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

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

Inauguration of Charisse L. Gillett, 17th President of LTS

The Board of Trustees of Lexington Theological Seminary cordially invites you to the Inauguration of Charisse L. Gillett. Where:  Central Christian Church in Lexington,KY When: Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. RSVP: Sonny Wray at or (859) 280-1245 by Nov. 18 View or Print the Formal Invitation for the Inauguration of the 17th President of Lexington Theological... Read More

Lexington Theological Seminary: Face to Face

Hear from our students, in their own words, as they describe the impact the new model is making in their lives. First we hear from Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, a student from... Read More

Students awarded independent scholarships

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 16, 2011 – Thanks to the generosity of churches and individuals from regions across the U.S., several Lexington Theological Seminary students received independent scholarships to assist with expenses related to their studies for the 2011-12 academic year. Vernie Bolden of Roanoke, Va., and Amanda Sorenson of Lexington, Ky., received scholarships from Washburn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Washburn, Ill., led by the Rev. Patricia Jones, an alumna of the... Read More

Interim library director brings unique perspective to her work

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 8, 2011 – With graduate degrees in theology, divinity, religion and women studies, as well as library and information studies, Lexington Theological Seminary’s new interim library director brings a unique understanding to her role at the helm of the Bosworth Memorial Library at LTS. Dolores Yilibuw joined the Seminary in July, taking the reigns from Barbara Pfeifle, who retired after 16 years at LTS. Former roles as a Bible translator and translation officer for the... Read More

Lexington Theological Seminary names new president

In a special meeting this morning, July 7, Lexington Theological Seminary Board of Trustees named Dr. Charisse Gillett the Seminary’s 17th president, effective Sept. 1. "Dr. Gillett brings vision and energy for leading LTS with its innovative approach for preparing men and women for congregational ministry. She brings a unique combination of experiences with higher education, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and LTS. Her demonstrated leadership abilities, her strategic and... Read More

It’s About Time

Growing up in San Diego, the idea of serving a congregation in Ashland, Kentucky, was nowhere on the path Jacque Parlato mapped out for herself. She attended church with friends from time to time, but it wasn’t until after she finished her undergraduate degree in New York state that she became consistently involved in the life of a congregation. Her parents had moved to Ashland, Ky., to establish a medical practice, and Jacque agreed to help. That was nearly two decades ago, and in... Read More