Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Resources

Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Resources As a part of its 50th anniversary celebration in May 2004, Shades Crest Baptist Church named James A. Auchmuty, Jr. as pastor emeritus and established the Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Fund.  Developed in partnership with the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at Samford University, this fund sponsors congregational leaders as they pursue spiritual health and effective leadership skills. Its program supports inspiring lectures, informative seminars, practical workshops, and renewing sabbatical and study leaves for pastors and congregational leaders.  Because "Dr. Jim's" vision is for all God's people, the fund provides programs that are ecumenical.

About James A. Auchmuty, Jr.

This vision for the future of church ministry honors the life and work of James A. Auchmuty, Jr. "Dr. Jim" has sacrificially given of himself to individuals, families, congregations and communities for more than 50 years as a pastor, friend and mentor. For 27 years, he served as pastor of Shades Crest Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upcoming Events

Applications for Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Fellowship Now Available

The Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at Samford University is pleased to announce that a James A. Auchmuty Fellowship in Congregational Leadership will be awarded in November, 2014.  The Fellowship is available to ministers and lay ministers presently active in congregational leadership.  Applicants can be from any Christian denomination, regardless of race and gender.  The Fellowship provides an award of $5000 for use in realizing goals for professional development, continuing education, research, reflection, renewal, and/or other activities.  The award can also be applied toward expenses for overseas travel if such travel is part of the recipient's plans for enrichment and professional development.  The varied resources for theological reflection and education available on Samford's campus are also available for the recipient's use as a part of the Fellowship.

Applications will be received through September 30, 2014.  The recipient will be announced in mid-November. For more information and instructions on how to apply, call the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at (205) 726-4064 or email A PDF version of the application is available here. The Fellowship promotional flyer is available here.

Past Events

Each spring, The Auchmuty Lecture is offered at Samford University.  The inaugural lecturer, in 2007, was Dr. Diana R. Garland, Dean, School of Social Work at Baylor University. 

March of 2008, Millard Fuller, former president and founder of Habitat for Humanity,  presented the third annual Auchmuty Lecture:  "Issues of Poverty and the Life of Faith". Millard Fuller is the founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International.  His 29-year leadership forged Habitat into worldwide Christian Housing ministry building 200,000 homes with projects in 100 countries worldwide. In April 2005 Millard Fuller and a group of like minded partners founded the Fuller Center for Housing.  This new organization provides a vehicle for Fuller to continue striving towards the goal of eliminating poverty housing.

In March 2009, Dr. Graham Walker from Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology presented the Lecture.

On March 8, 2011, Dr. John Hayes, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Emory's Candler School of Theology, was the keynote speaker.  

On March 7, 2013, Dr. David Mathews, president and chief executive officer of the Kettering Foundation presented the Auchmuty Lecture. The Charles F. Kettering Foundation was founded in 1927 “to sponsor and carry out scientific research for the benefit of humanity.” The topic of Dr. Mathews lecture was based on the Kettering publication, Leadership in the Company of Strangers.

On February 20, 2014, J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, presented the 2014 Auchmuty Lecture.  The Baptist Joint Committee's missions is to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, furthering the Baptist heritage that champions the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government. The topic of his lecture was Exploring the Myths of the Separation of Church and State.

How to Contribute

Are you interested in investing in the renewal and inspiration of congregational leaders for decades into the future?

Your gift to the Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Fund can make this possible.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of the life and continued legacy of James A. Auchmuty Jr. or simply make an investment toward excellence in congregational leadership, it is easy to do through Samford's on-line donation page.  Simply enter your information in the spaces provided, and choose "Other, please specify," next to the line that says, "Apply my contribution to this Fund, and type "James Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Fund ," in the "Other Fund" box.

Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Committee


Brian A. Lee, Pastor
Shades Crest Baptist Church

James A. Auchmuty, Jr.
Pastor Emeritus
Shades Crest Baptist Church

Sigurd F. Bryan
Shades Crest Baptist Church

Walter G. Barnes
Member at Large
Shades Crest Baptist Church

Michael Wilson
Program Director
Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence
Samford University