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Bulletin The Newsletter of Lexington Theological Seminary

Fall 2012 | Vol 48, No. 3

A call and an answer Laurie, a Master of Divinity program student from Ohio, shares her story of her call to ministry and her journey with LTS

During my teenage years, I was

very active in the church and served in many ways. I loved teaching Sunday school and mid-week Bible study. As I participated in these capacities, I felt I had something to offer and that I was being led down a path of leadership. I felt that youth ministry was my calling, so I planned to go to a Bible college. As life would have it, I turned down a different path that led far from those plans. I married and had a son by

the time I was eighteen, and five years later I was a single mother, struggling to provide for myself and my son. As time passed, I met my current husband, and he was a wonderful addition to our lives. However, when I introduced him to my childhood minister, we were met with disapproval. I was devastated! Now, I was no longer worthy. My faith withered that day. I knew

then that I could never go back to church, and I certainly felt as though God would not accept me, either. Several years later, a friend persistently asked me to join her at the local Disciples of Christ church she attended. Reluctantly, I went so that she would stop inviting me. Little did I know this little country church would change my life forever.


Inside: Matching Gift Challenge met • 2 | Alumna’s Legacy • 7 | New faces at LTS • 3


On the map: Through the online program, LTS students come from across the United States. Dr. Charisse L. Gillett

Working together The mission of Lexington Theological Seminary is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ and, thus to strengthen the church’s participation in God’s mission for the world. LTS’ online, congregation- based model for theological education provides access to students previously called to ministry but unable to respond to that call. This year the seminary admitted 65 new students from 23 states and 10 faith traditions. They represent a partnership with 22 regions in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). New and continuing students serve 53 congregations as part of their academic program. LTS values our partnerships with these congregations and regions which in part enables the seminary to fulfill its mission in the 21st century. We are also grateful for the partnerships of the faithful stewards and trustees who helped to launch the $50,000 Ministry and Mission matching gift Challenge. I am pleased to report that because of your partnership, the challenge was a success! (See page 5 for more.) While there is much to celebrate– an increase in enrollment and gifts, and the addition of talented faculty, staff and trustees to help us accomplish our mission–there is much work to be done. LTS needs your support to identify students for our programs, to contribute to the annual fund campaign and to help teach students the rhythms of pastoral life. I invite your feedback and look forward to hearing from you in the coming months.

(continued) I began to rebuild my faith and found myself serving in leadership roles, including youth director. Once again, I felt a nudging. Thinking that the nudging was to be a counselor, I returned to college and graduated Cum Laude from Hiram College in 2008. Still, something wasn’t quite right. It was not until a very good friend and minister asked the question: “Have you ever felt called by God?” that the pieces started to fall into place. I could not help but notice subtle “hints” that kept returning so insistently. Yet I did not understand to where these “hints” were leading. I was married with two sons, a family business and a career; I could not possibly step into ministry now. My husband and I went on a mission trip to New Orleans with six people from our church. My minister and I had lots of time to talk. I kept telling him it was too late for me to go into ministry: I was too old, I had a career, I could not move and there were no seminaries around us. This whole idea of “called to ministry” was just crazy! One night, Diana, the chaplain at the mission house where we stayed, told her story. At some point I felt an uneasiness come over me. It was Diana I was listening to, but the words coming out of her mouth were mine. Her story was my story! I wanted to run but had no polite and discreet way to excuse myself. I sat there listening in disbelief, feeling as though God

was saying through Diana, “See, you CAN do this!” At the first opportunity, I bolted out the door of the mission house, tears streaming down my face. It was at that moment, in the middle of a field in New Orleans that I stopped running. I dropped to my knees and surrendered to God, still not knowing how this was going to work, yet knowing it was what I was supposed to do. After that mission trip, I began to discern how I was going to be faithful to that moment at the mission center. How could I gain the education I felt was so important? The closest seminary affiliated with the Disciples of Christ was LTS, six hours away in Lexington, Kentucky. Much to my surprise, they were implementing a new M.Div. program – ONLINE! It was my answer to God’s call. I did not have to move. I did not have to quit my current job. I could stay right here and answer God’s call! I am now in my third year of the program at LTS, and I continue to be amazed at all that has transpired the last three years. I am a Commissioned Minister, and I have never been more certain that I am right where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing. I will be forever grateful to the visionaries at LTS for creating a program that is an answer for so many of us. I believe LTS will continue to help many future ministers answer God’s call and provide an outstanding education for each one that “enters their doors.” LTS God is good, all the time!

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Rountree joins Institutional Advancement team Kathy Rountree, Advancement Assistant and Database Manager, joined the LTS advancement office in July. Kathy provides leadership for stewardship, fundraising and “friendraising” operations. Specifically, Kathy will oversee the individual, alumni and church records. Kathy brings a wide range of experience in educational fundraising, marketing and institutional advancement. Kathy worked in corporate development for Kentucky Educational Television, where she established a successful record of promoting KET’s award-winning programs. Kathy began her professional career in advertising and sales at the Lexington Herald- Leader, where she served for 20 years. Prior to joining LTS, she was director of marketing for Schrader Commercial Properties. Kathy, a native of Lexington, is a member of Woodland Christian Church, as are many members of her family. We welcome Kathy and the variety of skills she brings to the Seminary’s institutional advancement program.

