Annual Awards


2017 Kenneth L. Teegarden Award
Roy C. Snodgrass III

Roy Snodgrass was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas where he and Joan met as students at Amarillo High School, home of the Golden Sandies (short for sandstorm, although sandstorms were anything but golden).  They both were graduated from TCU and from the University of Texas.  Roy has a BA from TCU and a JD (with Honors) from UT.  Joan and he were married after college and have two children, Brannon Smith and Roy C. Snodgrass IV, and two grandchildren, Dorothy Ann Smith (named after Roy’s mother) and Lathrop Winchester Smith IV (named after his father and known by “Winn”).

Roy practices law in Austin with Graves Daugherty Hearon & Moody, P.C. where he has served two terms on its Board of Directors.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc., Banking and Finance Law, (1995-2017) and in Texas Monthly, Super Lawyers®, published by Thomson Reuters, (2003-2012).  Joan and he are longtime members of University Christian Church in Austin, where he has served twice as President and Elder.  Roy has chaired the Board of Hospice Austin, a non-profit and the largest hospice and bereavement care provider in Austin, and has chaired the Board of Brite Divinity School, where his grandfather was Dean from 1950 to 1955.  He has served on the TCU Board of Trustees since 1998.  He and Joan were given the Valuable Alumnus/Alumna Award by TCU in 2006.  They are avid fans of all TCU sports, especially enjoying following the TCU baseball team to Omaha each time it has appeared in the College World Series.

Being Brite Award
First Christian Church of Midland, TX

2017 Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for Pastoral Ministry
The Reverend Cyndy Walker Twedell

Rev. Cyndy Walker Twedell serves as Senior Associate Minister at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. For her entire life the Christian Church has encouraged her in faithful service. She grew up at Central Christian Church in Vernon, Texas and was ordained there on August 15, 1982. She had received degrees from TCU and Brite Divinity School and married Jack. Soon she would be employed at Arlington Heights Christian Church in Fort Worth. Their daughter, Jackie, was born in 1986 and the following year Cyndy began her ministry at University Christian Church. Chris, was born in 1992. Cyndy has had the good fortune of serving at University Christian Church for their lifetimes, with new responsibilities along the way as both the church and Cyndy changed and grew. In February Rev. Twedell will celebrate 30 years of pastoral ministry with University Christian Church.

Cyndy enjoys setting a welcoming table to share communion or a cup of tea and conversation. Her sense of hospitality is grounded in her communion table theology where Christ’s unconditional love is extended to all.

In addition to her work she enjoys reading, gardening, photography and traveling to both coasts to see her amazing kids—Jackie now serves as pastor of a church in Richmond Virginia and Chris is an engineer designing satellites in Sunnyvale California.

2017 Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for General or Institutional Ministry
The Reverend Dr. Robert W. Hawley

Bobby was born in Breckenridge, TX and was raised in First Christian Church, where his family had been active for four generations.  A few years later, his family relocated to Wichita Falls and quickly became active in FCC, Wichita Falls, where he was later ordained on March 24, 1985.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, his Master of Divinity from TCU’s Brite Divinity School and his Doctorate in Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas.  Bobby also obtained credentials as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

He joined the staff of the Christian Church Foundation in November 1998 as assistant vice president in the South Central Zone and was named vice president in 2001.  Before joining the Foundation, he served nine years as senior minister at Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in El Paso, Texas.  He also served as an associate minister at Alamo Heights Christian Church, San Antonio and chaplain for Juliette Fowler Homes in Dallas while a student at Brite.

He is responsible for working with members, congregations, regions and other entities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Great River, Oklahoma and Southwest Regions to promote the establishment of permanent funds to benefit the whole church.  Bobby has a pastor’s heart and is wholly committed to his ministry to help individuals and families take full advantage of the planned giving instruments that are available in order to bring maximum benefit to themselves, their heirs and the church they love.

The Christian Church Foundation is a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) devoted to helping individuals be good stewards of their accumulated assets through planned giving and permanent funds.  The Foundation helps congregations to be good stewards of gifts received by creating sound permanent fund policies and through prudent, long-term investment.

Having met at TCU, he and Diane Ackall were married at Robert Carr Chapel just prior to his beginning his studies at Brite.  Diane is an RN and currently is on the faculty of Harris School of Nursing at Texas Christian University.  They have three children – Alicia, Kelsey and Noah.

2017 Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for Specialized Ministry
The Reverend Dr. Roger W. Wedell

The Reverend Roger W. Wedell, Ph.D., is Project Manager, Lilly Endowment Project on Financial Well-Being, at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX.
Born and raised in California, Roger Wedell has been a resident of Texas for over 40 years. He graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University in 1970, with a B.A. in Religion.  He completed his M.Div. at Brite Divinity School in 1973 and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He completed his Ph.D. in Religion/Theology and the Arts at The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA in 1983.

He has served local congregations in Fort Worth and Longview, TX and Cupertino and Hayward, CA and as ecumenical campus minister at The University of Texas at Arlington.  His professional career has included work with Thanks-Giving Square Foundation, The School of Theology for the Laity, AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Interfaith Network of Tarrant County and Legal Hospice of Texas.  From Fall 1983 until Fall 2000, he was Adjunct Faculty in the TCU Religion Department.

