Milligan College seeks nominees for ‘Leaders in Christian Service’

Published 3:36 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018

One local college is looking to recognize those that integrate faith in their work across the Tri-Cities.
Since 2002, Milligan College has honored 175 individuals, ranging from doctors, teachers, business leaders and other professionals, through the “Leaders in Christian Service” program. With the new year in full swing, the school is now seeking nominees for the 2018 year.
Beth Anderson, director of Milligan’s Institute for Servant Leadership, told the Elizabethton Star Wednesday that nominees should display “excellence of Christian character, a strong example of faith through professional, vocational or volunteer leadership and evidence of Christian service in the church and community.”
Over the years, Anderson noted the event tends to be the perfect opportunity to showcase the Milligan students and community at large stories of leadership and what it means to be an essential part of the community.
“Our mission is to send servant leaders out into the world,” Anderson said. “Some of the stories you hear from the event are incredible. This is a great opportunity for students to see and hear from servants in the community. They’re able to see real-life examples of what they can strive for. This is also a way for us to promote our mission to the region.”
Individuals are recognized during a ceremony held at Seeger Chapel, on Milligan’s campus, where they have an opportunity to share their story and receive a basin and towel token of gratitude. The token, which is used in several Milligan ceremonies, symbolizes Jesus Christ’s love for others and servant leadership.
“The trophies are made by a local pottery,” Anderson said. “The basin and towel are regularly used symbols in different programs at Milligan.”
Recommendations for the “Leaders in Christian Service” program are being accepted until March 2. The 2018 ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, inside Seeger Chapel and is free and open to the public.
To nominate an individual for the award, visit or call Anderson at (423) 461-8316. The achievement is open to anyone that meets the qualifications in the Tri-Cities.

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