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"

A prayer vigil was held outside First Baptist Church on Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Dadeville, Ala.

Our prayers are with the community of Dadeville in the tragic shooting that happened Saturday night. Although, no one at First Presbyterian Church in Dadeville was directly affected, Sandra Crosslin, the pastor of First Presbyterian, Dadeville emphasized the impact on the whole community. “We’re a small community and there is not a family or person who is not affected by this tragedy. We must do something about gun violence."

Clergy Leadership Conference

I hear many of you express longing that our presbytery make an impact on our state. Faith in Action Alabama is an ecumenical, statewide community organizing initiative that is doing just that. I urge you to join me at this conference as we strategize and mobilize the churches of our state to raise their collective voice for equity and justice in our state. 

Mark your calendars

U-Kirk Birmingham Trivia Night

Spring Fundraiser


Presbyterian Church

Friday, April 21st at 6:00 PM

Click the flyer above for more info

Five Mile Presbyterian Church Closing Worship Service

You are invited to the closing worship service of Five Mile Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Worship will be at 11 am in the main ("new") sanctuary; At 10:30 am Dr. John Knox will give a presentation on the 182-year history of the church (and the 202-year continued history of Inglenook Presbyterian Church, which merged with it in 1977) in the Inglenook Room. A reception will follow the worship service, in the Fellowship Hall.

All members, plus former members, friends, neighbors over the years, and interested clergy are invited. The address is: 1137 Five Mile Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35215.

Five Mile Presbyterian Church

Looking for Hosts! 

The Stated Clerk, Jay Wilkins, is wondering if there might be interest in restoring the practice of clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery. We would need congregations that might host regional gatherings. Imagine clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery to support each other in our responsibilities, and to swap minutes and registers to be reviewed while we are together. I need your help in restoring this practice by volunteering to host clerks and moderators in their area. The practice was to gather on Saturday mornings, though other times might work. Give this some thought and be in touch with me about your interest at [email protected]

Mark your calendars for


Presbyterian Women’s Conference

July 12-15, 2023

“Sacred Encounters”

The Power and Presence of Jesus

Christ in Luke-Acts

Dr Olive Mahabir

Bible Study Leader

Spring Hill Presbyterian Church

10 Westminster Way

Mobile, AL 36608


View the flyer


Cahaba Lily Adult Retreat


Living River

May 19-21

Some exciting retreat highlights:

  • Friday night's keynote with Beth Stewart the Executive Director of Cahaba River Society, 7:00 pm.

  • A Saturday morning Beginner Birding Outing, 9:30 am

  • An excursion to visit the Cahaba Lilies, 10:30 am

  • Scot Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Diversity and Executive Director of AL Audubon, 4:00 pm

Click here to register for the full retreat. If you're unable to join us for the full retreat, but you're interested in joining us for a specific meal or session, please RSVP here.

Register a Child
Register an Adult

Living River's

Spring Open House

Saturday, May 20,

during the retreat

(register for specific activities)

We hope you'll join us!

Summer Camp

Register for Living River Summer Camp and apply for a presbytery scholarship for up to half the basic Camp fee! These are TWO registrations - one for camp and one for the scholarship. 

A registration link for both is found on the Presbytery summer camp web page!!

Newsletters, Bulletins, News

Reclaiming Our Calling: Deacons & Ruling Elders and the Care of Souls—A leader formation webinar

Ruling elders and deacons are invited to the second leader formation webinar of 2023, April 27, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Eastern. Participants will join with Rachel and Matt Rhodes to learn more about both the theoretical and practical realities of caring for one another in the church and the important role that church leaders serve within that.

This webinar will be recorded and interpretation into Korean and Spanish is available. There is a registration deadline of April 19.

For more information and registration links, visit the PC(USA) Leader Formation website.


Just a reminder that the Presbytery office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday's from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (4 PM on Friday). The staff work from home on Tuesday and Thursday's.

The week of April 17th only ... We will be in the office Monday, Tuesday and Friday, April 17, 18 & 21st and work from home Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 & 20th.

Please check with the office for availability before scheduling committee meetings.

On-going Newsletter Articles

Ponderings by: Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

PHFC Thrift Store Donations

Perry Dallas County Fund

Online Church Services

Matthew 25


Sue Westfall

General Presbyter

[email protected]

Tammy Strickland

Presbytery Administrator

Assistant to the Stated Clerk

[email protected]


[email protected]

Jay Wilkins

Stated Clerk

[email protected]

Linda Burrowes

Recording Clerk

[email protected]

Jean Russell


[email protected]

Ralls Coston

Volunteer Mission Coordinator

[email protected]

Pat Goodman

Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

[email protected]

James Ephraim

Volunteer Liaison for

African American Churches

[email protected]

Interim Campus Minister,

Bama UKirk

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL is seeking an Interim Campus Minister for the ‘23-’24 school year. Following the departure of the Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry, FPC is looking for an experienced, nurturing self-starter who can minister to the UKirkers of the University of Alabama in a time of transition. Both full and part time candidates will be considered based on abilities/availability. Click here for job description. Send inquiries to Rev. Michael Bailey [email protected].

Position Description

Grace Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa

Is in need of an Interim Pastor. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, click the link below for more information.

Click here for the job description and qualifications.

PCUSA Job Openings




Birmingham Korean Presbyterian Church is looking for a Senior Pastor. Attached are the requirements. If you are interested, you may submit by mail to:

Birmingham Korean Presbyterian Church, Calling Committee

7814 Helena Rd, Pelham, AL

35124 or

E-mail: [email protected]

Korean document


Oakmont Chapel Presbyterian Church in Hoover, AL, is searching for a Choir Director due to the retirement of our long time Director. In this position you will work with Dr. Jonathan Brown in selecting music for our Sunday services, directing practice on Wednesday evenings and rehearsal on Sunday mornings prior to each service. Additional time would be required for special services such as Easter and Christmas services and other special occasions. Salary information will be available during interview process. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Brown at [email protected] with your information or questions concerning this position.


We will discuss salary during interview process as this will be determined by experience of the applicant.

Immanuel PCUSA in Montgomery is searching for an individual to serve as part-time Director of Family Ministries; for full position description contact the Immanuel Church Office - 
First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330
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