We would like to announce the birth of our son, Jackson Brady White. He was born on July 5, 2010. He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20¾ in. long. He is a very happy and active baby and brings joy to both his parents and grandparents. Proud grandparents are Ron and Carol White of Columbia, S.C., and Don and Sue Brady of Franklin Springs, Ga. Both sets of grandparents are EC alumni. Seth is currently working full-time as the worship pastor at Fusion Church in Buford, Ga. Ashley is currently working as a middle school counselor in Gwinnett County. We would love to hear from old friends! Our address is 2543 Walnut Tree Lane, Buford, GA 30519, or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Stephanie Dawn Asbury Phillips graduated on May 29, 2010, from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.). While in medical school, Stephanie served as president of the VCOM chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and traveled with International Christian Resource to several countries on medical mission trips, including disaster response in Haiti. She is also the medical missions coordinator for Spirit-Led Expeditions, Inc. Dr. Phillips now begins her medical residency, where she will specialize in family medicine and complete a global health track. Stephanie hopes to return to Bluefield to focus on underserved rural primary care and eventually serve as a full-time medical missionary. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jonathan, and two dogs, Josie and Millie.
My wife, Kristi, and I met at Emmanuel College in 2005 though Emmanuel Singers. We became great friends and have been together since. Kristi and I were married in July 10, 2010. We exchanged vows in the Franklin Springs PHC, where I serve as the associate pastor. Rev. Harrison Lampley (pastor of the FSPHC) conducted the ceremony together with my father, Rev. Alvaro Castro. The reception was held at the John W. Swails Center on the campus of Emmanuel College. We were surrounded by our church, family and friends. Kristi and I graduated from EC in 2008 with degrees in early childhood education and Christian ministries. Kristi works as a second grade teacher in Madison County and is currently earning a master’s from Walden University. We currently reside in Franklin Springs, Ga.
A lot has happened since my last real visit to EC. My sister’s wedding was the last time I saw many of my friends and classmates. Since then, I have joined the U.S. Army, graduated basic training at the top of my class, and am now in the process of becoming an intelligence analyst. While I was at basic training, my wife and I welcomed our first son into this world, Balian Alexander Hershman. I can’t wait to come back to EC and visit and introduce my son to my school and professors.
I attended Emmanuel College from 2001-2003, receiving my A.A. before transferring to Georgia Southern. Since graduation from EC, I completed my B.S. at Georgia Southern in 2004. After graduation, I took a special events position in Madison, Ga. In 2006 I returned to Georgia Southern to complete a master’s degree in information systems. This time I stayed on full-time in a special events position within the Division of Student Affairs. In August of this year, I was promoted to assistant director for Marketing and Communications.
I married Jimmy Lee Hardwick (’81) in 1982. We both taught in Christian schools initially; then I returned to school to complete B.S. and M.A.Ed. degrees in special education with intensive research in autism. I taught in public schools before accepting a position as an autism consultant with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division TEACCH. Jim and I have three beautiful children, Christine, Luke, and Katie. Jim suffered from juvenile diabetes his entire life. My family and I ask for your prayers.