New adjunct faculty join Seminary this fall An alumna of Lexington Theological Seminary and vice-chair of the LTS Alumni Association, the Rev. Kris Bentley is pastor of Arlington Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and has served as a clergy conversation partner in online courses at LTS. This fall she will teach course LM579, Women and Ministry. Dr. Claire Bischoff is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received her doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta. A specialist in religious education, her dissertation studied explored ways that communities of faith might better nurture young women into adulthood. Her research interests include narrative

pedagogues and digital storytelling; young adults, popular culture and faith formation; and parenting and faith formation. She writes a weekly blog for Spirit, a lectionary-based resource for youth groups. In 2012-2013 she will be teaching all four LF required courses and an elective. She lives in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Charles Bowie has taught ethics at Vanderbilt University, American Baptist College and Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University, from which he also holds the degrees M.A. and MTS. His dissertation was titled “Can These Bones Live: A Phenomenological Exploration of Images of the Black Church.” He will teach IB550, Ethical Forms, and IB551, God and Science: Introduction to Issues in Biomedical Ethics, as well as a 600-level elective in ethics. The Rev. Dr. Donald Gillett holds the M.Div. degree from McCormick Seminary and the D.Min. degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. He is the senior pastor of East Second Street Christian

Church in Lexington, KY. He is the chair of the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served on boards of numerous other regional and national organizations. While at East Second Street Christian Church he has compiled a strong record of success in securing grant funding for ministries and projects of the church. He brings this experience to teaching LM573, Funding Special Ministries. The Rev. Dr. Jeanyne Slettom is the director of the Process and Faith program at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University. She holds the M.Div. degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and the Ph.D. degree from Claremont Graduate University. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she serves as a part-time pastor and has taught historical and constructive theology at United and Claremont, most recently in two online courses. She will teach an elective on process theology and IF555, “One Bread, One Body:” Theology of the Church.


In Memoriam Edsel F. Pugh, ‘49 June 12, 2012 Maralyn J. Hendrickson, ‘53 June 19, 2012 Hardin E. Akeman, ‘64 June 21, 2012 Billy Williams, Friend June 21, 2012 Ronald A. Reinhardt, ‘62 July 30, 2012 John Rood, Friend August 20, 2012

Alumni/ae notes 1955 Ken Coy and June observed double celebrations this past June: Their 60th wedding anniversary and Ken’s 60th anniversary of ordination to ministry. Both events took place a week apart in June 1952. Northwest Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio, held a reception celebrating Ken’s ordination. Recognition plaques were presented by LTS and The Christian Church in Ohio for which Ken serves as a regional elder. 1983 Martin S. Field was officially seated as 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri on March 6 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City. 1990 Debra Wallace-Padgett was elected a bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in July. She becomes the fourth bishop elected by the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.


2002 Julie Richardson Brown co-edited It’s Not All About You, the third installment in Chalice Press’s “WTF?: Where’s The Faith” series. The book is a series of essays for and by young adults exploring what it means to live a life committed to serving others. The book was released in May of 2012. Julie serves as Team Minister for Youth Ministry for the Christian Church in Indiana. 2003 Heather Waltz Simpson has been called to Central Christian Church, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to be the Senior Minister. 2006 Elizabeth McManis completed her call as Associate Minister, First Christian Church, Frankfort, Ky., on April 30. She had previously served Pleasureville Christian Church for eight years. Send your updates to

Takin’ it to the links GOLF SCRAMBLE 2012

Kentucky Regional Minister Greg Alexander takes his first swing of the day. The winning team was Team 8, sponsored by PNC Bank: Bill Howell, Brian Burton, Jason Lee and Scott King.

Above, President Charisse Gillett, center, is flanked by LTS Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Kidwell, left, former LTS President Robert Cueni, and alumni David Blondell and Phillip Williams. Left, Jon Webb holds his swing. Webb is a member of Central Christian Church, where LTS alumnus Dr. Michael Mooty is the senior minister.


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LTS family rises to the challenge

Can we count on you?

