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Louisville Seminary's 164th Commencement is May 13

Apr 23, 2018

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will celebrate its 164th Commencement. The Commencement exercises will take place at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville (3701 Old Brownsboro Road, 40207) and will begin at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s Commencement speaker is the Rev. Michael Lindvall, who is the Senior Minister Emeritus at Brick Presbyterian Church (New York City). His commencement address, “Professional?” will focus on I Timothy 5:17-18, Matthew 7:16-20, Matthew 20:16-22, and John 15:15-17.

Michael LindvallLindvall (pictured) is the author of numerous essays published in both periodicals and books.  He has written two novels: The Good News from North Haven (Doubleday, Pocket, Crossroads), which made the New York Times best-seller list, as well as its sequel, Leaving North Haven (Crossroads). He is also the author of three volumes of accessible theology: A Geography of God (Westminster-John Knox), What Did Jesus Do: A Crash Course in His Life and Times (Sterling), and Knowing God’s Triune Story (Witherspoon).

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lindvall earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1972-73, between his last two years at Princeton, he served as Student Intern Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne (Indiana) where he met his wife, Terri Smith, while both worked at the West Central Neighborhood Association.  

Following graduation from seminary, he served as Associate Minister of the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Ferndale, Michigan. In 1979, he was called to serve as Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Northport, Long Island. In 1992, he became the Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2002, he was called as Senior Minister of the historic Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, a position from which he retired in 2017.


Prior to Louisville Seminary’s commencement exercises, the seminary will hold its Baccalaureate service at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel, which is located on the seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, 40205). The service begins at 10:30 a.m. This year’s Baccalaureate preacher is Dr. Scott C. Williamson, Louisville Seminary’s Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics. Williamson’s sermon, “The Journey to a New Season,” will focus on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Williamson (pictured) joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 1997 to teach theological ethics. His passion for social justice has shaped his research interests, service to the seminary community, and civic commitment.

His research on the moral thought of Frederick Douglass was published by Mercer University Press (2001), and his research on resistance ethics was published as a chapter in Resistance and Theological Ethics, by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2004). Williamson has also published for the church. Notably, he contributed to Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, published by Westminster John Knox Press (2011).

Williamson, who is also Associate Academic Dean and Restorative Justice for Ministry Project Director, was one of three professors who first discussed the possibility of a Black Church Studies program at Louisville Seminary, and he championed the cause and shared in the hard work of building a strong program. The BCS program is now a signature feature of the Louisville Seminary curriculum.

Service to the City of Louisville has been a long-standing commitment for Williamson. Shortly after joining the faculty, He was selected by Leadership Kentucky as one of forty future leaders in the Commonwealth under the age of 40. More recently, Williamson was selected as a member of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015. Williamson has served the city as a Big Brother, a commissioner on the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, a Fern Creek volunteer firefighter, and a member of the Home of the Innocents Ethics Committee. He currently volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for children, and as an advisor for the Jefferson County Public School Board of Education, and he hopes to become a Restorative Justice Louisville facilitator.

Louisville Seminary’s baccalaureate service and commencement exercises are free and open to the public.
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