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May 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Classics/English Alum Wins Award for Presbyterians Today

Patrick Heery

Patrick Heery

Ohio University alum Patrick Heery ’08, editor of Presbyterians Today, which won an Award of Excellence for the Best in Class Denominational Magazine by the Associated Church Press, the oldest and largest religious press association in North America.

Heery also received the prestigious James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage.

Heery earned two degrees from Ohio University—a B.A. in English from the College of Arts & Sciences and a B.A. in Classics from the Honors Tutorial College. He went on to earn a Doctor of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.

At OHIO, Heery was staff for the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues Initiative at Ohio University, where he helped facilitate constructive discussion of religion, race, and gender with Dr. Steve Hays, Associate Professor of Classics & World Religions.

Heery is the former editor of Unbound, an online interactive journal of Christian social justice. Read a “Fast Chat” with Heery about getting young adults into leadership roles.

Heery is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The great-grandson of a minister and the son of two public school teachers, he grew up in Cincinnati and was ordained as a ruling elder while still a teenager.

“During confirmation, we were required to attend worship services of other denominations and faiths. That told me that this is a church that values God more than it does itself, a church that would rather have me go somewhere else if so called than mindlessly become a Presbyterian. I felt respected and valued as a thinking person. And that, above all, has kept me Presbyterian,” he said in the Fast Chat interview.

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