Heather Entrekin, a regular contributor to the “Ethics Sermons” section of EthicsDaily.com, has been named 2002 Pastor of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy.
The Academy is an international, ecumenical, professional organization for ordained ministers.
Senior pastor of Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie Village, Kan., Entrekin earned the honor for her exceptional concern for the life and work of the church and for her creative and effective leadership.
As Pastor of the Year, she will hold an honorary membership in the Academy for one year and will be invited to preach at its annual conference in Richmond, Va., next month.
Prairie Baptist Church continues to be the highest-giving congregation within the American Baptist Churches USA in United Mission funding.
“The world desperately needs Christians who practice and preach a love for God which sends us out to love our neighbors in ways which are difficult, uncomfortable and risky,” Entrekin said, according to ABC-USA.org. “Our world needs churches which demonstrate the diversity of their makeup and worship the reality of a loving, reconciling relationship with God and one another. If we do not, who will?”