Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. worship service January 17 at 6 p.m. in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel, located on the Seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road). The public is invited to attend. The event, entitled “God's Work through Unity,” will bring together those from the Seminary and the larger community in order to celebrate Dr. King, the Civil Rights leader whose birthday is recognized nationally this month.
The Rev. Jacqueline King, pastor of Stoner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Louisville, Ky., will be the guest preacher. The service, planned and coordinated by the student-led Women at the Well organization, will include singers representing various Louisville churches, including Cane Run Baptist Church. Seminarians will also share historical readings reminding participants of the journey from slavery to segregation to the present.
“We hope this year’s service will honor history, thank God for the present, and encourage all of us to live in Unity,” said Seminary student Sonja Williams, a member of Women at the Well and one of the worship planners.
The Rev. Jacqueline King has served in the preaching and teaching ministry for more than 17 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University, her Master of Science in Education from the University of New Haven, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale University. At Yale, she served as the pastor of the Black Church at Yale for two years. Following graduation, she was appointed to St. Luke Christian AME Zion Church in Boston, Mass.
Since her arrival to the Stoner Memorial congregation five years ago, King has served as chairperson of the Kentucky Conference Budget Committee and as the Conference Director of Evangelism in the AME Zion Church. She has served as Vice President for the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition of Louisville, as a member of the NAACP, and is a graduate of the Focus Louisville 2006 Leadership Class. As an extension of her ministry, she partners with The Balm in Gilead AIDS Ministry, Parkway Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, and the Jefferson County Youth Detention Center.
“We are so excited that Rev. King will lead our service,” said Williams. “She is a woman of faith and believes in the practical application of God’s word to everyday living. Her motto is ‘Now, the Just shall live by faith.’”
Women at the Well is a network of support and sisterhood for women at Louisville Seminary and the broader community who are preparing for or serving in a variety of ministries. The organization is open to individuals who share a commitment to provide an open, safe space that promotes the strength of women (everywhere) and to assist other women of varied diversities economically, spiritually, and in overall total well being.