewarded by being chosen upon graduation as Representative Phillipian Male.

Following a year at the Enid State school (as an employee), Bill honored his call by entering what was then the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University with designs on becoming a chaplain or pastoral counselor. This direction was altered upon taking the preaching class when Fred Craddock observed, “Well, you never know, Bill. You might back into the pulpit.”

He did indeed, pastoring churches in Caseyville, Illinois, McPherson, Kansas, and Stillwater and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Besides considerable volunteer work in each of these communities, Bill served in various capacities in the regional church, was elected to the General Board of the denomination and the PTS board and was an adjunct professor for the seminary.

Bill attributes whatever success he’s had to dumb luck and to marrying well. He and his wife of 41 years, Connie, now live in Tulsa and devote much of their retirement to travel, especially to Uganda, where their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, three and two, live.

Despite how effortless Bill makes retirement appear, he resents those of the opinion that he was born retired, explaining that it demands being energetically lazy and reminding them that once folk retire, they never get a day off.

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