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Columbia Theological Seminary Announces Distinguished Service Awards


Decatur, GA.—At its annual Alumni/ae Association meeting on April 13, Columbia Theological Seminary presented the Distinguished Service Awards for 2004 to Albert Lamar Potts and Marilyn Roberts Washburn. The awards are presented annually to two graduates who have shown outstanding Christian service in ministry. Lamar Potts, a 1974 graduate, served as pastor of the Donaldsonville Presbyterian Church in Donaldsonville, Georgia, and then became the founding pastor of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. During his ministry, Spring Valley church grew to a membership of more than 900 members. Potts has become known as one of the senior “statesmen” of Trinity Presbytery having served as Commissioner to the General Assembly, Vice-Moderator of Presbytery, Moderator of Presbytery and the Presbytery Council, along with serving on a myriad of presbytery committees. Active in community affairs, Potts has taken stands on several difficult issues and has served as president of the local Kiwanis Club. He has also served on the Columbia Seminary Alumni/ae Council for a number of years. In his retirement, he remains active in the church and is serving now as pastor of a new church development. Marilyn Washburn, who graduated from Columbia in 1981, is a physician who uses her medical skills in a unique ministry of healing to body, mind, and spirit. In Atlanta, she serves as volunteer parish associate at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church and provides medical care for patients at DeKalb Grady Clinic in Atlanta. She also travels extensively to share her expertise in classrooms and conferences around the country. Washburn has been a strong influence in health ministries policy of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the denomination has recognized her contribution by presenting her the Woman of Faith award for leadership and service. 

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