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Disaster Relief Award Criteria

Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Achievement Award

The Robert E. Dixon Award is presented to one individual who meets the following qualifications:

  • A local, state, or national volunteer or a staff person.
  • A person who has demonstrated the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his or her daily life as well as in service through disaster relief.
  • A person who has provided service "above and beyond the call of duty."
  • A person who has contributed Christlike leadership in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Dixon Award is awarded based on a lifetime of service that has helped to shape the course of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Individuals nominated are key people whose contributions to disaster relief have made a significant impact on the ministry, both inside and outside their state. Their involvement has elevated Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in a significant manner. One Lifetime Achievement Award can be presented each year.

Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award

The Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to up to two individuals who meet the following qualifications:

  • A local, state, or national volunteer or a staff person.
  • A person who has demonstrated "Christ in the Crisis."
  • A person who has provided consistent outstanding leadership in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for three or more years.
  • A person who has demonstrated outstanding ability or accomplishment in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is given for a series of services. Individuals nominated should demonstrate 3+ years of service above and beyond the call of duty. No more than two Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented each year.


Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is based on the previous year's service in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief:

  • A local, state, or national volunteer or a staff person.
  • A person who has provided distinguished service to the kingdom of God through Southern Baptist Disaster Relief during the most recent year.
  • A person who has demonstrated "Christ in the Crisis" during the most recent year.
  • A person who has demonstrated distinguished ability and accomplishment in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief during the most recent year.

The Distinguished Service Award is for a specific performance in response to a crisis during the most the most recent year. Individuals nominated should have a testimony describing how they went beyond the call of duty and distinguished themselves during a particular disaster response or series of responses.

The 2017 Disaster Relief Award Recipients

Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service Award

  • Gary Smith – Texas Baptist Men
  • Coy Webb – Kentucky Baptist Convention

Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Mark Madison – Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention
  • David Reynolds – Georgia Baptist Convention
  • Ralph Rogers – Texas Baptist Men

Distinguished Service Award

  • Dennis Belz – Colorado Baptist General Convention
  • Carl Brill – Baptist Convention of Maryland-Delaware
  • James Brown – Tennessee Baptist Convention
  • Don Dana – Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention
  • Dan Fuller – Oklahoma Baptist General Convention
  • Carolyn and Jerry Gray – Kentucky Baptist Convention
  • Linda Gregory – Florida Baptist Convention