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
Eufaula pastor John Brock’s Nine-year-old car awaits challenge

Eufaula PC pastor and COM moderator John Brock has 220,000 miles on his
car—in service to the Lord. A very quick, entirely unscientific survey puts his Chevy Sonic second to Cary Speaker’s... Read more                                                          
Perpetual Care of
Cemeteries and Columbariums

The Presbyterian Foundation is working on perpetual care of cemeteries and columbariums and they would very much like your input. This is to invite you to a meeting with the Foundation on July 26th, 2022 at
2 PM at Southminster Presbyterian Church. Please let us know of your willingness to participate in this focus group no later than July 18th, 2022. Please rsvp to
Attached is a flyer with more information.
Presbytery Happenings

Congratulations and welcome to deNay Kirkpatrick to the position of Commissioned Ruling Elder. deNay is available to supply churches. deNay's contact information is below:

Worship and Music 2022 at Montreat by John Allen T. Bankson
From June 19 to June 25, 2022, I was privileged to participate in Week 1 of the Music and Worship Conference presented by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians at the
Montreat Conference center in Montreat, NC (near Black Mountain). I am grateful to the Presbyterian Association of Musicians for a scholarship which covered my registration, to the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, particularly...
PAM Mid-South Fall Event
”With My Whole Heart: Singing Together as One.” Encouraging more vital, spirited congregational singing. A six-week course led by John Allen Bankson, followed (on the seventh week) by a Hymn Festival led by David Gambrell of the Office of Theology and Worship. Register now! Go to the PAM Mid-South web page, scroll down to “Upcoming Events” to learn more, and then click the button to register!

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.
PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day

There will not be a Drop-Off for the Thrift Store in July

Details forthcoming on the PHFC Box Truck Drop-Off at Southminster beginning in August.  
Women's Connection
August 12-14, 2022

Gather your groups now for Women's Connection 2022 this will be a time for women to ... more information.

Registration is open!
Hymnals and Bibles Available

Shades Valley Presbyterian Church thanks everyone who picked up available hymnals. If interested in picking up any bibles, please email today to plan a pick up.
MCLO This Fall

If you are a new stated clerk, executive/general presbyter, or associate, you are invited to participate in the Fall 2022 Cohort of the Mid Council Leader Orientation, online September 13–16. Here’s the basic schedule, including the plans for follow-up webinars. An invitation list is being kept; you can ensure you’re on it by letting us know of your interest. You’re also encouraged to inform us of any colleague who’s eligible.

Registration will open in mid-July to allow plenty of time to complete the required pre-event prep activities.
2022 Pentecost CANPaign
Alleviating Hunger in Central Alabama
Click the flyer below for more info
The Presbytery's Pentecost CANpaign for 2022 is beginning. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. Churches in the Presbytery will collect money and cans of food to be given to the hunger organizations of their choice. One dollar counts as one can of food. The CANpaign will run from June 5 through August 10.
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...

Post GA Bulletin Inserts

What happened during the 2022 General Assembly? How will you explain three weeks of meetings to your congregation?
Many issues have been discussed and debated at this year's hybrid, three-week General Assembly including climate change, gun violence, the pandemic, race relations and the restructuring of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Keep your church members informed with a bulletin insert more.
Prayer Concerns

Rev. Dr. Sam Haun, Jr., former Minister of Covenant Presbyterian (now Grace) and previous minister member of Sheppards and Lapsley passed away on Monday, July 4th. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 9th at McGill Click Funeral Home in Loudon, TN. 

Condolences may be sent to Ann Haun and family at 569 Thompson Road, Madisonville, TN, 37354 or online here:


Please continue to keep Beverly Dodson and the family of Belinda Dickinson in your prayers.
Board of Pensions

Click here to read the latest Board Connections, the newsletter of the Board of Pensions. Articles include: Preventive care benefits, Care navigation, Retirement conversations and more.
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)
Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation for Ministry

The purpose of the Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation is to expand the ministry and mission of Southminster by supporting community and service agencies and special missions of the church in the community, presbytery, synod, and the world. 

The Foundation awards grants annually to support this ministry and mission. The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2023. The total funds available are $31,000. All grant requests must be received by September 1, 2022. Grants will be awarded in late November. 

For a grant application for and further details, go to and click on "Foundation."
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:

July in Montreat

July in Montreat - Summer is in full swing at Montreat Conference Center! Be sure to check out our digital publication, This Week in Montreat, to find community updates and a weekly rundown of events. You can also view This Summer in Montreat on our website to learn about all of our various summer opportunities!
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.

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

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