Huntingdon News

August 06, 2009
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon and UMC Offer Workshops for Christian Educators and Music Leaders

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College’s Duffey Institute for Church Leadership and the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church are combining efforts to offer simultaneous workshops for Christian educators and church choral directors and organists Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided) at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery. The keynote address, “Spiritual Formation and Christian Education,” will begin the morning for all groups, led by Dr. Ed Trimmer, dean of the Duffey Institute and Chapman Benson Professor of Christian Faith and Philosophy at Huntingdon College. Following a break for lunch, workshop sessions for Christian educators will be led by Janet Westlake for adult teachers, the Reverend Leigh Meekins for children’s teachers, Nick Mielke and Ed Trimmer for youth teachers, and the Reverend Nathan Attwood for Disciple I classes. Simultaneously, Gene Davis, chair of the Department of Music at Huntingdon, will hold a workshop for church choral directors, and Dr. Harald Rohlig, professor emeritus of music at Huntingdon and director of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, will offer a workshop for church organists. The cost is $15.00 per participant and includes lunch.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for churches in the region to gain new ideas and techniques for their education and music programming, to share with one another, and to be reminded of the spirit that guides our efforts, no matter what denomination we represent,” says Trimmer.

The registration deadline is August 20. To register, contact the Alabama-West Florida UMC Conference office at

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Through the Huntingdon Plan, Huntingdon full-time day students are provided laptop computers; travel-study opportunities during the junior or senior year; experiential learning through service learning, student-faculty research, and internships, including a new Hawks on the Hill internship and Washington semester program; an environment of small classes and personal attention to students’ needs; and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that sharpens communication and critical thinking skills. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools are, in most cases, more than twice the national averages.


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