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Columbia Seminary Announces 2009 Rural Ministry Fellow


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Decatur, GA— Bonnie M. Orth has been selected to receive Columbia Theological Seminary’s 2009 Rural Ministry Fellowship. She is pastor of Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church and pastoral care coordinator of the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Amsterdam, NY. Besides her work in the community, Orth is a consultant with the FaithTrust Institute, an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. She serves on the board of Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association and with the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network, and she works with Women Walking Together, an organization that offers workshops on domestic violence throughout Central America. A graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Orth holds a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Russell Sage College. Before entering ministry, she worked in healthcare and had her own healthcare consulting company, BONMED. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Russell Sage College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The Rural Ministry Fellowship allows Orth to attend several Lifelong Learning events at the seminary during 2009. She also serves on the planning team for the Strengthening Rural Ministry Conference, September 22-24 on the Columbia seminary campus. For details about the conference go to > Lifelong Learning > Special Programs. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). (end)

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