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2017 Steel-Hendrix Awards

CONWAY, Ark. (December 19, 2016) — The Marshall T. Steel Center will honor three extraordinary church and community leaders at the 32nd Annual Steel-Hendrix Award banquet on Tuesday, April 25, in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student life and Technology Center at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the banquet cost $25 through Thursday, April 20.

Cindy BurnsThe banquet will be followed by the annual Willson Lecture, given by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Levine is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhoades and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture will be held in Mills A at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

David Gill 2The banquet and lecture are sponsored by the Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy and the Office of the Chaplain. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain at 501-450-1263 or

The 2017 Steel-Hendrix Award winners include:

Mary and Ira Brumley award for Religious Education Christy Lemmer— Cindy Burns

Cindy Burns has been a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church since relocating to Little Rock in Sept. 1985 and has been on staff at PHUMC since June 2000.  She has worked in areas of Adult Education, Missions, Evangelism, and Assimilation. Since June 2008 to present, Burns has served as Director of Children and Families.

Ethel K. Millar Award of Religion and Social Awareness — Rev. David Gill

Rev. David Gill served churches in rural Indiana for seven years and also lived in Christian community in Boston.  He has taken youth groups to Heifer Ranch for summer mission trips and then was invited to join the staff of Heifer.  He served 12 years as their Director of Church Relations and Grants. In 1997 he became Executive Director of Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center.  He helped start a Solar School that has graduated 13 classes of students who have installed more than 60 solar power projects in Haiti.

>Hendrix College Youth Director of the Year — Christy Lemmer

Christy Lemmer is the Ministry Program Director at First United Methodist Church in Morrilton, Arkansas. She attended Henderson State University and University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she studied Early Childhood Education.  She is currently a certified Lay Servant in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit