Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Birmingham-Southern College is an asset to North Alabama and beyond


Dear Friends,

Our mission in North Alabama Methodism is to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This happens in a variety of settings including homes, local churches, camp and retreat centers and college and university campuses.

Birmingham-Southern College is an excellent example of a church-related institution where college-aged spiritual leaders are discovered, developed and deployed. Birmingham-Southern is an asset to North Alabama and beyond.

Three and a half weeks ago those attending the 2015 North Alabama Annual Conference heard an update on the transition of the presidential leadership at Birmingham-Southern College. After 4 years of impeccable and extraordinary service, former President General Charles Krulak has passed the leadership baton onto the next Birmingham-Southern College President. We are very grateful that the General and his wife Zandi will continue to reside in Birmingham where he will join former President Neal Berte in promoting Birmingham-Southern College to students and prospective supporters.

The 14th President of Birmingham-Southern College is Dr. Ed Leonard. Dr. Leonard’s comments during Annual Conference welcoming us to campus were full of energy and revealed a leader with a deep appreciation of both the college and the church. We are blessed to have Dr. Leonard leading Birmingham-Southern College into the future. You can read more about Dr. Leonard and his family at

I am thankful for the leadership development that occurs at Birmingham-Southern College as well as in other settings across our Annual Conference. May we discover, develop and deploy more and more spiritual leaders with each passing day.

As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

In Christ,
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

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