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Barbour Ministerial Association honored

Submitted photo Chamber President Dr. Tim Barry recently presented the 2019 Barbour Chamber of Commerce President’s Award to the Rev. Jon Villers, left, President of the Barbour County Ministerial Association.

PHILIPPI – Chamber President Dr. Tim Barry recently presented the 2019 Barbour Chamber of Commerce President’s Award to the Rev. Jon Villers, President of the Barbour County Ministerial Association.

The award, in the form of a bronze eagle in flight, recognizes the association as a group of “Kingdom-minded church and non-profit organizational leaders who work together to share God’s love in our community.”

The Barbour County Ministerial Association was formed in 1970 and includes the county’s American and Southern Baptist churches, United Methodist churches, Nazarene churches, Philippi Mennonite Church, the People’s Chapel, Haven of Hope Worship Center, Family Life Worship Center, and retired clergy from Protestant and Catholic backgrounds, independent and Apostolic churches.

Since its beginning, the association has marked the collaborative efforts of communities of faith, including Mountain Hospice, Heart and Hand, the Code Blue Youth Alliance, an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Lenten Luncheon Services, the Good Friday Cross Walk, community Thanksgiving meals, the Sportsman’s Banquet and financial assistance to displaced members of the community including transients in need of shelter.

The current officers of the association include the Rev. Jon Villers, president; Pastor Jeff Burnett, vice president, Brenda Hunt, secretary; and the Rev. Sam Haught, treasurer.

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