Presbyterian News Service

Houston Hodges dies at age 89

When Houston Hodges — a dyed-in-the-wool rural Texan — accepted a call to serve as associate executive presbyter for the  Presbytery of San Francisco in the mid-1970s, the most daunting part of the job was navigating Bay Area traffic.

U.S. Supreme Court denies stay in defamation case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an application for a stay of proceedings in a defamation case filed by a former Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) A Corporation employee. The May 30 ruling allows the case to proceed in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville.

Trading hotel and resort management for hurricane recovery

In a single month, Elizabeth Little vacationed, all expenses paid, at Westin’s resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, as a top sales leader; oversaw a $150,000 bar mitzvah at the Westin Charlotte in North Carolina, as senior catering manager; and took a mission trip to Mexico’s Yucatan, where she slept in a hammock in a village where no child had access to middle school.The contrasts were jarring.“I just kept thinking, there has to be something more,” said Little, who has been a Church Consultant with the Board of Pensions since 2016. “How could I take my hotel experience into the mission world?”

‘It allows me to be me again!’

The Rev. Dr. Stewart M. Pattison, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, Ill., has been living — and serving — with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.

Board of Pensions, seminary team up to offer African American CREDO

Each year, the Board of Pensions offers a unique Presbyterian CREDO conference. This year, the Board has partnered with Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary to offer a conference to African American ministers called to serve in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Winner of 2017 Pulitzer Prize to speak in Iowa

Art Cullen, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and the editor of the Storm Lake (Iowa) Times, will speak at Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, May 30.

Board of Pensions spotlight: Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley wasn’t looking to change jobs two decades ago when she accepted a position as the Director of Member Services with the Board of Pensions. “I always tell people I truly believe I was led to the Board by God,” said Ms. Riley, now the agency’s Senior Vice President, Plan Operations.