Notable Alumni in the Ministry

Tiger Tracks for careers in the Ministry

Kit Moore '09
M.Div. Candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

At Hampden-Sydney, Kit majored in religion while taking as many music classes as he could. The summer before his senior year, he did an interdisciplinary research project, where he wrote a commentary on Romans 12:1-2, and composed and recorded music based on the commentary. Kit was also a founding father of Lambda Chi Alpha, a Sunday school teacher at College Church, and the treasurer for the Classical Liberals. Now he is pursuing new and creative ways for combining his loves for the banjo and the Church.

Kenneth Moorefield '07Kenneth Moorefield '07
Farmville Young Life Area Director, Farmville, VA

While at Hampden-Sydney, Kenneth majored in religion and spent the bulk of his time outside of classes volunteering as a Young Life leader to help establish the ministry in Farmville and the surrounding areas. Upon graduation, Kenneth continued this work by taking a job as the Young Life area director for Prince Edward County and several adjacent counties. While serving in this capacity Kenneth plans club meetings, organizes bible study groups, leads prayer groups, coordinates volunteers, and plays the guitar during large group worship services.

McKennon Shea '05
Director of Admissions, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC

McKennon is a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Conference who served in the local church before being appointed as the Director of Admissions at Duke Divinity School. He received his M.Div. in 2008 from Duke Divinity School after receiving a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney in 2005, majoring in Religion and Psychology. He and his wife, Anna, worship and serve with the Congregation at Duke University Chapel in Durham.

The Rev. Alan Combs '04
Pastor, Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, Altavista, VA

A religion major, Combs was involved in WWHS, the campus radio station, and in the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry for Hampden-Sydney and Longwood. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School and then a Master of Theology Degree at the Communion of Saints. His studies focused on the gift of unity for which Jesus prays in John 17. Alan then became associate pastor of Heritage United Methodist Church in Lynchburg before accepting his current position as Pastor at Lane Memorial United Methodist Church in Altavista, VA. He is an Elder in Full Connection in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Henry "Chip" Edens '92
Rector, Christ Church (Episcopal), Charlotte, NC

Chip majored in religion and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. As a senior, he organized the Special Olympics at Hampden-Sydney. Since graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1996, Chip has continued to take graduate classes at places such as Harvard, Stanford, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Chip is the rector of Charlotte's Christ Church (Episcopal), one of the largest congregations in the state of North Carolina.

Joe MetzgerRev. Joseph H. Metzger III '84
Priest, Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Norfolk, VA

At Hampden-Sydney, Father Joe was a 3-year member of the Honor Court, senior class president, and a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. Graduated with a degree in political science, he then studied sacred theology and dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Father Joe was ordained as a Roman Catholic deacon in 1990 at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, and as a priest at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia, in 1991. He has been serving as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond since that time.

Francis ShaefferFrancis Shaeffer '35
20th Century Christian Philosopher and Church Leader

Famed theologian and a leading proponent of evangelical Christianity, propounding reason-based defenses of the faith, Schaeffer said he was inspired by J. B. "Snapper" Massey and Maurice Allan while at Hampden- Sydney. Graduating magna cum laude in 1935, he then studied at Westminster and Faith Theological Seminaries. After serving several pastorates, he moved his family to Switzerland where in 1955 he would found L'Abri ("the shelter" in French), a worldwide headquarters for seekers and students interested in reconciling reason and faith. This Christian study center now has branches in eleven countries. Schaeffer is perhaps the most prolific of Hampden-Sydney's many authors, having written some eighteen books. These and other works have sold millions of copies, been translated into twenty-two languages, and been produced as films and tapes. His book-and-video series How Should We Then Live? was widely acclaimed.