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Release date: Dec. 1, 2000
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Methodist Deacon Elected To Emory University Board of Trustees

A local Methodist lay minister, Rhoda Peters, is among the four new members elected Nov. 9 to Emory University's 39-member governing board of trustees. Members are elected to eight-year terms.

The other new trustees are Coca-Cola Company CEO Douglas Daft; United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder of Jackson, Miss.; and United Methodist Bishop B. Michael Watson of Macon, Ga. In addition, Atlanta attorney Ben F. Johnson III has moved from alumni trustee to term trustee and been elected chairman following the retirement of Bradley Currey.

Rhoda Peters, 67, is the Kentucky Conference provost for the United Methodist Church (UMC) and editor-in-chief of the conference newspaper, NetNews. Previously she served as discipleship formation director for the Kentucky Conference, director of the Louisville Conference Council on Ministries, and as director of programs at St. Paul UMC in Louisville. She was consecrated a diaconal minister in 1985 and ordained a deacon in full connection in 1997. She is an active member of Jeffersontown UMC.

Peters is a former president and vice president of the Louisville Conference of United Methodist Women. She has been a delegate to United Methodist General and Jurisdictional conferences five times, and has served on the General Council on Ministries and the General Board of Discipleship. She currently is serving as chairwoman of the Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and is a vice president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Administrative Council.

Peters is a graduate of Carlisle High School in central Kentucky, received her bachelor's degree in English from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1955 and her master's degree in speech and theater from Indiana University in 1956. She is the daughter of the late Paul Gillespie, a UMC minister who served for 49 years in the Kentucky and Louisville conferences.

Peters and her husband, family physician Dr. Kenneth Peters, are residents of Louisville (40222).

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