CONWAY, Ark. (July 11, 2013) - The 29th Annual Steel-Hendrix
Awards banquet will be Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Worsham
Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.
The 2013 Steel-Hendrix Award recipients are:
- Mauzel Beal – The Mary and Ira A. Brumley Award
for Religious Education
- Rev. Ed Matthews – The Ethel K. Millar Award
for Religion and Social Awareness
- Zach Schrick – The Hendrix College Youth
Director of the Year
Mauzel Beal has been an Arkansas United Methodist archivist
for more than 20 years, president of Church Women United, president of North
Arkansas Conference Ministers’ Wives and District Wives organizations, and a volunteer,
leader, and member of many other committees and organizations.
This year, Beal is the recipient of the Mary and Ida
Brumley Award for Religious Education, which honors those who have provided
distinguished service in the field of religious education. The award celebrates
the legacy of Mary and Ida Brumley, long-time Christian education leaders in
the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Matthews retired as the senior pastor at First United
Methodist Church in Little Rock in 1998 and has since been an interim pastor at
First UMC in Jacksonville, Horseshoe Bend, and Mountain View. In addition to
his numerous volunteer activities and church leadership, he has consulted with Methodist
Children’s Home and Family Health and the Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.
Rev. Matthews is the recipient of this year’s Ethel K.
Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness. The award recognizes persons
whose lives have been distinguished by a passion for social justice and a
commitment to the general welfare of all people. The award is given in memory of Ethel K.
Millar, a long-time Hendrix College librarian whose passion for peace, commitment
to a variety of social organizations, and work as a role model inspired Hendrix
students to devote their lives to the pursuit of the highest ideals of peace
Zach Schrick is the director of youth and young adult
ministries at First UMC in Magnolia, Ark. and serves on the Arkansas Conference
for the UMC. The Youth Minister of the Year Award he will receive this year was
created in 2003 to honor individuals who have been outstanding in their service
to young people through the youth ministry of the United Methodist Church in
The cost for the banquet is $20 if payment is received by
March 12; $25 after March 12. For more information or to register to attend,
contact Hendrix Chaplain Rev. J. Wayne Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or
at (501) 450-1263.
Following the banquet, Dr. Walter Brueggeman, professor
emeritus of the Ohio Theological University and author of more than 100 books
including The Prophetic Imagination,
Message of the Psalms, and Truth Speaks to Power, will give a lecture that is free and open to
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in
engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year,
Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by
U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix
is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s
best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change
the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual
list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the
Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.