North Carolina Baptist agencies and institutions honored 18 for outstanding service during the annual Baptist Heritage Awards dinner April 28 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.
Each year participating organizations honor an individual or couple who has served with exemplary vigor.
The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Baptist Foundation and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
BSC President Rick Speas made reference to sports halls of fame, and said those being honored represented the North Carolina Baptist “hall of living faith.”
He recognized that the honorees’ humility prompts them to say, “Anyone could do what I’ve done.”
“But they didn’t,” said Speas, “and you did.”
“Your contributions are making a significant impact on God’s kingdom,” he said.
- Jacque Goodwin Burgess, by Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). BCH President Michael Blackwell lauded Burgess’ enthusiasm as a trustee and said she attacks every task with “gusto, gumption and gratitude.” A career day care consultant she has taught 4-year-old Sunday School for 53 years.
- Lee and Carroll Flowe, by the Baptist State Convention. The Flowes, married 59 years, traveled the country helping to build churches and lead Vacation Bible Schools. They coordinated the State Fair ministry for 17 years.
- Kenneth Locklear, by Biblical Recorder. Locklear, a doctor in Red Springs, led a medical missions team from Burnt Swamp Association to the Philippines and arranged a life changing surgical operation for a child there.
- Carlton and Lynell Martin, by Campbell University. The largest beef producers in North Carolina through Martins Abattoir and Wholesale Meats, the Campbell trustees are stalwarts in industry, the Clement community and Clement Baptist Church.
- Bruce and Esther Whitaker by Chowan University. Bruce, who could not attend for health reasons, was president of Chowan for 32 years, lifting its profile and building into a significant institution in northeastern North Carolina. Esther was a popular faculty member and first lady.
- Kenneth Ridings, by Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. Ridings, who retired Dec. 31, taught homiletics at Fruitland for more than 40 years and was president the last 11.
- John and Linda Godbold, by Gardner-Webb University. Gifts from Godbolds established the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb, where business will be taught with commitment to Christian ethics.
- Harold Newman, by Mars Hill College. During a distinguished medical career during which Newman was chief of surgery and chief of staff at both Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital he has made 22 international medical mission trips, primarily as a relief surgeon.
- Robert Howard, by the North Carolina Baptist Foundation. Howard researches property gifts to the Baptist Foundation and was the guiding force behind the Foundation’s new church loan service.
- J. Dewey Hobbs, by North Carolina Baptist Hospital. A high profile pastor for decades, Hobbs led Baptist Hospital’s pastoral care ministry. He was one of three co-founders of the Center for Congregational Health in 1992 to help churches manage conflict.
- Jim Burchette, by N.C. Baptist Men. Burchette has volunteered with N.C. Baptist Men for more than 40 years, including fulltime since 2000. He has coordinated projects in Israel, Gaza, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia and others.
- Don and Anita Taft by Wingate University. For 45 years members of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, the Tafts have led church renewal efforts in more than 100 churches from Alaska to Vermont.
- Lucille Yancey, by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) of North Carolina. Since she was a member of the Girls’ Auxiliary as a child, Yancey has been involved in WMU, serving in every leadership capacity imaginable on the church, associational and state level.