2016 DR Awards- Part Two
The remaining two of SC Baptist Disaster Relief’s four annual awards for outstanding service were announced recently. George Poepping of Lexington received the Buck Buckner award and Wayne Miller of Edgefield received the Tommy Thompson award for 2016.
The Buck Buckner Award
The award named in memory of “Buck” Buckner goes to an individual who has been a leader in both SCB DR and in an allied area. This year the award went to George Poepping, a member of Northside Baptist Church, Lexington. The award was presented by Mrs. Shirley Buckner (pictured at right), widow of Buck Buckner, at the DR training event held at White Oak Conference Center in March.
George has been involved with SCB DR for many years in various ways. After participating on many deployments as a chaplain, his latest role is serving on the state DR task force as the Chaplain Coordinator. George has prepared for this area of ministry by participating in events held by the Federation of Fire Chaplains, CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management), and FEMA. He has been endorsed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as a Disaster Relief chaplain.
George also assists with DR training events by loading and unloading materials and equipment, driving trucks and parking trailers, distributing supplies to classrooms, and whatever else is needed. George is constantly sharing and showing God’s love to assist people any way he can and anywhere he is needed, always with a big smile on his face.
The Tommy Thompson Award
Named for an associational DR Director who was a stalwart in the rural areas of our state, this award goes to an individual who leads by example in the smaller membership/rural areas of South Carolina. The 2016 recipient of this award is Wayne Miller, a member of Red Hill Baptist Church, Edgefield. The award was presented at the spring meeting of the Edgefield Baptist Association by Sue Harmon, Operations Manager of the SC Baptist DR office.
Wayne is unit leader for the Edgefield Association’s DR recovery unit. Although he prefers chainsaw work, he has also served in mud-out deployments, with the most recent being last fall’s flood response in the Columbia area.
In addition to his Disaster Relief work, Wayne leads the men of Edgefield Association in ministry projects such as building handicap ramps and doing house repairs for the needy. Those that serve with Wayne state that he is always available to help people in need. At 75 years of age, Wayne says he will continue serving the Lord “as long as I can drive a nail.”