Graduating Senior Lindsay Conrad Receives Chidester Preaching Award

Senior Lindsay Conrad of Lynchburg, Virginia, was named the 2013 Chidester Preaching Award recipient by the homiletics (preaching) faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for her exemplary promise in the area of preaching. As part of the award, she is invited to preach at First Presbyterian Church in Malvern, Arkansas, for the congregation that funded this award. Lindsay is a candidate for graduation for the master of divinity degree on May 26, 2013.

Since an early age Lindsay felt naturally called to ministry. She was “born and raised in church” and was gifted with a congregation and pastor who recognized and helped develop her sense of ministry.

“Lindsay has great gifts and promise in the area of preaching—especially preaching that is thoughtfully rooted in the liturgical life of the church,” said Seminary President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “We are so deeply grateful for the vision of First Presbyterian Church in Malvern in establishing this award, which plays a huge role in encouraging and inspiring seminarians to take the preaching ministry seriously.”

During her time at Austin Seminary, Lindsay served as a Chapel Beadle (or liturgical assistant) in campus worship services, as a student minister at Sunrise Beach, Texas, Federated Church, as an intern with Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, as a leader with Street Youth Ministry of Austin, and as a member of the Seminary worship committee. She was also the recipient of the W.P. Newell Memorial Fellowship. After graduation, Lindsay will serve as a Pastoral Resident at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To be considered for the Chidester Preaching Award, Lindsay submitted two sermons, one of which was in story-form from the eyes of a person from the street ministry.

“It is an honor and privilege to preach. I’m grateful for the gift that was made possible by the First Presbyterian Church in Malvern, and I am excited to worship and witness with them later this summer,” Lindsay said.