The bi-annual Presbyterian Women’s Lecture Series was originally endowed by Miss Laura Pettway. She was a long-term member of First Presbyterian Church; at her death in 1974, she left her gift to the Women of the Church of this congregation. Since the endowment’s creation it was doubled anonymously in honor of Julia Taylor White. This series has brought some of the most important minds in Christian theology and biblical scholars, reinforcing our deeply thoughtful Presbyterian Heritage. In 2015 the lecture series was renamed The Pettway Lecture Series.
Past speakers include Dr. Laura Mendenhall (President of Columbia Theological Seminary), Rev. Dr. Stanley P. Saunders (associate professor of New Testament at Columbia Seminary), Dr. Freda Gardner (former director of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary), Dr. Elizabeth Achtemeier (former professor of homiletics at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond), Dr. William P. Wood (Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Associate Minister, First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, and Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee), and Dr. Brian K. Blount (President and Professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina), Dr. Thomas G. Long (Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University).