April 24, 2017
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Appointments announced for Chaplain, Leadership Academy
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West and Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop David Graves released a joint statement Friday on the appointment of two Huntingdon alumni who will return to the College to serve on staff. The Reverend Rhett Butler, Huntingdon Class of 2013, has been appointed to serve as Chaplain of the College, and Macon Armistead, Huntingdon Class of 2014, will serve as director of the Huntingdon Leadership Academy.
“One of the greatest assets of Huntingdon College … is the strong partnership we share with you and the entire Alabama-West Florida Conference,” said West, in a video statement that can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/213916456. “We’re grateful for the tremendous support we receive from churches, pastors, and laity across the Annual Conference through apportionment giving and the recruitment of students. The Alabama-West Florida Conference makes a huge impact on the life of Huntingdon College.”
As chaplain, Butler will direct the College’s Campus Ministry programs. He steps into the role held for the past three years by Woods Lisenby ’11, who has been appointed to serve as an associate pastor at another church in the Conference. Butler completed his ministry studies at Duke Divinity School. “Rhett was an exceptional student-leader at the College, he was an exceptional student in divinity school, and I know he will do well in this new role,” said West.
Graves announced that Armistead, who is completing his ministry studies at Duke Divinity School, will direct the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, a summer youth leadership experience for high school students who are examining their calls to church leadership and to ministry. “Through the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, we can accomplish the important goal of helping high school students discern a call to the ministry and positively impact church leadership for decades,” said Graves. HLA is accepting applications from interested students and nominations from AWFL pastors for its third year. The program will be held June 25–30, 2017.
Both appointments will begin later this summer.
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 recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America” by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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