Joey Pusateri, M.Div. student

Mission & Ministry $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge



The Lexington Theological Seminary community has risen to the challenge, surpassing a $50,000 matching gift offer leveraged this spring. A group of stewards and trustees said they would match qualifying gifts, up to $50,000, received by July 31, the end of the Seminary’s fiscal year. Donors contributed $69,284 to the Mission and Ministry Matching Gift Challenge. Combined with the matching offer, the total raised was $119,284. “The support of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and congregations across the country make it possible to both mentor and challenge our students who desire to serve the church,” said Dr. Gillett. “It allows us to fulfill our mission to

prepare faithful leaders for the church, and we offer heartfelt thanks to our partners who continue to support us in this endeavor.” Enrollment continues to grow in the new, congregationbased online program, where students learn the rigors of pastoral life in accredited classes as well as at ministry sites. LTS students are supported and held accountable by a mentor, covenant group and others who participate in the formation of the student for ministry. Interested donors may contact Mark Blankenship in the Office of Advancement and Development at (859) 280-1245. Make your gift online at

Going the (twenty)2nd mile At press time, an LTS team was scheduled to compete in the Susan Bradley-Cox Tri for Sight Triathlon, which includes swimming 800 meters, biking 18.5 miles, and running 4 miles. Making up the team, from right to left, are: Chief Financial Officer Laura Davis (running), professor Emily Askew (swimming), and information technology director Ben Wyatt (biking). In August, our facebook friends submitted suggestions to name the LTS team. The winning name was “There’s No App for This.” Said Wyatt, “While there were many good names to choose from, we thought this best reflected our use of technology and the challenge of competing in a triathlon.”


Appreciation Gifts In memory of...


In honor of...

Larry McWilliams Don and Stephanie McLaughlin

Dave Alexander North Middletown Christian Church

Walter D. Bingham Mrs. Ethel M. Bingham

James A. Moak Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Charles Bell Rev. Jeff W. Bell

Charles “Bud” Brooks Mrs. Peggy Ann Brooks Frank and Michelle Brown

Jane D. Morgan Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Cathy P. Brown Dr. Donald and Dr. Charisse Gillett

Joe & Eva Nevius Mrs. Eva N. LaRue

Wayne Bell Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone Bethel Christian Church Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Bill Bingham North Middletown Christian Church

M. Tim Browning Dr. and Mrs. John R. Browning

Roscoe M. Pierson Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Carey Carter Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins

Richard Pope Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Bone

Erin Cash North Middletown Christian Church

John Chenault Palina Hurst

Gladys Scheer Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

David Clark, Sr. Dr. Donald and Dr. Charisse Gillett

Basil Childress Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Anthony L. Dunnavant Ezra L. Dunnavant Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone Newton “Fig” Fowler Mrs. Joy Flowers L. Coleman Games Mrs. Katherine Veech Games

John Schweitzer Mrs. Katherine Veech Games Howard E. Short Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone Dolores Van Nostrand Carter Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Nunnelly W.Henry & Cassandra B. Veech Mrs. Katherine Veech Games

Dana Bly Horan Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Bales

Rev. Billy Williams Don and Stephanie McLaughlin Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Thomas Liggett Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Dr. and Mrs. H.T. Wood Mr. Steve D. Wood

Sharyn Dowd Rev. Anne Elizabeth Gregory Jim Fritz Margaret Ann and Paul Evans Charisse Gillett Michael and Beth Goins Michael and Katherine Kinnamon Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone Colette D. Lane Ms. Rachel Smith Childress Mike McColl North Middletown Christian Church

Emmett Earl Long Ms. Vivian Lafferty

Robin Varner Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins

Mr. & Mrs. John Mains, Sr. Ed L. and Evolyn Mains Allen

Dr. Sharon R. Warner Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone

Rev. Dr. Robert L. McVicar Mr. and Mrs. John F. McVicar

Lorraine Wells Mrs. Elaine Lackey Buckmaster

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Sonny Wray Rev. Jeff W. Bell Rev. and Mrs. Charles F. Brumley Rev. Joseph Bryan Mrs. Joy Flowers Rev. Peggy A. Garnaat Michael and Beth Goins Jim and Lynn Hazelrigg Rex and Carol Horne Rev. and Mrs. William H. McDonald Pablo and Janean Sias Fulton Stone Richard Weis and Barbara Rogers PHOTOS BY CHARLES BERTRAM/COURTESY OF THE LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Sonny & Donna Wray Dr. Donald and Dr. Charisse Gillett Gifts given on the occasion of the retirement of Sonny Wray Fannie M. Ashley Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Bare Rev. Henry J. Bevel Steve Cranford and Myrna Jones Jan and Curt Ehrmantraut Rev. and Mrs. Terry L. Ford Roland W. and Phyllis D. Jones Rev. and Mrs. Gary W. Kidwell Rev. Heather McColl Dabney E. Parker Phil and Loris Points Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Redmon Lynda Woodard Mrs. Dorothy Wray Rev. and Mrs. Terry L. Zimmerman David J. Yonker John and Sarah Yonker John Yonker Sarah Yonker

A living Legacy LTS alumna Esther Hurlburt, pictured above, wanted to create an affordable, comfortable home for women in the twilight of their lives. Her vision came to fruition with the completion of the Legacy Home, owned and operated by the non-profit Lexington Cooperative Ministry Inc. It is designed for up to five women ages 60 and older, who are able to care for themselves. The handicapaccessible home was built from two separate houses, now remodeled and connected by a sunroom/breezeway. It contains a small library, living room, community room, laundry, large kitchen and off-street parking. The rent is $425 a month, including utilities and WiFi.



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