McMurry University honors Dr. Robert Monk with Cross and Flame Award

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:45 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dr. Robert Monk has been chosen as the 2015 Northwest Texas Annual Conference recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award.  He will be recognized at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service on August 30, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene.

Established in 2000 by the McMurry Alumni Association, this award is given to strengthen the relationship between McMurry University and the United Methodist Church by recognizing individuals for service to their churches and to the University.

Dr. Monk’s service to church, university and community includes more than 50 years of service to St. Paul United Methodist Church as well as serving on the faculty at McMurry University as Professor of Religion for 31 years, retiring in 1995. 

At St. Paul, Dr. Monk’s involvement includes serving as the teacher of the Inquirers Class Sunday School since 1966. Over the years, that involvement has allowed him to become friends and colleagues with a number of the lay persons.  The class is unique in that it invites numerous leaders to share their Christian insights into all aspects of life from Biblical Study, social responsibilities, spiritual development, and many other topics.  Presently, he teaches only the first three months of the year.  Dr. Monk also taught a number of short courses including Church History, Biblical Studies, Small Group Development, Church Doctrine, and Wesleyan Theology.  Additionally, he participated in the training of Confirmation Classes and served as a youth counselor/teacher. 

Dr. Monk has served on the Worship Committee, Heritage Committee, Pastor Parish Relations Committee and participated in various evangelism campaigns as well as capital campaigns.  He also has been a long time member of the church choir.  As a clergy member, he has served in the liturgical worship as well as led funerals and weddings in the church.

Dr. Monk’s years at McMurry brought him in contact with thousands of students as he shared with them in the excitement of learning. He has continued to stay in touch with many of the students he taught.  As a McMurry faculty member, Dr. Monk served as the Chair of the Religion faculty and the Humanities Division as well as serving on numerous committees and task force groups.  Dr. Monk also represented McMurry as a member of the Board of Directors of the Betty Hardwick Center for Mental Health, the UMC General Commission on Archives and History, and as a member and occasional officer of a number of Academic Societies.  In the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, he represented McMurry on the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Commission on Archives and History, and the Higher Education Commission.  

“I have had many opportunities throughout the years to be a witness to the conference churches, alumni groups, and various public groups in Abilene. It has been a privilege to serve McMurry and St. Paul UMC in these ways over the years and I remain a loyal supporter of each,” said Dr. Monk.

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