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Leaders in Christian Service

Identifying professionals who are shining examples of Christian leadership in the workplace, community and church

Do you know someone who is a shining example of Christian leadership beyond the walls of the church? A doctor, a teacher, an artist, a business person — whatever their profession, they advance the cause of Christ and exemplify a stewardship of their life, influence and resources. Recommend this person as a Leader in Christian Service so that we all may learn from his or her example. Consideration is given to the following three areas:

  • Excellence of Christian character
  • Strong Christian example through professional or vocational leadership
  • Evidence of Christian leadership in the church and community

An independent review committee will review recommendations and select those to be recognized, who will be notified in late March.

Those being honored will be recognized at a special convocation service in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel on the Milligan College campus in April 2015.

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Past Honorees

2014 Honorees

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  • Craig Augenstein – Account Executive, Lamar Advertising, Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Emil Messimer – Financial Advisor, Messimer & Associates, First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Steve Campbell – Vice-President of Business Affairs, Northeast State Community College, Jonesborough United Methodist Church, Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Elizabeth Patrick – Retired, Carter County School System, Lynn Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethton, Tennessee
  • Dale Fair – President/COO, Bank of Tennesse/Carter County Bank, Elizabethton Church of Christ, Elizabethton, Tennessee
  • Tanya and Jamin Rathbun – Owners, Trinity Arts Center, Discovery Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Scott Folsom, Region President, TruPoint Bank, Tri-Cities Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Bob Sluder – Retired, Unisys Corporation, First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Gary Mabrey – CEO, Chamber of Commerce for JC, Jonesborough, and Washington County, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Nancy Stanton – Community Volunteer, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Robert Mckinney – Engineer, Eastman Chemical Company, Grace Temple Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Andy Wampler – Attorney, Wilson Worley, First Baptist Church, Kingsport, Tennessee

2013 Honorees

Milligan College’s 2013 Leaders in Christian Service include: (front row) Mark Sitter, Tabatha Gonzales, Jennifer Keller, Donna Seaton and Tom Seaton; (middle row) Bill Greer, Jim Heaton, Jeff Keller, Ann O’Quinn and Larry Calhoun; (back row) David Torgerson, Lynn Parker and Thomas Torbett (Not pictured: Phillip Timp).

Milligan College’s 2013 Leaders in Christian Service include: (front row) Mark Sitter, Tabatha Gonzales, Jennifer Keller, Donna Seaton and Tom Seaton; (middle row) Bill Greer, Jim Heaton, Jeff Keller, Ann O’Quinn and Larry Calhoun; (back row) David Torgerson, Lynn Parker and Thomas Torbett (Not pictured: Phillip Timp).

  • Larry Calhoun – Founding Dean, ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN
  • Tom and Donna Seaton, Owners, The Firehouse restaurant,
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Tabatha Gonzales– Good Samaritan Ministries, Johnson City, TN
  • Mark Sitter – VinTech Manufacturing, Johnson City
  • Jim Heaton – Retired, Johnson City Schools, Johnson City, TN
  • Phillip Timp – The Beth Foundation, Bristol, VA
  • Jeff and Jennifer Keller – Social Security Administration/Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Johnson City, TN
  • David Torgerson – Retired, Washington County Schools, Gray, TN
  • Ann O’Quinn – Private Piano Teacher, Johnson City, TN
  • Thomas Torbett – Retired, Appalachian Bible Company,
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Lynn Parker – Retired, Eastman Chemical Company, Church Hill, TN

2012 Honorees

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2012 Honorees

  • Dr. Curt Barnes – orthopaedic surgeon, Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, Johnson City
  • June Barrett – founder of the Crumley House, Gray
  • Dr. Patricia Bonner – retired professor, Milligan College, Johnson City
  • Jackie Charles – vice-president, First Community Bank, Rogersville
  • Robert Feagins – executive director of communications and development, Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport
  • Elizabeth Hughes – retired executive assistant to the president, Mountain States Health Alliance, Unicoi
  • Jim Moore – vice president of facilities, Wellmont Health System, Kingsport
  • Fred Simerly – retired regional operations manager, Coca Cola USA, Johnson City
  • Bonnie White – homeless program educator and coordinator, Johnson City Schools, Elizabethton
  • Robert White – chief public relations officer, Johnson City Power Board, Johnson City

