You’re invited to join us as at the fifth annual Founders Circle Awards Banquet honoring those who teach, lead and serve at Christ Church and recognizing the outreach efforts of Christ Church Global. The banquet is Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in Seabrook Hall. There is no charge for dinner, but please RSVP by April 28.

Founders Circle winners: 

Christ Academy Award for Leadership: Patrick Johnston/2018 & Bill Crosby/Legacy

Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston has been part of the Christ Church Board of Trustees since 2014. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Trustees. He also served on a sub-committee of the Trustees focused on deferred maintenance and campus improvements over the course of 2018-2019, as construction operations occurred around campus, including the sanctuary renovations, Holy Grounds renovations, Seabrook renovations, roof replacements around campus, bathroom upgrades, sidewalk repairs, etc. Patrick has been married to Julie Johnston for 15 years this May, and they have two boys, Bennett (8) and Graham (6).

Bill Crosby

William J. (Bill) Crosby has been a member of Christ Church for almost 50 years. Bill has coached soccer, basketball and baseball throughout the years at Christ Church. He also has served as president of the Lamplighters Sunday school class, chaired the Church Council and the Trustees. Bill has served on the Senior Adult and Missions Committees as well as two terms on the Day School Board. He also has enjoyed three mission trips to China and one to Zambia. He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for 54 years, and they have two sons, Chris and Matthew. Matthew and his wife, Jeanne, have a son, Will. Chris and his wife, Caroline, have two daughters, Kate and Campbell.

Christ Academy Award for Teaching: Robert Wilson/2018 & Hank Shelton/Legacy

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson grew up in Millington through 4th grade and attended First United Methodist there—where his grandfather built the sanctuary and parsonage. Robert is married to Cathy, and they have two daughters, Ann (15) and Mary Quay (12). Robert and Cathy joined the Servants Sunday school class in 2004. Robert has helped teach for the class since 2006, and Robert and Cathy both agree that the Servants class has been an unquantifiable blessing to them and their family.  Studying God’s Word together has deepened their understanding of God’s character and His great love for us. The fellowship and connectedness of the class have given them great joy in the Word and humor shared each week and at numerous Christmas parties, lunches and other gatherings. The class has helped support and guide them through tough times and amplify their joy in shared celebrations in good times.

Hank Shelton

Hank Shelton attended the very first service at Christ Church with his parents, who were Charter Members. Dr. Grant confirmed Hank, and he had what Mr. Wesley called a strange warming of the heart for the first time in our sanctuary two years later. Hank met and married his wife, Ruthann, and they returned to Christ Church to raise their family in the church. Ruthann and Hank have four children: Carrie, Clay, Wes and Penny; and seven grandchildren. Over the years, Hank served on the Board, chairing several committees, coaching youth sports and Boy Scouts, was an Annual Conference District Lay Leader, Chancellor and a Director of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration. He also served Christ Church as a Delegate to the General Conference, South Eastern Jurisdictional Conference, and a Director of the General Board of Church and Society. Ruthann and Hank are both members of the Emmaus community and have served as lay directors on several Walks, and Men’s Prayer Breakfast has been a key to his devotional life since the 1960s. Hank taught the Seekers Sunday school class off and on for many years and regularly for the last 10 years. 

Award for Faithful Service: Dr. Barbara Prescott/2018 & Mary Ann Thurmond/Legacy

Dr. Barbara Prescott

Dr. Barbara Prescott is active in Bible study and the Senior Adult Ministry, co-chairing with husband, Allie. She is being recognized for her work at Cornerstone Prep initiating ARISE2Read, a reading tutoring program for second graders. She continues to share her talents with the community through Give Back Memphis, an organization that provides pro bono consulting services for nonprofit agencies. Barbara retired after enjoying a varied career as a professional counselor, consultant, educator, policy maker and nonprofit executive. In September, she will celebrate 40 years of marriage to Allie. They have two adult children, Allie IV and Allison.

Mary Ann Thurmond

Mary Ann Thurmond is married to Roy and says one of his greatest gifts was bringing her to Christ Church as a bride. They have been married 50 years and have been blessed to worship under all of Christ Church’s ministers, beginning with Dr. Grant. Mary Ann actually served on staff for five years as ministry assistant. She is actively involved in many parts of Christ Church including UMW and has served on various committees: Executive Committee, Missions Committee, Administrative Board, Nominations, Staff-Parish, Chaplain of the first Christ Methodist Day School Parents Club Board; also served as the second woman on the Christ Methodist Day School Board, Lamplighters class member for 50 years and lastly, she is very active in the Funeral Guild, which she says is one the most meaningful places she’s served. “It’s such a special privilege to walk alongside those in some of the most difficult times of their lives. The Holy Spirit is always present as we share tears and celebrate homegoings together.” She and Roy have three children, Lauren, Debbie and Clay, and three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and five step-great-granddaughters.

We Believe in Memphis 2018 Program of the Year: Brittany Spence/Forrest Spence Fund

Brittany Spence

Brittany Spence is the Executive Director and Cofounder of the Forrest Spence Fund, which was started in 2007 in memory of her first child, Robert Forrest Spence, who lived for 55 days and passed away at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital after battling sickness for almost two months. The mission of the Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically and chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. The Forrest Spence Fund has assisted more than 66,000 people in the last 10 years who are struggling with a sick child. Brittany has been married to her college sweetheart David for almost 16 years. She is a mother to four children: Forrest (who is in heaven) and Austin (10), Miller (8) and Maggie (6).

Dunnam Award for Excellence & Impact in Christian Writing: Rev. Carolyn Moore 
(Award named in honor of Dr. Maxie Dunnam)

Rev. Carolyn Moore

Rev. Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She is being recognized for her work, The 19: Questions to Kindle the Wesleyan Spirit (Abingdon). Carolyn will also be our keynote speaker. She is the author of three Bible studies: Encounter Jesus, Encounter the Father and Encounter the Spirit (Seedbed). A Bible study called Supernatural is forthcoming in 2019 (Seedbed). Her blog, Art of Holiness (, is read by thousands every month. A two-time graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.), Carolyn has served in the local church since 1998. In June 2003, she was appointed to Evans, Georgia, where she’s had the privilege of planting and developing Mosaic Church, a missional community she continues to serve as pastor. Carolyn is married to Steve, and they have one daughter who is married and serving in ministry with her husband in the Nashville area.

Buckman/Mollerup Award for Innovation in Christian Ministry & Serving: Phil Baker/The Good Shepherd Pharmacy (Award named for Bob Buckman and Joyce Mollerup, who gave the initial grant that helped establish CCGlobal and Asbury-Memphis)

Dr. Phil Baker

Affectionately known as “Dr. Phil” by his patients, Dr. Phil Baker is a passionate Christian uniquely blessed at translating complex medical problems into terms everyday people can understand. He founded the Good Shepherd Pharmacy in 2015, which has dispensed more than $12 million worth of donated prescription medication to over 2,500 vulnerable patients in three years. Good Shepherd’s free pharmacy technician program has graduated four students who are now board-certified pharmacy technicians making a livable wage. In 2018 they started the first program in the nation that allows individual patients to donate unopened oral chemotherapy medication to be dispensed to patients who would not otherwise afford it. In the first six months they brought in more than $500,000 worth of donated oral chemotherapy. Phil is a lifelong Memphian committed to improving Memphis using the talents the Lord has blessed him with as a means to share the Gospel. He and his wife, Mackenzie, have two daughters, Presley (12) and Lucy (9), and two sons, Charley (4) and Boaz (9 months).

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