The 2016 Award Recipients were honored at the Brite Minister’s Week Luncheon on Tuesday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. at the Kelly Alumni Center. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017 Distinguished Minister Awards.
Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for Pastoral Ministry- Rev. Dr. Michael Waco
Rev. Dr. Michael Waco was born in Fort Worth and entered TCU following his graduation from high school in Lawton, Oklahoma. During his freshman year at TCU he served on the staff at First Christian Church in Fort Worth as Director of Youth Activities and choir soloist. He also sang at Casa Manana Musicals for seven seasons and at the Kansas City Starlight Theater, as well as with the Fort Worth Opera. He received his B.A. from TCU in 1962 and M.Div. from Brite Divinity School in 1966. While a student at Brite he served as Associate Minister at Richland Hills Christian Church where he was ordained. He also met his wife Linda there, and in 1965 they moved to San Angelo where he was Associate Minister at First Christian Church prior to becoming Senior Minister in 1968. He received his D.Min. from Brite in 1978 and as part of that study, with church and community working together, created and established The San Angelo Children’s Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children, which continues to operate as The Concho Valley Home for Girls/Children’s Emergency Shelter.
In 1979, Rev. Dr. Waco became the Senior Minister of the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO, where he served until 1986. During his ministry there the congregation hosted a National Evangelism Conference, and in 1983 he served as the song leader of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (DOC) in San Antonio. He was then Senior Minister of Central Christian Church in Dallas for eight years. Since 1995, he has been a Chaplain at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas where he continues to conduct over 250 funerals a year and ministers primarily to unchurched families or those without a minister. He also served as part time minister at the Forest Grove Christian Church in Lucas for seven years, and at First Christian Church in Weston for eleven years. He celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his ordination last October.
Michael and Linda live in Frisco, Texas and are the parents of Jennifer Fettchenhauer and Geoff Waco, and grandparents of Max and Delaney.
Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for Specialized Ministry- Revs. Dorothy and Lew Davis
Lew Davis grew up in Chickasha, OK and went to Phillips University. Called to serve a weekend church, he was ordained at First Christian Church in Chickasha in 1949. Dorothy Armstrong grew up in Kansas City, MO, moving to finish high school in Oklahoma City. She met Lew at Phillips, and they were married in 1950. They decided together to enter the mission field in India. They completed their seminary education in 1954 at Brite. Dorothy was ordained in the Robert Carr Chapel. They were commissioned as missionaries by the United Christian Missionary Society (Division of Overseas Ministry) in 1954.
In April 1955, they arrived in India with one son and another son on its way. The first two years were a time of language study and becoming acquainted with the customs of India. They were sent to work with a growing church in a very rural area 400 miles southwest of Calcutta. For a time Lew taught in a Bible school for those wishing to become pastors; at the time, many pastors did not have a high school education. Soon Lew was going out a great deal to villages working with local pastors and recent Christians. He knew the language so well that he dreamed in it. Dorothy worked with women and boarding school children. During their time in India, they moved often, going where the need was greatest. Lew served two terms as General Secretary of the Division of Overseas Ministry in India.
Lew and Dorothy returned to the United States in 1971. After India ceased granting visas to missionaries, Lew and Dorothy ministered in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. During those years, Dorothy frequently spoke in churches about missions. In retirement, Lew and Dorothy traveled the world visiting mission fields and churches in over 90 countries.
The Davises celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in July, 2015. They have four children, two of whom were born in India. They have twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Alberta Z. Brown Distinguished Minister Award for Innovative Ministry- Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum
Andy has always been involved in church life. He grew up at First Baptist Church in Abilene. He was active at First Baptist in Canyon and the Baptist Student Ministry at West Texas A&M. He started in professional ministry in Amarillo, where he served as the Youth Minister from 1992-1995. While in Amarillo, he participated in the steering committee for the Amarillo Christian Campaign for the Homeless. While at Brite, he served as the Youth Minister at Central Christian Church in Weatherford and as Pastor of the First Christian Church in DeSoto. In 1998, he became the pastor of First Christian Church, Irving, Texas. In Irving, the church began summer mission trips for youth, taking them to Denver, CO, Girrardville, PA, and Houston, TX. It also started an English as a Second Language Ministry and participated actively in Irving Cares.
