- Dr. Brooks Holifield – The Mary and Ira A. Brumley Award for
Brooks Holifield ’63 is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of
American Church History at Emory University. He graduated from Hendrix College
with a B. A. in 1963, Yale Divinity School with a B.D. in 1966, and the Yale
Graduate School with a M.A. in 1968 and with a Ph.D. in 1970.
Holifield is the author of seven books on American religious
history, including Theology in America:
Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War (2003),
which won the Outler prize of the American Society of Church History. He has also written more than 175 articles,
encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.
He has received research fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Humanities (1976-77, 1983-84, 1991-92), the Louisville
Institute (1998-99), the Pew Endowment (1998-99), and the Luce Fellowship
Program of the Association of Theological Schools (2005-06). Most recently, in
2011, Holifield was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
In 2011, Holifield retired form Emory after 41 years of
teaching in the Candler School of Theology, the Graduate Division of Religion,
and the graduate program in history. Holifield and his wife Vicky have two
children, Erin and Ryan, and now live in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Anthony Falkowski – The Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion
and Social Awareness
Falkowski, a Delaware native, moved to Arkansas 10 years ago. After nine years
as Director of Missions and Outreach at First United Methodist Church in Little
Rock, Falkowski said he discovered his calling.
of the University of Delaware, Falkowski holds a B.A.A.S. degree with a major
in sociology and a minor in psychology. For over 30 years Falkowski was
self-employed and led men’s discussion groups for 18 years, worked with at-risk-youth,
and was a participant in a University of Delaware micro business program in
Panama. He became the Mid-Atlantic coordinator for The Earthstewards Network,
an international group whose work he joined in the Middle East, Central America,
and the former Soviet Union.
has served as co-chair of the Central Arkansas Homeless Coalition, has
reignited the ecumenical Urban Ministers Alliance in downtown Little Rock, and
has presented at numerous conferences, Rotary Clubs, and other organizations
and churches. FUMC of Little Rock and SERVE have been recipients of numerous
mission and outreach awards during Falkowski’s directorship including the
Arkansas Conference Micah Missions Award (2010), Bank Of Ozarks Reverend
William Robinson Award for Making ACHANGE In Arkansas (2012), Acting Out
Against Hunger Award to the SERVE Food Ministry (2013), and the Arkansas United
Community Coalition (AUCC) Change Champions Honoree Award for unparalleled
service to Arkansas immigrants (2015).
and his wife Becky, a native Arkansan and Hendrix College alum, live in Little
Rock. Their blended families include seven children and seven grandchildren
living in seven different states, other than Arkansas.
- Lori Fallon – The Hendrix College Youth Director of the
Lori Fallon, a life-long United Methodist, grew up in a small
rural town in central Louisiana. She
graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1997 with a Bachelor
of General Studies degree from University of Arkansas for medical Sciences with
a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
After running the Nuclear Medicine Technology Department at
Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Arkansas for four years, Fallon was recruited
to work at St. Francis medical Center is Monroe, Louisiana as a Nuclear
Medicine Technologist, where she worked for two years. She then opened a new Nuclear Medicine
Technology Department in the Monroe Surgical Hospital.
In 1997, Fallon and her husband Greg moved to Monticello,
Arkansas. Six years later, in 2003, Fallon completed a Disciple I course and
was asked to help with the youth program at the First United Methodist Church
in Monticello. January 2005, Fallon
became a full time youth director/minister for junior high and senior high
youth at FUMC in Monticello.
Fallon has graduated 12 groups of seniors. She works with her
youth group on Sundays and Wednesdays and the group participates in mission
work, Bible study, fellowship, fundraising, and trips. The youth group’s motto
is “livin’ to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”
Not only does Fallon work closely with her youth group in
Monticello, she also has been a small group leader at a number of conferences
and district events since 2005. She is
currently co-coordinator of the Southeast District youth team, a member of the
Arkansas Conference Youth Ministers Task Force, and has recently been chosen to
be a small church cohort mentor for Dover United Methodist Church.
Fallon and her husband have lived in Monticello for 18 years
and are parents of two daughters. In
2004, the couple adopted Sydney, 11, from South Korea and had Mallory, 8, in
2007, who was a micro-preemie born at 25 weeks.
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deadline of March 4th
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