Rev. Leah Ellison Bradley has been called to the new position of Director of Alum and Church Relations at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Bradley, who in some ways has been “called back” to LPTS, will begin shaping this new position on August 21.
Bradley, an LPTS alum (MDiv ‘97), served the Seminary as Director of Annual Fund and Alum Relations from 1997-1998. She is returning to the Seminary after nine years as Senior Associate Editor with Presbyterian Women (PW) at the Presbyterian Church (USA) Center. In that position, she helped interpret the mission and message of Presbyterian Women, particularly as an editor of Horizons magazine, coordinated services and resources for PW, networked and developed relationships to promote PW, and represented the organization in collaborative projects throughout the denomination.
“I am impressed by Leah’s deep commitment to the Church, through her service as a denominational and ecumenical leader and local pastor, as well as her passionate advocacy for Louisville Seminary,” affirmed President Dean K. Thompson. “She comes to us with the skills and graces that will benefit greatly the deep relationships we have and hope to build with congregations and Seminary alums.”
As Director, Bradley will be responsible for the overall operational administration of activities related to the Alum and Church Relations program. Her goal is to extend the outreach and visibility of Louisville Seminary locally, regionally, and nationally, while also playing a significant role in building long-term philanthropic support and advocacy among LPTS alums and church constituents.
“When we began to retool this position, Leah Bradley’s name emerged immediately,” said Dale Melton, Associate Vice President for Seminary Relations. “The job description could not have matched better—interpret, coordinate, network and build, and represent Louisville Seminary. We are excited about the possibilities for Louisville Seminary and for the Church.”
As a Minister of Word and Sacrament, Bradley is a member of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois. In addition to earning her Master of Divinity degree from LPTS, she also earned her Bachelors degree in theatre from Southern Illinois University and enjoyed a brief career as a news writer and reporter and as a commercial copywriter and on-air talent for radio stations in Illinois and Missouri.
“I have a passion for communication in all its forms, and enjoy the challenge of crafting a message and determining the most effective means for sharing that message with others,” said Bradley. “Louisville Seminary has played such a pivotal role in my life and my call to ministry. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to give something back.”