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"

The Presbytery's Spring Stated meeting will be this Thursday, May 18th at Independent Presbyterian Church. Click here for more information about the meeting with links to register and zoom.

We Couldn't Have Done it Without You

Thank you all so much for being a part of our Trivia Night Fundraiser!! We were able to raise: $2,745.00! It was a fun-filled night and we can't wait for you to join us again next school year! A special thank you to our round sponsors: Thank You Books, Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, and Independent Presbyterian Church.

Keep an eye out for upcoming news from UKirk Birmingham coming this summer.


Donate Here

General Presbyter Brings Greetings to Riverchase Presbyterian

Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall and Rev. Robert Emerick

On Sunday, April 30, 2023, The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley's General Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall brought greetings to Riverchase Presbyterian Church on their 40th anniversary. After the worship service everyone enjoyed an ice cream/cake social in the Fellowship Hall. A good time was had by all.

NEW Matthew 25 resources:

Where Does Jesus Stand?: Exploring Five Spiritual Practices to End Poverty, May 23, 2 p.m. (ET)

Since you already know about the PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 vision and have been requesting additional resources, on May 23 we will be offering the first of three programs in our new 2023 online workshop series on the Matthew 25 main foci. The May 23 workshop will focus on eradicating systemic poverty. Gather with Presbyterians — across the country and around the world — to share and learn five spiritual practices (worship, learn, relate, act and share) as well as resources and activities that Presbyterians engage to end poverty. Walk away with practical tools and ideas for next steps! Facilitators will be national staff and mid council leaders who sit on a monthly PC(USA) Matthew 25 consulting team on eradicating systemic poverty. Advance registration is required by clicking here


NEW! Adaptable PowerPoint templates are now available on Matthew 25! Click here (and then click on or scroll to “Matthew 25 PowerPoints”) to view templates for an overall Matthew 25 overview presentation, or options for theological insights into building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty. (These resources are not currently available in Korean or Spanish.)

Pentecost CANpaign 2023

The Presbytery's Pentecost CANpaign for 2023 is beginning. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. From May 28 to July 30, your church can collect cans of food (or money) to give to your local hunger program. All the food or money goes to the organization your church chooses. Each dollar donated counts as 1 can 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 7.

Clergy Leadership Conference

I hear many of you express longing that our presbytery make an impact on our state. Faith in Action Alabama is an ecumenical, statewide community organizing initiative that is doing just that. I urge you to join me at this conference as we strategize and mobilize the churches of our state to raise their collective voice for equity and justice in our state. 

Register Here

Registration Deadline: May 30

Looking for Hosts! 

The Stated Clerk, Jay Wilkins, is wondering if there might be interest in restoring the practice of clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery. We would need congregations that might host regional gatherings. Imagine clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery to support each other in our responsibilities, and to swap minutes and registers to be reviewed while we are together. I need your help in restoring this practice by volunteering to host clerks and moderators in their area. The practice was to gather on Saturday mornings, though other times might work. Give this some thought and be in touch with me about your interest at [email protected]

The 2023 Habitat for Humanity House

The Birmingham area churches in the Presbytery will sponsor a Habitat for Humanity House for this year, 2023. Construction will begin on Thursday, September 14, 2023. We will find out where the house will be built and which family we are building for in August.

Volunteer work days are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Volunteers do not have to be knowledgeable about construction (although it helps). There will be plenty of jobs to do: digging, helping frame walls, painting, nailing, pulling nails out because you bent them, installing siding and lots more.

Please set your calendars for this fall and help a family get affordable housing. And, you may meet this family as they work on their house.

Selma Disaster Relief-Funding

Many of you generous people have asked how to help out in Selma. The January tornado destroyed 250 houses and damaged 350 more. The Dallas County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) has been set up. It will coordinate the recovery work in Selma.

Funds are needed to finance the rebuilding effort. We recommend giving to the Black Belt Community Foundation. The BBCF has two disaster funds set up: the Communities Helping Communities Fund (which aids all the Black Belt counties affected by the tornadoes) and the Selma Rebuild & Recovery Fund (which helps the Selma area). The website to go to is: Then click on the Selma Rebuild & Recovery Fund to help Selma.

You may contribute online by credit/debit card or by PayPal. Network for Good is administering the collection of the donations. It charges a 3% fee per donation.

You may also donate by check. Make the check payable to Black Belt Community Foundation, and in the bottom left corner put Selma Rebuild & Recovery Fund. BBCF charges 5% per donation for its administrative costs. Mail the check to:

Black Belt Community Foundation

P.O. Box 2020

Selma, AL 36702

More information will be posted as things develop during the recovery work.

Mark your calendars for


Presbyterian Women’s Conference

July 12-15, 2023

“Sacred Encounters”

The Power and Presence of Jesus

Christ in Luke-Acts

Dr Olive Mahabir

Bible Study Leader

Spring Hill Presbyterian Church

10 Westminster Way

Mobile, AL 36608


View the flyer


Cahaba Lily Adult Retreat


Living River

May 19-21

Some exciting retreat highlights:

  • Friday night's keynote with Beth Stewart the Executive Director of Cahaba River Society, 7:00 pm.

  • A Saturday morning Beginner Birding Outing, 9:30 am

  • An excursion to visit the Cahaba Lilies, 10:30 am

  • Scot Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Diversity and Executive Director of AL Audubon, 4:00 pm

Click here to register for the full retreat. If you're unable to join us for the full retreat, but you're interested in joining us for a specific meal or session, please RSVP here.

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!!

Newsletters, Bulletins, News

Prayer Concerns

Pat Goodman for the death of her Mother.

Rev. Richard Hanna for recent hip surgery.

Rev. Joe Slane's wife Beverly


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]


[email protected]

Jay Wilkins

Stated Clerk

[email protected]

Linda Burrowes

Recording Clerk

[email protected]

Jean Russell


[email protected]

Ralls Coston

Volunteer Mission Coordinator

[email protected]

Pat Goodman

Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

[email protected]

James Ephraim

Volunteer Liaison for

African American Churches

[email protected]

Interim Campus Minister,

Bama UKirk

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL is seeking an Interim Campus Minister for the ‘23-’24 school year. Following the departure of the Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry, FPC is looking for an experienced, nurturing self-starter who can minister to the UKirkers of the University of Alabama in a time of transition. Both full and part time candidates will be considered based on abilities/availability. Click here for job description. Send inquiries to Rev. Michael Bailey [email protected].

Position Description

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





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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