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Milligan to honor 13 'servant leaders'

Staff Report • Mar 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

MILLIGAN COLLEGE — Milligan College will recognize 13 local leaders who have demonstrated servant leadership in their careers and community at the college’s annual Leaders in Christian Service program 11 a.m. April 2 in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

“The purpose of this program is to provide examples of people who are doing an outstanding job of integrating their faith with their profession,” said Milligan President Bill Greer. “We see in these individuals wonderful examples of what servant leadership is all about, and what it can look like on a daily basis in a variety of professions.”

The 2013 Leaders in Christian Service honorees include:

• Larry Calhoun, of Johnson City, is the founding dean of the East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. He attends First Christian Church.

• Tabatha Gonzales, of Johnson City, works for Good Samaritan Ministries. She attends Taylor United Methodist Church.

• Jim Heaton, of Johnson City, is retired from Johnson City Schools. He attends First United Methodist Church.

• Jeff and Jennifer Keller, of Johnson City, attend Central Baptist Church. Jeff works with the Social Security Administration; Jennifer is employed at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz.

• Ann O’Quinn, of Johnson City, is a private piano teacher. She attends Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

• Lynn Parker, of Church Hill, is retired from Eastman Chemical Company. He attends First Baptist Church.

• Tom and Donna Seaton, of Johnson City, are the owners of The Firehouse restaurant. They attend Grace Fellowship Church.

• Mark Sitter, of Johnson City, works at VinTech Manufacturing. He attends St. Elizabeth Church.

• Phillip Timp, of Bristol, Va., works with The Beth Foundation. He attends Central Presbyterian Church.

• David Torgerson, of Gray, is retired from Washington County Schools. He attends Central Church of Christ.

• Thomas Torbett, of Gray, is retired from the Appalachian Bible Company. He attends Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. George Karnes, a dentist and founder of the TMJ Treatment Clinic in Johnson City. Karnes was a Leaders in Christian Service honoree in 2004.

He received his D.D.S. from the University of Illinois and is an Air Force veteran. Eighteen years ago, Karnes moved to Johnson City. He helped start the Keystone Dental Clinic, serving as the first president of the board and volunteering once a month in the clinic. For the past 24 years, Karnes also has led dental mission trips to Mexico.

The service will be free and open to the public.

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