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Roanoke alumnus, former chaplain and student recognized for ministry and service work

  • Roanoke alumnus, former chaplain and student recognized for ministry and service work

  • 06/26/13
  • Salem - A Roanoke College alumnus, a retired chaplain and a student recently were honored by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia for their service and ministry through the Lutheran church.

    The organization recognized alumnus George Kegley '49, retired chaplain the Rev. Paul Henrickson, and senior Tim Cywinski with its annual Hearts & Hands Service Awards.

    Kegley (pictured on the left) was named one of the runners up for the awards, while Henrickson received honorable mention and Cywinski was a youth runner up.

    Lutheran Family Services of Virginia offers various services, including relocating foster care children to temporary or permanent housing and providing care to disabled individuals. The organization, which aims to express God's love through serving others, has existed for 125 years.

    The Hearts & Hands Awards are given to men and women who serve in their church or community through either a job or volunteer work.

    Kegley, who received $250, was chosen as runner-up because of his extensive ministry work. He chairs the social ministry committee at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Roanoke, where he works with the church's food pantry by collecting food and distributing it to people in need. He also helps refuges escape danger and resettle in the Roanoke Valley.

    Kegley, a retired journalist, previously was the assistant secretary for the Rescue Mission in Roanoke. He has been a member of the Pastoral Counseling Center, Western Virginia Land Trust and Brandon Oaks Advisory Board.

    Henrickson (pictured on the right) was chaplain at Roanoke for 30 years before retiring in May. As chaplain, he organized  numerous service trips, including a spring break trip to build houses in Columbia, S.C., with Habitat for Humanity. He also organized the annual R House project, for which freshmen build a Habitat house on campus for a family in need.  

    At Roanoke's Commencement in May, President Michael Maxey announced the creation of the Rev. R. Paul Henrickson Program Endowment for Community Service and Experiential Learning, which will fund service opportunities for students to become involved in firsthand learning. 

    Cywinski (pictured below), of Catlett, Va., was honored for his service and philanthropic leadership. As a middle school student, Cywinski took various relief-work service trips to Hurley, Va. Also, he spent two years giving speech tours for the Virginia Synod's youth-to-youth projects and was Lutheran Youth Organization president. In addition, he organized and participated in the 30-hour famine alongside his church congregation and oversaw the Virginia Synod Youth Podcast, known as AmbassadorCast.

    At Roanoke, Cywinski is philanthropy chair for the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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