On October 28, 2016, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary announced the winners of the seminary’s 2016 Faithful Steward Award. This year’s winners are Second Presbyterian Church and Highland Presbyterian Church, both in Louisville, Kentucky, and Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The Faithful Steward Award is presented to individuals, organizations and congregations who are examples of generosity and dedication to the mission of Louisville Seminary through faithful support and advocacy.
Second Presbyterian Church – Louisville, Kentucky
The first buildings of the Louisville Seminary campus were built on land donated by one of the Second Presbyterian Church’s members, the church’s pastor, Dr. Charles Hemphill, who served as the seminary’s president from 1910 to 1920. Second Presbyterian continues to share Louisville Seminary’s belief that educated ministers are essential to the future of the church. In 1995, Second Presbyterian established the Second Presbyterian Church Chair of Christian Education at Louisville Seminary. Most recently, the church has funded full-time yearlong internships for Louisville Seminary students to serve in small congregations that otherwise would not be able to support such a resource. Second Presbyterian’s pastor, Steve Jester, as well as the church’s associate for congregational care, Lynn Gant March, are on the seminary’s President’s Roundtable. Former seminary president John Mulder is also on the church’s staff. Twelve current and former seminary trustees are affiliated with Second Presbyterian as are several seminary employees and alums.
Highland Presbyterian Church – Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville Seminary currently holds two endowed chairs affiliated with Highland Presbyterian: the William A. Benfield, Jr. Chair of Evangelism and Global Mission, which was established in 1987 in honor of Benfield who served the church faithfully as a pastor, church leader, educator, ecumenist and evangelist; and the Henry P. Mobley Chair of Doctrinal Theology, which was established in 1994 to honor Mobley, also a former Highlands pastor, for his long, distinguished ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Thirteen current and former Louisville Seminary trustees are affiliated with Highland Presbyterian as well as many Louisville Seminary employees and alums. Highland’s pastor is Cynthia Campbell, former president of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Independent Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, Alabama
In 1995, Independent Presbyterian Church established the Henry Morris Edmonds Chair of Pastoral Ministry at Louisville Seminary in tribute of Edmonds’ long pastorate at the church and his progressive leadership as a pacifist and civil rights activist. Edmonds was a Louisville Seminary alum (BD 1907). The professorship was designed to help train seminarians in the many practical functions of ministry including preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care and administration.
The Joan M. and William F. Edmonds Scholarship was established in 2015. Joan and William Edmonds, who is the son of Henry Edmonds, established the tuition scholarship in his father’s honor. Independent Presbyterian’s current and former pastors, Bill Carl, former president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Conrad Sharps respectively, are Louisville Seminary alums and a former trustees.
“Over the years, Louisville Seminary has celebrated strong and meaningful connections with these three congregations,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “They understand that stakes are too high for there not to be theologically well-educated leaders and ministers, and we are grateful for their advocacy and support.”