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"

Presbytery Profiles

Submitted by: Rev. Sid Burgess, HR

New IPC Pastor Kevin Long

Completes First Year

It has been a full year, but the staff and

congregation of Independent PC still have the welcome mat out for their new senior pastor, the Rev. Kevin Long, his wife Rebecca, son James, and daughters Jessica and Katelyn. The family has

relocated to Birmingham from a suburban community just north of Pittsburgh, PA, where...

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Anti- Racism Book Club

Gather at the Table

The Anti-Racism Committee is inviting & encouraging all members of the PSL to join us in reading Gather at the Table: The healing journey of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade. written by Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan.  Read more...

This Thursday, August 25th will be our last book review.


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The Presbytery wishes to extend a warm welcome to our newest Minister Members, Rev. Ron Wilson, Stated Supply at First, Carbon Hill and to Rev. Rachel VanKirk Mathews, validated ministry with Living River.

Greater Birmingham Ministries

continues to serve people in need of food and financial assistance when funds are available. Above are the dates throughout the end of the year for food distribution and financial assistance.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition and is not geared to any denomination.

The Intro will be held at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00 till Noon. Rev. Mary Porter and Beverly Brassell and will be the presenters.


Events — Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

PHFC Thrift Store Donations

Bring your usable discards, gently used clothing, etc. to the NEW Presbyterian Home for Children's reception center in the parking lot of Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church. Donations will be accepted every third Friday of the month from 9:00 AM - Noon.

Matthew 25

So what does it mean to be a Matthew 25 church – one that lives into Jesus’ teaching from Matthew’s Gospel to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the stranger, the prisoner, those in need? Click the link above to read more.

If your church has recently become a Matthew 25 church, would you please let the Presbytery office know? You may email Tammy to confirm. Also, please register on the Matthew 25 website below and your church will receive a packet of resources from PMA:

Online Church Services

Several churches in our presbytery have made available live-streaming, Facebook live, or other platforms of their Sunday worship services. We are aware of the following churches (click the link below) that are offering these platforms and will plan to continue services on Sundays so their church members can participate in worship from home. If you are not on the list and would like to be added, please let Tammy know.

Get Inspired and Excited

about Stewardship

We hope that you will join us in person in Savannah or online to hear from an outstanding group of plenary speakers and wise workshop leaders: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, whose numerous books include The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself. The Rev. Dawn Hyde, head pastor at the creative, dynamic, and thriving Downtown Church in Columbia, South Carolina. And Dr. Michael Bos, senior minister at Marble Collegiate Church, chaplain of the Collegiate School, and author of multiple books, including A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging and the Religious Future.


Already registered? Share this email with a friend and encourage them to attend in-person or online September 26th - 28th.

PCUSA and ECLA scholarships are available - learn more and apply here.

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2022-2023 Planning Calendars

The Presbytery has pre-ordered 200 copies of the 2022-2023 planning calendar. Please email Tammy if you would like to reserve one or more in the amount of $10.50 each. (regular price is $16.95) The calendars have finally arrived. Please email Tammy to schedule a pick-up time.

Unbounded We Thrive

Moderators’ Conference 2022

Registration will open in mid-September for the 2022 Moderators’ Conference, scheduled for Thursday evening through late afternoon Saturday, November 10–12. This will be one of the first post-GA events held in the new Presbyterian Center conference space, and participants who cannot (or do not wish to) travel can choose an online option with slightly less of the program offered. Read more...

Habitat House 2022

The Birmingham area churches are sponsoring another Habitat for Humanity house for this year. We will be building this year's house for Tonnesha Banks, at 873-77th Street South in Birmingham. Construction will begin on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Workdays for volunteers are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. No construction experience is required. Habitat supervisors will show you what to do. Volunteers do need to be at least 14 years old.

We will need monetary donations to help pay for the cost of the house. The house will not be given away. Rather, the family we are building for will have an interest-free mortgage for the house. 

If you are interested in giving money or time, please contact your minister, Mission Committer chair or Ralls Coston at the Presbytery office (205-617-0216).
PAM Mid-South Fall Event here in PSL!
Deepen your understanding of, and enjoyment of, singing together! Join Presbyterian Association of Musicians, Mid-South Region and First Christian Church of Birmingham for an engaging, spirited look at congregational song! Register today. Go to to learn more about it, then scroll down to the button that says "Register Here." All are welcome! Please take a look at our YouTube video which further describes this event:

Newsletters, Bulletins, News

Presbyterian Outlook

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries

Board of Pensions: Wholeness Edition

Presbyterians Today

Montreat Conference Center

Living River a Retreat on the Cahaba

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Perry Dallas County Fund

The Perry and Dallas County Fund has been 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. Contact Ralls Coston for more information. Read more... View the flyer

Pandemic Ponderings by:

Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

Twice a month our General Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall, sends out a meaningful, informative and uplifting blog during these unusual and strange times we are all going through together. Be sure to watch for the email or you may to read her "Ponderings" so far.


Sue Westfall
General Presbyter

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk


Peter Finley
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

James Ephraim
Volunteer Liaison for
African American Churches
Updated Presbytery office hours for staff during the Pandemic:
9 AM - 4 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday, staff works from home Tuesday and Thursday.
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


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 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.
Part-time Communications/Administrative Assistant needed for South Highland Presbyterian Church. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office with experience in InDesign and Canva, good typing, computer, and written and verbal communication skills. Duties would include media emails, some design work, data base, social media, and general administrative duties. A team player with creativity required. Please send resume and cover letter to
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.
First Presbyterian Church
of Tuscaloosa, AL is looking for a
a Youth Director to join their team to Connect, Grow and Serve. Click here for more information
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330
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