10th Annual Rodgers Celebration: A New Chapter for Nashville’s OAG

The Operation Andrew Group (OAG) honored three Nashville Leaders for their outstanding service at the 10th Annual Joe & Honey Rodgers Awards, held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, in November 2018.

The evening brought leaders from across our city’s education, business and faith communities. Sandy Bledsoe, Vice President at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, Sr. the Treasurer/CFO of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, CEO of Lewis and Wright Funeral Directors, were awarded the Rodgers’ 2018 Christian Civic Leadership Award. Dr. Charles McGowan, Pastor Emeritus of Christ Presbyterian Church, first President of The Operation Andrew Group, founder of McGowan Search was honored with the Rodgers’ 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Rhonda Lowry, OAG President, focused the celebration of Nashville’s Christian Civic Leaders on serving our city with heightened capacities in 2019. Marked with humility, all three recipients focused on faith as the driving component behind their outstanding careers of leadership and service. Although individuals may not embrace Judeo-Christian values, all can be inspired by the good news the gospel brings us in the person of Christ.

Sandy Bledsoe shared, “We need to not forget that God has told us to love him and love people. God speaks to us in a whisper rather than a roar, through his scriptures. I put life through the lens of asking God to show us what is good.”

Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, Sr. pointed to Nashville’s churches and schools needing to grow and thrive. “Leaders in Nashville are very blessed because of the many people who serve in our community.”  Lewis offered “you make a life by what you give, and not by what you get. Remember, we must give our time, our talent and our service.”

Dr. Charles McGowan noted “Nashville is a welcoming city. We have a caring attitude toward those who are marginalized and under resourced.” McGowan encourages “leaders who are servants, who will please the heart of God.” McGowan is particularly pleased that The Operation Andrew Group’s United4Hope program has risen to the forefront of serving Nashville’s public schools.

Capping off the 10th Annual Rodgers Celebration a new chapter for OAG was begun by Turney Stevens, Board Chair, announcing OAG’s new incoming President Michael Nolan.  “Michael has a vision of how Operation Andrew can equip congregations to serve our city more effectively through unity in the power of the gospel.”

Michael and Kristen Nolan were thrilled as the largest crowd to attend a Rodgers’ event took part in applauding the growth of The Operation Andrew Group since its founding in 2000, and now are looking ahead with them. Its time for both churches and communities to focus on serving Nashville and beyond in 2019.

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