Seminary Snapshots:
The Alum Newsletter of
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March/April 2020
Presidential Reflection:
Alton Pollard III
On Monday, March 30th, students returned to online classes, and President Pollard addressed the entire LPTS community in a video statement:

"These are going to be uneven days. We are certainly beginning to understand how dreadful this present moment can be for many. . . . Lift each other up in prayer, hold one another closely in your hearts and believe that the God of our salvation is with us, not only today, but until the ends of the earth, because this is the divine promise. . . . Please be gentle with each other. Be kind and patient as we learn together."
To help our students who are facing unexpected financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Louisville Seminary is establishing a Student Assistance Fund. This fund will provide monetary aid to assist students in paying utilities, rent, gas, groceries, and other necessary living expenses. Any monies remaining in the fund after the COVID-19 crisis has ended will be used for future financial needs of students and the greatest needs of the Seminary.

With your help, we will continue to provide a caring environment and exceptional theological education for our students, now and well into the future.
Dear LPTS Alums,

The Seminary campus is quiet these days as we all adapt and learn how to live in this new -- and hopefully temporary -- normal. We know that so many of you who are pastors, counselors, chaplains, and more, are often on the front lines, calming fears and anxieties, all while still managing your own organizations and families.

In these challenging times, we hope you'll reach out and support each other, and share both your successes and travails with your LPTS community. Post thoughts, questions, prayer requests, and videos -- or just let us know how your're doing -- on our Facebook Alum Group. Or, if you haven't already, visit and register on Alum Connect, where you can also share with colleagues, locate and network with other alums, and engage in mentoring relationships. You can even form your own groups of alums in your geographic areas, or those with similar interests or vocations. Connecting in common purpose with each other is more crucial now than ever before.

We want you to know that your Seminary is here to support you. The work you do in the world makes clear that our mission is more critical than ever. Wherever you are today, whoever you are caring for, know that your LPTS community is thinking of you, and praying for you.

Many Blessings,


Andrea Stevens
Director of Annual Giving and Alum Relations

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LPTS said farewell to a legend on January 31st. Bobi Carter retired after 39 years of dedicated service to the Seminary. Many of you likely remember Bobi for his joyful, caring, and kind personality. Bobi cannot truly be replaced, and he will be greatly missed!

If you would like to send your congratulations and good wishes to Bobi, please send them to us, and we will forward them on to him:

Louisville Seminary
Alum Relations
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Michael Erwin (MDiv '95)
Vice President

 Q: What is your current vocation or position?
  • President and Owner, Church Campaign Services
  • Pastor, Christ Church UCC, Evansville, IN

Q: What do you like most about your work or ministry?
The wide variety of people I interact with on a daily basis, working towards and achieving a Big Hairy Audacious Goal together with those people.

Q: What is your favorite memory of your time at LPTS?
Many experiences of community, probably the two most memorable were Liberation Theology with Dr. Johanna Bos and many international students, and working with Dr. Hal Warheim on the Louisville Fairness Campaign.

Q: What's your idea of a great day?
Any day with my wife, Kathy, and two daughters, celebrating the beauty and wonder of life.

Q: What's your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?
 Whisky. I was the founder of the very successful Evansville (Indiana) Bourbon Society, but Scotch is truly my guilty pleasure.  
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.

Karol Farris Schilling (MDiv/MAS ’14) married Christopher Schilling (MDiv ’13, SFTS) on August 10, 2019 in Paris, Illinois. Lynn (Hasselbarth) Horan (MDiv ’14) and Jessa (Warner) Henry (MDiv ’14) served as attendants; Mary Beth McCandless (MDiv ’16) and Lanie Sipes (MDiv ’16) served as vocalists. Several other alumni were in attendance as well. The couple resides in Bluffton, Ohio, where Karol serves as pastor of Bluffton Presbyterian Church, and Chris serves as pastor of First Christian Church (DOC) in Findlay, as well as a hospital chaplain, and a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
In Memoriam

Rev. Dr. J. Bruce Melton (BD '51, ThM '60) - 3/10/2020, St. Charles, MO
Rev. Dr. Jack R. Masters (MDiv '58) - 3/16/2020, Tipton, IN
Andrea Stevens, JD
Director of Annual Giving and Alum Relations
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