Dr. Ansel Augustine, D.Min., 2013
Dr. Augustine was recently honored by being named the recipient of the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award in Multicultural Gifts. The National Catholic Youth Ministry Award recognizes the significant and outstanding contributions made by women and men to the field of Catholic youth ministry. Awards are given in multiple categories, and are presented biennially at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM).
A person who has made a significant contribution to youth ministry by recognizing the gifts and charisms we share as a multicultural church and has enabled others to share their gifts in the larger church. A person who has helped the church understand and call forth the giftedness of all, especially the young church.
Dr. David Perry Ouzts, D.S.M., 2008, conducted a combined choir of 65 for the Memphis Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 22, held this year at Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), where he serves as Minister of Music and Liturgy. This annual service has been held since the early 2000s and includes Temple Israel (the largest Jewish congregation in Tennessee), the Memphis Islamic Center, and Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist churches. Clergy from each congregation participated in leadership roles, and attendance this year was 425, the highest attendance ever recorded. The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson, D.Min., 1988, Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee, was also in attendance. The liturgy began with the blowing of the shofar and an Islamic Call to Prayer, ended with a sung Hebrew benediction, and included inclusive-language anthems and hymns along with three homilies from the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions.
The Rev. Jeffrey A. Mackey, DMin., 1990, DD., 2005, has been appointed Chancellor of the newly formed educational institution, Saint Paul Center in Keystone Heights, Florida. The institution offers the BA, MA, and DA degrees in biblical studies, liturgy, or cultural studies. Mackey is also Professor of Holy Scripture and Theology. He has also been named as Dean and Professor Emeritus by the president of The College of Missionary Aviation. He is also guest organist at The Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, Florida.