UCCDM Award Honorees

The United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries has typically offered a UCCDM Award in conjunction with the meetings of General Synod.

UCCDM Award honors: (1) A person with a disability who has made outstanding contributions to church and/or society; (2) A person without a disability who has made notable contributions to the lives of persons who have disabilities; and (3) A church that has made outstanding achievement in providing opportunity for all.

The UCCDM for sometime in conjunction with the UCC Mental Illness Network offered The Bob Dell Award honoring a local UCC church or person who has done much to eliminate stigma, build a ministry, or advocate for insurance parity or legal protection for persons with serious mental illnesses. In 2013 the UCC Mental Illness Network became the UCC Mental Health Network (UCCMHN) and an entity separate from UCCDM. UCCDM believes that UCCMHN will continue to offer the Bob Dell Award.

This page is intended to introduce you to some of the past recipients of the UCCDM Award and the Bob Dell Award

2017 Honorees, General Synod 31 in Baltimore

THE REVEREND LYNDA BIGLER was the third recipient of the Virginia Kreyer Award from the UCCDM.  (Her bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.)

JOYCE BEAIRSTO received a UCCDM Award.  She was nominated by her conference minister for her “steadfast work on disabilities ministries in the New Hampshire Conference”. She is a person with a disability who has chaired the New Hampshire Conference’s Accessibility Committee and she lead her own congregation the Congregational Church of New Barnstead to become the third A2A congregation in the denomination.

CORNERSTONE FUND received a UCCDM Award for being leading advocates and allies to PWD by encouraging and supporting local congregations in financing accessibility projects.

2015 Honorees, General Synod 30 in Cleveland

THE REVEREND JEANNE TYLER was the second ever recipient of the Virginia Kreyer Award from the UCCDM. (Her bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.)

THE REVEREND CRAIG MODAHL received a UCCDM Award. (His bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.):

MISSION HILLS UCC in San Diego received a UCCDM Award

2013 Honorees, General Synod 29 in Long Beach

UCCDM Award: THE REVEREND DR. DEE BRAUNINGER (Her bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.):

The Bob Dell Award: THE REVEREND NORMA MENGEL (Her bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.)

2011 Honorees, General Synod 28 in Tampa, Florida

THE REVEREND NANCY ERICSON received a UCCDM Award.  (Her bio is available on our Former Board of Director’s page.

ST. JOHN’S UCC in Bellevue, KY received a UCCDM Award.

THE REVEREND PETER BAUER  received the Bob Dell Award.

2007 Honorees, General Synod in Hartford

In 2007, THE REVEREND VIRGINIA KREYER was named an Antoinette Brown Woman by the United Church of Christ. It is the highest honor to be bestowed upon ordained women. The award was given at Synod. For a full story of this award please see Virginia Kreyer Named Antoinette Brown Woman.

TYLER GREENE, whose church home is the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Waterloo, Iowa, produced a training video titled “I’m Tyler.” The tool is being used nationally in faith communities, schools and organizations.

“Tyler encourages others not to label people in terms of their ‘disability,’ but to appreciate others in terms of their ability,” said the Rev. Timothy J. Ensworth, his pastor.

JOSEPH MAKI is an eager volunteer at his church, Zion United Church of Christ, Le Sueur, in his community and at Pilgrim Point, the Minnesota Conference camp. “The United Church of Christ and its members have opened the doors for him,” his mother, Laura Maki, said. “He has accepted that invitation and is doing what he can to help others learn about our Lord through his service to others.”

THE REVEREND DR. ROBERT LOESCH, now pastor of Taborton Zion United Church of Christ near Sand Lake, New York, was nominated by Foster Memorial Church United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Bob has spent most of his life advocating for persons through church and community leadership in several human service agencies working to support adults with disabilities, especially those with mental illness and developmental disabilities,” said Karen Cardigan, Program Coordinator of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium.

United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries awards are given in appreciation for distinguished service to church and community in the interest of furthering the church’s mission to become Accessible to All.

THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST OF DOWNER’S GROVE, ILLINOIS will receive the Bob and Joyce Dell Award. Pastors are the Rev. Laura and the Rev. William Hoglund. The citation from the Mental Illness Network (MIN) recognizes a local UCC church or person who has done much to eliminate stigma, build a ministry, or advocate for legal protection for persons with serious mental illnesses.

“The church has been active in mental health ministry for many years with a comprehensive outreach to the community as well as to in-house services,” said the Rev. Robert Dell.