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Milligan honors local servant leaders

L-R, bottom row: Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer; Pat Hicks; Betsy Beaver; and Jeff Keeling. L-R, top row: Lisa Tipton; Carolyn Kerr; Martha Laws; and Jeff Dykes.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 4, 2017) — Milligan College recognized 7 local leaders who have demonstrated servant leadership in their careers and community at the college’s annual Leaders in Christian Service program today in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel.

This year’s keynote speaker was Jeff Dykes, CEO of the Johnson City Power Board.

The 2017 Leaders in Christian Service honorees are as follows:

Betsy Beaver, of Johnson City, is a community volunteer and Founder of “The River.” She attends First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Jeff Dykes, of Johnson City, is CEO of the Johnson City Power Board. He attends Southside Christian Church, Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Pat Hicks, of Elizabethton, is a retired teacher/administrator. He attends Southside Christian Church, Elizabethton.

Jeff Keeling, of Johnson City, is vice president of communications for Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union. He attends
Grandview Christian Church, Johnson City.

Carolyn Kerr, of Johnson City, serves as office manager of the Outpatient Cytopathology Center. She attends Piney Flats United Methodist Church.

Martha Laws, of Johnson City, is a retired teacher. She attends First Baptist Church, Elizabethton.

Lisa Tipton, of Johnson City, is executive director of Families Free. She attends Christ Fellowship, Kingsport, Tennessee.

For more information, contact Milligan’s Institute for Servant Leadership at 423.461.8316.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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