American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Rev. Craig W. Martin
Excellence In Ministry Award

The ABCOPAD Ministers Council presents two Craig W. Martin EXCELLENCE IN MINISTRY awards at the Pastors’ Banquet each year at ABCOPAD’s Biennial Leadership Conference. This award was created to recognize church leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her place of ministry. The first award is for those who have been in ministry less than 10 years. The second award is for those who have been in ministry longer than 10 years. 

We encourage all churches to be aware of this award and to nominate deserving pastors. To receive the award the minister must be a member of The Ministers Council.

If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy praise, think about these things…Philippians 4:8

Recipients of The Craig W. Martin 2016 Excellence in Ministry Award

The first awards goes to Rev. Kelly Legg, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Norristown, PA. Pastor Kelly has been their pastor for the past seven years. Under her leadership, FBC has reversed years of decline and become a “growing and vibrant community of believers.” “The church went from having one or two children, to having many children and young families in attendance.” The church completed the “Church Unique” Co-Lab, and lives out their mission to “Shepherd messy and broken people on life’s journey with our Savior and Healer.” FBC Norristown has developed a faith-based budget and is now able to tithe from their budget to bless and support other ministries. 

Jennifer Carpenter, Minister of Music at FBC Norristown, writes: “Pastor Kelly has not only shepherded us well, but is teaching us how to shepherd others to continue to bring glory to God and live out God’s love in the world.”

The second award goes to Rev. Russell Horning, pastor of The First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, PA. Pastor Horning has been the pastor at Shinglehouse since 1986. During his ministry, he has worn many hats. (As is often necessary in a smaller church), from preaching and teaching to counselor, listener, party planner and on occasion even a clown. Under his leadership the church has reached out to their community through: an annual VBS, church festivals, participation in community parades, Veteran’s Day Service and the local food cupboard, where he serves as President. Pastor Horning’s ministry reaches beyond the church to the community where he is well known and respected. Nancy Haynes writes, “He is kind, thoughtful, patient, has a wonderful sense of humor, trustworthy and understanding. In five words… HE IS A GODLY MAN.