Seven Members Receive Notable Persons of Honor Awards from Columbia Union

Seven Members Receive Notable Persons of Honor Awards from Columbia Union

During the Columbia Union Conference year-end meetings, Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president; Rob Vandeman, Columbia Union executive secretary; and Seth Bardu, Columbia Union treasurer, presented the fourth Columbia Union Notable Persons of Honor Awards to seven individuals.

“We recognize people who have taken seriously Solomon’s admonition [Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom] and have given their all in the service of God,” said Vandeman. “We celebrate them today, not just for their Earthly accomplishments in the church and the community, but because through their work, they’ve helped to advance Christ’s mission and build His kingdom.”

The following people received awards:

  • Charles Edward Bradford, retired church administrator
  • Jane Browning, a longtime Mountain View Conference administrative assistant
  • Eleazar De Gracia, New Jersey Conference pastor
  • Frank and Dolly DeHaan, philanthropists
  • Cyril Hardy, physician
  • Olive J. Hemmings, Washington Adventist UColumniversity professor

William T. Cox, Allegheny West Conference president, accepted an award on behalf of Bradford, who could not attend. José H. Cortés, New Jersey Conference president, accepted on behalf of Eleazar De Gracia, and Weymouth Spence, Washington Adventist University president, accepted on behalf of Hemmings.

Feature photo: Rob Vandeman; Jane Browning; Dolly and Frank DeHaan; Cyril Hardy; Dave Weigley; and Seth Bardu gather during the Columbia Union Conference year-end meetings.