Lauren Mayfield will serve as Chapel Worship Coordinator at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and will become a key part of nurturing the spiritual and vocational formation of students through their involvement, practice, and leadership in worship. She will begin her position in the 2012-13 academic year.
Currently, Mayfield is Director of Worship for The Riverside Church in New York City, where she supervises all aspects of the church’s weekly worship services: planning, liturgy design, volunteer recruitment, bulletin and script creation, and clergy participation. She also serves as liaison between five clergy, the music director, and the lay Worship Commission.
Mayfield earned degrees from Samford University (BA), where she majored in religious studies and minored in Women's Leadership Studies, and Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv) and has done additional graduate coursework at Yale Divinity School and in United Church of Christ (UCC) polity coursework at New York Theological Seminary. Mayfield grew up in a Baptist church, and during the last ten years has served in Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Mennonite Churches. Currently, she is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ.
As the Chapel Worship Coordinator, Mayfield will provide leadership in planning and carrying out worship activities for the regularly scheduled weekly chapel services and assisting with the occasional services that occur through the year, such as the fall Edwards-Presler Lectures, the spring Festival of Theology, Alum Reunion, and Baccalaureate Services. In consultation with the Chapel Coordinator, the Student Coordinators, and the Chapel Ministers group, Louisville Seminary’s chapel services are designed and led by students, faculty, administrators, and staff with equal opportunity to preach and lead the liturgies.
“As Lauren helps to facilitate the individual and collective worship life of the Seminary community, her gifts – her unique religious background and her ministry experience at the historic Riverside Church in NYC, which attracts members from over 40 denominations and prides itself as an interdenominational, interracial, and international faith community – promises to enrich our life together and advance the Seminary’s commitments to diversity and personal, spiritual, and social transformation through worship,” said Dr. Dianne Reistroffer, moderator of the Christian Life Committee and current Faculty Chapel Coordinator.
The Louisville Seminary community gathers three days each week for worship, to which the public is invited to attend. A variety of types of worship are offered including contemporary, morning prayer, multicultural, Taize, feminist, and gospel liturgies, reflecting the Seminary’s diverse student body and recognizing the variety of worship in the world. On Friday, faculty members preach, and the Lord's Supper is celebrated.
Mayfield will move to the Louisville community in the summer, along with her spouse, Tyler Mayfield, who has been called as Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Seminary.
Many sermons by faculty, administrators, and guests, are recorded, and audio or readable PDF files are available for download on the Chapel Sermons page.
Worship is further enhanced by the spiritual symbols of faith in the art and architecture of the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel, including its beautiful stained glass windows which remind all worshipers of God's call to communicate the Gospel throughout the world. For a transcript of a panel discussion on the art and architecture of Caldwell Chapel, select the following link: Art & Architecture of Caldwell Chapel