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Columbia Theological Seminary Announces Distinguished Service Award


Decatur, GA.— At its annual Alumni/ae Association meeting on April 19, Columbia Theological Seminary presented the Distinguished Service Award for 2005 to the Rev. Dr. Jefferson Aiken, Jr. Aiken, a 1969 graduate of Columbia, was selected as one of two graduates who are recognized each year for outstanding Christian service in ministry. Dr. Aiken has served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, NC; Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC; and First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, SC. Since 1992 he has been senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. During his pastorate, each one of these churches has showed significant growth and renewal in their mission. Aiken also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown; on the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Philadelphia; and the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes, Inc. in Pennsylvania. Wherever he has lived, Jeff has been active in community affairs, having received two Governor’s Awards for Community Service, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, and the Rotarian of the Year award. In addition, he has chaired or served as president of his local United Way, Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Chamber of Commerce. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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