Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was the first African-American woman ordained in the Presbyterian church in 1974. She went on to become one of the foremost scholars of the womanist movement. Since 2001, she has served as the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She received the Excellence in Theological Education award at General Assembly in St. Louis on June 21, 2018.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree from of Barber-Scotia College in Concord, N.C., and a Master of Divinity from Johnson C. Smith Seminary in Atlanta. She received her Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
This short film (7 minutes) tells the story of her ordination, her call to teaching and her legacy as a teacher who informs and challenges her students.
Doug Oldenburg has dedicated his life to service in the Presbyterian Church. He was first a pastor, a seminary president and then moderator of the 210th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1998).
Following his graduation from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1960, he served as pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. After seven years he left and began serving as a pastor at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins, West Virginia. His last pastor position was in the city he grew up in at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked for 26 years as a pastor and then decided he was called to a new role.
In 1987, he became the seventh president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., a position he held until 2000.
This short film (7 minutes) tells the story of his calling, the impact that he made in the communities he served, particularly Charlotte, N.C., and his service as President of Columbia Theological Seminary.