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"

Pastor with Many Roles, Seems to Enjoy them All

Joe Scrivner is a pastor, professor, chaplain, and a grant writer. He is also active in General Assembly work, service to the Presbytery, and the Presbyterian Home of Children. He is also committed to his family as a husband, father, and grandfather, and enjoys the fun of chess, movies, and music. Surely, Joe has found a clock ...

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The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley will meet on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa for its Winter Stated Meeting. Due to technical limitations, this will be an "in person" only meeting. Internet connections are weak, so please download/print your packet so that you will have it with you. You may register for the meeting with the following link:

If your Session appointed commissioner(s) have not been selected yet, please forward this information to them.

Masks are welcome. We look forward to being with each of you.

Jay Wilkins, Stated Clerk

Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley

Winter Youth Retreat at Living River

Friday, February 24 – 26

Register now!!!

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Mission Co-Workers

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At our February Presbytery meeting we welcome Mission Co-Worker, Rev. Mark Adams, as our guest. Mark has worked on the US/Mexico border in Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico since 1998. Frontera de Cristo means “Border of Christ” in Spanish. It is a privilege to have him with us! 

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Association of Smaller Congregations

Save the Date

March 2 - 5, 2023

St. Simons Island, GA

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Culpepper

Click the link below for more information including how to register.

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Free Stoles

Rev. Jeff Coker has four clergy stoles:

red, purple, white, green, silk and all in excellent condition. If any minister in the Presbytery could use them, they are free for the asking. In addition, he has one reversible stole and one red plaid stole.

If interested you may contact Jeff directly at 256 624-6860 or

2023 International Peace Conference / Birmingham

May 4-6 2023

Rotary Clubs in Birmingham, under the leadership of the Rotary Club ( Dan Stephens Exec Director) of Birmingham, has organized an International Peace Conference.  Please see link below and share with your congregation to help spread the word and encourage participation. This is a great opportunity to engage with others, form here and around the world, to discuss and discover solutions on how to create a better world.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Technical Assistance Webinar Series

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) invites nonprofit organizations to participate in upcoming webinars regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding support through a competitive process for facility hardening and other security enhancements to nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack and promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration between public and private community representatives, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

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Newsletters, Bulletins, News

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:

Event Reminder

“Ministry in Kyiv” at

South Highland Presbyterian

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8


Just a note of reminder to all that Dr. Ivan Rusyn, president of the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kyiv, will speak at South Highland Presbyterian Church this Wednesday evening at 6:30. Even through a horrific war in his homeland, Dr. Rusyn and his students have been ministering, providing aid and proclaiming the Gospel in the midst of darkness. His remarks and dialogue will surely be of interest and inspiration. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Davis Family Hall (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED at or 205-933-0790) and the program will begin at 6:30 in South Highland’s sanctuary. South Highland is located at 2035 Highland Avenue South, 35210 in Birmingham. More information is available by phone or at

Get to Know PHS

Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations.

PHS collects records of historic value from congregations and mid councils, national agencies within the denomination, and from individuals and families who served the church. Get to know your national archives!

New Logo for Presbytery

Calling all Artists!

The Presbytery is in search of a new logo and is starting a contest for anyone that would like to participate. (the talented winner will receive a financial gift!) Please submit to Tammy three examples of your work or proposed logo's through March 31, 2023.

New Program offered

Johnson C Smith Theological Seminary is recruiting up to fifteen participants for the new program called "Lead Change: A Certificate in Faith Community Formation." The 10-Month long course is designed to support leaders of New Worshiping Groups, church redevelopment projects, and traditional congregations that desire to consider fresh approaches to ministry that question the dominant culture narratives that have largely defined the experience of our churches. The content will center the perspectives and experiences Black, Indigenous and other People of Color, those who are LGBTQIA+, and immigrants to the United States. It will be divided into five units: Theological Formation, Interculturality, Community Faith Formation, Worship Leadership and Community Transformation. Each of the five units will be led by a team of two Learning Guides chosen for their unique, non-traditional understandings and experiences of ministry. 


The cost of the program is $3,375, plus $100 each for up to five elective workshops. Lead Change will kick-off on Tuesday, March 7th and will meet by zoom almost every Tuesday from 7 - 9:30 pm eastern time for ten months. This program may be particularly useful for lay people who desire to work with their Presbytery to become Certified Lay Pastors or Certified Ruling Elders, or for those who are seeking to start New Worshiping Communities with the support of the Mid-Council. More information can be found at


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

Tammy Strickland

Presbytery Administrator

Assistant to the Stated Clerk


Jay Wilkins

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

Grace Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa

Is in need of an Interim Pastor. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying please email Sue Westfall at with a resume.

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


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 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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