Religious Life

34th Annual Steel-Hendrix Banquet

TheMarshall T. Steel Center will honor three extraordinary church and community leaders at the 34th Annual Steel-Hendrix Award banquet on Tuesday, April 2nd, in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student life and Technology Center at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the banquet cost $25 through Monday, March 25th. 

2019 Steel-Hendrix Award Winners 

Mary and Ira Brumley award for Religious Education —  William A. "Bill" Waddell, Jr. 

William Waddell (small)

A native of West Helena, Arkansas, Bill Waddell graduated from the University of Central Arkansas summa cum laude in 1978 with degrees in history and Spanish. After studying Spanish literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, and teaching Spanish for two years, Waddell attended the UALR Bowen School of Law and received his juris doctor degree in 1984. He has practiced law with Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP since 1984 and currently serves as the practice group leader for the Commercial Litigation & Regulation Practice Group. A former chancellor of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, he serves as the legal advisor to the denomination’s Council of Bishops, and is a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, where he currently serves as lay leader.

Waddell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as chair of the Financial Services Committee and the Legal Services Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association, and is chair of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Committee. He is also the president of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. In 2013, he received the Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award and the Philander Smith College Living Legend Award for his social justice work; and in 2014, the Father Joseph Biltz Award from Just Communities of Arkansas in recognition of his efforts to provide equal access to the legal system for those who are poor or otherwise marginalized. In 2017, he received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award and the Arkansas Bar Foundation Outstanding Lawyer Award.

Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness- Dr. Keneshia Bryant-MooreKeneshia Bryant Moore

Dr. Keneshia Bryant-Moore is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Bryant-Moore has been a nurse for nearly 20 years, providing direct patient care, health education, program planning, and implementation. As a health disparities researcher, she has extensive training and experience in community-based participatory research (CBPR), with particular focus on health disparities and inequities experienced by minority racial/ethnic groups and vulnerable populations. She co-directs the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core of the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD), which is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She has been awarded contracts from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to foster long-term engagement in research with the faith community, and to support research dissemination, training, and a platform to generate new research ideas. She has led the development of the Faith-Academic Initiative for Transforming Health (FAITH) Network. Through engagement with the faith community, she works to address the health and social needs of diverse groups of vulnerable populations, including pregnant women facing housing insecurity.

Bryant-Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint; her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University; and her Ph.D. in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, American Public Health Association, and the Little Rock Black Nurses Association of Arkansas (LRBNAA), and she is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). She serves on the board of directors for the Arkansas Birthing Project, Immerse Arkansas, and the Arkansas Center for Nursing.

Hendrix College Youth Director of the Year — Michelle Kirk

Michelle Kirk

Michelle Kirk grew up in central Arkansas, graduating first from Vilonia High School and later from Baptist School of Radiography, which launched her career as an ultrasound technologist. She has been a faithful member of Greenbrier First United Methodist Church since joining the congregation with her family in 2002. In 2008, after serving for four years in the children’s ministry there, she began to feel a call into ministry with youth. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that she began to serve in the youth ministry. 

After 6 ½ years as a volunteer youth director, Kirk accepted a part-time position as the church’s Director of Youth Ministries. She continues to work part-time as an ultrasound technologist at Surgical Associates of Conway, but is quick to say that youth ministry is where her heart is. She has attended Perkins School of Youth Ministry for the last three years and is pursuing certification in youth ministry through that program. In addition to her work in the local church, she serves on the Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministries Adult Resource Team, the Arkansas Conference Youth Ministry Resource Team, and as an adult co-leader of the Central District Council on Youth Ministries.


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Hendrix College

Attn: Chaplain's office

1600 Washington Ave.

Conway, AR  72032