1953 - 1974
    Renwick Carlisle Kennedy was born October 1, 1900 at the home of his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Carlisle, Newberry County, South Carolina.  He was the son of Rev. Isaac Newton Kennedy, D.D., and Mrs. Mary Emma Carlisle Kennedy.  His father was the son of W. P. and Margaret McLane Kennedy of Due West, South Carolina.  His mother was the daughter of Dr. Richard Coleman Carlisle and Emma Renwick Carlisle of Newberry County, South Carolina.
    Dr. Kennedy grew up in the Elk Valley church, Lincoln County, Tennessee.  He was baptized by the Rev. A. J. Ranson.  He joined the Elk Valley Church about the age of eleven.  When he was twelve years of age his parents moved to Ora, South Carolina, where his father became the pastor of the Ora church.  Dr. Kennedy attended the public schools of Harms, Tennessee, Ora, South Carolina, and Laurens, South Carolina, finishing his high school education at the latter.  He entered Erskine College in September, 1917, and graduated in June, 1921.  He entered Erskine Theological Seminary in September, 1921 and graduated in June, 1923.  In September, 1923 he entered Princeton Theological Seminary and took two years of graduate work in that institution, completing his studies in June, 1925.  He was licensed by Second Presbytery at Unity Church, Newberry County, South Carolina, on May 1, 1923, and was ordained by the Arkansas Presbytery at a called meeting on July 30, 1925, at New Edinburgh, Arkansas.
    Dr. Kennedy supplied the churches of Elsberry and Mt. Zion, Missouri, during the summers of 1923 and 1924.  On June 7, 1925, coming from Princeton Seminary, he began work at the home mission church at Russellville, Arkansas, where he remained for two years.  Accepting a call to Camden, Alabama, he began the pastorate at Camden and Prosperity on May 17, 1927.  On November 7, 1954, he became pastor of Bethel Church.  He continued in work in these three churches until his retirement on May 31, 1974.
    During his ministry, he served for many years as clerk of the Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery.  He also served a term of the Erskine College Board of Trustees, serving as vice chairman of the board in  1967.   He served as a chaplain during World War II, and wrote many articles for various magazine, including the Christian Century.  During the inauguration of Governor Benjamin Meek Miller of Camden in 1931, Dr. Kennedy gave the invocation on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.  He served for twenty-four years as director of public relations of Troy State University.  His alma mater conferred the degree of doctor of divinity upon him.
    On August 17, 1928, Dr. Kennedy was married to Miss Mary Elisabeth Fitzhugh Moore of Charlotte, North Carolina, She was born March 5, 1899, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Moore, formerly of Clover, Virginia.  Mrs. Kennedy was a graduate of Davenport College and Columbia University.
    Dr. Kennedy died December 4, 1985.  Mrs. Kennedy died March 3, 1989.  Both are buried in Camden, Alabama

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