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Steel-Hendrix Awards 2013 Scheduled

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 and justice.

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 Arkansas.

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 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 the public.

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