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Columbia Seminary Announces 2009 Rural Ministry Scholars


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Decatur, GA— Ten pastors, including one from Canada, have been selected as 2009 Rural Ministry Scholars at Columbia Theological Seminary. Philip Blackburn, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, IL Edwin Cooley, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Canadian, TX Tim Florence, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, NJ Eddie “Sammy” Hodges, pastor, Remlap United Methodist Church, Remlap, AL Jeanette Mater, pastor, McVeytown Presbyterian Church, McVeytown, PA Wayne Owens, commissioned lay pastor, Elkhorn Niobrara Valley Parish, Atkinson, NE Sharon Acton Shuler, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, FL David Teel, pastor, Concord/Oak Grove United Methodist Churches, Oxford, AL Morgan Whitefield, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Donalsonville, GA Susan Woodhouse, pastor, Port Lambton Pastoral Charge (Wilkesport, Port Lambton, and Sombra United Churches), Ontario, Canada Along with Bonnie Orth, the 2009 Rural Ministry Fellow, the pastors are part of the planning team for the Strengthening Rural Ministry Conference, on the Columbia campus September 22-24. 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). 

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