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"

New Moderator Ed Hurley Brings Global Perspective

Recently installed moderator Ed Hurley brings a global perspective to the office. The veteran Birmingham pastor is a former president of The Outreach Foundation  ( and is now serving his fourth term on the foundation’s board of directors. Twice in 2022...

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One Great Hour of Sharing

For more than 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing has connected us in God’s healing, tending and growing to create a world where all needs are met. 


Thanks to your heartfelt gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in more than 100 countries.

Visit for locations and ministries. 

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Registration is opening soon and we have special 2022 Throwback pricing to kick things off. For just one month you will be able to register at 2022 early bird prices:

  • $300 individual in-person
  • $115 virtual
  • $159 first-call pastors and seminarians
  • special group pricing at 2022 rates
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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]

Selma Disaster Relief

Many of you generous people have asked how to help out in Selma. Currently we have a team of people investigating our Presbytery's best strategic approach to long term assistance in Selma. In the meantime if you wish to make a gift for the rebuilding of Selma, we recommend the Black Belt Community Foundation. We recommend this because the Black Belt Community Foundation is a coalition of all the stakeholders in the Black Belt and are more intimately aware of the needs of the region. You may donate at the website below:

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!!

News from Presbyterian Home for Children

Cordelia Stanley, Director of Moderate Residential Care and Doug Marshall, President, were on Daybreak last week on WOIL, TV 47 in Sylacauga. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the ministry of the Home.  View the video below.

Presbyterian Home for Children announces leadership changes 


The Presbyterian Home for Children has announced changes in its leadership in the wake of the passing of its Senior Vice President of Program Operations and Services.  


Felicia Ayers Storey spent her entire professional career of 37 years at the Home, starting as a social worker and working up to Senior Vice President over the Home’s programs for at-risk and homeless children, youth, young adults and families. She died unexpectedly on Feb. 18. 

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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.

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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