Milligan College President Dr. Bill Greer, left, presents Church Hill volunteer Lynn Parker with an award Tuesday for being among 12 men and women recognized as the most Christ-like servant-leaders in our region. All other recipients were either from John
JOHNSON CITY — Lynn Parker of Church Hill was one of 12 people honored during a special convocation Tuesday at Milligan College for being one of the most Christ-like servant leaders in Northeast Tennessee.
All other honorees were either from Johnson City, Gray or Bristol.
Parker was nominated for the honor by the Of One Accord ministry, where he has volunteered almost 10,000 hours.
Parker retired from Eastman Chemical Co. in 1998 following 35 years of service and founded Emergency Services in Church Hill, which is an Of One Accord satellite office serving east Hawkins County.
Of One Accord Director Sheldon Livesay noted that these recognitions take place each year to inspire Milligan students to follow Jesus’ example, demonstrating that “a life of service is what is counted in God’s eyes as greatness.”
“The ministry has distributed 2,627,000 pounds of food through 2012, and Lynn has invested nearly 10,000 volunteer hours to ensure those in need in Hawkins County would have access to emergency food,” Livesay said. “This sometimes means the difference in families keeping their lights on, their rent paid or needed medicines purchased.”
Livesay added, “Lynn has helped recruit and supervise 100 volunteers who work through the food pantry. He raises most of the funding to pay for utilities and expenses for Emergency Services.”
Parker also served on the Of One Accord board of directors and served as chairman in 1999 and 2000. He is a former Church Hill alderman, Hawkins County commissioner, as well as a former board chairman of the First Tennessee Utility District and member of the Holston Electric Cooperative board of directors.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 50 years, and Parker is active at First Baptist Church in Church Hill.
He represented his church on the Tennessee Baptist Convention and was the only lay person to chair the Holston Valley Baptist Executive Board, which is an association of 54 churches in Hawkins and Hancock counties.
“In knowing Lynn and his family for almost 50 of my 64 years, I have never heard him allude to a bad joke, never a foul word, never angry, and you won’t find anyone who has ever been offended by this man who walks closely behind the footsteps of his Savior,” Livesay said. “Lynn began teaching Sunday school at Church Hill’s First Baptist Church 35 years ago to a class that won’t let him go. The class exceeds 70 people and is by far the largest class in a Hawkins County church.”
Others recognized Tuesday by Milligan College were Larry Calhoun, Johnson City; Tom and Donna Seaton, Johnson City; Tabatha Gonzales, Johnson City; Mark Sitter, Johnson City; Jim Heaton, Johnson City; Phillip Timp, Bristol; Jeff and Jennifer Keller, Johnson City; David Torgerson, Gray; Ann O’Quinn, Johnson City; and Thomas Torbett, Gray.