2013 Awards for Service

The Austin Seminary Association (ASA) honored three distinguished alumni for their outstanding service to the church during the annual ASA Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 6. John McCoy (MDiv’63), Greg McDonnell (MDiv’81), and Helen Locklear (MDiv’89) were presented the ASA Award for Service.

Dr. John M. McCoy, Jr. McCoy is a Presbyterian pastor who, even in retirement, served as interim Senior Pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and as the Theologian-in-Residence for that congregation. He served churches in Texas and North Carolina, his last pastorate being NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

He earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MDiv from Austin Seminary, and the PhD from Princeton Seminary. McCoy served as chair of Austin Seminary’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of its Centennial Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Dallas Summer Musicals and the Garland Summer Musicals, and previously served on the boards of the Dallas Pastoral Counseling and Education Center, Presbyterian Village North, and the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas.

McCoy has a strong interest in drama and has played numerous roles in the local musical theater community. He is married to Sue Becker McCoy and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Rev. Greg McDonell retired in 2012 after 31 years of service to the church, most recently at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Before serving in Austin, McDonell was the pastor for St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Houston for 16 years. He worked for Deere & Company for 11 years before entering the ministry.

McDonell is a former President of the Board of iACT, previously called Austin-Area Interreligious Ministries, founder emeritus for the Interfaith Arts Council, serves on the Roman Catholic Diocesan Fine Arts Council, the Downtown Cluster of Churches and Social Service Agencies, and has facilitated the Spirituality Book Club at Book Peoples since 2002.

He is most proud of his work encouraging many others to enter the ministry, his work in the area of interfaith dialogue, and his efforts to help bring about a more open, loving, and inclusive faith family.

Rev. Helen Locklear currently serves as Regional Representative at the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She previously served the General Assembly of the PC(USA) as Deputy Executive Director for the former General Assembly Council, as well as the Associate Director for Racial Ethnic Ministries. She has also served as executive director of Pembroke Area Presbyterian Ministries and pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Chapel in Pembroke, North Carolina.

She earned her MA in Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University and an MDiv from Austin Seminary.

These recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the ASA Awards Committee and Board for their dedication and outstanding service to the church and community.

Senior Fellowship Winners

Senior Fellowship Winners

(Pictured l to r: Lindsay Conrad, Becca Longino, Katie Frederick, Kimberly Rogers, Allie Utley)

Each year during the ASA Banquet, five graduating seniors are awarded the fellowships recognizing their outstanding academic achievement, Christian character, and promise for ministry.

Lindsay Conrad, a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the recipient of the W.P. Newell Memorial Fellowship, which carries a prize of $3,000. This fellowship was established in 1946 by Mrs. W.P. Newell of Albany, Texas, as a memorial to her late husband to enrich the life of one training for the Christian ministry.

Lindsay is a lifelong lover of church and was active in Christian organizations and local church youth program while she attended Christopher Newport University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. At Austin Seminary, she has been devoted to serving others through her work with Street Youth Ministry of Austin, reaching out to homeless youth in the UT area.

She also spent a summer as a team leader for a Memphis-based organization called Service Over Self. She has also served as a student minister at the Sunrise Beach Federated Church in Sunrise Beach, Texas; as Children’s Sunday School Coordinator at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church; and she completed two semesters of a teaching church internship at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin. She is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Alsup-Frierson Fellowship for Excellence in Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics was presented to Rebecca Weaver Longino. This fellowship, established in 2005 by the families of John and Carole Alsup of Georgetown, Texas, and Clarence and Betty Frierson of Shreveport, Louisiana, carries a grant of $3,500.

Becca is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont, Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Colorado. She served as a Young Adult Volunteer for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Gulfport, Mississippi, before coming to seminary.

At Austin Seminary, Becca is a recipient of the Jean Brown Fellowship. She is active on the Library, Information Quality, and Research Enhancement Committee. She also served in a teaching church internship at New Covenant Fellowship in Austin.

She is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is open to bi-vocational ministry.

Katie Frederick was awarded the Janie Maxwell Morris Fellowship, which carries a grant this year of $4,000. This fellowship was established in 1953 with a bequest from Mrs. Milton Morris of Austin Texas to be used by a graduate of Austin Seminary to pursue further graduate study.

Katie is a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Baylor University, where she received numerous academic honors. She also completed an internship of over 500 hours at Mission Waco. Prior to coming to seminary, she received her licensure in social work and worked at the American Cancer Society in Austin.

At Austin Seminary, she served on the Bookstore Committee and as assistant to faculty. She has completed a Clinical Pastoral Education internship at Seton Hospital in Austin. She is pursuing ordination as a deacon in The United Methodist Church. She will begin a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education residency in September with VITAS Hospice in San Antonio.

The Pile-Morgan Fellowship, established in 1984 in honor of Leo V. Pile and Helen Porter Pile, of Harlingen, Texas, and Edmond Holland Morgan and Estella Martin Morgan, of Dallas, Texas, for the purpose of post-Master of Divinity or advanced studies was presented to Kimberly Rogers. This fellowship carries with it a grant this year of $8,000.

Kim is a member of Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church in Pipe Creek, Texas. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before coming to seminary, she worked for Child Protective Services and as a youth director at Pipe Creek Church.

While at seminary, Kim has been the recipient of the Crawley Fellowship. She has demonstrated leadership in the community by serving on the Faculty Committee on Student Life and Student Standing and the Community Care Commission.

Last year, she began work to create and facilitate a homeless ministry program at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. She completed a Supervised Practice of Ministry internship at Central and focused on outreach. Kim is seeking a call in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Allie Utley is the recipient of the David L. Stitt Fellowship, which carries an award this year of $14,000. This fellowship was established in 1971 by the Alumni Association of Austin Seminary in honor of Dr. David L. Stitt who served as President of the Seminary from 1945-1971.

Allie is a member of Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church, Metairie, Louisiana. She holds a bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in music theory from The Ohio State University. Before coming to seminary, she served as a Young Adult Volunteer in New Orleans, where she worked as a Hunger Action Enabler. Her father Carl Utley (MDiv'84) is also an Austin Seminary graduate.

As a student, she served on the Worship Committee and the Seminary choir. She has also served as instructional aide for Biblical Hebrew and a student assistant in the Seminary’s Office of Communications. Allie completed a Teaching Church internship at Central Presbyterian Church. She is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and also planning to begin doctoral studies in the areas of preaching and liturgical studies.