Charles Allen Stillman (1819-1895) was a Presbyterian pastor in Alabama who helped to found the Institute for Training Colored Ministers in Tuscaloosa, AL, in 1875 (now called Stillman College). This booklet, originally an address delivered to an anniversary celebration of Columbia Theological Seminary in 1881 and published in 1884, sums up the calling of the minister, particularly his work of preaching God’s word. A Foreword by Mr. Barry Waugh introduce Stillman and his work to the reader.


“Dr. Charles Stillman was the only white Southern Presbyterian during Reconstruction who founded a post-secondary institution for African Americans. This lecture given in 1881 outlines his understanding of the pastor’s indispensable importance. It helps us comprehend why he considered his call to the pulpit in more expansive terms than many of his contemporaries. The work he began has been a ministry of common and special grace for more than 140 years.”

Rev. Joseph F. Scrivner, Ph.D., Dean of Chapel at Stillman College; Pastor at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

“In this excellent address, Charles Stillman sets before us a comprehensive vision of the ministerial office. He reminds us that pastoral theology is no less committed to teaching the great doctrines of the faith than systematic theology. In fact, it is the same in content, but now explained and applied in the loving service of the flock by a pastor who cares deeply for them. He calls the pastor to renewed commitment to experiential preaching, that flows first from his own communion with Christ. Truth must come to the congregation from the pastor’s heart and not his head alone. This is valuable material, made accessible as a short, attractive pamphlet by the Log College Press, who are to be congratulated on placing it once again within reach of contemporary hearers.”

Dr. David Strain, Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

"Faithful words from the past are a gift. Stillman’s brief exhortation, aimed at the mind and the heart, renews one's sense of calling to pastor God’s people well. Over 100 years later, I am honored to be a minister of the gospel in Tuscaloosa, a city blessed in part by the college that bears his name."

Dr. Richard Vise, Senior Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama