Community Leaders of Faith: Bishop Bevel Jones Among Honorees at Day1 Benefit


Retired United Methodist Bishop L. Bevel Jones III was given the Day1 Pioneer Award in Christian Communication at the Day1 ministry’s annual benefit on Tuesday, March 18, at a private club in Atlanta. Jones, a religious leader in the Southeast for decades and a retired United Methodist bishop, was a longtime trustee of the Day1 parent organization, the Alliance for Christian Media. His award was accepted by his son, the Rev. Dr. David Jones.
For the sixth year the event honored several leaders who are well known for their commitment to the good of the community, and who also are deeply committed to their church and Christian faith. The event supports the Day1 ecumenical radio and internet ministry (formerly known as The Protestant Hour).

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter received the Day1 Pioneer Award in Christian Service. Mrs. Carter, who has worked for more than four decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world, spoke about the importance of her personal faith and how it energizes her desire to serve. She is a leading advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta, which was founded by former President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter in 1982.

United Methodist Homer Rice was recognized for his servant leadership in church and community along with representatives from each of the participating denominations on Day1. This year's honorees are:

  • United Methodist Church: Homer Rice. Rice is one of the nation’s most respected collegiate administrators, having served as athletics director of Georgia Tech for many years. He is a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Joan and Kirby Godsey. Dr. Godsey is chancellor of Mercer University in Atlanta and Macon. The Godseys have been active community leaders in Atlanta, Macon, and throughout Georgia, and through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 
  • The Episcopal Church: Dr. David Apple. Dr. Apple is medical director emeritus of Shepherd Center, and an active member of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip. 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:  Amy and Walt Carpenter. Walt is a physician at Emory Healthcare and active in community and church service, and Amy is a full-time volunteer, serving as a leader at NovusWay Ministries, Lutheran Towers, Wellspring Living Girls Residential Program, as well as in their church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. 
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): John and Sue Wieland. John is founder of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, and he and Sue have been committed to numerous philanthropic ventures. The Wielands are active members of the North Avenue Presbyterian Church. 
  • United Church of Christ: The Hon. Gail S. Tuson. Judge Tuson serves in Superior Court of Fulton County, is a member of First Congregational UCC, and active in numerous community aid organizations.

John Bachman, news anchor for WSB Channel 2 Action News and a trustee of the Alliance for Christian Media, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

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