The Commission on Evangelism of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Foundation for Evangelism has presented the 2016 Harry Denman Evangelism Awards to three outstanding Evangelists in our conference. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award is given to a Clergy person, a Lay person and a Youth in the North Carolina Conference who displays the Great Commission “Making Disciples for Jesus Christ” and an exceptional Evangelism Ministry in the local church. This year the Awards were presented in the local church settings where people knew the individual’s ministry the best. Rev. Dr. Jerry A. Jackson is the Chair of the Commission on Evangelism.
The Clergy Award recipient for 2016 is Rev. Karl Neuschaefer of Concord United Methodist Church in Semora, NC in the Corridor District. Karl is honored for his love and passion to minister in special ways to people in their spiritual journey in life. He has a passion to help the church and its members to become all that God has intended them to be. He ministers not only to the Concord Church but also the community surrounding the church through Walks to Emmaus, Stephen Ministries, Home Bible and Book Studies, and daily concerns for their spiritual and physical wellbeing. Karl’s one on one ministry opens the Spiritual gifts and graces to be truly used in this 200-year-old church community in Person County.
The Lay Award recipient is Laura Avery Manning of the Shiloh United Methodist Church on the Gaston Charge in the Heritage District. Laura is honored for her passion of using music to reach out and share her God given talents to daily express God’s love to all that she meets. As the Band Director of Roanoke Rapids High School, she uses her music to reach out to kids on a personal level and has led many of them to seek an understanding of faith. Laura is passionate about reaching out to the children in the community through her leadership as director of both UMYF and VBS. She excites the children through praising God with songs and stories and fellowship. Every child leaves with a message of love and a song in their hearts on a weekly base. She is the leader of Shiloh’s early morning contemporary worship service twice a month. When she teaches music, she always tries not to teach music, but also to look at the child and the kind of home life they had. Laura tries to help them to see that there is a way out and to work hard live a good life and not get into trouble with drugs and other negative influences.
The Youth Award recipient is Ms. Anna van Deventer of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in the Corridor District. Anna is the District Youth President of the Corridor District. She is honored for her passion of wanting all people to know the saving love of Jesus Christ. She uses her special gifts and talents for God’s service. She directs, promotes, choreographs and teaches two liturgical dance teams at her Aldersgate Church and choreographed at dance team for the 2015 Pilgrimage. Anna has a loving heart that goes out to people who have trouble fitting in and many times is seen talking with that new youth or adult who hasn’t quite found a group of friends to fit in with. She is an encourager to her fellow sister and brothers in Christ to continue their daily journey with Christ through prayer, presence, serve, and witness. She serves as a Youth Lay Servant of the Corridor District.
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