June 2019 News Perspective Online Uncategorized

Alumni/ae Update

Kim Cape

The Rev. Dr. Kim Cape. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Insight.

Rev. Dr. Kim Cape (M.Div.’79, D.Min.’03) General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, has announced that she will retire later this year.  She spent 43 years under appointment with The United Methodist Church and the last eight of those at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

“I am well aware that my retirement coincides with a major period of upheaval for The United Methodist Church,” she said. “I would not be able to leave if I did not have total confidence in the leadership team we’ve put together. They are outstanding. Through them, I believe we’ve assembled the vehicle that can carry the freight of our ministry forward.”


Cheryl Ann Scramuzza

Cheryl Ann Scramuzza (M.Div., ’18) was ordained in the The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest.  The ordination service was held May 19 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas.



Rev. John C. Johnson

The Rev. John C. Johnson (M. Th., ’50) passed away May 21.  A World War II veteran, retired USAF major, retired professor, and beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Johnson celebrated his 95th birthday on Easter Sunday. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Helen M. Johnson.  He served in the Army during WWII in the 20th Armored Division and received a Bronze Star, then completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth. Following his graduation from Perkins, he was assigned to churches in New Mexico. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a Chaplain for about 20 years in many countries and states. After retirement, he served many rural churches as pastor until age 90. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Methodist Children’s Home or your favorite charity.


Glenn Alvin Chambers

Glenn Alvin Chambers (M.Div., ’59) died on May 27 at the Hutchinson Hospice House in Hutchinson, Kan. Chambers served churches in Texas and in Glenwood Springs, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado. He served in many leadership roles in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church including chairman of the conference Board of Trustees, chairman of the conference Council on Finance and Administration and District Superintendent of the Pueblo district. Glenn taught at Denver University’s Iliff School of Theology, was a 32nd degree Mason and was involved in a variety of volunteer organizations during his life.  He is survived by his wife Melinda, daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Dieter Martin, son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Ashley Chambers, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson on June 4. Memorials may be given to the Sterling United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church or an organization of donors’ choice in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.