We at ABHCM are fortunate to have in our organization people who are devoted not just to the welfare oftheir own groups or agencies, but to that of the entire ABHCM family.
A perfect example of that devotion to the greater good is the Rev. William Painter, our former board president and the director of spiritual services at Judson Park, an ABHOW continuing care retirement community in Des Moines, Wash.
We at ABHCM have long known of Bill’s devotion to the spiritual lives of those under his care at Judson Park, and have seen up close his commitment to the health of ABHCM as an organization during his tenure as president.
When, on June 23, American Baptist Home Mission Societies presented Bill with the Merit Award for Institutional Chaplaincy at the American Baptist Churches USA biennial meeting, we can’t say we were entirely surprised.
Bill’s career in ministry was well established before he came to Judson Park. In the 28 years since he began work there, he has brought both his pastoral training and his personal experiences to bear in ministering to the spiritual and emotional needs of residents.
A modest man, Bill calls the award “humbling.” We call it well deserved. We are so proud of Bill, and thankful that he is a vital part of what ABHCM does every day.
Peace and blessings,
The Rev. Garth Brokaw
President/CEO, Fairport Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries
ABHCM Board President