By Janese Bennett
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Emmanuel College hosted the Annual Alumni & Friends Luncheon as part of its homecoming celebration. The Swails Center was full of excitement as friends gathered from across the nation to reminisce and reunite with classmates. Several alumni were honored for their outstanding service and contributions to Emmanuel.
At the conclusion of the luncheon, Dr. Ron White, the newly inaugurated president of Emmanuel College, introduced a new Medallion Award which is Emmanuel’s highest honor given for exceptional service, outstanding dedication and assistance to the college’s mission. President White announced Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr., General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, as the first recipient of this prestigious award.
According to Dr. White, “No one person has done more to keep this school afloat than Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.” The last twenty-four months have been a trying time for the school and Beacham has been a resounding voice of affirmation and influence in rallying churches, organizations and conferences to provide stability and support for Emmanuel. White continued, “We are thankful for all you have done in advancing Emmanuel College and causing its future to be brighter than its past.”
President White also presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Rev. Greg Hearn for his diligent service to Emmanuel College. Rev. Harrison Lampley and David Phillips received the President’s Award for their countless hours of volunteered time to maintain the college grounds throughout the summer.
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