Advent prayer

Gracious light who shines in the darkness Source of fresh water in the deserts of our lives Sustainer of spirit, intellect and practice Assurance of the not-yet that is yet-to-be Re-newer of our weary vision We gather in this season of watchful waiting Invited to savor our community As a child seeing life through fresh eyes Who is in awe at the sources of creation Who wonders at our capacity for nourishment May we discover how the rough places have been smoothed and will be smoothed... Read More

Dr. Gillett installed as Seminary’s 17th president

Lexington, Ky., Dec. 5, 2011 – Observing that hope “is more than wishful thinking,” the Rev. Dr. Charisse L. Gillett called upon all those who work in and alongside Lexington Theological Seminary to support its efforts to meet the needs of students and congregations at her service of installation as the Seminary’s 17th president Dec. 4. “We must embrace a new narrative for LTS as we integrate and cultivate what we do in the classroom with our realities in the church…as we take... Read More

Lexington Theological Seminary names new Vice President

LEXINGTON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT Lexington, Ky., Nov. 9, 2011 – The incoming Vice President of Advancement at Lexington Theological Seminary says that having a committed alumni base is a key component to the success of the Seminary, its students and the congregations they serve. Mark Blankenship joins the Seminary Nov. 15. In his most recent position, Blankenship is Associate Vice President for Advancement and Associate Vice President for Alumni Programs at... Read More

Face to Face: Tomeka and Peter

Lexington Theological Seminary students Tomeka, a licensed minister, and Peter, a recent Barton College graduate, talk about the Master of Divinity program at... Read More

Alumni/ae notes

1949 Edsel F. Pugh  was recognized by the Norwood (OH) Christian Church on the occasion of his 65th ordination anniversary on August 15. 1955 Carl R. Flock  celebrated his 60th ordination anniversary on August 15 at First Christian Church, Birmingham, AL.  Recognition was given during the worship service and a luncheon afterwards. 1958 J. Donald Graham of Berea, Ky., was married to Frances Crawford on May 14. 1972 Edd Spencer completed the final section of hiking the Appalachian... Read More

Trailblazing is a ‘piece of cake’

“I tell God, ‘You pick ‘em up, and I’ll put ‘em down,’” the Rev. Edd Spencer is heard saying (referencing his feet) to a fellow Appalachian Trail hiker in a YouTube video filed under the heading “Piece of Cake.” Spencer started hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1996, beginning in Georgia, and finished in August in Dalton, Mass. in August. Along the way, Spencer has enjoyed looking out in some areas along the trail and seeing only “what God has made, not what we have... Read More

Picking up the pieces

The howling storm. The sirens. Then throat-tightening fear in the moments after, when words would not come. Lexington Theological Seminary alumnae Jill Cameron Michel and Fay Barnes Blevins minister at separate Disiples of Christ churches in Joplin, Missouri, but in a moment, they found their lives and ministries intertwined as an entire community found itself in crisis. Michel, a 1998 graduate, is the pastor at South Joplin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Married to Jim, Michel... Read More

Picking up the pieces: Fay Barnes Blevins

I am the senior pastor of First Christian Church, Joplin. I ask people to call me "pastor," or "Fay" or whatever as long as it's nice. This is my first call out of seminary. First Christian Church is the typical downtown church in small-city U.S.A. We have a long history of 135+ years, planting several other churches around town in that time, and now figuring out what God is calling us to do in this time and place. I am the first female pastor and the previous pastor retired after 29... Read More

Picking up the pieces: Jill Cameron Michel

I am pastor at South Joplin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Married to Jim Michel, I have two children: Cameron and Teegan and two step-children: Katy and John. South Joplin Christian Church was founded in 1903.  We average just under 100 in worship.  It is a congregation that although largely a traditional, mainline congregation, has been doing intentional work seeking God’s vision for the future. On the day of the tornado my family was hosting the youth group at our... Read More

Creating community

Michael Junkroski was a church musician and a full-time business owner/operator in Florida when voices within–and without–began urging him to consider going to seminary. “People in the congregation and my pastor approached me and said, ‘You’d make a good minister.’  The idea of going to a school where I could learn more about that and become someone who could minister to the ills of the world was extremely appealing,” Junkroski said. “But I have a business with my brother... Read More