Sunday, September 15, is Theological Education Sunday in the Presbyterian Church, and we are pleased to have Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, as our preacher for that Sunday. We also want to use the focus on theological education as an opportunity to introduce you to the seven students receiving scholarship help from the church this year, all made possible by gifts earmarked for scholarships that were made to the Legacy Fund over the space of many years. Please take a minute to get acquainted with these exceptional men and women who have answered a call to ministry.
Gordon Blackman, Jr. is a member of this church in his third and final year at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This summer, Gordon completed his Clinical Pastoral Education requirement through a chaplain internship at a hospital in San Antonio, and he has just finished taking his ordination exams. This fall, he will be working with the Rev. Drs. Laura and Chuck Mendenhall at the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis in Austin in Supervised Practice of Ministry course in addition to his seminary classroom work.
Lisa Schrott and Fred Young are both students at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Lisa is a member of this church in her first year of seminary at Columbia. Lisa has already completed her New Testament Greek course this summer and is looking forward to a fascinating and challenging set of courses this fall. She will be sharing her seminary experiences with us on the Musings blog and Skyping in to the Pathfinders Sunday School class this fall.
Fred is a native of Knoxville, TN, who answered a call to ministry in 2012 after many years in the corporate world. He is beginning his second year at Columbia Theological Seminary after serving this summer as a minister intern for Columbia Presbyterian Church located in Decatur, GA. He and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their first child, a boy, in November, and they were among the first people to greet Lisa Schrott and Brian McWilliams upon their arrival at Columbia this summer.
Lukata Mjumbe is in a Masters program at Princeton Seminary after receiving his M.Div. degree this past spring. This fall, he is looking forward to taking advantage of a range of practical theology courses as well as continuing to work with Elmwood United Presbyterian Church as he prepares for the work that lies ahead for him in parish ministry, including working with the church to expand and focus its impact in the public square. He is also the Organizer of a new inter-faith organization made up of Christians, Muslims and Jews (supported by the New Brunswick Presbytery) known as the United Mercer Interfaith Organization.
Amy Wilson-Stayton is the daughter of our former associate pastors, Claude and Margaret Wilson-Stayton. Amy is in her final year at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This fall she will be finishing an internship at Central Presbyterian Church of Austin, working as the Seminary Liaison for the Young Adult Volunteer/Americorps Site at the seminary, and serving as an Instructional Aid for Elementary Biblical Hebrew.
Aaron Neff grew up in southern central Pennsylvania. Aaron is beginning his first year at Princeton Theological Seminary. Aaron graduated from college in 2010 and received a Master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis in 2012. He is currently an inquirer for ordained ministry under care of the Presbytery of Western New York. Aaron is married to Laura, his wife of one year, and he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and playing the guitar.
Joshua Gritter grew up in West Michigan and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. After Joshua finished college, he felt called into youth ministry and served as youth director for the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Washington, for the past two years. Josh and his wife, Lara, will be entering seminary together at Duke Divinity School this fall