Past Honorees

  • Jeff Aldridge – assistant principal, Science Hill High School, Johnson City
  • Barbara Allen – volunteer
  • Frank Anderson – attorney
  • Dr. Frank and Mrs. Betty Anderson – dentist / volunteer, Johnson City
  • Robbie Anderson – curriculum director, Johnson City Public Schools
  • Wayne Anderson – consultant, WCI, Johnson City
  • Sandy Babel – special education teacher, Science Hill High School, Johnson City
  • Jim Bailey – director of news and public affairs, WKPT TV, Kingsport
  • Stephen Baldwin – director of community development, City of Johnson City, Johnson City
  • Jeff Blackburn, CPA, Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, Johnson City
  • Dr. Ronald Blackmore – physician, Blue Ridge Family Medicine, Johnson City
  • Jeanette Blazier – mayor, Kingsport
  • Dr. Jim Brantner – chairman of board & chief surgeon, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
  • Paul and Betty Brown – Paul: internal medicine specialist with Johnson City Internal Medicine; Betty: author, educator, consultant
  • Jeff Brunson, corporate leadership coach, Basic Approach, Jonesborough
  • Tim Burchfield – franchise owner, Chick-Fil-A, Johnson City
  • Doris Hart Bush – executive director, Greater Kingsport Area United Way; founder, Trust Works Consulting, Kingsport
  • Jeff and Claudia Byrd – president, Bristol Motor Speedway / director, Speedway Childrens Charities, Bristol, TN
  • Linda Wilson Calvert – dean of community education, Northeast State Community College, Kingsport
  • Bob Cantler – general manager, General Morgan Inn, Greeneville
  • Phil Carriger, banking (retired), Johnson City
  • Tom Chase – addiction counselor (retired), Woodridge Mental Health; Board Member, Mountain States Health Alliance Foundation, Jonesborough
  • Joel Conger – owner, Mauk’s of Jonesborough, Jonesborough
  • Cliff Corker – attorney
  • Mitch Cox – owner, Mitch Cox Development Group; founder, Coalition for Kids, Johnson City
  • Bill Darden, Jr. – senior pharmaceutical consultant, P&G pharmaceuticals, Johnson City
  • Bill Derby – publisher, News & Neighbor
  • Janie Dosser – RN (retired), Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City
  • Mike Eastridge – attorney
  • David Eunson – Unicoi County High School teacher
  • Jeff Farrow – physician, Pulmonary Associates of East Tennessee, Johnson City
  • Teri Ferguson – coordinator, Parish Nursing Program, Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Mike Forrester – program director, Coalition for Kids
  • Bob Garrett – president, Atlanta Investments, Inc., Johnson City
  • Homer G’Fellers – general manager, Johnson City Power Board, Jonesborough
  • Ike Gibson – retired, Hancock County Department of Human Services; volunteer, Of One Accord Ministries, Sneedville
  • Joanne Gilmer – retired, General Shale Corporation, Johnson City
  • Keith Glover – Director of Student Life at Northeast State Community College, Northeast State Community College, Piney Flats
  • Sam and Sally Greer – Sam: retired plant manager of Mayfield Dairy Farms, now active community volunteer; Sally: active community volunteer
  • Polkie Gregory – special education teacher (retired), Johnson City School System; volunteer, Special Olympics, Johnson City
  • Dr. Dana Grist, optometrist and owner, Family Eye Care Center, Johnson City
  • Tommy Greer, CPA, Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, Johnson City
  • Stella Gudger – president, Price Public Community Center, Rogersville
  • Bill Hawkins – retired chairman and CEO, General Shale
  • Elizabeth Ann Hay – professor (retired), King College; founder, Holston Habitat for Humanity, Kingsport
  • Don Hill – owner and CEO, Toyota of Kingsport
  • Patricia Holtsclaw – president, Mountain States Foundation, Elizabethton
  • Tom Hornsby – consultant, VisionWorks, LLC
  • David Howard – chief financial officer, Johnson City Power Board, Johnson City
  • Patricia Huffman – certified public accountant
  • Frank Jarret – retired management, J. I. Cornett Construction Company
