Since 2009, Operation Andrew Group has chosen to honor Christian leaders from our community who demonstrate excellence and humility as they strengthen others.

The late U.S. Ambassador Joe M. and Helen “Honey” Rodgers are prime examples of such 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 today’s leaders that exhibit the same spirit of Christ-honoring leadership that Joe modeled and Honey continues to display today.

2022 Nominations are Now Open

February 01 – February 28

Award Criteria

  • Embraces strong Judeo-Christian values and applies them in the workplace or through community engagement

  • Proven track record for making a significant difference in our community for Christ

  • Living with a high visibility in the community

  • Active involvement in a local congregation

  • Generous person of integrity and strong example of servant leadership

  • Faith in action


Miles Ezell, Jr.Marty DickensLee BeamanSam BartholomewBeth HarwellLee BarfieldStuart McWhorterHoward GentryAmy GrantDon FintoBill CarpenterDee Anna SmithLH HardwickRichard Lewis, Sr.Sandy BledsoeDr. Charles McGowanJackie PatilloMichael W. SmithCharles StrobelHarold BrewerCeCe WinansDr. Hal HaddenMike ArringtonDr. James E.K. HildrethNeika Stephens

Nomination Form