THE JOE AND HONEY RODGERS CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding personal commitment, as well as excellence in leadership, business, and civic service with a lifetime of devotion to Jesus Christ to improve and enhance quality of life for all. Past recipients include Miles Ezell Jr., Marty Dickens, Lee Beaman, Sam Bartholomew, Beth Harwell, Lee Barfield and Stuart McWhorter.
Monday, October 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Allen Arena, Lipscomb University, Purchase Tickets
This is the first time that both Civic leadership and Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented. Join in celebrating three highly distinguished, career leaders who are daily speaking into Nashville's future.
Currently serving as Metro Nashville’s Criminal Court Clerk, Howard Gentry’s civic work began as Metro Council member-at-large, followed by his election as Davidson County’s first African-American constitutional officer, as vice mayor. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and missed the run-off by less than 300 votes. He has been elected to countywide office three times. Gentry’s civic contributions are countless, working through both elected office as well as through non-profit organizations which have impacted poverty, homelessness, adult literacy, workforce development and sustainable health care, among a long list of community accomplishments.
Influencing more than three decades of gospel, pop and folk music genres as a leading singer-songwriter, Amy Grant’s talent and quiet wisdom put contemporary Christian music in the national spotlight. A six-time GRAMMY Awards winner, Grant has six No. 1 hits, three multi-platinum albums and total career album sales exceeding thirty million. She is also admired as a leading community philanthropist with multiple organizations and thousands of lives changed through her unselfish and generous contributions of time and money: “Living matters. Celebrating life matters. Faith is the one thing that stands the test of time.”
Often called a pastor to pastors, Don Finto is an international speaker and author whose most recent book, released in spring 2015, is Prepare! For the End Time Harvest. Finto began his career in ministry in post-World War II Germany (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, in German Literature). He taught at then David Lipscomb College in the ‘60s and ‘70s and later became senior pastor of Nashville’s Belmont Church. A scholar, pastor and author, he founded The Caleb Company in 1996 whose stated mission is to equip God’s people with His heart and purpose for Israel and the nations.
Joe & Honey Rodgers
Ambassador and Mrs. Joe M. Rodgers were a Nashville “power couple” in their work, their faith and their international reach. Rodgers worked in construction, real estate and finance and was involved in projects for clients that included Hospital Corporation of America, Opryland, Vanderbilt Plaza, the Fifth Third Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. President Ronald Reagan appointed Rodgers U.S. ambassador to France, after his service on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Rodgers was one of the visionaries who founded The Operation Andrew Group in the late ‘90s, serving as a board member and early chairman. His goal was to grow a collaborative group of Nashville’s Christ-centered ministries that together would make a stronger impact for Christ in Middle Tennessee. Joe and “Honey” Rodgers have a daughter, Jan Rodgers Dale (Bob), and a son Mason Rodgers (Kelli). They have eight grandchildren. Joe liked to say “Countries aren’t friends; people are friends.”
THE OPERATION ANDREW GROUP is an organization dear to Ambassador Joe & Honey Rodgers’ hearts. As one of the founders, Rodgers saw the need continually to build unity in Middle Tennessee, encouraging all people regardless of denomination, ethnic background, and economic status to come together, helping to transform their communities spiritually and socially.