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"
Matthew 25 Presbytery

We currently know of three of our churches that have become a Matthew 25 church. If you have recently become a Matthew 25 church, would you please let the Presbytery office know? You may email Tammy to confirm.


At our last Presbytery meeting in May we voted to become a Matthew 25 Presbytery where:

We do hereby commit to become a Matthew 25 mid council. We pledge to encourage 20% or more of our congregations to become Matthew 25 churches and embrace these areas of focus:

  • Building congregational vitality
  • Dismantling structural racism
  • Eradicating systemic poverty

We promise to keep track of the impact of our ministry and share our stories with the PC(USA) from time to time.
Book Publishing
A manuscript written years ago by our own Rev. Joe Slane is now revised, illustrated, and published!

May this book
bring joy to others and glory to God.

Pentecost Canpaign 2020
The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley will have the Pentecost Canpaign again this year. Because of the COVID-19 virus and social distancing, we will be doing it a little differently this year.

Churches that participate in the Pentecost Canpaign collect cans of food, or its money equivalent ($1 equals 2 cans of food). The churches send the food and/or money to anti-hunger organizations of their choice. Then, the churches inform Presbytery as to how much food was collected and where the food was sent.

The news reports increased need for food at food banks and pantries. The need for food to help the unemployed is real.

The Pentecost Canpaign can help with this need. The Canpaign will run from May 1 through September 15 this year. This should help our socially distanced churches to collect the food. However, this year, instead of amassing the food and giving it to the charities all at once, please give what money and food your church has collected to your anti-hunger organizations as you collect the gifts. They need the food now. Just keep a running total of what your church has collected and let us know at Presbytery by September 15.

Contact the Presbytery office or Ralls Coston, Mission Coordinator ( ).
Minister News

Three of our Minister's have accepted new calls. We will miss them but, wish them well in their new journeys.

Associate, Cat Goodrich , First Presbyterian, Birmingham, accepted a call as the Senior Pastor at Faith Presbyterian, Baltimore, Maryland and will be leaving on June 14.

UKirk Birmingham Campus Minister, Patrick Harley, has accepted a call as the Senior Pastor with Evergreen Presbyterian, Memphis, Tennessee, and will be leaving on June 30.

Associate, Brian Lays , IPC accepted a call as the Senior Pastor of Riverside Presbyterian in Jacksonville, Florida and will be leaving mid July.
Southminster Foundation
for Ministry
The purpose of the Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation is to expand the Ministry and Mission of Southminster by supporting community service agencies and special missions of the Church in the community, Presbytery, Synod, region and the world.
The Foundation awards grants annually to support this ministry and mission. The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2020. The total funds available are up to $29,000. All grant requests must be received by September 1. Grants will be awarded in late
For a grant application form and further details go to and click on “Foundation.”
224th General Assembly

LOUISVILLE —Elona Street-Stewart, executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and the Rev. Gregory Bentley, pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, were overwhelmingly elected to be co-moderators of the 224th General Assembly Saturday.
The two garnered 304 votes, easily winning on the first ballot. The Rev. Marie Mainard O’Connell and Arthur Fullerton received...
For more news from General Assembly click below:

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.

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 click the link below to read her "Ponderings" so far.

Please join Sue this Thursday, June 25th at 4:00 PM for her weekly Presbytery gathering (via zoom):

Free Baptismal Font

Pastor of Westminster Birmingham, Jerome Bell has a friend who has a free baptismal font to give to a church. Please share and contact Jerome Bell at if interested.

The next collection date is Saturday,
July 4, 2020. 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 Jonathan Ahern a t 1-256-368-8109.
Update from Living River

While Living River is not able to have summer camp sessions this year, we welcome individuals and families who are looking for a day-trip or overnight adventure. Of course, everyone will follow state or county guidelines in place regarding COVID19. Living River is open weekdays from 7:30 to 3 for folks wanting to hike, picnic, kayak, canoe or fish. We ask that you email at least 24 hours before you plan on coming so we can make sure there will be someone to open gates. Contact Jenny at the same email address for information on overnight stays. We look forward to seeing our PSL friends at the river this summer!
More Updates from The Insurance Board

In light of the recent events of civil unrest, our loss control team is providing resources for churches to use as guidance for protecting their ministries.

Below are links for additional resources for COVID-19. The new loss control material focuses on different phases of re-opening and specifically returning to church services.

For additional resources on COVID-19, please visit our page:

In our Prayers

Please keep Presbytery Stated Clerk, Rev. Tom Winter in your prayers as he continues chemotherapy treatments.
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...

Please be in prayer for the mission of our congregations, our presbytery and our mission partners overseas.

Pray for peace in Congo and the safety of our mission co-workers. Jeff and Christi Boyd.

If you would like to support our mission co-workers, click the link below and type in their name. You will be led to their personal page with more information on their mission story and how to give.


Sue Westfall
Transitional Presbyter

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Patrick Harley
Birmingham UKirk Minister

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator


First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
Minister of Music

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa seeks a Minister of Music who will develop and guide a vibrant music program under the pastor’s direction and in consultation with church leadership. The person who fills this position should have demonstrable musical gifts on the piano and organ, preferably, or on either, and be conversant in traditional hymns, modern gospel music, and contemporary praise music. Attendance and participation in weekly rehearsals, Sunday morning worship, and special services are required. This opportunity is a part-time position (approx. 5 to 7 hours per week), and salary is negotiable, dependent upon experience and ability. Please send cover letter and resume to Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3535 Stillman Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; Attn: Elder Bettye Colbert, Personnel Committee.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330