UTM Baptist Collegiate Ministry receives Student Mobilization Award
Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:59 pm
The Messenger, February 17, 2011
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Tennessee at Martin has received the prestigious Courts Redford Award for Excellence in Student Mobilization for 2010 from the North American Mission Board (NAMB), an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), a UT Martin campus organization for over 70 years, placed 10th in the nation and is being recognized for preparing students to “push forward the cause of Christ in many ways.”
The Rev. Morgan Owen, a Tennessee Baptist Convention Collegiate Specialist who serves as director of BCM at UT Martin, gives credit to the passion of student’s willingness to follow Christ.
“Whether it be reaching out to the local campus or going to the other side of the world, UT Martin students over the years have taken seriously the call of Christ to be the light of the world. That’s what I love about working with college students. They believe that Jesus meant what He said and what He spoke to His disciples about witnessing to a lost world is just as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago,” Owen says.
Johnnie Stephens, who currently serves as BCM student president, has spent the last two summers serving through NAMB.
“Serving has given me a chance to step out of the everyday and encounter a ‘lost world’ right here at home. I have done everything from working with Indian refugees in the mountains of Nevada to serving at a theme park in Florida, and it is all for the glory of God,” according to Stephens.
NAMB’s celebrated award is named in honor of Dr. Courts Redford (1898 – 1977), who served with the Home Mission Board, the predecessor of NAMB, for 21 years (1943 -1964), the last 10 as the chief executive officer.
In the summer of 1944, Redford mobilized more than 70 college and university students to serve across the nation through the Home Mission Board, birthing the student missionary strategy.
Redford recognized the value and impact students could have in evangelism and church planting.
His legacy continues as the North American Mission Board’s Student Missionary Deployment Team maintains his vision and commitment as they assist local churches and convention partners to deploy students across North America today.
In addition to UT Martin, other colleges and universities honored in 2010 include the following: Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal, Mo.; Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.; Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C.; Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.; Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss.; and Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.