Columbia Friendship Circle began when the spouses of two seminary professors encouraged other Atlanta wives to contribute one dollar each to help the seminary. From that small group, Columbia Friendship Circle has grown to include all who participate in the Presbyterian Women’s organizations throughout the synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters. Churches from other denominations are also welcome to join.
Their mission continues today in three ways:
*Pray for the students, faculty, staff, and all members of the seminary community
*Encourage men and women to consider Christian ministry
*Provide financial assistance through selected projects that help meet the seminary’s needs
In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.
For questions, information, or brochures, email Valrie Thompson.
“I am deeply thankful for this scholarship, as it has come at a time of great need. Both Karen and I are full-time seminary students and this scholarship will greatly assist us in the pursuit of our education and answering God’s call for ministry. I am also deeply grateful for the kindness and hard work of the Columbia Friendship Circle in their efforts to provide this scholarship to support seminary students in their academics and their ministry. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”
Zak is a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church in Commerce, GA. His family is currently attending North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Zak graduated from Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA with an A.S. in Education. He then transferred to Piedmont College in Demorest, GA and graduated with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Teaching in Secondary History Education. Before coming to Columbia Seminary, Zak worked for four years as an educator in the Commerce, GA City School District. He is married to Karen with four children: Walker (11), Ellie (9), Noah (5), and Drew (4).
“Thank you very much for the generous scholarship. It is an honor and a blessing to my family and me. I will certainly not forget your generosity when I am in the position do the same for others.”
Sam is under the care of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and is a church planter and campus minister with Atlanta oikos. His home church here since 2014 is Shalom International Ministry.
He served with honors as an officer in the South Korean army for 8 years and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Myungji University and a B.A. in Theology from Presbyterian University. He lives with his wife Huynsun Kweon and 3 daughters: Seongryeong Kim (10), Taehui Kim (8), and Gloria Kim (4).
“I am incredibly grateful for receiving the Columbia Friendship Circle Scholarship, as it has provided the time and space for me to spend more time with my wonderful family, as well as my studies. I have been blessed to receive this gift from God and I am grateful for the Columbia Friendship Circle.”
Paige’s home church is First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA. After graduating from the University of West Georgia in 2000 with a B.A. in International Economics, she worked for a telecommunications company and later an automobile moldings company. After taking some time off to be a new mother, Paige was called to be a middle school youth advisor at her church and fell in love with serving the church. Her role grew into becoming the Middle School Youth Director which she has done for the past 8 years. Paige is married to her husband Aaron, and together they have three daughters: Lauren (13), Olivia (11), and Charlotte (8).