Religious Life

32nd Annual Steel-Hendrix Banquet

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. 

The 2017 Steel-Hendrix Award winners include:

Mary and Ira Brumley award for Religious Education — Cindy Burns

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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 for Religion and Social Awareness — Rev. David Gill

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

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.


Online registration is available here, fees do apply.

To pay by check please email

Checks can be mailed to:

Hendrix College

Attn: Chaplain's office

1600 Washington Ave.

Conway, AR  72032

Willson Lecture: "Jesus the Jewish Storyteller:                                       Of Pearls and Prodigals"

Following the Steel-Hendrix Banquet at 7:00 p.m. in Mills A, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will give the annual Willson Lecture.  Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes 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 is free and open to the public.