In 2002, Andy became the pastor of the First Christian Church of Arlington, TX. During his 13-plus years as pastor, the Church has initiated several innovative ministries. The Acts2 Ministry gave college students paid opportunities to spend their summer working in non-profit agencies and community ministry. The Harvesting Hope Community Garden has grown from a simple experiment into a large model of community gardening. The church has sustained a covenant relationship with Blanton Elementary, a Title 1 public school. Through that relationship, the First Christian Church has facilitated close to 200 students attending Tarrant County College’s College for Kids. Andy has been involved in the Arlington Martin Luther King Four Day Celebration, the Arlington Ministries Association, and the Arlington Clergy and Police Partnership.
Andy is married to Lori Mangum, and together they are the parents of Madison, Andrew and Joshua.
The Kenneth L. Teegarden Award- Mrs. Jacqueline Mehaffy
Jacqueline Howell Mehaffy was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the younger of two girls born to Fort Worth firefighter Ideal Howell & Jennie Vieve McRee Howell. She graduated Paschal High School in 1942 and attended North Texas Agricultural College-Associated with Texas A&M, now the University of Texas at Arlington. While attending Central Methodist Church, Jacqueline met and later married World War II Marine veteran and and TCU graduate, Mr. Carl P. Mehaffy, Jr.
Around 1954, Carl received the call to ministry and entered Brite Divinity School. Jacqueline served beside her husband as he served pastorates at Central Methodist Church, now part of Arborlawn UMC, founding pastor of Western Hills United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Weatherford, Handley United Methodist Church and as an associate at First United Methodist Church of Arlington where Jacqueline still attends.
Jackie & Carl raised two daughters Kay Mehaffy Sherman, and her husband, Robert Sherman, both retired teachers and daughter, Judy Mehaffy Richmond, a former teacher, and now a United Methodist pastor and graduate of Brite, and her husband, BJ Richmond, III. Jacqueline has 4 grandsons, 3 granddaughters-in-law, who have given her 2 incredibly wonderful great-grandsons and 2 precious great-granddaughters.
The Being Brite Award- First Christian Church of Granbury
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Granbury traces its roots to 1873, when Joseph Addison Clark and his two sons, Addison and Randolph, founded the AddRan Male and Female College in Thorp Spring. Arriving in Hood County, Addison and Randolph Clark found an unorganized group of what were called “Campbellites” meeting in the Hood County Courthouse, with the owner of a livery stable preaching on Sundays.
The Clarks organized the little group and took turns preaching. With students and faculty from AddRan College coming from Thorp Spring, the congregation became a prominent church in Granbury and was most likely considered the “campus church”.
Members built a frame sanctuary at the corner of South Houston and Bluff Streets in 1889. That building housed the church for 97 years. In 1895 AddRan College moved to Waco, and later to Fort Worth as Texas Christian University. With the removal of the college, the Granbury church struggled for a number of years. From 1940 -70, student ministers and professors from Brite Divinity School preached at the church.
The completion of Lake Granbury in 1969 increased the county’s population significantly, and church membership increased. Eventually the church would outgrow its facilities, and a new building was constructed at the present location on West Highway 377. The original frame building was moved in 1994 to the corner of Bridge and Brazos streets and is now the concert hall of the Langdon Cultural and Education Center.
A significant addition was completed in 1998, adding fellowship, activity and educational space. In 2002 the church was able to burn the mortgage for the expansion. In 2005 the congregation committed to yet another building program, adding approximately 12,000 square feet of education, fellowship, and administrative space. With the blessings of God and the faithful stewardship of many members and friends, the congregation is pleased to have completed payments on the building in January of 2012.
