By Jim Crowley
Chair, Church in the World Committee
The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) honored Highland Presbyterian, along with Second Presbyterian Church and Independence Presbyterian Church (IPC) of Birmingham, Alabama, with its 2016 Faithful Steward Award, which honored the three congregations for long standing support of the Seminary. Among the ways that Highland has assisted LPTS are by providing intern opportunities for students and through direct financial support to their scholarship program.
Other examples of the length and durability of our relationship include the two endowed chairs in honor of former Highland Pastors: the William A Benefield, Jr. Chair of Evangelism and Global Mission and the Henry P. Mobley Chair of Doctrinal Theology. Members of our church community also have strong connections with the Seminary; Susan Grubbs and Jane Welch are among several members that have served as Seminary trustees and, of course, the late David Hester and Gene March were both LPTS faculty members.
Louisville Seminary is one of ten Presbyterian seminaries throughout the country and Highland’s relationships extend beyond our city. Cynthia Campbell was President of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago before we were so fortunate to have her with us as our Pastor and she is also on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Lee Hinson-Hasty is on the PCUSA’s Committee on Theological Education.
In a world that seems to be increasingly polarized, in politics, religion and civics, it is even more important to be educating and training a new generation of thoughtful, reasoned and knowledgeable church leaders. The Seminary’s vision statement puts it well, “[…] the Seminary provides theological resources for the church by striving to interpret the gospel in an ever-changing world, by extending the horizons of theological inquiry and by shaping the church’s intellectual foundation for its faith and ministry. In all these activities, our aim is to nurture the convictions, character, vision, wisdom and forms of life vital to leadership in the Christian community and the wider culture (emphasis added).”
We are fortunate to have LPTS in our city and are honored to partner with them. This is yet another example of how your stewardship gifts are used to support the broader church while providing support to presbyterians and Christian leaders for the next generation.
Read the Louisville Presbyterian Theological news story on their website.