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)

The Rev. Virzola Law


The Rev. Anna Holloway


The Rev. Dr. Don Pittman

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. Virzola Law

Rev. Virzola Jo-Nan Law is the proud mother to Jasmin Williams who has given her the most precious gift of a granddaughter, Ava Jo-Nan Law Williams. Rev. Law is a fourth-generation member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she was baptized in her home church, University Christian Church in Houston, TX. Her parents Elder Thomas and Virginia Law have been her biggest supporters and cheerleaders since she accepted her call to ministry at the age of 15.

Rev. Law currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX. Prior to Northway she was called and elected as Senior Pastor at the historic Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, TN. She is the first elected female and African American to serve in this capacity at both congregations in their 100+ year history. Prior to being called to Lindenwood, Rev. Law served in various pastoral assignments at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in a span of twelve years.

Before moving to Memphis, she was senior pastor at Woodland Christian Church in Houston, Texas. Prior to full time ministry she received a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2001. During her seminary years, Rev. Law served as Associate Pastor at First Christian Church in Carrollton, Texas.

Rev. Law is passionate about building bridges in divided communities, radial hospitality around food and fun, and preaching the love of God made known in Jesus Christ that transforms the world.

The Rev. Anna Holloway

Anna Holloway has served as a contract minister at two different Unitarian congregations—one in Lawton and one in Edmond—and a summer interim minister at the Fayetteville, AR congregation. Anna has been a pulpit supply preacher at UU, UCC, and DOC congregations in Oklahoma and Texas; a free-range minister and pastoral counselor; director of the InterReligious Understanding program at PTS from 2015-2018; and a volunteer in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (OKDOC) since 2000.

Anna was nominated for the Marshall Award primarily for her work with the OKDOC. She has worked with inmates who identify as Unitarian Universalist, Wiccan, Buddhist, and atheist. Beginning in 2001, she worked as a member of two Advisory Councils for the OKDOC, one of which concerns itself with the religious rights of inmates and the other with the rights and responsibilities of volunteers in the system.

Anna is currently a member at Disciples First Christian Church in Oklahoma City and a candidate for ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 2012 she was approved for ordination pending call by the Oklahoma Association of the United Church of Christ. She was ordained by the Universal Life Church in 1995; she has been officiating weddings, baptisms, and funerals for un-churched and non-Christian people since 1995.

Anna’s own understanding of God that there is no “one, true” way of approaching relationship with the Divine; her ministry work has always been focused on that. She has never met a religious tradition that did not have something valuable to teach.

The Rev. Dr. Don Pittman, Honorary Posthumous Frank H. Marshall Award for Ministerial Excellence 2022

Dr. Pittman arrived at Phillips Theological Seminary in 2000 as dean, and later as vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Pittman was a serious scholar of Chinese Buddhism who taught in Mandarin. As an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he brought a deep knowledge and acquired wisdom regarding graduate theological education administration and of the ethos and networks of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Those skills and connections significantly strengthened the school’s faculty and administration, as well as helped to shape the campus.

Dr. Pittman’s primary teaching and research interests were in the History of Religions, Buddhist Studies, Chinese Studies, cross-cultural and interfaith studies, and global Christianity. He taught many different courses at Phillips, including Contemporary World Religions, Introduction to a Christian Theology of Religions, Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian Dialogue, and the seminary BorderLinks study tour.

Rev. Dr. Don A. Pittman retired from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2014 as the William Tabbernee Professor of the History of Religions Emeritus. Dr. Don Pittman had a significant impact on the Phillips community during his tenure. Dr. Pittman was Dean and later Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2000 to 2014. He made a lasting impression on faculty, staff and students alike. Don spent his life in service to the Church and loving his family.

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