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"
Welcome to the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley:

Rev. Sung Eun Kim, Associate Pastor, Auburn-Opelika Korean
Rev. Nicole Newton, Transitional Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Birmingham
Rev. Luke Ponder, Pastor of First Presbyterian Livingston
Rev. Kevin Long, Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at Independent Presbyterian
Rev. David Seamon, Associate Pastor, Independent Presbyterian
Madison Roberts, Pastor Mountain Brook Presbyterian
Rev. Cary Speaker, Honorably Retired

Commissioned Ruling Elder:
David Lyons
Pentecost Canpaign 2021
The Presbytery’s Pentecost CANpaign for 2021 is beginning. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. From May 31 to August 2, your church can collect cans of food (or money) to give to your local hunger program. All the food or money collected goes to the organization your church chooses. Each dollar donated counts as 2 cans of food.
When your church’s CANpaign ends, please tell Presbytery how much your church gave and where it donated the proceeds. We will need the results of your church’s CANpaign by August 10. We will recognize the top giving churches at the August 19 Presbytery meeting.
This intergenerational conference is for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, singers, ringers, worship leaders, and church members. All are welcome! The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) works in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center to offer more.

More news from Montreat Conference Center...Arts, Music and Theology is a lecture series that runs over the summer with a variety of speakers that cover a variety of topics! All programs and lectures are free and open to the public. Follow the link above for more information.
Pandemic Ponderings by:
Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

Twice a month our Transitional Executive 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.

Please join me this Thursday, June 3rd at 4 PM for our monthly Presbytery gathering via Zoom:
News from The Insurance Board

Upcoming Webcast:  “Best Practices in Transportation for Your Ministry” webcast will be held on June 3rd at 2 pm EST facilitated by Michael Harrold, ALCM, Loss Control Technical Program Specialist from Cincinnati Insurance Company.

We have noticed a decrease in use of abuse prevention resources during the pandemic, with ministries returning to in person worship and regaining normal activities, it’s time to revisit abuse prevention resources and tools to protect ministries. As you know, Insurance Board, provides a comprehensive array of abuse prevention resources through our partnership with Praesidium, the nation’s leading provider of abuse prevention services. The attached flyer has live links to the following tools:
  • Background Screening Services
  • Creating a Safe Environment Video Based Training (C.A.S.E.)
  • Know Your Score (KYS)
  • Armatus Online Learning Tool
To learn more about THE SAFECONDUCT™ WORKBENCH, the comprehensive Abuse Prevention toolkit at Insurance Board, visit:

June 17th: “Liability Lowdown for your Ministry” webcast will be held on June 17th at 2 pm EST as attorney, James Abbott, and IB Claims team offer insights as how to keep ministries a safe place for all and free from sexual misconduct. Registration page can be found here:
Church Van Needed

Hello, I am Pastor Cervelma “CJ”Jones and I am presently pastoring Arlington Presbyterian Church, USA, located in Wilcox County, Alabama. I wanted to see or make you aware that we are in need of a van. If you are in the process of upgrading your present church van, we would certainly be interested in reviewing the process of purchasing your van , of course at a reasonable price. Having a van would help in our efforts to accommodate our congregation and help in our ability to service our community.
My contact information is or phone or text me at 205.966.9772.You can also contact Elder Ralph Ervin at or text or call him @ 334.412.6405. The church address is 1599 KP Thomas Road, Pine Hill Alabama 36769.
Let me mention, that what we are looking for something that is, most importantly, mechanically sound and insurable. Thank you so very much for taking the time to consider facilitating our request. 
Respectfully Yours – Pastor CJ
UPDATE: PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
June 5, 2021. Bring your usable discards, gently used clothing, etc., to the Presbyterian Home for Children's reception center in the rear parking lot, below the playground of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. Volunteers will be on hand to unload your vehicle and to give you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. The center will be open from 8 AM - 12 noon. To volunteer or for more information, contact Terry Tingle, 256-339-4030.
Good News from our Churches

First-Eufaula will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in August to install clean water systems with Living Waters for the World. 

