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ABILENE, Texas –David Young has been chosen as the 2013 New Mexico Annual Conference recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award. He will Imagebe recognized at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service on Sept. 7 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, N.M.

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.

“Mr. Young’s efforts as the local Church Ambassador for McMurry and as a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, have in many ways served the best interests of the United Methodist Church and McMurry,” said Rev. Robert Stone, who nominated Young for the award. “Among his many responsibilities at the church, Young has served as Church and Society Chair, Community Outreach Chair, liaison for Christian Hands in Action (an organization designed to help those whose needs are beyond their abilities), facilitated the physical plant needs for the Church’s Pre-School, and has served as a leader in worship.”

“As a McMurry Ambassador, Mr. Young published information about the Honors Scholarships in the Disciple, the Church newsletter. Additionally, speaking to the congregation on Sunday mornings, Mr. Young has promoted McMurry’s programs, including other available scholarships and financial aid. Especially encouraging are his efforts to assist the University in developing specific, in depth information for the Church to use on “McMurry Sunday” in recruiting efforts. Ensuring that the Church’s youth director received current information, Mr. Young opened many doors to facilitate the work of the McMurry recruiter’s efforts in the spring recruiting drive. Most of the work done by Mr. Young was done in a nonfinancial campaign manner, including his assistance on efforts to establish and develop a spring Founders Day Celebration,” said Rev. Stone.

Born and educated in California, Young received his Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.

He has been active in serving others through community and church volunteerism. His civic activities include Boy Scouts (earned Eagle rank), a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, a UMYF sponsor, Mission Committee Chairperson, McMurry University proponent and Asbury Pie Café manager (for 12+ years during the New Mexico State Fair). He has been active with Family Promise of Albuquerque (FPA), a non-profit organization for sheltering temporarily homeless families for over 15 years, and currently serves as St. John’s UMC FPA Coordinator.

Professionally, Young worked 30 years for the Air Force as a civilian research analyst and technical manager.