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Black History Month at FUPC: FUPC’s First Black Pastor

For Black History Month, we are sharing some articles from the church History book, A Light on the Hill. Today, we feature the story of FUPC’s first black pastor.

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Re. Nancy Benson-Nicol served FUPC as associate pastor for two and one half years, leaving in 2006 to aceept a call as chaplain at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. She has been widely recognized as a nationally significant young female leader in the PC(USA) and was profiled in the July 2004 edition of Presbyterians Today 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch. During her time in Clarksville, she led several denominational workshops and served as keynote speaker for multiple national conferences.

In 2012, she accepted a call as the associate for gender and racial justice at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, Kentucky. She authored the denominational study guide for the 2012 Presbyterian Women’s Horizons Bible Study, Dispatches in God’s Household: The General Epistles, and in January, 2014, she began serving as associate for theological educational funds development with the Theological Education Fund for the PC(USA).

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