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
Haskell brings four decades of service to the task of Presbytery moderator

Moderator Susan Haskell has been active in the work of the Presbytery for more than 40 years. At the time of reunion in 1983 she was serving on the nominating committee. She has served two terms on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM); served on Presbytery... Read more                                                          
Congo Partnership
The Congo Partnership Team met Sunday, July 17, 2022 to organize the Team's work with our sisters and brothers in Christ in the DR Congo, after the passing of our chairperson Belinda Dickinson. The Team elected an Interim Chairperson, Lydia Wilfong. Lydia has served on the Partnership Team for many years. You may contact her at
Our Team is looking for new members. Our next meeting is Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 at 2:30 pm at the Presbytery office via zoom and in person. Please join us.
Serve Better: Sustainable Practices webinar

Never before have so many options been available through the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As you review your Employer Agreement for 2023 and consider which benefits to offer, we want you to be aware of the ways in which you can support your ministers and employees through the plan. Could you use a bit of guidance on benefits or employment practices, or how best to communicate with us, the Board of Pensions? 
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!

Church Spotlight Writer Needed

The Presbytery would like to include a "Church Spotlight" article once a month in our newsletter. This monthly article would include any mission project or special event going on in one of our 65 churches. If you know of someone that would be interested in writing about one of our churches on a monthly basis please email Tammy.
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.
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.
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:

Free Webinar for Pastors
If you’re a pastor dealing with feelings of burnout, or if you simply want to guard yourself against them, we can help.

Barna knows it’s a stressful time to be a pastor.

That’s why we’re hosting a free webinar called...
Congratulations to Krysten Holloway Scrivner on being elected to the Board of Directors for Development and Governance; Healthcare with the Presbyterian Board of Pensions.
Back Together

In case you haven't heard...Southminster and Shades Valley have merged. The two churches held their first service together on June 5th, Pentecost Sunday. The official merger will take place on October 2, 2022. Attached is a link to an article included in the Over the Mountain Journal detailing the merge.
PHFC Beginnings

Presbyterian Home for Children is excited to share their Summer Issue of Beginnings as they are now in 154 years of surrounding at-risk and homeless children and families with love and compassion!” Click below to view this issue.
2022 Pentecost CANPaign
Alleviating Hunger in Central Alabama
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. Click here for more information.
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...

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."
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