Bishop Othal H. Lakey (Retired) will kick off the 2021 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Edwards Peacemaking Lecture Series. The event is free, but registration is required.
Bishop Lakey's presentation will focus on the history, traditions, and accomplishments, of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Lakey's pastoral ministry began in 1954 when he was appointed to the St. James CME Church in Pasco, Washington. In 1960 he was assigned to the Allen Temple CME Church in Portland, Oregon. Further ministry was at the Williams Memorial CME Temple in Shreveport, Louisiana and the Cedar Crest CME Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. In 1974 he was elected Editor of The Christian Index. From 1982 to 1994 Bishop Lakey was the Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District, and from 1994 until retirement in 2010 he presided over the Sixth Episcopal District.
An author of several books on the CME church, Lakey spent more than 20 years in service as chair of the Department of Christian Education of the CME Church. He was a member of the Tri-Ethnic Committee to Develop a Plan to Desegregate the Public Schools of Dallas, (1971 – 1972), served on the Board of Directors for Bread for the World, and Member of the Advisory Council for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. For 30 years Bishop Lakey has been a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated television program, "The America Religious Town Hall." In 2002 he gave the C. Eric Lincoln Lectures at Clark Atlanta University entitled, “I Imagin’ in My Mind: Images of God in the Black Religious Experience.”
The Louisville Seminary Peacemaking Lectureship honors Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean. Dr. Edwards, who dies in 2010, served the Louisville Seminary community for 27 years as Professor of New Testament. George and Jean, who died in 2020, shared a ministry that was active in Christian efforts for peace and social justice.