2013 Award Recipients

The 2013 Awards luncheon was held June 14 at 11:30 am, in the Larsen Student Union at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
There were eleven awards given this year to clergy, laity and organizations of the Susquehanna Conference.

J. MARLENE ATANASOFF SPIRITUAL FORMATION AWARD given by the Center for Spiritual Formation presented by Rev. Dr. Russell Hart, Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation to Rev. Joanne Montgomery Link.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Rev. Joanne Montgomery Link and Rev. Dr. Russell Hart.THOMAS K. CARTWRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP for young adults called to ordained ministry presented by Rev. Marian Hartman, chair of our Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to Aaron Reynolds. The award was established by Board of Ordained Ministry to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Thomas Kevin Cartwright. Pictured Rev. Marian Hartman, Aaron Reynolds and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE BISHOP’S AWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE IN ECUMENISM presented by Rev. Martin Cox of the Bishop’s Committee on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns, to Cheryl Cavaleri on behalf of the Campus Ministries of Northeast Pennsylvania.Pictured left to right: Rev. Martin Cox, Cheryl Cavaleri, and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE BISHOP’S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE IN ECUMENISMpresented by Rev. Patrick Walker, of the Bishop’s Committee on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns,posthumously to LeRoy J "Roy" Jacobs, who passed away in March. The award was accepted by his wife Wanda.Pictured left to right: Rev. Patrick Walker, Wanda Jacobs, and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE HOWARD AND ELIZABETH BRINTON AWARDfor Missions will be presented by Rev. John Kratz, Chair, Missional Board and Ken Mengel, Conference Secretary of Missions. They are giving one award this year, to Rev. Charles Keller, retired pastor, in appreciation for his 40 years of leadingtours to the General Board of Global Ministries in NYC.Pictured left to right: Rev. John Kratz, Ken Mengel, Rev. Charles Keller, Ruth Keller and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE DENMAN AWARDS for Evangelismare given by the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, North Carolinawill be presented by Mike Bealla, Conference Director of Connectional Ministries. The Laity Award will be presented to Deborah Sprouse of Stewartstown UMC.Pictured: Deborah Sprouse and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE DENMAN AWARDS for Evangelismare given by the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, North Carolinawill be presented by Mike Bealla, Conference Director of Connectional Ministries. The Clergy Award will be presented to Pastor Matthew Verstraeten of the Benton/Waller Charge.Pictured: Pastor Matthew Verstraeten and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE HARRY HOOSIER AWARDgiven by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race,presented by the chair, Rev. Gregory Johnsonto Pastor Yvette Davis, Asbury UMC, York.Pictured left to right: Rev. Gregory Johnson, Pastor Yvette Davis and Bishop Jeremiah J. Park.THE HARRY HOOSIER AWARDgiven by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race,presented by the chair, Rev. Gregory Johnsonto the Harrisburg Neighborhood Center.Vivian Thompson, Executive Director of the Harrisburg Neighborhood Center accepted this award.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Rev. Gregory Johnson, Vivian Thompson and Rev. Calvin Rich.THE HARRY HOOSIER AWARDgiven by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race,presented by the chair, Rev. Gregory Johnsonto the Harrisburg Neighborhood Center and Pastor Yvette Davis, Asbury UMC, York.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Rev. Gregory Johnson, Pastor Yvette Davis, Vivian Thompson and Rev. Calvin RichTHE REV DR MAUD K JENSEN/REV DR KAREN E LAYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND,given by Women in Ministry, presented by Pastor Anna Layman Knox and Rev. Phyllis Bowers to Rachel Keller.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Rachel Keller,Pastor Anna Layman Knox and Rev. Phyllis Bowers.THE EARL N. ROWE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDgiven through the Stewardship Foundation, presented by Rev. Phyllis Bowers to David McElwee.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, David McElwee, Rev. Dr. Ron and Gloria McElwee, Samantha Torgersen and Rev. Phyllis Bowers.THE BISHOP D. FREDERICK WERTZ AWARD, given by Lycoming College, presented byLycoming College Dean Emeritus Dr. John Piper and Campus Minister Rev. Jeffrey LeCrone to John Schwartz of Bower Memorial UMC, Lewisburg.Pictured left to right: Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, John Swartz, Rev. Jeff LeCrone and Dr. John Piper.