Robinson, Jarrett among 'Leadership in Christian Service' recipients

By Greg Miller

   Milligan College on Tuesday held its Second Annual Leaders in Christian Service program.
   The program, held in Seeger Chapel, honored the commitment of 10 Christian leaders in the Tri-Cities area.
   Ed Robinson and Frank Jarrett were among those honored during the program. The director of Moody Aviation, Robinson and his family served as missionaries in the Philippines and Indonesia with Missionary Aviation Fellowship from 1970-82. Robinson came to Moody Aviation as an instructor and was named director of the school in 1996.
   A Sunday school teacher, Robinson sings in the choir at his home church. He has participated in short-term mission trips and has been active with Boy Scouts and the Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce.
   Since retiring from Jarrett J.I. Cornett Construction Co., Jarrett has served as a contractor and foreman for three Habitat for Humanity homes. Helping renovate the historic Taylor-Phillips house at Milligan College and the completion of numerous projects at Appalachian Christian Service Camp are among the many other volunteer efforts in which Jarrett has been involved since his retirement.
   Other Christian leaders honored Tuesday included Frank Anderson, Jr., Carolyn Miller, John O'Dell, Brian Ponder, Brian Rosecrance, Carol Transou, Dennis Vonderfecht, and Doyle Walters.
   The Christian leaders honored Tuesday, "are tremendous examples for us to follow," said Milligan College President Donald R. Jeanes. "We are thankful that they have lived lives of service and that they have lived out the Great Commission in every arena of their lives.
   "As members of the Body of Christ, we are all called to a variety of ministry opportunities in a variety of professions. We're called upon to change lives and shape culture, but we shouldn't confuse leadership with position, rank or authority. Indeed, we all have opportunities every day to act as a servant-leader. We should realize the critical importance of Christian leadership at every level of our society."