In recognition of outstanding men’s ministry in their local churches, the Southeastern Jurisdiction UM Men in partnership with the G. Ross Freeman Foundation annually presents G. Ross Freeman Leadership Awards to pastors nominated by their local men’s fellowship through their annual conference UM Men. In 2011, six pastors received the honor.
The Rev. Philip Short, pastor of First UMC in Stuart, Fla., began a weekly meeting of the Band of Brothers. The weekly Bible study launched several service projects.
The Rev. Ross Carter, pastor of Sunrise UMC in Holly Springs, N.C., participates in UM Men activities including Saturday breakfasts, the softball team and a building project at Camp Rockfish.
The Rev. Lynn Hill, pastor of First UMC in Franklin, Tenn., launched “Men of Momentum,” a group that meets weekly for Bible study and prayer. He also supports mission trips, Habitat builds, and a ministry in the Nashville inner-city.
The Rev. Geneva Stafford, pastor of Jeremiah/Mt. Seal UM churches, leads a Bible study and supports a prayer-line ministry. She helped lead the “Hundred Men in Black” fund raiser, a Veteran’s Day celebration and a Senior Citizen Day.
The Rev. Eddie Braswell, pastor of First UMC of Dawson, Ga., supports local and district UM Men activities and helped form a disaster-relief team.
The Rev. Paul Milton, pastor of St. Mark UMC in Charlotte, N.C., leads a men’s Bible study group and participates in all UM Men activities.
Photo: Freeman Awards