Meet Mission Coworkers Christi and Jeff Boyd

As regional liaison for Central Africa, Jeff Boyd facilitates support for the relationships and programs of Presbyterian Church (USA) partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. He also resources PC(USA) congregations that want to be involved in ministry with partner churches in the region.

Christi works in the Congo, Madagascar, Niger, Rwanda, and South Sudan. She accompanies global partners as they seek to remedy the marginalization of women and children in their communities and engages with Presbyterians in the US who wish to come alongside and promote those efforts.

Read More about Jeff and Christi’s ministry


2021 Racial Ethnic Student Scholarship

The Student Scholarship is an educational assistance program designed to encourage Indigenous and students of color in their preparation for academic success in higher education. Students must have a permanent residence within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, be active members in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation and have confirmation of enrollment in a college, university, or specialty program.

The synod is committed to partner with students and schools for leadership development and quality instruction for lifelong service. Application awards are based on personal achievement, financial need and recommendation from a teacher and pastor.

Questions? Contact: Elona Street-Stewart

More Information/Applications (Sept. 30th deadline)

August Online Conference for Creation Care & Countering Climate Change

Before the record-breaking Heat Waves and supersized fires in Western USA and the massive flooding in Europe, PBS-TV NewsHour had a June 23 report:  “A leaked UN report warns ‘worst is yet to come’ on climate change. Here’s how you can help.”  “Caring for God’s Creation” was the addition to our Book of Order’s “The Ministry of Members” (G-1.0304) that our Presbyteries overwhelmingly approved from the 222nd General Assembly (2016); now is the time we need to help our churches and members live it out.

Your help is needed in sharing this news about an important August conference by Presbyterians with your teaching elders, churches, everyone!   Please include the following in special communications and/or your newsletters.  We hope every Presbytery will be part of this church-wide effort for education and action for today’s greatest moral issue.

Starting on Sunday, August 1, everyone is urged to attend “Creation Care Buffet:  Come to the Table” which is the Presbyterians for Earth Care’s online national conference on Sundays, August 1, 8 and 15.  Worship and Bible study will be from 4:30 pm EDT – 6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by a dinner break, with workshops from 7:00 p.m. EDT to 8:30 p.m. EDT.  Preachers will be the Rev. Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson and the Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo. Musicians will be hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, folk singer David LaMotte and jazz pianist Bill Carter.  Bible study leaders are a father and son, Douglas Moo (Wheaton NT professor) and Jonathan Moo (Whitworth NT & Environmental Studies professor).  The 12 workshops include top scientists sharing latest science news on the Climate Crisis, a spiritual director teaching about spiritual practices for activists, food waste and composting, worship ideas for creation care, ideas for involving young adults, farming and justice concerns, environmental racism and uranium mining in the Navajo Nation, creation care faith formation, Introducción al Cambio Climático (Spanish) and carbon dividends.  The cost is only $20 per Sunday or $50 for all 3 Sundays with scholarship available.   Details (conference schedule, workshops descriptions and leaders’ bios, registration) can be found on the Presbyterians for Earth Care website: and on Facebook: @presbyearthcare

Please keep praying and help make a difference for God’s world. Thank you.

Grace and Peace,
Bruce Gillette
Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference Team Chair & PEC Vice-Moderator

Conference Schedule, Worship & 12 Workshop Descriptions


Stewardship Kaleidoscope is Coming Soon

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is coming soon and Early Bird pricing will only be available until August 1st. Register now to save $25 per person for in-person attendees, and $10 for virtual attendees.

  • Join us in person with over two dozen workshops to choose from, plus unique opportunities for connecting with colleagues from across the country.
  • Log-on virtually and participate in four workshops in addition to plenary and worship.

You can still register for group discounts on the in-person experience but the price will go up after August 1st for each participant.

Join us to learn together as we hear from Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger, Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters, Aimée Cole-Laramore, worship with Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and participate in content-rich workshops to grow stewardship in your congregation.

We will be observing recommended COVID safety protocols for in-person attendees. Details on what to expect will be shared as we get closer to the conference date.
Register Here (for in-person or virtual options)
PCUSA scholarships are available

Dorothy Horn Scholarship is Awarded

The Dorothy Horn Scholarship has been awarded to Lilly Barker from West Des Moines. She attends Covenant Presbyterian Church and is extensively active with Covenant’s Youth Group. Her volunteer activities include DMARC Food Pantry, Meals From the Heartland, Vacation Bible School, and Covenant Connections.

Throughout high school, she volunteered with the Chrysalis Foundation, volunteered frequently in elementary schools, and plays the violin. When not volunteering, she works part time at Target. This fall, Lilly will be a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Elementary and Middle Level Education.

First Presbyterian Church-Cedar Falls Scholarship Committee congratulates Lilly on her achievements!