Congratulations Reba Seals Recipient 2016 MMC Servant Leader Award

During the 2016 Jubilee Dinner on May 6, Martin Methodist College (MMC) presented the 2016 Servant Leadership Award to Reba Seals, a 1968 Martin Methodist graduate and a lifelong servant to her church and community.

The servant leadership award is based on three criteria: mercy, acts of benevolence or compassion to others in the community, justice, and servant leadership, and Mrs. Seals is the epitome of all three. “Reba has always put service first,” says Darlene Baxter, a 1966 graduate of MMC who serves on the Alumni Council and nominated Mrs. Seals. “She continually strives to create a more caring world and a better life for everyone she touches.”

Mrs. Seals had a successful career at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, where she rose the ranks to be the only female to serve as deputy program manager in the U.S. Army. She tirelessly serves her church and community in many ways from singing in the church choir at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church to organizing Bible classes for the inmates in the Lincoln County Jail to serving as a Stephen Minister with multiple care receivers. All of her service efforts are too numerous to list, but her most important service is to her family. She is a committed wife, mother, and grandmother—never missing any function or activity in which her children or grandchildren participate.

Reba is an amazing woman with an unwavering faith in God,” explains Rev. Ann Hatcher, associate pastor at Fayetteville FUMC. “I am convinced that there is no one more deserving of an award then Reba Seals. She is a tireless servant.”

Mrs. Seals is married to Jimmy Seals, and they have a son and a daughter along with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


What it means to be a Servant Leader

Robert Greenleaf who wrote an essay entitled, “The Servant as Leader” which enabled the corporate world to take notice of the concept of servant leadership has described servant leadership in this way: “The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first, as opposed to, wanting power, influence, fame or wealth.” The award has a three-part criteria: Mercy (acts of benevolence and/or compassion to others in the community); Justice (conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things); and Servant Leadership. The threefold criteria will be used to evaluate those nominated by the selection committee. Anyone can nominate Martin Methodist alumnus for the award. Nominations should include contact information for both the nominator and the nominee; a brief essay about why the person is being nominated related to the 3 fold criteria; and if possible a vita of the person nominated related to the 3 fold criteria.

Servant Leadership has been an emphasis of Martin Methodist College under the leadership of President Brown for the past seven years. Servant leadership is being emphasized at the college through the Martin Serves! initiative under the direction of Brandi Belcher which currently partners with over two dozen community agencies in the area; and through the leadership of College Chaplain, Rev. Laura Kirkpatrick McMasters.

The Cal Turner Jr. Center for Church Leadership is excited to announce a new alum award to be given yearly. The award entitled the Servant Leadership Award will be given to a Martin Methodist alumnus who best exemplifies the qualities of a servant leader.

Submit your nomination

Nominations must be received by March 1st of each year.  To submit a nominee, please visit the link below.

Nomination Form

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478