Clergy Honored With Lifetime Achievement Recognition Awards

OMAHA, NE (June 27, 2019) — The Evangelical Covenant Church honored clergy with “Lifetime Service Recognition” awards during the opening dinner of the 134th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

With so many ministers and missionaries who continue to serve in various capacities of ministry rather than retiring at 65, the ECC honors all clergy when they reach 65. Plaques were presented to clergy who were in attendance.

Clergy are honored at the conference level, and the denomination also provides recognition at the national level because many pastors retire from conferences in which they did not spend the majority of their ministry years.

The citation honors them for “lifetimes of faithful service and godly obedience.”

Marcelo M. Alvarado, Duarte, California
Ellen Z. H. An, Alhambra, California
Steven J. Anderson, Albert City, Iowa
James W. Barefoot, Wasilla, Alaska
Charles W. Barker, Altadena, California
Samuel E. Bryan, Orlando, Florida
Jeffrey A. Burton, Daytona, Minnesota
Kevin J. Butcher, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Kendall L. Carlson, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Fred L. Carter, Los Angeles, California
David William Clark, Porter, Oklahoma
Williadean Crear, Birmingham, Alabama
Ethel L. Davis, Alsip, Illinois
William W. Dornbush, Sartell, Minnesota
Harvey Drake, Jr., Renton, Washington
Nancy L. Ebner, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts
Peter C. Ekstrand, Chicago, Illinois
James R. Fisher, Boone, North Carolina
Kurt N. Fredrickson, Simi Valley, California
Carrie L. George, San Pedro, California
Arthur Vincent Greco, Novato, California
David E. Greenidge, Tigard, Oregon
Richard E. Hampton, Bellevue, Washington
Todd S. Harris, Hutchinson, Minnesota
Neil R. Josephson, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
Jacob C. Kim, Chicago, Illinois
Rita Kay Lochner Scruton-Wilson, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
William R. MacPhee, Torrance, California
Larry A. Magnuson, Divide, Colorado
Richard J. Moore, Sloan, Iowa
Randy W. Murphy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Timothy P. Musslewhite, Loveland, Colorado
Richard G. Mylander, Coupeville, Washington
Thomas W. Nelson, Dennis, Massachusetts
Mary Ann Owens, Lithia Springs, Georgia
Pamela E. Pangborn, Gross Pointe Park, Michigan
Soudinh Penkay, Thailand
Lawrence D. Pennings, Bothell, Washington
Paul Andrew Peterson, Bellingham, Washington
Thomas A. Peterson, West Chicago, Illinois
Randy H. Rodenborg, Pierce, Nebraska
David L. Scherrer, Westminster, Colorado
Toni K. Schwabe, Wyoming, Minnesota
Russell L. Sizemore, Wahoo, Nebraska
Timothy P. Smith, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kenneth J. Sohriakoff, Little Canada, Minnesota
Randall A. Surey, Moline, Illinois
Kevin D. Swanson, Englewood, New Jersey
Lon F. Swanson, Nome, Alaska
Jo Anne Taylor, New Ulm, Minnesota
Gary B. Walter, Palatine, Illinois
Brian C. Wiele, Vancouver, Washington
Jeffrey W. Woods, Turlock, California

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