The recipient of the Mary and Ira A. Brumley Award for
Religious Education is Mauzel Beal.
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.
The recipient of the Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness is Reverend Ed Matthews.
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.
The recipient of the Youth Minister of the Year Award is Zach Schrick.
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.