Dr. Wedell is a guest speaker, workshop leader and consultant in the areas of worship, religion and the arts, religion and homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, and non-profit management.  His published works have appeared in JED Share, The Disciple, The Congregationalist, and Modern Liturgy.  He co-authored Volume One of Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource and contributed a chapter in Art, Creativity and the Sacred. He has lectured at Brite Divinity School, Lexington Theological Seminary and Pacific School of Religion.  He has been a member of the American Academy of Religion, served on the Alliance Council of the Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Alliance, was President of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Co-Chair of the Religion and Faith Committee of the Dallas Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee, the Dallas Mayor’s LGBT Task Force and has been a member of a variety of other Boards and Committees relating to ecumenical cooperation, HIV/AIDS, worship and LGBT issues.  He served 7 years as a member of the City of Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission. He currently serves on the TCU John V. Roach College Board of Visitors, the Advisory Council of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Texas Pride Impact Funds.

2017 Distinguished Minister Award for Innovative Ministry
Pastor Rick Owen

Rick Owen has served as pastor of Pathway Church for 30 years. His life purpose is to raise a family that will reach future generations for Jesus, raise up a church that will demonstrate the Kingdom of God on planet earth and train up leaders that will reach future generations for Jesus.

Rick received a BBA from Midwestern State University in May of 1977 and his MDiv from Brite Divinity School in December 1989.  Rick has partnered in the training of pastors in Ethiopia, Nicaragua and the revitalization of floundering churches local and abroad.   Rick has been married to Dallas for 37 years, is the father of three sons—Justin, wife Lara, Jacob, wife Summer and James, fiancée Corinne—as well as four grand dogs.  He is a CrossFit enthusiast and a faithful fan of the Texas Rangers. Most of all, Rick is a sinner saved by grace.




1995 Martin E. Pike, Jr.
1996 Richard Crews
1997 Ora M. Shelton
1998 Hugh Baker
1999 Gilbert Davis
2000 Glenn Routt
2001 Roy E. Tomlinson
2002 Don E. McKenzie
2003 J. Sydney Carnes
2004 Oran and Charlotte Nabors
2005 Charles H. Sanders
2006 Clark Ford
2007 Art Digby
2008 Bob Coleman
2009 John T. Muir, Jr.
2010 David Mindel
2011 Eldon Irving
2012 Chris Diebel
2013 Rev. Clyde Nichols
2013 Rev. Dr. Curtis L. Keith
2014 Rev. Dr. Eugene W. Brice
2014 Rev. Anthony J. Vinson
2015 Rev. David Worden
2016 Rev. Dr. Michael Waco

1995 Ronald Somers-Clark
1996 James Moudy
1997 M. Jack Suggs
1998 Allan and Jan Eubank
1999 Janet Long
2000 Catherine J. Watson
2001 Ambrose Edens
2002 Arthur A. Hanna
2003 William R. Baird, Jr.
2004 Sidney J. Spain
2005 Feliberto F. Pereira
2006 William E. Tucker
2007 Gil Ferrell
2008 Duane Bidwell
2009 Donald B. Mills
2010 Mike Young
2011 Jim Oglesby
2012 Kathryn Williams
2014 Rev. Dr. Bryan G. Feille

1995 Kenneth Teegarden
1996 Erline Walker
1997 W. A. Welsh
1998 Frank Mabee
1999 Roy Martin
2000 Lloyd Allen
2001 Ralph and Mary Maxine Palmer
2002 Jo Taylor
2003 Jan and Lloyd Tatlock
2004 Edward L. Dowell
2005 Belva Brown Jordan
2006 Sandy and Dan Owen
2007 Mary Luo and David
2008 Carl E. Zerweck III
2009 Robin Hoover
2010 John Butler
2011 David Owen
2012 Betty Youngman
2013 Revs. Gail and Wayne Long
2015 Rev. Mack McCarter
2016 Revs. Dorothy and Lew Davis

2008 Holly McKissick
2009 Irie L. Session
2011 Jan and Ralph Stone
2013 Rev. Ben Todd, Jr.
2016 Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum

2007 Edwin and Lou Michael
2008 Roy and Edna Tomlinson
2009 Ora M. Shelton
2010 Bob and Joan Floyd, Sr.
2011 Rev. Dr. Earl and Mrs. Martha Bissex
2012 Gilbert Davis
2013 Rev. Dr. Paxton Jones
2014 Rev. Arthur A. and Susan S. Hanna
2015 Rev. Richard Ziglar & Mrs. Peggy Ziglar
2016 Mrs. Jacqueline Mehaffy

2007 First Christian Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, Texas
2008 Bethany Christian Church, Houston, Texas
2009 First Christian Church, Pasadena, Texas
2010 Central Christian Church, Texarkana, Texas
2011 First Christian Church, Odessa, Texas
2012 First Christian Church, Huntsville, Texas
2013 First Christian Church, Beaumont, Texas
2014 Richland Hills Christian Church, Richland Hills, Texas
2015 Memorial Christian Church, Midland, Texas
2016 First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Granbury