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"

‘Can we keep her?’ brings Leeann Scarbrough into the Presbytery


Leeann Scarbrough came into the Presbytery in 1989 in answer to the question, “Can we keep her?” According to Presbytery veteran Bev Dodson, Leeann was wrapping up a 14-month internship at First Anniston when then-Presbytery-executive Bill Giles drafted Leeann to lead worship and preach at Piedmont PC. Following her first Sunday...

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Summer Camp

Register for Living River Summer Camp and apply for a presbytery scholarship for up to half the basic Camp fee! These are TWO registrations - one for camp and one for the scholarship. 

A registration link for both is found on the Presbytery summer camp web page!!

Presbytery's Winter Stated meeting is this Thursday, March 9th at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. If you plan to attend and have not registered you may do so here. Below are links for the packet and the worship folder. We look forward to seeing you in person on Thursday.


Worship Folder

2023 International Peace Conference / Birmingham

May 4-6 2023

Rotary Clubs in Birmingham, under the leadership of the Rotary Club ( Dan Stephens Exec Director) of Birmingham, has organized an International Peace Conference.  Please see link below and share with your congregation to help spread the word and encourage participation. This is a great opportunity to engage with others, form here and around the world, to discuss and discover solutions on how to create a better world.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Save the Date: September 25th-27th

Registration Opening Soon!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

We have a great line-up of inspiring plenary speakers, worship experiences, and over forty workshops to enrich your understanding of stewardship.

Newsletters, Bulletins, News

Spring Forward March 12, 2023

Living River

On March 11th, there are two ways you can join others for volunteer work at Living River! You can either join Cahaba River Society Field Programs Director Wil Rainer for a Cahaba River Paddle and Cleanup of Living River's 4.5 miles of the Cahaba River. This is a great opportunity to experience the Cahaba, spend some time canoeing, and help the environment! Please see Living River's website for more information or to sign up. 

Records of Historic Value

A message from PHS

What are records of historic value, and how does the Presbyterian Historical Society collect and preserve them? PC(USA) offices, churches, and mid councils create records every day. Some of these records are transactional, created as part of the organization’s routine business, and can be destroyed when they’re no longer of use. Other records document the deliberations, vision, and work of the church in the world. These are worth perpetual preservation. The Presbyterian Historical Society collects these records of historic value and preserves them in secure on-site and online facilities. While these records of historic value might look different for every office or body, PHS staff are trained and available to help make decisions about what records should make their way to the archives. Find out how the Presbyterian Historical Society serves as the record keepers of the PC(USA).

New Logo for Presbytery

Calling all Artists!

The Presbytery is in search of a new logo and is starting a contest for anyone that would like to participate. (the talented winner will receive a financial gift!) Please submit to Tammy three examples of your work or proposed logo's through March 31, 2023.

Selma Disaster Relief

Many of you generous people have asked how to help out in Selma. Currently we have a team of people investigating our Presbytery's best strategic approach to long term assistance in Selma. In the meantime if you wish to make a gift for the rebuilding of Selma, we recommend the Black Belt Community Foundation. We recommend this because the Black Belt Community Foundation is a coalition of all the stakeholders in the Black Belt and are more intimately aware of the needs of the region. You may donate at the website below:

Join The Presbyterian Home for Children

at The Club for a delicious dinner, live music, 

plus live & silent auctions with pre-event bidding! 

March 16, 2023 / 5:30 PM

Honoring the

Presbyterian Women 

of the PC (USA) churches of Alabama, whose faith and hard work raised the funds to build the Home 155 years ago, and whose support has never wavered.

Buy tickets

More information

In Our Prayers:

The family of Alicia Storey (Presbyterian Home for Children) upon her death

Richard Hanna, recovering well from heart surgery

Bill Horton (IPC)


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 work 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


Sue Westfall

General Presbyter

[email protected]

Tammy Strickland

Presbytery Administrator

Assistant to the Stated Clerk

[email protected]


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Jay Wilkins

Stated Clerk

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Linda Burrowes

Recording Clerk

[email protected]

Jean Russell


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Ralls Coston

Volunteer Mission Coordinator

[email protected]

Pat Goodman

Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

[email protected]

James Ephraim

Volunteer Liaison for

African American Churches

[email protected]

Grace Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa

Is in need of an Interim Pastor. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, click the link below for more information.

Click here for the job description and qualifications.

PCUSA Job Openings




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

E-mail: [email protected]

Korean document


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 - 
First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330
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