Layman of the Year, Michael Curtis
Ray of Hope Christian Church

Submitted by Glenna With

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Michael Curtis, of Ray of Hope Christian Church was awarded the 2018 Layman of the Year by the Georgia Menís Commission, Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Michael was surprised by the members of the Menís Commission who attended the worship service, and Roger With, President of the Menís Commission spoke of Curtisís qualifications for this honor.  Rev. Cynthia Hale, the Ray of Hope Christian Church senior minister, helped arrange the presentation.

Michael, who was nominated by Ray of Hopeís Minister of Men, Richard Williams, felt honored to be the twenty-eighth recipient of this prestigious award. Rev. Williams nominated Curtis because of his worthiness as Christian leader in his church.  Michael is a very active participant in the Menís Group activities at the Ray, and he has achieved the position of Elder Emeritus.  He also serves as a Ministry Mentor and as a Regional Elder. 

He spends his extra time volunteering in the various ministries at Ray of Hope, and serves as a role model to those who encounter him.  When asked to describe his character, Rev. Williams used the words kind, intelligent, graceful, determined, and so much more!  Curtis is a retired military veteran, and currently he works for the state of Georgia.  The presentation was a surprise to Michael, but his wife, Cassandra, and daughters Ashley and Jessica, who were in on the secret, hosted a reception for Curtis following the worship service.

Roger With awarded the commemorative plaque to Michael, and members of the Menís Commission who were present to celebrate this award were:  Medie Still, Mike Bodnar, Dr. Jay White, John Anderson, Bob Grant, and Will Perdue. The award is given annually, and Michael is the twenty-eighth recipient of the LOY.

If any reader would like to nominate a member of a congregation for this prestigious award, the guidelines and a submission form are provided on the Layman of the Year page.  Nominations must be submitted by November 1 of the calendar year.

Here are the qualifications for consideration as Layman of the Year, (LOY).

  1. He must be nominated by his local church.
  2. He must be an active member of the menís group at the church, upholding the principles of Disciple Men.
  3. He must participate in regional activities, preferably, but not limited to Disciples Men functions of the Christian Church in Georgia.
  4. He must have demonstrated stewardship of time and talent through volunteer work in the local church.
  5. He must possess an exemplary character that serves as a model for youth.


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