Today the congregation remains committed to serving its community. Among the many current priorities of the congregation, the church offers free yoga and Zumba classes, a weekly respite care ministry, multiple ministries directed toward the feeding of those who may be hungry in our community, and several health initiatives, including diabetes and Parkinson’s support groups and a parish nurse.
First Christian Church of Granbury has been a faithful supporter of Brite Divinity School, with 21 years of continuous giving in support of ministerial education.
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DISTINGUISHED MINISTER AWARD FOR PASTORAL MINISTRY
1995 Martin E. Pike, Jr. ’43, ’49, ‘79
1996 Richard Crews ’39, ’42, ‘60
1997 Ora M. Shelton ’41, ‘48
1998 Hugh Baker ’42, ‘50
1999 Gilbert Davis ’49, ‘50
2000 Glenn Routt
2001 Roy E. Tomlinson ’46, ‘49
2002 Don E. McKenzie ’57, ‘78
2003 J. Sydney Carnes ’62, ‘79
2004 Oran and Charlotte Nabors ’87; ‘91
2005 Charles H. Sanders ’63, ‘64
2006 Clark Ford ‘59
2007 Art Digby ‘78
2008 Bob Coleman ’58, ’61, ‘84
2009 John T. Muir, Jr. ’58, ’62, ‘69
2010 David Mindel ’66, ’70, ‘78
2011 Eldon Irving ‘81
2012 Chris Diebel ’53, ‘73
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
DISTINGUISHED MINISTER AWARD FOR GENERAL OR INSTITUTIONAL MINISTRY
1995 Ronald Somers-Clark ’65, ’68, ‘76
1996 James Moudy ’43, ’49, ‘79
1997 M. Jack Suggs ‘59
1998 Allan and Jan Eubank
1999 Janet Long ‘99
2000 Catherine J. Watson ‘49
2001 Ambrose Edens ’42, ‘49
2002 Arthur A. Hanna ’63, ‘68
2003 William R. Baird, Jr.
2004 Sidney J. Spain ‘52
2005 Feliberto F. Pereira
2006 William E. Tucker ‘56
2007 Gil Ferrell
2008 Duane Bidwell ’88, ’97, ‘03
2009 Donald B. Mills ‘72
2010 Mike Young ’72, ‘72
2011 Jim Oglesby ‘73
2012 Kathryn Williams ’48, ‘78
2014 Rev. Dr. Bryan G. Feille
DISTINGUISHED MINISTER AWARD FOR SPECIALIZED MINISTRY
1995 Kenneth Teegarden ’49, ‘76
1996 Erline Walker ’35, ‘37
1997 W. A. Welsh ’38, ’41, ‘54
1998 Frank Mabee ‘59
1999 Roy Martin ’58, ‘73
2000 Lloyd Allen ’44, ‘49
2001 Ralph and Mary Maxine Palmer ’48, ’50; ’47, ‘52
2002 Jo Taylor
2003 Jan and Lloyd Tatlock
2004 Edward L. Dowell ’63, ‘70
2005 Belva Brown Jordan ’76, ‘86
2006 Sandy and Dan Owen ’59; ’60, ‘63
2007 Mary Luo and David ’54
2008 Carl E. Zerweck III ’77, ‘85
2009 Robin Hoover ’74, ‘79
2010 John Butler ‘67
2011 David Owen ’83, ‘86
2012 Betty Youngman ‘84
2013 Revs. Gail and Wayne Long
2015 Rev. Mack McCarter
DISTINGUISHED MINISTER AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE MINISTRY
2008 Holly McKissick ’84, ‘87
2009 Irie L. Session ‘06
2011 Jan and Ralph Stone ’50, ’53; ’50, ’54, ‘75
2013 Rev. Ben Todd, Jr.
THE KENNETH L. TEEGARDEN AWARD
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
THE BEING BRITE AWARD
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