Rev. Kidwell to Receive 2014 Presidents Award

Lexington, Ky., June 16, 2014 – The 2014 President’s Award for outstanding service and ministry will be awarded to the Rev. Gary Kidwell, longtime chairman of the Lexington Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. President Charisse L. Gillett will present the award to Kidwell at the 148th commencement ceremony June 20 at Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington.

The President’s Award was established to recognize outstanding service and ministry on behalf of the Seminary by an individual, congregation or organization.

Kidwell served as board chair from 2008 to 2013, working tirelessly as an advocate of the Seminary’s mission. An alumnus of LTS, Kidwell is president of the Christian Church Foundation, which helps supports the work of Disciples congregations or other church-related ministries. The Foundation also is devoted to helping Disciples congregations and entities receive bequests and planned gifts and become good stewards of the gifts they have received.

“Rev. Gary Kidwell has been a guiding voice for Lexington Theological Seminary through some of the most critical transformations in the Seminary’s recent history,” Dr. Gillett said. “His deep love for LTS, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends is apparent in the ways in which he has lived out his commitment as both a leader and a servant of the LTS mission. We are thankful for his service and friendship.”

Kidwell is also a graduate of Campbellsville College in Campbellsville, Ky. He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Christian Church Foundation, Kidwell worked with the Board of Church Extension, serving as a general consultant and vice president of field services. He launched Twin Pines Christian Church in Lexington as a new church pastor/developer. He is also a former pastor of Walton Christian Church in Walton, Ky. In 2006, he received the “Somos Uno” award for Distinguished General Church Executive during the 13th National Hispanic and Bilingual Assembly.

He and his wife, Judy, have two adult children living in Dallas, TX, and are members of Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind.

In its inaugural year, 2012, the award was presented to LTS alumnus and former Vice President Dr. James M. Wray, Jr. In 2013 the award went to Luther and Blanche B. Coggin, who established the Blanche B. Coggin Endowment at LTS.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.