Class of 2008 Prizes and Awards
Karen Ware Jackson
The James T. and Celeste M. Boyd Book Fund Award is given to a Master of Divinity student who, in the judgment of the faculty, would be a good steward of a theological library and has demonstrated a desire through studies to build a personal theological library.
Karen Ware Jackson is from Corpus Christi, TX, and holds the B.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She has accepted a call to be the associate pastor at Covenant church in Columbus, OH.
Libby Shannon, a native of Bonita Springs, FL, holds the B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She is seeking a call under care of Peace River Presbytery.
Elizabeth Thonney, who is from Ithaca, NY, holds the B.A. from Cornell University in her hometown. She is a Latin teacher at Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin, MA.
The William Rivers Waddey Award Fund was established by Walter and Cecilia Waddey in memory of their son, William, who was an active and vital part of the youth program at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. The fund supports an award given to a graduating basic degree student possessing extraordinary gifts for youth ministry and pursuing such a call in the church.
Phil Brown, of Estes Park, CO, holds the B.A. from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Phil is serving as associate pastor to youth at St. Lukeís church in Dunwoody, GA.
Kathryn Threadgill is from Fairhope, AL, and holds the B.A. from Montreat College in Montreat, NC. She is serving as associate pastor to youth and young adults at Westminster church in Greensboro, NC.
The Ludwig Richard Max Dewitz Old Testament Studies Award is a cash award given along with a copy of the Hebrew Old Testament to the basic degree student who prepared the best Old Testament exegesis during the academic year. A judging committee of professors of Old Testament nominates a person to the faculty for election.
The Paul T. Fuhrmann Book Prize in Church History
This prize was established in 1962 by an alumnus of the seminary to honor the late Dr. Paul T. Fuhrmann, former professor church history. The cash award is made annually to the student who has shown the most outstanding achievement in church history.
The Columbia Friendship Circle Graduate Fellowship, given to an outstanding graduate, recognizes superior academic achievement and provides support for further study.
Sara Hayden, of Overland Park, KS, holds the B.A. from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She is a hospice chaplain through Emory University Center for Pastoral Services.
The Wilds Book Prize is Columbiaís highest academic honor, given annually to the graduating student selected by the faculty for having the highest academic distinction throughout the Master of Divinity program.
The Anna Church Whitner Memorial Fellowship is given periodically from a legacy left to the seminary in 1928 by the late William C. Whitner of Rock Hill, SC, in memory of his mother.
Buz Wilcoxon, of Fairhope, AL, holds the B.A. from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. He was ordained by South Alabama Presbytery on May 31 and is serving as associate pastor for youth, young adults, and mission at Fourth church in Greenville, SC.
The Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of St. Andrew Preaching Award is a cash prize given for the best sermon preached by a student during the academic year.
Marci Glass, of Decatur, GA, holds the B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She has accepted a call as pastor at Southminster church in Boise, ID. She was ordained by Santa Fe Presbytery August 16 and began her ministry at Southminster on September 2. Glassís sermon is on page 17.
The William Dudley Award Fund is given to a Master of Divinity graduate who has shown significant achievement, interest, and commitment in the area of evangelism and church growth.
Sharon Junn, originally from Duluth, GA, holds the B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and is doing CPE residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
Charles Reed, from Wilmington, NC, holds the B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He is serving as pastor at Warm Springs church in Warm Springs, VA.
The Harold J. Riddle Memorial Book Award is given to a Master of Divinity student who has shown high distinction in the field of pastoral care, especially with terminally ill patients.
Catherine Neelly is from Anderson, SC, and holds the B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She is a pastoral resident at Central church in Atlanta, GA.
The Toms-McGarrahan Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of Christian theology. The award is given in honor of the Rev. Russell Toms, a 1951 graduate of Columbia, and his daughter, Eunice McGarrahan.
Michael McLaughlin is originally from Knoxville, TN, and holds the B.S. from the University of Tennessee. He has accepted a call as pastor of First church, Manchester TN.
The Columbia Leadership Award is presented to a Master of Divinity graduate who shows promise of providing outstanding leadership to the church and who demonstrates unusual leadership qualities as well as spiritual depth and integrity.
Emily Zeig, of Sterling Heights, MI, holds the B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI. She has accepted a call as pastor of First church in Waterford, PA.
The Harvard A. Anderson Fellowship was established by the Rev. and Mrs. Harvard A. Anderson of Orlando, FL. The fellowship is awarded to the graduating student determined by the faculty to have the greatest potential for future academic achievement.
Daniel Webb, originally from Brentwood, TN, holds the B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He will be attending Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, doing MTS graduate studies.
The Fannie Jordan Bryan Fellowship was established through a generous legacy left to Columbia by the late Mrs. Fannie Jordan Bryan of Columbia, SC.
Greg Sims is from Nashville, TN, and holds the B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He is serving as the Southeast field organizer with Bread for the World, covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Emily Smith, from Pauline, SC, holds the B.A. from Davidson College. She is director of Christian education and family life at Cannonís Campground United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, SC, and hopes to begin further graduate studies within the next few years.
The Emma Gaillard Boyce Graduate Fellowship was established by the Rev. David Gaillard Boyce, an alumnus of the seminary, in honor of his mother. It is awarded to a graduating senior or clergyperson who enrolls in a graduate program of music and/or worship.
Catherine Schreiber, of Dunwoody, GA, holds the B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is completing her CPE residency at a hospital in the Atlanta area.
The James and Clara Terry Fellowship was established by Desert Ministries and is given to a graduating senior who demonstrated excellence in practical theology and has a high potential for parish ministry.
Jaehong Kim, of Seoul, Korea, holds the B.A. from Mercer University in Macon, GA. He is pursuing ThM graduate studies at Columbia.
The Columbia Graduate Fellowship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated exceptional academic ability. The fellowship may be applied to any advanced degree beyond the Master of Divinity.
The Florrie Wilkes Sanders Prize in Theology is given by the family of Florrie Wilkes Sanders of Atlanta, GA. A cash award is given to the student presenting the best paper showing sound theological scholarship and relevance to the needs of Christian people in the contemporary world. Special attention is given to papers relating theology to the education, professions, and avocations of laypersons.
Steven Hernandez, originally from Waco, TX, holds the B.A. from Baylor University. He is pursuing an advanced degree in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.
Read Hernandezís paper online at www.ctsnet.edu. Go to News & Publications, then Vantage.
The Indiantown Country Church Award was established by the family of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Stuckey in their honor to highlight the work of ministry in churches in rural areas. The cash prize is awarded annually to a student who has done outstanding work in the summer in a rural ministry.
Robin Humphreys, of Raleigh, NC, holds the B.S. from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is doing a CPE residency in Atlanta.