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Presidential Inauguration of Alton B. Pollard III

Whosoever: A Divine Invitation

Celebrating the inauguration of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
as Louisville Seminary's tenth president.

April 23-26, 2019

All Are Welcome

To celebrate the inauguration and installation of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III as Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s tenth president, Louisville Seminary will host a series of events that celebrates the unconditional and everlasting love that God has for all people of every creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, and circumstance. And so the Louisville Seminary Community accepts the invitation, the challenges, and the rewards of emphasizing “Whosoever: A Divine Invitation” as the foundation for engaging the world and building bridges between God and humanity.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 23

Screening of "Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story"
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Spalding University, Columbia Gym Auditorium
824 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III is a Howard Thurman scholar whose works include Mysticism and Social Change: The Social Witness of Howard Thurman and The Papers of Howard Thurman Washington Volumes I and II. This documentary, produced by Journey Films and Martin Doblmeier, features President Pollard and other scholars who explore the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. A Q&A session with Dr. Pollard and Martim Doblmeier will follow the screening. Special thanks to Spalding University for partnering with us on this very special occasion.


Building Bridges; Engaging Community
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
426 S. 15th Street, Louisville, KY 40203

How can Louisville Seminary accept the divine invitation of “Whosoever” to reach out to our often broken world? Faith and community leaders will offer their insights. Special thanks to Joshua Tabernacle for partnering with us on this very special occasion.


Wednesday, April 24

Worship Service
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Caldwell Chapel

This service will feature songs sung in multiple languages, highlighting our community’s many beautiful faith traditions. Hosted by Louisville Seminary students.

Inauguration Gala
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

All are welcome for food, refreshments and fellowship to celebrate our seminary community’s new president. Hosted by Louisville Seminary students and alums.

Thursday, April 25

Beyond the Classroom
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Winn Center

What does theological education look like in the spirit of “building bridges and engaging the world?” This reception will highlight the work of Louisville Seminary faculty “Beyond the Classroom” and celebrate the community partners who work with us to provide transformative education.

Friday, April 26

Seminary Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Winn Center

Join the Louisville Seminary community for fellowship and food provided by the New Legacy restorative justice center.

Pre-Inauguration Dinner (Invitation Only)
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

Pre-inauguration thank-you for sponsors and special guests.

Inauguration and Installation
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Caldwell Chapel

Worship, celebration and song to welcome Louisville Seminary's tenth president, Alton B. Pollard III. President Pollard will give an address, and special guests will offer words of welcome and exhortation.

Inauguration Reception
9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Louisville Seminary, Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

What’s a celebration without dessert?

Alton B Pollard III
Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
Louisville Seminary

To Register

For questions, please call 502.992.9346 or email inauguration@lpts.edu.

For Delegates

Louisville Seminary is pleased to welcome representatives from ecclesial bodies, colleges, universities, seminaries and associations who have been invited to process in the inauguration service on behalf of their church, institution or organization.

Delegates: Click here for more information.


A limited number of rooms have been set aside at Laws Lodge, which is located on Louisville Seminary’s campus. Contact Laws Lodge directly to make your reservations.

Phone: 502.992.0220

A limited number of rooms have also been set aside at Residence Inn Louisville East/Oxmoor.
Phone: 502.409.8071

* Lodging reservations must be made by March 25, 2019.

Photography & Video

Photographs and some video of inauguration events will be available within a few weeks after the inauguration events. Live streaming of the inauguration service (April 26) will be available via Facebook Live.

Communications & PR

Email Chris Wooton in the Office of Communications for information about guest speakers, information about Dr. Pollard and other media needs, or call (502) 992-9358
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