Now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 Society of John Wesley Award News and Events Lyndon Orinion eCalling Feb 10 2012 At Commencement each year, the Society of John Wesley Award of Merit is given to Wesley graduates who exemplify a high standard of commitment and devotion to God, to the church and to Wesley Theological Seminary. Through sacrificial leadership in ministry, these persons exemplify a high standard of involvement in the ministry and mission of the church and in the life of the Wesley community. Nominations are now open for 2012. Ninety-six graduates in total have received this esteemed award. Most recently, the Society of John Wesley Award of Merit was given to 1971 M.Div. graduate Rev. Dr. James L. Gulley and 1983 M.Div. graduate Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin at the 129th Commencement of Wesley Theological Seminary in 2011. An ordained United Methodist elder and agricultural development specialist, Jim Gulley has been a missionary, pastor, teacher, trainer, program manager and evaluator within church, government and non-government organizations. Jim has lived and served in the United States, Africa, Asia and now in Haiti as the Coordinator for Haiti for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Clint Austin has served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Washington, DC, for the past 25 years. He has also served the local church as Sunday school and Baptist Training Union teacher, usher, choir member and deacon. He has remained engaged in the community through his participation as former Chairman of the Fairfax County History Commission and the Board of Directors of the Church Association for Community Services. To continue the tradition of honoring exemplary commitment to God, church and the Seminary, on May 7th President David McAllister-Wilson will present the Society of John Wesley Award of Merit to another stellar graduate at the 130th Commencement Ceremony. Any alumni of Wesley Theological Seminary (or Westminster Seminary) who graduated at least five years prior to the nomination is eligible for this esteemed award. The recipients are nominated and selected by fellow graduates. Nominations for the 2012 Award of Merit are currently open until March 12th. Submit a nomination today!