Nominations are Due on April 15, 2017: The J. Richard Allison Social Holiness Award recognizes individuals whose lives and ministries are focused on ministries of mercy and justice. This award celebrates the lives of those who have heard God’s call as recorded by the prophet Amos, who calls his people to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever- flowing stream.” Recipients live out Christ’s call to live faithfully, to seek justice and to pursue peace.
Recipients are selected by the TN Conference Board of Church and Society.
Who is J. Richard Allison?
Reverend Richard (Dick) Allison was once described as “a man who would take to his knees in prayer, to tend his tomato plants, or help a child”. A United Methodist leader in Tennessee, Dick Allison lived out a life focused on sharing Christ’s love through service to, for, and with others.
Dick Allison was pastor in the Tennessee Annual Conference, a missionary, and a social activist in Nashville. Dick ministered in churches, in social service agencies, and in the prisons as he carried out his mission to the world.
Allison was also a visionary. While pasturing churches in Middle Tennessee, he helped with the formation of institutions that include the Heads Up Child Development Center, the Rochelle Center (Supporting People with Disabilities), United Methodist Urban Ministries, Homeplace, Inc. (Homes for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), and the Edgehill Community Garden.
As Dr. Robert Kohler noted, “Dick Allison was a man of God with a mission of doing what he did best – building bridges between the needs of the community and the resources of the church.”
The Tennessee Annual Conference offers this award with great honor for J. Richard Allison’s life and ministry.