Our pastor was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Reverend Hamlett grew up in a loving family with a sister and a brother. He graduated from California State University in Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in the Bay area. Ed worked his way through school in agriculture, the oil fields and his father’s maintenance business. He did Clinical Pastoral Education in chaplaincy at Huntsville Hospital and Interim Pastor Training at Montreat, North Carolina. Ed has served as pastor or interim pastor in several churches and as a chaplain in several settings. He met his wife, Lyndall Roan Hamlett, during a year of studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. They have two grown sons Nathan and Nicholas and one granddaughter Bella.
Ed works out regularly at the Powerhouse Gym in town and is an active member of Albertville Civitans. He loves to play golf (though he needs lots of help ha, ha), he enjoys trips to the mountains, has very eclectic taste in music and enjoys fishing when he gets a chance. He also loves this church and this community.
Who are we at the First Presbyterian Church of Albertville? Well, maybe first I should say a word about who we are as Presbyterians. There are many denominations within the Christian Church: Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Mennonite, Church of Christ, Pentecostal and the list goes on. In fact, there are even divisions within a denomination. We in the Presbyterian Church (USA) believe that we are all the Church, the Body of Christ as the New Testament describes the Church. However, we do realize there are sometimes differences in how each denomination interprets scripture, salvation, and what we may consider essential tenets of faith. Still, we believe that even though our friends in other denominations may differ with us on some issues; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ serving the one God to whom we all pray.
We at Albertville First Presbyterian Church are a loving church family that believes very strongly in the grace of God, the love of Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit. We do not believe that people are shamed into faith, or are brought into healthy faith out of fear, we are also comfortable with the words, “we are not sure” and “I think a little differently than that.”
God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, we are engaged in our communities, our nation and our world seeking to reflect the light of Jesus Christ. We also enjoy parties, celebrations, God’s creation and the gift of life.
We believe that Micah 6:8 is a wonderful outline for life, “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” We also believe as Christ’s disciples that we are called to ministry in his name, we are called to continue his mission of teaching what gives meaning and purpose to all of life, feeding the hungry, healing the broken and welcoming all in His name.
We at Albertville First Presbyterian Church welcome all who would join us in worship, service and spiritual growth in this caring community of faith.
Rev. Ed Hamlett, Pastor
Gisela Jenkins, Church Secretary
Miriam Richey, Music Director
Sandra Hodgens, Pianist