The Ministry of Memory Award

The Society wishes to recognize and encourage excellence in archival and historical work for the local church, annual conference, jurisdictional or central conference. It seeks nominations from members of the General Commission on Archives and History, the Historical Society, chairs of Conference commissions, and others.
  • 2016 - Phil Lawton - Northeastern Jurisdiction

  • 2015 - John J. Baughman - North Central Jurisdiction

  • 2014 - Patti Russell - Southeastern Jurisdiction

  • 2013 - Lila Hill - Western Jurisdiction

  • 2012 - Roy Howard - Southeastern Jurisdiction

  • 2011 - John Gooch - South Central Jurisdiction

  • 2010 - Milton Loyer - Northeastern Jurisdiction

  • 2009 - Lois Olsen - North Central Jurisdiction

  • 2008 - Richard Seiber, Western Jurisdiction

  • 2007 - Lonise Robinson, Northeastern Jurisdiction

Guidelines for the Ministry of Memory Award

The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church awards the Ministry of Memory Award to recognize and encourage excellence in archival and historical work in the local church, annual conference, jurisdictional or central conference. All annual, jurisdictional, and central conferences are invited to participate in nominating a person to receive award. The Board of Directors has decided to give priority in the selection to a person from the jurisdiction in which the annual meeting is being held. This is done in the recognition of the high cost of travel.

If you nominated someone in the past, these nominations are kept on file and will be considered again. This award is intended to complement the Distinguished Service Award granted by the General Commission on Archives and History as that award recognizes national or international leadership. The Ministry of Memory Award recognizes someone who has served with distinction in the local church, annual, jurisdictional or central conference.

You may consider any person, clergy or lay, who has demonstrated superior work in one or more areas of archival or historical work within or beyond the local church. You may consider such activities as:

  • collecting records
  • recording oral histories
  • leading archival/historical groups
  • teaching archival methods
  • creating videos
  • caring for and preserving records
  • writing history
  • preparing exhibits
The selection will be made by the Program Committee in consultation with the Board of Directors of the Historical Society. Please send nominations to the Rev. Alfred T. Day, III, PO Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940.