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Three students named Magee Fellows

Three Lexington Theological Seminary students have been selected as 2014 Magee Fellows to the Kentucky Council of Churches October 24-25 assembly on Restorative Justice.

  • Pamela Pettyjohn, who is scheduled to complete the Certificate of Pastoral Studies program at Lexington Theological Seminary in September, and begin the M.Div. program at LTS in October. She currently serves as an Associate Minister at First Christian Church in Louisville (Disciples of Christ). Her past involvement in refugee ministries and current work with community ministry and prison/re-entry ministry inform her interest in ecumenism and justice.
  • LaVeeshia Pryor, an M.Div. student at Lexington Theological Seminary. Community Holy Week worship services have been an ecumenical inspiration for her. She wants to learn how restorative justice practices help local communities and what role churches can play in that.
  • Joseph Pusateri, an M.Div student at Lexington Theological Seminary and pastors Simpsonville Christian Church where he collaborates closely with Baptist and Methodist congregations. He brings a special passion for social justice and prison ministry and looks forward to exploring the philosophy of restorative justice more deeply.

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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.

M.Div. student and pastor’s light shines

LTS M.Div. student Joey Pusateri is letting his light shine brightly.

He entered the program at LTS with a strong sense of calling – to what or why he didn’t know.

Since then, he has become part of a prison ministry, and from there, the pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church.

He recently was honored as a 2014 Magee Fellow by the Kentucky Council of Churches. As a fellowship recipient, he will attend the KCC Assembly on Restorative Justice Oct. 24-25.

Pusateri is also one of three pastors – one, Pusateri, Disciples of Christ; one Baptist; and one United Methodist – who came together to found the Salt and Light Festival, which occurred in their community of Simpsonville, Ky., in August.

In a feature story by the Sentinel-News, http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/festival-unity, Pusateri spoke of the importance of unity.

“It shows that while there are reasonable differences between our three congregations – we come from different traditions and histories – what’s most important is enough to keep us bound together, and we are glad to be able to do that in a public way,” he told the newspaper. “This event is meant to let the people know that we are here and listening, and eager to respond to the needs of God’s children as the hands and feet of Christ. I think it shows that we are more interested in what unites us than what divides us.”

Read more of Joey’s story of his calling here: http://www.lextheo.edu/2011/01/extreme-experience-for-lts-student/

 

Ainslie Named Assistant to Dean

Deena Ainslie, the former project assistant for the Seminary’s Conversations on Finances and Stewardship program is now assistant to Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Weis.

Ainslie has also served LTS as an assistant to President Charisse L. Gillett prior to her work as project assistant for the program, which is funded by a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.

Ainslie is a Murray State University alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Additionally, she is experienced in the fields of business and finance.

Stump a Scholar? Sumney featured on Patheos

Think you can stump a scholar? No question is too tough or too radical (this IS the Bible after all — a tough, radical book) for our new Stump a Scholar series at Patheos Progressive Christian. Every week, Patheos brings in experts to tackle your questions.

BC_JerrySumney_bioThis month, Patheos is focusing on the Bible and invited Jerry L. Sumney, professor of biblical studies at Lexington Theological Seminary, to be our resident scholar. Sumney is the author of Colossians: A Commentary (2008) and Identifying Paul’s Opponents (1990). He is also the editor of Reading Romans (2012) and the coeditor of Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters (1996) and Paul and Pathos (2006). He’s also the author of the brand new Bible: An Introduction, Second Edition from Fortress Press, a dynamic interactive digital textbook for learning about the Bible on your own.

Tyler to Join Seminary as Mentoring Program Coordinator

Preaching at Regional AssemblyLexington, Ky., Aug. 27, 2014 – Former Christian Church in Kentucky moderator Tanya J. Tyler joins Lexington Theological Seminary Sept. 1 as coordinator of the Mentoring Program.

The Rev. Tyler was moderator of the Christian Church in Kentucky from 2008-2012. She has served on the Steering Committee for the Process of Discernment of Racism in North America for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, is a member of the Board of Directors for Chalice Press (currently vice president), Christian Care Communities and the Christian Church Foundation, and also serves on the Committee on Ministry for the Christian Church in Kentucky.

Tyler is a 2006 graduate of LTS and a 1981 graduate of Rockford College (now University) in Rockford, Illinois. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she has served churches in Burgin, Smithfield, and London, Ky. She is the founding pastor of Chalice Christian Church, a new church start established in London in 2012.

She previously worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper and is a freelance writer and editor whose articles have appeared in Disciples World and Just Women magazines, as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul. She was chosen as Kentucky’s delegate to the 2012 Women to Women Worldwide trip to China.

Tyler follows the Rev. Jan Ehrmantraut, a former pastor and Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Kentucky. Ehrmantraut retired Aug. 31 and plans to spend more time with her growing family.

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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.

Traditional, contemporary, or renewed?

“Traditional” or “contemporary” worship? How about “renewed” worship?

 

Lexington Theological Seminary’s webinar workshop series for church leaders continues Sept. 6 with “Renewing Worship” by Dr. O. Wesley Allen, LTS Professor of Homiletics and Worship.

 

Many churches focus solely on the issue of musical tastes or liturgical styles in relation to worship. In this webinar, Dr. Allen will offer a different model to shape congregational conversations about the evaluation and renewal of worship, regardless of whether worship is “traditional” or “contemporary.” The webinar is oriented toward groups in a congregation involved in planning and leading worship, such as worship committees, worship teams, choirs, praise bands, staff, and laity.

 

The webinar is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants may attend online ($10) or on campus ($15). Gather a group at your church, go online, and let Dr. Allen kick-start a new conversation about how to serve God better in your worship services and how to make the service more meaningful and relevant for the community of faith.

