Minnick Receives Highest Honor Presented to Roanoke College Alumni

Salem, VA - The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Lee Minnick Jr., of Chicago, Illinois, Roanoke College Class of 1955, has received the Roanoke College Medal, the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni. The medal was presented to Minnick for his commitment to education and continuing loyalty to the mission of the college, and for his generous donation of time and resources for the benefit of Roanoke College and its students.

Minnick was born in Harrisonburg and grew up in Salem, where he graduated from Andrew Lewis High School and received the bachelor or arts degree, with honors, from Roanoke College in 1955. While a student at Roanoke, he was president of the Honor Society, president of the student body, co-editor of the yearbook and president of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1955, he was selected as the Outstanding Kappa Alpha in Virginia and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Minnick earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1958. During this time, he was president of the Luther League of America and was a member of working committees of the World Council of Churches.

From 1958 through 1976, Minnick served as pastor to three churches in Virginia. During his 18 years as a pastor in the Virginia Synod, he was involved in many other areas of ministry in addition to the congregations he served. He was president of the board of trustees of the Virginia Lutheran Homes and of Marion College. During this time, Minnick provided leadership in closing Marion and merging its assets with Roanoke College.

In 1976, Minnick moved from congregational ministry to a position in the churchwide organization of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) in New York, New York. He continued his ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with a move to Chicago, Illinois, in 1988. During Minnick's 21 years of work in the LCA and ELCA, he was director of various programs, and he retired as Executive Director, Division for Outreach, ELCA. During his leadership, among other notable achievements, 1,000 new ministries were started; 200 congregations were organized in ethnic specific communities to help the LCA and ELCA move toward the commitment to become an inclusive church; and over 2,000 Lutheran pastors were trained to use outreach methodology in parish ministry. Minnick also played a lead role in expanding the Mission Investment Fund, ELCA, to be a bank for assisting congregations with low interest loans.

Newberry College awarded Minnick the Doctor of Divinity degree in 1992, and he received the Bachman Award for Distinguished Leadership in 1993 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Roanoke College recognized Minnick as one of its Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni in 1992. He is a member of the Roanoke College Associates and the Society of 1842.

After retiring in 1997 with 39 years of active service as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Minnick has functioned as senior interim pastor at two churches. Minnick is presently a consultant to the Advocate Medical Group in Chicago, assisting 250 doctors to incorporate spirituality into the practice of medicine.

Roanoke College recognizes outstanding alumni who represent the ideals of responsible leadership, intellectual integrity and good citizenship through their professional accomplishments and through service to their community and alma mater.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Roanoke College is listed in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide as a national liberal arts college. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the mid-Atlantic." Roanoke's 1,850 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.

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