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 Tech Person Needed

The Presbytery is looking for a Tech person to help with our quarterly Presbytery meetings. (This includes four eight hour meetings per year plus be available for four 2 hour planning meetings quarterly) Must have knowledge of Zoom, including issues with sound and video. Must be available to set up equipment to start each meeting and monitor Zoom participants. Compensation is negotiable. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact Tammy Strickland at [email protected].

PSL Winter Youth Retreat

Mark your calendars and register now for the Winter Youth Retreat at Living River February 23-25. The theme is Our story Now with Keynote leader Catherine Bonner Goudreau. Registration is now open on the Presbytery website under “Retreats”.

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The New Wilmington Missionary Conference

July 19-24, 2024

Westminister College, New Wilmington, PA

The New Wilmington Missionary Conference is one of the oldest continuous Presbyterian Missionary Conferences the church offers. It is a great opportunity to discover how God is active in other parts of the globe. Here is the link to the conference this year. For more information contact Cody Watson.

Join us on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7 p.m. Eastern time for a free webinar with a panel of renowned PC(USA) preachers and educators. Each panelist will reflect on the theme “Leading with Good News in Difficult Times: Preaching and Teaching at Easter” to help inspire and encourage you during this Lenten season.

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The Main Event Committee of the Presbytery is pleased to invite you to a day of homiletic discovery with the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary on Friday, March 8, 2024 at Edgewood Presbyterian Church. Details to follow.

Congo Mission Network

Save the Date for the 2024 Conference

“Education for Transformation: Equipping Congolese Youth for the Future” is the theme of the 2024 Conference. Save the date, March 14-16, 2024, for this dynamic get-together. Click here for a Save the Date flyer in English, and here for French.

Faith in Action Alabama

Justice in Action Event - Clergy Leadership Team

On Thursday, February 8, 7pm-8:30pm, at Living Stones Temple, 1009 Walker Ave., Fultondale, Alabama, Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) will present the FIRST ANNUAL JUSTICE IN ACTION ALABAMA AWARDS to shine a spotlight on the exemplary Alabamians doing phenomenal work for Justice, Dignity, and Equity in our state.

Come be inspired by the words and works of these incredible individuals, and come CELEBRATE IN STYLE - it will be an unforgettable night!

“In Person” Ticket Registration:

“Virtual” Ticket Registration (view from home) -

Summer Camp Counselors

We're starting the new year with many of our Summer Camp counselor spots filled! We're excited to introduce them soon. Working as a Summer Camp counselor is a great way to gain self-confidence, leadership skills, and professional skills. If you know a college-age young adult who would be a good fit at Living River, please send them to our website to apply!

FEMA Non-Profit Security Grant Program

Each year more and more PCUSA congregations are applying for the Non-profit Security Grant. FEMA just sent the attached list of spring 2024 webinars about the grant. PDA does have a small list of congregations that have successfully applied for this grant and are willing to share their experience with interested congregations.

Registration is now open for Living River Summer Camp

and for scholarship application.

The events of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, occurring largely in the U.S. South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, profoundly changed the course of our nation’s history, leading to the abolishment of legalized racial segregation, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. Through the non-violent, peaceful means of marches, protests, walk-outs, sit-ins, boycotts and demonstrations, citizens and movement leaders resisted continuing oppression and engaged in a hard-fought struggle to expand civil rights and dismantle the structural racism of their time.

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Living into this NEXT Chapter with Joy! 

You know that feeling when you find your groove after a long, hard season? It's pure joy. That's exactly what we are starting to feel across our network and within NEXT Church. The work is still hard, but when you find yourself grounded once again as fresh air fills your lungs, joy springs up.

We are grateful to those who attended our Town Hall Meeting on Monday evening. NEXT Church leadership shared some updates and then engaged in a generative activity and discussion. Members of the Vision Team were excited to announce the invitation for individuals to consider serving on the NEXT Church Vision Team for a two year term. You can read more about the opportunity and submit your application by Friday, February 23. 

Here are some other highlights:

Participate in the upcoming Lenten Series using a preview of our new resource “Antiracism as a Way of Being.” We look forward to this resource becoming available for wider use in late Spring.

Register for the National Gathering in Falls Church, VA on April 8-11, 2024. We hope to see you there! 🌱

As NEXT Church's new Executive Director, I talked about the direction and vision for NEXT Church in this chapter.

We all spent a lot of time dreaming and wondering about the church in 2024. Will you help us continue the conversation? You are invited to add your own thoughts to the Jamboard!

Consider supporting NEXT Church with a financial gift, both individually and as a church. 

Watch the Town Hall

Please be sure to check out the job openings around our Presbytery at the bottom of this page.

Newsletters, Bulletins, News


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 works 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

Selma Disaster Relief Funding


Sue Westfall

General Presbyter

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Tammy Strickland

Presbytery Administrator

Assistant to the Stated Clerk

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Jay Wilkins

Stated Clerk

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Linda Burrowes

Recording Clerk

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Jean Russell


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Ralls Coston

Volunteer Mission Coordinator

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Pat Goodman

Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

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James Ephraim

Volunteer Liaison for

African American Churches

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First Presbyterian Church, Eufaula, is looking for pulpit supply in a transitional period. Please contact Sue Westfall, General Presbyter for details. 520.490.1261.

The Presbyterian Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Ministry Relations Officer to serve in the Southeastern U.S., serving Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in serving the Church through the Presbyterian Foundation please pass along this information.

Additional information, including a detailed job posting, is available upon request from Yveshia Klingman or online at

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL is in need of a Musician. If you or someone you know are interested in applying, please contact the church office at

(205) 322-0161 for more information.

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 - 

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