 

Register online at http://www.lextheo.edu/2014/07/renewing-worship-dr-allen-september-6th/ You also may contact Dr. Bill Turner, Director of the D.Min. Program & Continuing Education at LTS, at (859) 280-1253 or bturner@lextheo.edu. Instructions for online participants will be sent upon your registration. Once you’ve paid the $10 fee, you are welcome to gather a group of church members or friends to join you at no extra cost.

 

“Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn and grow!” says Dr. Turner.

 

Webinar and workshops at Lexington Theological Seminary are made possible by a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation in Indianapolis.

 

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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.

Help! I’m a Sunday School teacher!

Are you a reluctant Sunday School teacher? Or enthusiastic but unsure how to proceed? We can help!

Whether you were born to be a Sunday School teacher or just got roped into it before you could say, “No,” this webinar is for you, Oct. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Claire Bischoff, Adjunct Professor of Religious Education at LTS, will help you feel assured that you are just the right person for the job by equipping you with practical ideas to face some of the most daunting aspects of teaching, including:

  • Creative ways to pray with your class
  • Tried and true methods for beginning discussion (and keeping it going)
  • Insider tips for group management
  • Fresh ways to engage scripture – and more!

“This would be a great way to strengthen your church’s program of Christian Education – and a great time to round up your Sunday School teachers for a helpful and inspiring webinar,” says Dr. Bill Turner, Director of the D.Min. Program & Continuing Education at LTS.

You may participate either on campus ($15) or online ($10) by registering on the seminary’s website (http://www.lextheo.edu/category/events/) or by contacting Dr. Turner at (859) 280-1253 or bturner@lextheo.edu. Online participants will receive instructions for logging on upon paid registration. Once you’ve paid the $10 fee, you are welcome to gather a group of Sunday School leaders and/or church members to join you at no extra cost.

Webinar and workshops at Lexington Theological Seminary are made possible by a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation in Indianapolis.

 

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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.

Fall Lay School – September 2014

JESUS’ MIRACLES FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

  • September 6, 13, 20, and 27 – 9:00 am until Noon
  • continental breakfast starts at 8:30
  • Cost is $75 per person for the four sessions.

Many Christians follow Thomas Jefferson’s lead on how to deal with the miracle stories of the gospels from the perspective of a scientific world view: we essentially delete them from our Bible. But the sheer number of them in the gospels shows how important they were for the early Church’s understanding of the person and works of Jesus as the Christ. In this Bible study, Dr. Allen will lead us through an exploration of ways to interpret the stories in which Jesus offers miraculous healing to those who are sick, possessed, or disabled as having significant theological meaning for Christians in our own day and age.


Register



LTS Class of 2014 Marks New Page in Seminary’s History

Lexington, Ky., June 20, 2014 – Lexington Theological Seminary’s class of 2014 turned a new page in the Seminary’s history and in their own lives as they crossed the stage at Crestwood Christian Church today at the 148th Commencement.

The move from the old campus to the new was complete as LTS President Charisse L. Gillett conferred graduate and terminal degrees including Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity, with some students receiving certificates in ministry.

In an effort to more efficiently use the Seminary’s resources and to better focus on its mission – to prepare students for ministry – the Seminary in December moved from its home for the past 65 years on S. Limestone to the modern Lexington Green Circle complex. The Seminary plans to remain there during the transition from the old campus while considering what sort of permanent campus the institution will need going forward.

Today’s graduates are the final class to have completed their education at the S. Limestone site, but they are among the first to also study via the online delivery of many classes as they were immersed in the practice of ministry at churches and outreach ministries around the nation. Some students were bi-vocational – for example, working as a school secretary or a bookkeeper by day, ministering and studying by night and weekends. Others are longtime pastors who wanted to complete their education and enhance their ministry skills.

The class of 2014 includes:

Beth Ann Rupe, Moline, IL, D.Min.

Julia C. Cory, Chillicothe, OH, M.Div.

Tomeka Camille Jacobs, Frankfort, KY, M.Div.

Sarah Elizabeth Kingsbery, Charlotte, NC, M.Div.

Laurie Ann Metzko, Mantua, OH, M.Div.

Jacquelin Eileen Parlato, Ashland, KY, M.Div.

Nancy E. Zink, Smyrna, DE, M.Div.

Kim Gibson, Prestonsburg, KY, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Darlena Carol Wieger, Shepherdsville, KY, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Steven Todd Willis, Hot Springs, AR, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Lee Ann Higgins, Mount Olive, NC, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Peggy L. Pepers, Mesa, AZ, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

The Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Pastor and President of the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ), delivered the keynote address. The President’s Award went to outgoing Board of Trustees chairman Rev. Gary Kidwell, and the Congregational Partner award went to Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville.

On Thursday, graduates were honored for their academic achievements. Award recipients are:

A. J. Whitehouse Pastoral Care Award – Laurie Metzko

George V. Moore Field Education Award – Laurie Metzko

Hal & Evelyn Watkins Field Education Award – Tomeka Jacobs

Sharyn Dowd Biblical Studies Award – Nancy Zink

W.A. and Billie Ruth Welsh New Testament Award – Jacque Parlato

Newton Fowler Ethics and Society Award – Laurie Metzko

Ronald Graham Senior Symposium Award – Julia Cory

Riley Montgomery – Carol Wieger

Robert & Linda Cueni Homiletics Award – Sarah Kingsbery

Richard Pope Church History Award – Sarah Kingsbery

Kitchen-Adams Pastor/Scholar Award – Beth Rupe

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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.

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.