Laurinburg Presbyterian Church to celebrate St. Andrews Sunday Nov. 6
Laurinburg, N.C. - Continuing a longstanding tradition, Laurinburg Presbyterian Church will celebrate St. Andrews Sunday on Nov. 6.
"We enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the connection between Laurinburg Presbyterian Church and St. Andrews University," said Pastor Neal Carter. "We will include readings by members of the St. Andrews community as well as musical performances by the St. Andrews Choir and members of the St. Andrews Pipe Band."
The church service begins at 11 a.m. and will feature a sermon by Dr. Heath Rada, a 1966 graduate and former trustee of St. Andrews.
Rada received his master's degree from Union/Presbyterian School of Christian Education (PSCE) in Richmond, Va., and his doctorate of education from North Carolina State University. He also holds certification in Leadership Studies from the Harvard University JFK School of Leadership Studies.
Rada made history in the Henrico County, Va., school district as the first white classroom teacher in an all black school in the county, teaching the fifth grade. He also served as an instructor of Sociology and World Religions and Dean of Students at Southeastern Community College before becoming the first full time director of the North Carolina Center for Community Education at Appalachian State University. He was a guest faculty member of education at Brigham Young University. He served as president of PSCE for 12 years and retired in 2004 after 13 years of service as the president of the Greater Richmond Area Red Cross. He has also lectured and taught in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
In addition to serving on several boards, including the Advisory Board School of Education at VCU and the National Conference for Community Justice, Rada has been honored as the Richmond Virginia NCCJ Humanitarian of the year and was the first NC Community Educator of the Year.
He has written one book and published numerous articles. A frequent guest speaker, Rada has consulted and assisted in community development and education in many countries around the world.
Rada and his wife Peggy have retired to Montreat, close to their daughter Margaret, also a St. Andrews graduate.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.