Decatur, GA— Sara Covin Juengst
, a Columbia Theological Seminary graduate and a former member of the seminary's faculty and staff, received the 2008 Award for Excellence in Theological Education from the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) for the Presbyterian Church (USA).Given each year since 1997, the award honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to theological education.Past recipients have included seminary presidents, foundation chairs, and theological educators.Juengst
was nominated and chosen by COTE, which is made up of PC (USA) seminary presidents and representatives, as well as 13 church members-at-large.She
was recognized at the 218th General Assembly of the PC (USA) in San Jose, CA on June 26. From 1985 to 1993, Juengst was director of continuing education at Columbia and was an instructor in Christian education.She has also served as a church educator, a missionary in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), a campus minister, and a mission board staff member.Juengst
has published six books on children and mission, as well as a Presbyterian women's Bible study.Currently, she is a temporary supply pastor at Lincolnton Presbyterian Church, Lincolnton, GA. Juengst completed a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1983.She received an honorary doctorate from Presbyterian College in 1994.