A sunny fall afternoon was the perfect time to pay a visit to the Office of the President of Birmingham-Southern College, especially with a check for $16,000 in hand. Dr. Gloria Holt and Dr. Neal Berte, representing the Committee on Episcopacy of the North Alabama Conference, were delighted to visit Gen. Charles Krulak last week to make the presentation on behalf of the entire Conference.
North Alabama churches, districts, and individuals generously contributed to a fund requested by the Committee on Epsicopacy earlier this year, to be used as a going-away gift to honor Bishop Will and Patsy Willimon upon his retirement. After working with Bishop Willimon for eight years, committee members felt this would be a great way to thank the Willimons for their ministry here in North Alabama.
"Birmingham-Southern College is pleased to have a scholarship named in honor of Bishop Willimon, a staunch supporter of the college and a good friend," said Gen. Krulak. He assured Dr. Holt and Dr. Berte that the money received would be used to help United Methodist students who have shown a need for financial assistance. He immediately delivered the check to be deposited in the general use scholarship fund.
"The contribution towards a scholarship for a student having a demonstrated financial need given in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Will Willimon for their service to the North Alabama Conference is an outstanding way to fully recognize their visionary leadership and service," said Dr. Berte. "It also responds to the critical need for financial support for students to attend Birmingham-Southern College. Thanks to all involved."
"Churches and districts responded generously to this opportunity to show our appreciation to Bishop Willimon for his Episcopal leadership for the past eight years," said Dr. Holt. "The Willimons were overjoyed when it was announced at Annual Conference that scholarship money was being given in their honor. The Conference Committee on Episcopacy was honored to have the privilege of being a part of this special recognition."