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TCMA honors Chowning, Douglas for years of service

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Linda Waggener

Campbellsville University

John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, and his secretary, Sheila Douglas, were presented service recognition awards by the Taylor County Ministerial Association at its May 2 breakfast meeting at CU.

The Rev. Michael Caldwell, president of the TCMA, presented the plaques and said Chowning's and Douglas' service has been deeply appreciated over the years from January 1999 through February 2013.

Chowning said it had been an honor to serve and to receive the recognition.

"Our office, along with CU's School of Theology, will maintain its close ties and continue its support of the TCMA. Both Sheila and I will continue to serve in the future just as we always have."

The Rev. James Washington, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, assumes the role of TCMA secretary.

Thirty people attended the breakfast meeting hosted by Campbellsville University. Prayers lifted up the country, state and community in celebration of the National Day of Prayer.

The Rev. Brian Rafferty, pastor of Elk Horn Baptist Church, guest speaker, challenged each leader in the filled meeting room to become, and lead others to become, a praying people.

He said, "The Bible says pray and it will be given. Wow! Start every day with prayer. There is something special about getting up early and finding God before the day gets crazy with ringing phones and busyness. None of us will ever find peace running to man." he said, "We must pray to our Lord to place a spiritual hedge of protection around us."

For more information about the Taylor County Ministerial Association and Church and External Relations at CU, visit www.campbellsville.edu/church-and-external-relations.