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The Call of Jesus to “follow me” first given to Andrew, still extends to us today as we carry that Call into every corner of Church, culture, society, and vocation.

God has called all of us. This calling provides the throughline for our lives, transforming how we engage the world. Join Operation Andrew Group on November 6th at CALLED, as we came together to explore the possibilities of obedience, and present the Joe and Honey Rodgers Christian Civic Leadership Awards to two individuals that have obeyed that Call in their own lives.

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15th Annual

CALLED Benefit Dinner

Date: Monday, November 6, 2023

Time: 6:00pm CT

Location:
Belmont University’s Fisher Center For the Performing Arts
2020 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee

Honorees: Dr. André Churchwell and Tom McDow

What did it look like for the first disciple, Andrew, to answer the Call of Jesus Christ?

What does it look like for us today?

The Call of Jesus to “follow me” first given to Andrew, still extends to us today as we carry that Call into every corner of Church, culture, society, and vocation.

God has called all of us. This calling provides the throughline for our lives, transforming how we engage the world. Join Operation Andrew Group on November 6th, 2023 at CALLED, as we come together to explore the possibilities of obedience, and present the Joe and Honey Rodgers Christian Civic Leadership Awards to two individuals that have obeyed that Call in their own lives.

What To Expect At This Event

Gather around the table with friends for dinner, a time to explore Operation Andrew Group’s Calling, and hear from our two honorees!

There are guaranteed to be some special moments throughout the evening, you won’t want to miss this time to celebrate what God has done and is doing!

At this time, face masks are optional for attendees. We want you to feel safe and comfortable, so you are welcome to wear a mask.

The Joe + Honey Rodgers Christian Civic Leadership Award

Joe and Honey Rodgers

The Joe + Honey Rodgers Christian Civic Leadership Award recognizes Christian leaders who demonstrate excellence and humility as they strengthen others. In the 14th annual celebration of Joe and Honey's community contributions, our 2023 honorees couldn't exemplify these standards more perfectly.

The late U.S. Ambassador to France, Joe M. and his wife Helen "Honey" Rodgers are prime examples of Kingdom-minded influence. Joe and Honey pointed others to Christ as they led with integrity around the world, nation, and our local community.

As one of the founders and early chair of Operation Andrew Group, Joe opened the door for us to mobilize Nashville's faith community to serve our city collaboratively. Through a deep love of the Lord and desire to see Nashville flourish, Joe and Honey encouraged others to come together regardless of denomination, ethnic background, and economic status to transform our future.

We honor them by celebrating this year's leaders that exhibit the same spirit of Christ-honoring leadership that Joe modeled and Honey continues to display.

2023 Joe + Honey Rodgers Award Recipients

Dr. André Churchwell - Vice Chancellor for Equity,Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. André Churchwell

Tom McDow

Tom McDow

Past Award Recipients

Miles Ezell, Jr., Marty Dickens, Lee Beaman, Sam Bartholomew, Beth Harwell, Lee Barfield, Stuart McWhorter, Howard Gentry, Amy Grant, Don Finto, Bill Carpenter, Dee Anna Smith, L.H. Hardwick, Richard Lewis, Sandy Bledsoe, Dr. Charles McGowan, Jacki Patillo, Michael W. Smith, Charles Strobel, Harold Brewer, CeCe Winans, Hal Hadden, Mike Arrington, Dr. James Hildreth, Neika Stephens, Lisa Harper, Andrea and Charles Overby, and Dr. David Jones, Jr.

Visionary Sponsors

Jane and Tom McDow

Melissa and Phil Roe 
     in honor of Myra Shelly

Cal Turner

Cornerstone Sponsors

Ezell Foundation

Julie and Kevin Hawley

Impactor Sponsors

Mary and Lee Barfield

Sandy and Dr. Craig Bledsoe

Tammy Brewer

Betty and Marty Dickens

Carole and John Ferguson

Elaine Hostetter and Larry Felts

Nancy Osman

Haden and Jimmy Pickel

Neika Stephens

Jerry and Ernie Williams

Champion Sponsors

Kanchan and Vinney Chopra

Dorothea and Dr. André Churchwell

Gloria and Dr. Kevin Churchwell

Andrea Conte and The Honorable Phil Bredesen

Kaye and Ron Knox

Meharry Medical College

Pinnacle Bank

Linda Leathers and Gary Tullock

Nancy Brock and Wes Turner

Rich Smith

Ann and Turney Stevens

Storplace

Jodi and Richard Williams

Ambassador Sponsors

Sallie and John Bailley

Constellation Wealth Advisors

Sondra and Doug Cruickshank

Kristen and Cullen Douglass

D

Howard Gentry

Tam and Rev. Frank Gordon

Amy and Rev. Dr. Guy Griffith

Corinne and Brock Kidd

GSRM Law

HCA Foundation

Brenda and Lawrence Haywood

Betsy and Jim Hunt

Marge Leathers

The Outreach Foundation

Janet and John Slayden

Luanne Waltemath

Westminster Presbyterian Church