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Notes about people

March 12, 2012

The Rev. Sanghyuan James Lee of Columbia, S.C., in Trinity Presbytery will stand for election as vice-moderator of the upcoming 220th General Assembly as moderatorial candidate Sue Krummel’s running mate. Krummel has been endorsed as a candidate by Great Rivers Presbytery.

Lee, who holds an M.Div from Yale Divinity School and a D.Min. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, has served as pastor of the Korean Community Presbyterian Church in Columbia since January, 2005. Under his leadership, KCPC has expanded not only its membership and programs, but also its local and overseas missions. Today, the church partners with over 15 missionaries and has completed three construction projects in Mexico and India.

Lee also has been actively involved with the spiritual formation of second generation Korean Americans. Through his coordination, the regional Korean American summer youth camp has grown to a consortium of more than 25 youth ministries within the Synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters.

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Michael K. Le Roy has been elected president of Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church school in Grand Rapids, MI. His election by the school’s board of trustees must be approved by the CRC’s general synod in June.

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ruling elder, he is the first non-CRC member and first non-Calvin College alumnus elected to lead the 136-year-old school in more than 60 years.

Le Roy, an alumnus of PC(USA)-related Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash,, has most recently served as provost and executive vice-president of that institution.

He succeeds Gaylen J. Byker, who has served as Calvin’s president for the past 16 years. 

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The Rev. Elaine Dutton, 31, died Jan. 17 in an automobile accident on her way to moderate a session meeting at New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church in Carrollton, Ohio. Dutton had served as pastor of the church since October 2011.

On Sept. 25, 2011, Dutton was ordained by Eastminster Presbytery in her home church ― Poland Presbyterian Church, near Youngstown, Ohio. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Robert P. Hoover, pastor emeritus of the Poland Church and Dutton’s pastor as she was growing up. The service took place on the 47th anniversary of Hoover’s installation as pastor of the congregation.

Hoover had also preached at the ordination of Dutton’s mother, the Rev. Bonnie T. Dutton, in January 2005, also at Poland Presbyterian Church.

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