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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.


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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.

 

Beargrass Christian Church Honored as Congregational Partner

Lexington, Ky., June 16, 2014 – Lexington Theological Seminary’s 2014 Congregational Partner Award recipient is Beargrass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Ky.

Since 1966, Beargrass Christian Church has funded a generous scholarship to assist ministerial students. Since that time, over 70 students have received the award including Jan Ehrmantraut, former Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky; LTS Lilly Grant Director and local church pastor Kris Bentley; Christian Church in Kentucky Associate Regional Minister Linda Jones; former Week of Compassion Executive Director Johnny Wray, and Clark Gilpin, former dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago.

Current scholars include Anna Hope Curwood, Joseph Pusateri, Steven Straub, Vernon Bolden and Julia Cory.

Dr. Leigh Bond, Beargrass Christian Church Senior Minister, and Leslie Geoghegan, LTS Trustee and advancement committee chair, will receive the award at the 148th commencement ceremony June 20 at Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington.

“Beargrass Christian Church has been a faithful partner in ministry with Lexington Theological Seminary through congregational care of our students in their ministries,” Dr. Gillett said. “We are thankful for their generous gifts of finances, time, resources, teaching and partnership in the process of equipping students for ministry.”

Past recipients are Crestwood Christian Church (2012) and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Frankfort (2013).

For more information about Beargrass Christian Church, visit http://beargrass.org/

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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.

Edwards Featured Speaker at 148th Commencement

Lexington, Ky., June 12, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Pastor and President of the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ), will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 148th graduation service on Friday, June 20, at Crestwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington.

Dr. Edwards offers an energetic and unique perspective of transformational ministry from both the broader Church as well as the congregational level.

“His experiences will no doubt serve to inspire meaningful words of encouragement to our graduates as they prepare for ministry as freshly-equipped leaders in the church,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, LTS President. ”We are pleased Dr. Edwards will be able to join us as the 2014 Commencement speaker.”

Prior to the past 10 years as Regional Pastor and President, Dr. Edwards served as Associate General Minister and Vice President in the Office of General Minister and President. He served as pastor of the Disciples Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Disciples Center was a unique joint ministry of two congregations.

Dr. Edwards served as Executive Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church of Memphis, Tenn., the largest congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with a membership of 8,000 members. He was also Senior Associate in the Center for Congregational Growth and Vitality, a division of Homeland Ministries.

Dr. Edwards has served as Interim Pastor of First United Christian Church in Xenia, Ohio, and East Second St. Christian Church in Lexington, Ky. He was associate minister of University Park Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind.

An Ohio native, Dr Edwards is a graduate of Hiram College, Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

The Seminary’s graduation service will take place at 10 a.m. as 12 students will be conferred graduate and terminal degrees including Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity, with some students receiving certificates in ministry.

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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.

Upcoming Events at LTS

For more details or to register for an event, please check for the event registration on the events page.

LTS Golf Scramble
June 6

Webinar
June 7 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lifting Your Congregation from “Good to Great” – Re-Framing Church
Growth in the Missional Era with Rev. Matt Rosine

LTS Homecoming
June 19

Commencement
June 20
Crestwood Christian Church, with the Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Minister of The Christian Church in Ohio, delivering the commencement address.

On-Campus Intensives (for students)
June 20-29

Webinar
October 11 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Help! I’m a Sunday School Teacher? with Dr. Claire Bischoff

Board Welcomes Kirkland and McManis as New Trustees

Lexington, Ky., March 28, 2014 – The Lexington Theological Seminary Board of Trustees welcomes William Kirkland and the Rev. Elizabeth McManis, both of Frankfort, Ky.

Elizabeth Gilbert McManis is a lifelong Disciple of Christ. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s of Public Affairs from Kentucky State University, completed all but her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Kentucky, and earned an M.Div. from Lexington Theological Seminary. As a lay person, she co-created and implemented Elders’ retreats at National City Christian Church, Baltimore region; Kingsway Christian Church, Memphis, Tenn.; and Mt. Sterling Christian Church. At First Christian Church in Frankfort, she has served as a deacon, an elder, and chair of the board, as well as chair of numerous committees, co-creator of Small Group Ministries, and director of Lay Ministry.

She served Kentucky state government as: Executive Director of the Office of Public Employee Health Insurance, Deputy Commissioner in the Personnel Cabinet, Director of Administration and Financial Management for Dept. for Mental Health Mental Retardation, Director of Finance for the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Director of the Community Development Block Grant Program in the Department of Local Government.

Following her retirement from State Government, McManis answered her call to ministry and was ordained upon completion of her M.Div. She served the Pleasureville Christian Church as Minister, First Christian Church in Frankfort as Associate Minister, and Arlington Christian Church as Interim Minister.

William D. Kirkland is an attorney and partner in the firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland. He is a Centre College graduate with a B.A. in Economics and holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Kirkland attended Lexington Theological Seminary for professional study from 1977 to 1979.

Kirkland practices general litigation in the areas of insurance defense, administrative law, contract law and commercial law. He also frequently handles wills, trusts and estates along with related issues of guardianship and conservatorship. He also works with contractors and vendors in the areas of state and local procurement law and construction disputes. He frequently handles administrative litigation involving state and federal agencies.

He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and state government attorney and has devoted much of his time to pro bono activities, including several years as a former chair of the Frankfort Housing Authority and the Paul Sawyer Public Library, Vice Chair of the Frankfort Arts Foundation, and as a member of the boards of many organizations, including the Frankfort

YMCA, Governor’s Task Force on Education, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Kentucky State Historical Society, and South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, where he currently attends and has served as an elder, deacon and Sunday School teacher, among other roles.

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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.

Webinar series

Here’s a great opportunity for church leaders, church groups, Sunday School classes, and more! A webinar series you can attend online or on site in Lexington. Register online and get full details here:  http://www.lextheo.edu/webinars-workshops-for-church-leaders/

Financial Impact on Ministry Team Grows

Ainsle Financial Impact on Ministry Team GrowsLexington, Ky., Jan. 24, 2014 – Lexington Theological Seminary’s work to improve the economic well being of future pastors will include team member Deena Ainslie.

Ainslie, who previously worked as an assistant to President Charisse L. Gillett, will serve as project assistant, beginning in February. The program 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. Prior to her recent relocation to Lexington, she worked with Union County Public Schools in Morganfield, Kentucky.

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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.

LTS Tour of Turkey and Greece: Ephesus

House Room Fresco 2 1024x685 LTS Tour of Turkey and Greece: EphesusOur group is well into their tour of “Churches of the Revelation and the Footsteps of Paul” in Turkey and Greece. The latest post describes their journey to Ephesus.

Read more at:

http://lextheo.blogspot.com/