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. Funded by this endowment the series has brought in some of the finest minds in Christian theology. In 2015 the lecture series was renamed The Pettway Lecture Series.