Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
"partner with and equip present and emerging
PC(USA) faith communities in central Alabama
to serve Christ and our neighbors"

The Presbytery's Summer Stated meeting will be Thursday, August 16th at Auburn-Opelika Korean Presbyterian Church. Registration starts at 9:00 AM and the opening prayer will begin at 9:45 AM. We hope to see you there!


The Presbyterian Home for Children was recently recognized in the Birmingham Parent August 2018 Issue. Click the link below to read more about the story.

PW Fall Gathering

Saturday, August 25, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Southminster Presbyterian Church
All Presbyterian women are invited to Southminster Presbyterian Church for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley’s Birmingham Fall Gathering. Registration and brunch begins in Grace Hall at 9 am. The meeting is at 10 am in the Sanctuary. A lesson overview will be given by IPC's own Rev. Debbie Feagin. Make plans to join other Presbyterian women!

Southminster Presbyterian Church
1122 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills

Contact Info:
 Belinda Dickinson

Follow the link below for the PW Summer newsletter.


Looking for an opportunity to counter institutional racism in your church, community, or organization? Check out Crossroads Antiracism Training in Montreat. With workshops on preaching, church leadership, engaging youth and young adults, and more there's something for every church member and leader to learn at this weekend training.

August 17-19, 2018
$77 Program Fee

The Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation for Ministry seeks to bring Christ and His love to our local and global communities by supporting selected charitable ministries consistent with the principles of Christian stewardship. Applications for grants to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2018 should be submitted not later than September 1, 2018. For details, see .
Prospective CRE Candidates

Registration is now open for Fall classes for those interested in our CRE program. Call Bev Dodson, 205-746-1924 or for more information.

Core Courses:
  • Foundation of Christian Education
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Pastoral Care
  • Preaching
  • Presbyterian Polity
  • Reformed Theology
  • Reformed Worship & Sacraments

Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River (CEC) is hoping you will help kick off the fall season in a fun way! The CEC is hosting a Fall Fundraiser at Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co. in Alabaster, AL. On Saturday, August 18th at 3p.m. join us for food trucks, live music, and sign up for our pay-to-play cornhole tournament! We are collaborating with Interstellar to create a special brew, and a portion of the sales will go to benefit the CEC. View the invitation for more information and share this  link  with friends and family! 

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this event, please email Jessica Shumate at .
Bama Days @ UPerk
August 28 / 5:30 PM

UKirk B'ham Opening Dinner & Worship
September 5 - 7 PM
The Garage @ Highland Hall

Tiger Night @ First Auburn
September 6 / 5:30 PM

Presbytery Habitat House build
Construction begins September 13

UKirk UCook - Tailgate fundraiser
to support the ministry of UKirk B'ham
September 23 / 3 - 8 PM
Children's Fresh Air Farm

Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Hilton Frontenac St. Louis, MO
September 24 - 26

SLPYC Fall Retreat
October 6 - 7
Living River

Elementary Retreat
Living River
November 11 - 12


Attention pastors, youth workers, parents, friends: Please join us from 9am-4pm on Saturday, August 11! Soul Shop™ for Youth Workers is a one-day, faith-based training designed specifically to equip persons to minister to youth who are impacted by suicidal desperation. More information and registration forms available at:

Coffee, Bagels, and Discussion @ PSL
Jonathan Seitz, PCUSA Mission Worker
and Professor at Taiwan Seminary
August 23, 2018 9:30-11:00am
@the PSL Presbytery Office
(3603 Lorna Ridge Drive)
“World Christianity and the Church’s Mission”

Today more Christians live outside the west than in it, and places like Congo and
China are centers of Christian life. It has been said that “there are more
Presbyterians in Korea than Scots in Scotland.”

Jonathan and Emily Seitz are PCUSA mission coworkers in Taiwan and will be
visiting scholars at Princeton Theological Seminary during the coming year.
Jonathan has family in Birmingham and often visits. He will share for about a half
hour on world Christianity today and PCUSA World Mission and then there will be about an hour for discussion.

questions contact Jonathan directly: .


