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The Award Goes to…Christian Service and Leadership

In celebrating 35 years on November 11, Houston Graduate School of Theology will honor four alumni by presenting to each a prestigious award for their outstanding accomplishments and impact in Houston and beyond.

The Delbert and Carol Vaughn Alumnus Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ministry, granted to two alumni each year over the past three years, will go to three alumni this year. The first is Rev. Dr. John R. Adolph (DMin, 1999), Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont. Well known for preaching and teaching, he can be seen on TBN, for example, and is the author of five bestselling books. Reverend Adolph is also extensively active in religious and community affairs, from piloting the building of affordable homes for low- to middle-income families, to establishing a church in the San Jacinto Mall in Baytown.

The second HGST alumni to receive the award is Reverend Leo Griffin (MDiv, 1991), Pastor of Houston’s historic Wesley AME Church. Under his leadership there since 2002, the church has acquired additional facilities to house the Church School, Youth Church, and Children’s Nursery, among other improvements. Pastor Griffin has also launched several programs that serve the Greater Third Ward, from feeding the homeless to ministering to the community’s seniors.

The third awardee, Amy Wine (MAC, 2014), a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, is the founder of the Amy Wine Counseling Center. Located in Cypress, the group counseling practice with a team of thirteen therapists specializes in working with children, teens, adults, and families. Amy is the third HGST alumnus with a counseling degree to receive this award.

Rev. Dr. Herbert S. Fain, Jr., JD, HGST’s Professor of Legal and Social Ethics and also an alumnus of the school (MDiv, DMin), will receive the Meritorious Service Award. Trained as an attorney, he worked for the city of Houston early in his career. Ordained as a Baptist minister, he speaks frequently at churches, workshops, and conferences, and has served as a chaplain at several Houston hospitals, including MD Anderson. Dr. Fain is also the president of the Saint Nicholas Foundation.

In honoring them—along with Bishop McKenzie—for their Christian service and leadership, HGST also celebrates the ways they exemplify the seminary’s vision and mission.

Dave Bounds