The Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel
A Celebration and Service of Worship
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Photos by Meagan Cracraft
On Thursday, November 1, Princeton Theological Seminary commemorated one
of America’s finest preachers, Bryant M. Kirkland (1914–2000), and officially appointed the Reverend Janice Smith Ammon to a position named in Kirkland’s honor. A service of worship was held in Miller Chapel and formally established the post of Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel, and appointed Ammon as the first to bear that title. The Reverend Laird Stuart, Kirkland’s son-in-law and pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, preached. Elinor Kirkland Hite, Kirkland’s daughter and an elder at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, participated in the service as well.
Bryant M. Kirkland served for twenty-five years as the pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He also gave exemplary service to Princeton Seminary through his leadership on its Board of Trustees (president from 1973–1979) and his instruction of the church’s future preachers; Kirkland taught preaching as a visiting professor at the Seminary and delivered many sermons from the pulpit in Miller Chapel, all while ministering at Fifth Avenue.