The Marshall T. Steel Center will honor three extraordinary church and
community leaders at the 33rd Annual Steel-Hendrix Award banquet on
Monday, March 12th, in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student life and
Technology Center at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the banquet cost $25 through Friday, March 2nd.
The 2017 Steel-Hendrix Award winners include:
Mary and Ira Brumley award for Religious Education — Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow
native of Dallas, Texas, the Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow serves as senior pastor at
Little Rock’s Wesley Chapel and Duncan United Methodist Churches. In addition,
he is Chaplain and Dean of Religious Life and Campus Culture at Philander Smith
College, located next to Wesley Chapel. Educated at the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff, Yow began his career teaching elementary school, but discerned
the calling to preach the Gospel and began teaching a different audience. He
earned his Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at
Southern Methodist University. Membership at Wesley Chapel has grown considerably
since Yow arrived, with Philander Smith students taking active roles in
leadership and participation. In 2015, Yow became director of the
newly-established South Little Rock Teaching Parish, under which Wesley Chapel,
Duncan, and White Memorial UMCs work with Philander Smith College to provide
mentoring and practical experience opportunities for young people considering a
call to ministry.
Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness — Rev. Maxine Allen
Rev. Maxine Allen is the Arkansas Conference UMC’s Associate Director of
Ministries for Mission Field Engagement. The first African-American woman to be
ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas, she has worked
extensively for social justice in her local community and globally for women,
children, and the poor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion
from Philander Smith College, and a Master of Divinity from the
Interdenominational Theological Center’s Gammon Seminary, where in 2008 she was
named Alumna of the Year. Her social advocacy spans five decades, beginning
with “Sing Out America,” a performance group that contained youth of all
cultures at a time when interracial groups remained prohibited in many places.
She was a founding member of the Sojourner Truth Players, a Black community
theater group in Fort Worth, Texas. Moving home to Arkansas, Allen became one
of the first on-air personalities at KABF Community Radio, providing children’s
and public affairs programming. She was instrumental in founding the first
battered women’s shelter in Arkansas (now Women and Children First) and helped
to successfully lobby the legislature to adopt stronger domestic violence laws.
She served as founding executive director of Second Genesis, a transitional
home for women coming from prison. She now serves on the Arkansas Judicial
Discipline and Disability Commission; the Arkansas Women’s Project Leadership
Team; is the first woman to serve as President of the Little Rock Christian Ministerial
Alliance; and is a member of the Gammon Seminary Board of Trustees. Within the
UMC, she chaired the first Commission on the Status and Role of Women in
Arkansas and the Commission on Religion and Race; served as campus minister at
UA Little Rock and Dean of the Chapel at Philander Smith College; and as
statewide disaster response coordinator.
Hendrix College Youth Director of the Year — Amy Bennett Shores
Bennett Shores grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana College
in Pineville, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and
went on to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Master of
Divinity. After working in college and youth ministry in Louisiana and Georgia,
Amy moved to Arkansas to be closer to family, and spent a few years working as
the Associate Director for Habitat for Humanity of Saline County. She now
serves as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Asbury UMC in Little Rock.
In addition to serving at Asbury, Amy is a volunteer for Ozark Mission Project,
and serves on the Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministries Adult
Resource Team, the Junior and Senior High Assembly Task Force, and the Hendrix
Youth Institute Advisory Board.
Online registration is available
here, fees do apply.
To pay by check please email email@example.com.
Checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Chaplain's office
1600 Washington Ave.
Conway, AR 72032
Following the Steel-Hendrix Banquet at 7:00 p.m. in Worsham South, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, will give the annual Willson Lecture.
Dr. Fry Brown
is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology. An ordained
Itinerant Elder, she is the fourteenth Historiographer, Editor of the A.M.E.
Review and is the Executive Director of Research and Scholarship for the
African Methodist Episcopal Church. She earned her Ph.D. in Religious and
Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver,
with an emphasis in Religion and Social Transformation. Her Master of Divinity
degree is from Iliff School of Theology, and she also holds a Master of Science
degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from
the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. She is the author
of five books, including Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in
Proclamation (Fortress Press, 2008), and of numerous articles and chapters
in edited publications.
The lecture is free and open to the public.