Allen ’92 and Arnold ’66 Honored with 2018 Distinguished Service Awards

Allen ’92 and Arnold ’66 Honored with 2018 Distinguished Service Awards

February 3, 2018—This coming Tuesday, February 6, the Alumni Association of Columbia Theological Seminary will gather for its Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. This year the Association will honor two alumni with the Distinguished Service Award: Kelly Sue Allen and William V. (Bill) Arnold. The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of alumni who exemplify the ideals expressed in the seminary’s mission statement: “Columbia Theological Seminary exists to educate and nurture faithful, imaginative, and effective leaders for the sake of the Church and the world.”

Kelly Sue Allen ’92

Kelly Allen will be awarded posthumously and is remembered as a “very present and engaged pastor, inspiring with her courage, provoking and unsettling with her challenges, and comforting those suffering loss and grief.” Kelly held degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, MO (BA), Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and University of Birmingham, UK (MA).

Kelly served as pastor for First Presbyterian Church, Ste. Genevieve, MO; First Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO; St. Andrew’s United Reform Church, Buckinghamshire, England; and University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX. She also served in a broad range of roles: member of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team, adjunct faculty for Eden Theological Seminary, and various presbytery committees including chair of the Immigration Task Force for Mission Presbytery. Kelly helped establish a local prison ministry, organize support and mentoring for at-risk elementary school students, and support for the San Antonio LGBTQ community.

Kelly also authored the small group manual for Mission Presbytery’s Multicultural Youth Conference, and wrote articles for Presbyterian Outlook, Journal for Preachers, and Review of Faith and International Affairs.

William V. (Bill) Arnold ’66

Bill Arnold has served faithfully as pastor, chaplain, clinical supervisor, theological educator, academic dean, and author. He holds degrees from Rhodes College (BA), Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (PhD).

Bill was certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a Clinical Supervisor. Following his doctoral studies, he became a chaplain at Clark County Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, IN. He then served for several years as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY. Bill moved on to become Professor of Pastoral Care at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, where he was later named Dean of Faculty. His final position was as Associate Pastor of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA.

He is the author or co-author of six books in his field, including his highly acclaimed Introduction to Pastoral Care (Westminster John Knox Press, 1982). In retirement, he is engaged in volunteer service with a local medical clinic that serves low-income people, and has become a master storyteller.

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