Awards Presented

The Board Life & Governance Committee of the Board of Directors has the honor of selecting the Charles L. Calkins and the Clay F. Lee Award recipients. Individuals for these awards are nominated for extraordinary contributions, visionary leadership and dedication to the values of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. The selected individuals are honored at a special celebratory dinner at the fall board meeting.

Charles L. Calkins Award

Stanly Sutton

Established in 1988, the Charles L. Calkins Award recognizes an annual conference pension and health benefits administrator who, in partnership with the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, has provided exceptional service in the administration of pension and health benefits within The United Methodist Church.

The Charles L. Calkins Award is named for Charles L. Calkins who served the General Board as Associate Secretary from 1938 to 1952 and as Executive/General Secretary from 1952 to 1964.

The award seeks to recognize those who have distinguished themselves in the administration of benefits by their:

  • Extraordinary effort and unusual and resourceful leadership,
  • Overall helpfulness to pension and health benefit concerns and sharing of ideas and counsel with the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits,
  • Responsiveness to the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits in pension and health benefit matters and cooperation and assistance in the overall presentation of the programs of the Church, and
  • Advocacy of pension and health benefit programs of the Church.

Previous recipients of the Charles L. Calkins Award:

1989 The Reverend Virgil H.Ware
West Virginia Conference
  1990 The Reverend C. Edward Ditterline
New Mexico Conference
1991 E.Ward Emery
Northern New Jersey Conference
1992 The Reverend M. Ellsworth Walker
Iowa Conference
1993 The Reverend R. Terry Little, Jr.
Tennessee Conference
1994 The Reverend Harry E. Shaner
California-Nevada Conference
1995 The Reverend Russell E. Owen
Oklahoma Conference
1996 Donald A. Foster
South Carolina Conference
1997 The Reverend Gerald H. Maddox
Alabama-West Florida Conference
1998 The Reverend Richard Hamilton
New England Conference
1999 The Reverend Howard Bailey
Nebraska Conference
2002 Karen J. Crutchfield
New Mexico Conference
2003 The Reverend David Dodge
Florida Conference
2005 The Reverend Richard Van Giesen
Illinois Great Rivers Conference
2007 The Reverend Delos Corderman
South Carolina Conference
2009 Patricia Hutchinson
Virginia Conference
2011 Bruce Galvin
Pacifc Northwest Conference
Alaska United Methodist Conference
2013 The Reverend Stanley Sutton
West Ohio Conference
2015 The Reverend David L. Anderson
South Carolina Conference
   

 

Clay F. Lee Award

Keith Ewing

Established in 1999, the Clay F. Lee Award recognizes former directors of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits who have given exemplary service in caring for the pension and health benefit needs of The United Methodist Church.

The Clay F. Lee Award is named for Bishop Clay F. Lee who served the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits as a member from 1980 to 1988 and as president from 1992 to 1996.

The award seeks to recognize those former directors who have distinguished themselves by their:

  • Extraordinary contributions to and visionary leadership of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits,
  • Strong advocacy of the pension and health benefit programs of the Church, and
  • Dedication to the values of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

Previous recipients of the Clay F. Lee Award:

1999 Bishop Clay F. Lee   2000 Robert W. Stevens
2001 John W. English 2002 M. Harry Piper
2003 The Reverend Kermit L. Braswell 2005 Bishop Bruce P. Blake
2007 Joel Huffman 2009 Carl Nord
2011 Bishop Ben Chamness 2013 The Reverend Keith Ewing
2011 Dr. Joseph Heyward    

 

 
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