Email Tammy with news from your church.
Volunteer Gardeners Needed

Living River needs people interested in and knowledgeable about native plants for the Betty Wilson Garden at Living River. Living River will have a workday soon. If anyone is interested please contact Marty Keller at 205-871-9255 for additional details.
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
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true, these pictures speak volumes for the dedicated work of our staff, volunteers and supporters during our recent food distribution day. But the day was filled with much more than that. The day could best be described as a wholistic community service day for people in need of food, clothing, vaccinations, masks & hand sanitizers, voter registration, free resources, and sharing their opinions on the community's attitude related to COVID vaccinations by completing a survey.
The underserved in our community did not have to navigate the confusing and often expensive process of visiting numerous locations in order to access the services that were available to them at our site. Thanks to everyone who made this happen! Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) relies on the financial support of people like you to continue to meet the needs of the people we serve with food, financial assistance and more. Thank you for your contribution.
Activating Stewardship in Your Church

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2021 will feature Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters. With a deep understanding of the biblical call to stewardship, Rev. Dr. Casto-Waters also brings a practical understanding of what it looks like to activate stewardship in a congregation. Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters is the Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida. She previously served for over a decade as pastor at First Presbyterian in Greer, South Carolina.
Both in-person and virtual attendees will hear from Rev. Dr. Casto-Waters as a plenary leader on Tuesday, September 14. Join us September 13 - 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio, or online.
Get more information about the conference and register today with our early bird discount.
PC(USA) scholarships are available - click here for more information.
We will be observing recommended COVID safety protocols for in-person attendees and will provide details for what to expect as we get closer to the conference.
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:

Bulletin Inserts Available

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Summer Camp at Living River

Summer Camp dates at Living River have been set, and registration portal is open through the Living River website or through the Presbytery website
The Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley is grateful again to be able to offer scholarships for summer camp at Living River. After you have registered for camp, log onto the Presbytery summer camp webpage to apply for a scholarship.  Our scholarship funds are limited, so be sure to apply early! Scholarships are limited to one scholarship/child for the season. Although there are no restrictions for church affiliation in the application, priority will be given to members of churches in the presbytery or having connections to one of the churches. Scholarships are given up to one half the cost of camp and are paid directly to Living River. 
Register now! It’s going to be a great summer!!!

Volunteer Nurse, Doctor or EMT needed for one week of Summer Camp at Living River, July 5-10. Contact Shirley Finley at for more details.
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.

Celebrate with us! Giving Catalog announces Summer Concert Series!

Dear Friend in Mission,
We are reaching out to invite your presbytery to join us in celebrating our connection to one another through our gifts and music. Beginning in June, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog will host a Summer Concert Series featuring three unique virtual concerts over the course of the summer months.
Concerts will premiere on YouTube and are absolutely free! Elizabeth Stockton Perkins, a vocalist, student at Vassar College and longtime Presbyterian Mission supporter, kicks off the concert series on June 21. The Stillman College Choir concert will premiere on July 21, and on Aug. 21 the Mission Musicians of the PC(USA) will close out the series. Once they premiere, all concerts will be available to enjoy through September.
We are encouraging congregations and mid councils to hold viewing parties for the concerts, gathering safely in person or virtually, to enjoy beautiful music and connectivity with the wider Church.
We would also love for you to include this invitation in an upcoming newsletter. You can find promotional images at .

As we head into the summer months, let’s celebrate and make music together! If you would like to learn more, contact me! 502-569-5742, or . I will provide you with the resources you need to set up a watch party.

Sue Westfall
Transitional Presbyter

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk


Tom Winter
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.
First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
Below are career opportunities from PC(USA). You are invited to share your gifts and talents to further the mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Apply online by going to our website at and “Search for Employment Opportunities.”

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