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Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

Written by Joe Cicchetto

St. Andrews University 2019

Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

Baccalaureate, Friday, May 10, Avinger Auditorium

Commencement, Saturday, May 11, DeTamble Library Terrace


Rev. Dr. John Cleghorn is pastor of Caldwell Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Caldwell is an urban, diverse and missional faith community of about 325 that intersects a wide range of people in worship, formation and service in the community.

John is married to Kelly and they have two daughters, one a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the other a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Prior to entering ministry in 2008, John worked in the private sector. For 18 years, he held various communications and public policy roles with Bank of America, retiring early as a senior vice president. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.

A native of Atlanta, John serves on the board of The Presbyterian Outlook, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Presbyterian Psychological Services and on the Anti-Racism Task Force of the Charlotte Presbytery. He holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

He contributes to several regional and national publications and is working on a book about the Intersectional Church.



The Honorable Robert S. Brewbaker is a 1969 St. Andrews graduate and earned his nickname “Brew” while at St. Andrews. The nickname stuck and most people know him by no other name. After St. Andrews, he graduated from Union Theological Seminary and later the University of Virginia School of Law. “Judge Brew” recently retired as a full-time judge of the juvenile and family court in Virginia – the court that handles matters ranging from juvenile crime to child abuse, child custody and welfare. He continues to serve that court on a part-time basis and as a mediator of legal disputes.

With Nancy, his bride of nearly 40 years, he currently lives in Charlottesville where his daughter, her family, and his two granddaughters (ages 3 and 5) reside.  Beyond his family and his community, his current commitments and passions include – in addition to St. Andrews –- his work with Habitat for Humanity, his local Presbyterian church, and a non-profit that partners with people and organizations in Honduras in building water-tight cinder block homes with concrete floors to replace the stick and mud shacks (with dirt floors) in which the great majority of Honduran families try to survive.