A long list of success... Please browse the following list of some of our graduates (divided by decade) who demonstrate the wide range of career opportunities offered by a major in religion at Furman.


  • Christie Matthews ('96): Director, Clubhouse After-School Enrichment Program, Greenville, SC
  • Karen Martin ('94): Victim Advocate, battered women's shelter, Drayton, SC
  • Megan Filston ('93): Teacher of Religion, private high school, Knoxville, TN
  • Alisa Monfalcone ('93): Coordinator, program for homeless preschool children, Savannah, GA
  • Garland Pierce ('92): Intern with the World Council of Churches, New York City
  • Roger Ferrell ('92): Director, Homefront, a Christian music and teaching ministry
  • Christopher Ferrell ('91): City Council Member, Nashville, TN


  • John Blevins ('89): Chaplain with AIDS Pastoral Care Network, Chicago
  • Emily Barrett Yancey ('88): Instructor, Flight Attendant Training, Delta Airlines, Atlanta
  • Sandra Hack Polaski ('87): Instructor, Religion Department, Furman University
  • Rosella Trotter ('86): Family Therapist, Charter Ridge Hospital, Lexington, KY
  • Dale Morehead Steward ('86): Community Relations, Duke Power Company
  • Dr. Marion Soards ('86): Professor of New Testament, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Jon Brooks ('86): Director, Camp Rockmont, North Carolina
  • Melissa Sexton O'Neil ('85): Director, Sunrise Ministries Retreat, Sunset Inn and Providence Lodge, Lake Junaluska, NC
  • James Strange ('85): Archaeological excavator, Sepphoris, Israel (and writer of country song lyrics)
  • Sylvia Underwood Burch ('83): Program Director, Attleboro Family Planning, Providence, RI
  • Peggy Haymes ('82): Author, Be Thou Present: Prayers, Litanies and Hymns for Christian Worship; Editor, Reflections magazine
  • Mary Gregson Rayburn ('82): Director of Student Ministries, Taylor University, Upland IN
  • Ron Jackson ('81): President, Disciples: America's Christian Superstores
  • Dr. Cecil P. Staton. Jr. ('80): Publisher for both Mercer University Press and Smyth & Hellwys Publishing


  • Lynn Moore Stanley ('79): Homemaker and mother of three, involved with foster care and social work, Vesuvias, VADr.
  • Davis Perkins ('74): President and Publisher, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Louisville, KYDr.
  • Vic Greene ('73): Chaplain, Furman University
  • Neal Sasser ('72): Chaplain, Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • Dr. Samuel Balentine ('72): Professor of Old Testament, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA
  • Elaine Hickman ('72): Director of Hospital Chaplaincy Services, Dixon, CA; President, College of Hospital Chaplains (the first woman to hold this national post)
  • Dr. Bill Bellinger ('72): Professor of Hebrew and Director of Graduate Studies, Baylor University
  • Dr. Linda Lanier ('71): Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Chair of Admissions Committee, University of Florida College of Medicine (the first woman to hold this University post)


  • Dr. Jenny Yates ('65): Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Wells College, Ithaca, NY

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