Religious Life

31st Annual Steel-Hendrix Banquet

The 31st Annual Steel-Hendrix Award Banquet to celebrate UMC education, social awareness, and youth service will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The Banquet will be held in The Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center at 5:30 p.m. 

The 2016 Steel-Hendrix Award recipients are:

  • Dr. Brooks Holifield – The Mary and Ira A. Brumley Award for Religious Education

    E. 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 Sciences.

    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

    Anthony 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.

    A graduate 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.

    Falkowski 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).

    Falkowski 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 Year Award

    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. 

The cost for the banquet is $20 until Feb. 19, $25 after that date w/ deadline of March 4th

Willson Lecture

"Hope in a Time of Climate Change: A Dialogue Between the Bible and Science"

Following the banquet at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, will give a lecture that is free and open to the public. 

For more information or to register to attend, please email the Office of the Chaplain at or call 501-450-1263.