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"
Stay Tuned... MAIN EVENT info coming soon!

Be sure to check out the article in Columbia Theological Seminary magazine "Vantage" featuring Rev. Dana Waters and his grandson. (pages 14-17)

Hi folks: When you get a chance, check out Green Ponds's new website . One of our new members, David Lyons, is the author of this accomplishment.

Beverly Dodson
Increase your fundraising expertise!

A four-day intensive program with a practical application project, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.
To learn more about the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising,  click here .

Date: February 11-14, 2019

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center

EARLY BIRD RATE: $1,300 through December 15, 2018; $1,550 full rate on or after December 16, 2018. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to register for the early-bird rate or you can pay in full. Full payment for all registrants is due by January 15, 2019. The fee covers all course materials, snacks, and dinner on Monday. Lodging and other meals are the responsibility of each attendee.

Limit:  25 registrants.

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Recommended for clergy, laity, judicatory executives, development officers, and all religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles.
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. Please consider donating to this fund.
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.

 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.


Springville Presbyterian is looking to purchase a used baby grand piano or electronic organ. Please contact Charlie Griffin at 205-999-4828 if you know of an availability.

The next collection date is Saturday,
February 2. 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. 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.


              ACTUAL     BUDGET
REVENUES   $432,770        $436,138
EXPENSES    $415,597        $429,064
NET               $ 17,173        $ 7,074

Our Presbytery sponsors 
an excellent ESL program:

Monday evenings at

Friday January 18, 2019 3:00 PM to Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00 PM

First Presbyterian of Tuscaloosa
900 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Click the link below to learn more about the training.

Calvin Center is offering
The Art of Transitional Ministry Training

as part of the 
Transitional Ministry Consortium  

January 21 - 25, 2019

Presbytery Staff and ministers have been asking for it and we don't want you to miss it.

The Art of Transitional Ministry Training Week One will be held January 21 - 25, 2019 at Calvin Center (Atlanta). This event is perfect for individuals looking to expand their skill set or those in leadership in transitional situations including Interim Ministry. The Art of Transitional Ministry Week One program is designed for Clergy and other church staff sensing a call to transitional or interim ministry. Churches in transitional times, Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff members will also find this 5-day conference helpful. It is also a good course for ministers in the midst of their ministry to hone skills such as how to say hello and goodbye in healthy ways, to help congregations heal and gain tools for understanding their congregation, congregational life cycles and leading the process of change.
Program begins with lunch on Monday and ends with lunch on Friday, January. Training sessions at the conference include 30 hours of classroom instruction with plenty of time for personal attention.

Please find the attached brochure describing this information packed event and pass it along to everyone who might be interested.

Calvin Center is located 20 minutes south of the Atlanta Airport and shuttles are available.
When: January 21-25, 2019
Where: Calvin Center (Atlanta)
Cost: $1050 Single Occupancy, 
$800 Double Occupancy
$400 Commuter
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.
Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church is searching for a part-time director of Christian education. Click the link below for the position requirements.


Independent Presbyterian is look for a Director of Youth Ministries 
Please click the links below for more information.


Program Director
Southminster Presbyterian

Southminster Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama is looking for a Program Director. This director position will oversee three keys areas of the church’s life: Education, Outreach, and Communications. This is a full time position with a salary starting at $32,000 annual and full medical coverage. 
We are looking for someone with a strong faith, deep love for the church, and a willingness to learn and try new things. To apply, please contact Laura Bannon at .  


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...

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