  • Lisa Jones – motivational speaker; founder, Cracked Pot Ministries, Bristol
  • George Karnes – dentist, TMJ Treatment Clinic
  • Dr. Michael Kimbro, physician and missionary to Peru, Mountain City
  • Tom Krieger, retired, Fleming Foods
  • Joe Knisley – pharmacist and owner; West Towne Pharmacy, Johnson City
  • Bobbie Kay Lewis – financial analyst, East TN State University’s Clemmer College of Education, Elizabethton
  • Fred Lewis – vice president for information technology, Northeast State Technical College, Johnson City
  • Bill and Kathy Linebarger – endodontist and Community Volunteer, Johnson City
  • Sheldon Livesay – executive director, One Accord Ministries, Rogersville
  • Odie Major – regional president, SunTrust Bank, Johnson City
  • Danny Matthews – vice president, Summers-Taylor, Johnson City
  • Stephen May – physician, Elizabethton
  • John Melton – senior VP and CEO, Washington County Operations, MSHA, Johnson City
  • Carolyn Miller – director, Bridge Refugee Service
  • Creola Miller – director (retired), Head Start Program, Carter County School System, Elizabethton
  • Donald Minor – HIV/AIDS educator, CVS/Caremark, Johnson City
  • Mattie Mullins, retired teacher, Johnson City
  • Terry and Patty Muse – financial advisor and office manager, New York Life, Johnson City
  • Russell Nelson, business development manager, Energy Systems Group, Johnson City
  • Dr. John O’Dell – director, Sullivan County Schools
  • Tom Parker – principal, Holston View Elementary, Bristol, VA
  • Trish Patterson – director, Hands On! Museum, Piney Flats
  • Dr. Connie Pennington – physician, Pennington Colon and Rectal Associates, Johnson City
  • Fernando De Sousa Pereira – ESL interpreter, Johnson City Schools, Jonesborough
  • Brian Ponder – Ponder’s Auto Repair
  • Dennis T. Powell – former owner of Dennis Powell Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge, Johnson City
  • Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, president, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon
  • Ed Robinson – director, Moody Aviation
  • Brian Rosecrance – executive director, Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Lottie Ryans – director, customer service operations, TN/VA, Sprint
  • Dr. David Schilling, physician, Church Hill Free Medical Clinic, Kingsport
  • Denise Sibley, M.D. – physician, Wellspring Healthcare, Johnson City
  • Bobby Snyder – Daniel Boone High School basketball coach
  • Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr., president emeritus, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
  • Joel Stauffer – chaplain, Elizabethton Police
  • Jim Stewart – owner, Stewart and Associates, Kingsport
  • David Temple – president, Saratoga Technologies, Johnson City
  • Kathy Torgerson, church secretary, Central Church of Christ; founder, Down But Not Out, Johnson City
  • Carol Transou – history teacher
  • John Vann – president and CEO, Clinical Trial Management Services
  • Dennis Vonderfecht – president and CEO, Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Bill Walker – principal, Rogersville City Schools, Rogersville
  • Marcy Walker – Johnson City School Board
  • Doyle Walters – general manager, Johnson City Power Board
  • Carlyle Walton – president/CEO, Takoma Adventist Hospital
  • Mark Webb, Dentist, Webb Dentistry, Bristol, TN
  • Dr. Brent Welch, Physician, Gastrointestinal Associates, Johnson City
  • Kathryn Wilhoit – vice president/CNO, Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Clem Wilkes – financial advisor/stockbroker, Raymond James Citizens Investments
  • Peggy Willocks – principal (retired), Elizabethton City Schools; Parkinson’s Disease, advocate and leader, Johnson City
  • Ambers Wilson, Jr. – owner, Masengil’s Specialty Shop, Johnson City
  • Calvin L. Wilson, Jr. – financial advisor, UBS financial services, Johnson City
  • Laura Steel Woods – vice president of legal affairs, Care Centers Management Consulting, Inc., Johnson City

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