Please be in prayer for the mission of our congregations, our presbytery and our mission partners overseas.

Pray for peace in Congo and the safety of our mission co-workers: Jeff and Christi Boyd-Congo; Gwenda and Dr. John Fletcher-Congo.

 If you would like to support our mission co-workers, click the link below and type in their name. You will be led to their personal page with more information on their mission story and how to give.

The Executive Council of the Presbytery has approved the creation of the Perry and Dallas County Fund . This Fund is set up to provide aid to mission work in Perry and Dallas Counties. In particular, funds will be provided to a local agency, C.E.T. Ministries.
We hope you will continue to visit our website for Mission projects. We are sharing ideas, publicizing and celebrating all the mission projects that the churches in the Presbytery perform. 
The Presbytery's SDOP Committee awarded $3500 to Small Steps Leads to Big Rewards at Lily Baptist Church in Wilcox County. The program provides after school tutorial programs and summer enrichment programs for the youth. Lily Baptist Church is pictured. Also, some of the 30 kids are shown in the church's sanctuary, singing. A tutor also instructs the kids in drama, doing skits, a step team and dance. This is some of what Small Steps is doing.


The next collection date is Saturday,
September 1. Bring your usable discards, gently used clothing, etc., to the Presbyterian Home for Children's reception center in the rear parking lot, below the playground of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. Terry Tingle will be serving as host. Volunteers will be on hand to unload your vehicle and to give you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. The center will be open from 8 AM - 12 noon. To volunteer or for more information, email Terry Tingle.
Our Presbytery sponsors 
an excellent ESL program:

Monday evenings at

REVENUES   $272,776        $276,479
EXPENSES    $245,474        $234,035
NET               $ 27,302         $ 42,444
Jay Wilkins
General Presbyter

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Patrick Harley
Birmingham UKirk Minister

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

You are encouraged to visit, read and converse with our General Presbyter, Jay Wilkins. We are sure you will find interesting conversation on the blog which is located at the bottom of our home page in the blue area on the left hand side.
Interim Director
of Campus Ministries
First Tuscaloosa

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL ( ) is seeking an Interim Director of Campus Ministries.  Following the departure of our long-time Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry, this active, 1,100 member downtown church seeks to keep a thriving campus ministry to University of Alabama students moving forward in ministry and mission.  Our recently opened UPerk café ( ) serves as the hub for our outreach to students and engagement with the larger community.  A candidate would need to be able to commit for the ‘18-’19 school year. Sole emphasis on Campus Ministry to be done on a part-time basis will be considered, but opportunities for congregational ministry (visitation, worship leadership, etc.) are also sought based upon availability, interest and suitability of the candidate.  Contact: Michael Bailey    


Church Administrator
Office Manager
First Tuscaloosa

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa is seeking a Church Administrator / Office Manager to manage the support needs of this active 1,100 member downtown church. Primary areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to supervision of support staff, coordination of the maintenance of the buildings and grounds and overall financial duties and oversight. Interested applicants may contact/send resumes by email to  or by mail to  
 First Presbyterian Church
           Attn: Personnel Committee
           900 Greensboro Ave.
           Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Interim Associate Pastor position at South Highland Presbyterian Church

This ministry position is primarily focused on discipleship formation with an emphasis upon young adults and families under the age of 50.  Read more about the position here.


Youth Advisor (two positions)
South Highland Presbyterian Church

Two Youth Advisor positions are available for college age students residing in the Birmingham, AL area during the 2018-19 academic year! Read more about the positions...


Independent Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) 
Birmingham, AL

Position Title: Assistant Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Position Title: Director of Youth Ministries
Click here  for more information on this position.

Director of Youth Ministry

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham , AL is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministry (10-12 hours/week).  We are looking for a dynamic individual able to relate to youth of all ages and walks of life, run a creative youth program, and has a mature faith with the ability to communicate that faith to all ages.  Experience with youth ministry and background in Presbyterian Church (USA) is preferred.  Strong organizational, communication and computer skills are a plus.  Must be available on Sundays for youth meetings.  To apply, please send resume to .

3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330