Seminary Snapshots:
The Alum Newsletter of
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May/June 2020
We continue to be separated, but we are always together in the presence.

In keeping with guidelines and other information provided by our state and city governments as well as by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will resume in-person operations for all employees beginning Monday, August 3, 2020. Essential employees will continue to work on site as needed. In all instances, social distancing guidelines should be followed.When in-person operations resume in August, all employees are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing guidelines however possible. 

Details about the return to campus for students, including the incoming class, are being developed by the Office of Student Engagement. Such details will be made available as soon as possible.
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On Saturday, May 16th, 2020, 28 students graduated from LPTS in a very non-traditional virtual commencement ceremony. The class included five students who received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, one who received a Master of Arts in Religion, 11 who received a Master of Divinity, and 11 who received a Doctor of Ministry degree. Of those students, nine also received a Certificate in Black Church Studies, and two received a Certificate in Educational Ministry.
Highlights of the Virtual Ceremony include a musical performance by graduate Jemicah Stephens (M.Div. '20), and a commencement address by President Alton B. Pollard III. You can watch the virtual ceremony in its entirety here.

Leading up to the celebration, graduates, faculty and staff, alums, friends, and family shared memories, well-wishes, and gratitude in a special 2020 Commencement Facebook group. Featured in posts were some very special and creative awards from faculty. These awards were evidence of how well the LPTS faculty knows and loves their students! Peruse all these "honors" on the FB group here.
This spring brings a number of comings and goings at LPTS.

At the end of May, we bid farewell to:
Bryant Carter
After nearly 43 years of service, the seminary's longest serving employee will join his brother Bobi in retirement at the end of May. If you know or remember Bryant, you can imagine how much his expertise, positive attitude, and genuine joy will be missed on campus.
Pat Cecil
After 22 years of distinguished service as VP, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, Pat will officially retire on May 31st, 2020. We wish Pat and his family well!
Dr. Carol Cook
At the conclusion of the academic year, Dr. Cook was recognized as the Harrison Ray Anderson Professor Emerita of Pastoral Theology. Read more.
On June 1st, we'll welcome...
Angela Traylor
Angela Traylor
to her new role, succeeding Pat Cecil as the VP of Finance and Administration. A CPA, Angela has served the seminary as Controller since 2014 and has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. Read more.
And on July 1st, we'll also welcome...
Rev. Dr. Debra Mumford
to her new role as Academic Dean. Dr. Mumford has been part of the LPTS faculty since 2007 and has most recently served as the Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Money Matters for Ministry program. Read more.

(We'd be remiss without a well-deserved nod to Steve Cook who has valiantly served as Acting Dean--as well as his roles as Registrar and Associate Dean--for two years, pending Dr. Mumford's appointment. Thank you, Steve!)
Marsha (Lynn) Mayes-Burton (MDiv '14)

 Q: What is your current vocation or position? Social Work Case Management/Counselor

Q: What do you like most about your work or ministry? Working with individuals who are unable to advocate for themselves

Q: What is your favorite memory of your time at LPTS? My favorite memories at LPTS is sitting in the Winn Center studying with my cohort – particularly Hebrew and HCE.

Q: If you could take one thing with you on a desert island what would it be?  It’s not a thing but a person. I would take my husband (he will protect and provide for me).

Q: What's your idea of a great day? Sitting in the recliner with a good book. A good storm would add to it.
Anita Coleman
The E.M. White Library will remain closed until August 3. Details about online services are available  here, and you can follow their blog, "With Much Love," here. For help with any of the library's resources, email If your inquiry isn't answered within a day or two, reach out to any library staff directly. You can find staff email addresses here.
We want to hear all about it!

Let us know about your achievements, milestones, family, awards, publications, new calls, anything! Submit a class note online, and we'll share them here and in the MOSAIC.

Steffanie M. Brown (M.Div. '01) is the Director of Prospect Research and Advancement Services at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, effective April 2020.
Dr. Gregory West (M.Div. '81) completed a Diploma in Anglican Studies at Bexley Seabury Episcopal Seminary in Chicago on May 15, 2020. Dr. West is semi-retired from a 38-year practice in emergency medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and pediatric emergency medicine. Additionally, he has been a licensed lay reader and preacher for 10 years at Christ Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where he has conducted services, preached, and assisted with pastoral care and Christian education.
In Memoriam

Rev. Edgar P. ("Sonny") Shackelford (BD '61) - March 28, 2020 - Knoxville, TN

Dr. James W. Tinsley, Sr. (M.Div.'51, D.Min. '75) - April 2020 - Mt. Pleasant, SC

Rev. Dr. Paul Currie (M.Div. '56) - May 2, 2020 - Caruthersville, MO

Rev. Dr. Timothy H. Duncan (M.Div. '83) - May 7, 2020 - Columbia, SC
Andrea Stevens, JD
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