Retired Local Teacher Receives Award for Service to Community and Church

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Kristi Roddey

Retired Local Teacher Receives Award for Service to Community and Church


Columbia, SC – Retired Newberry County teacher Lynn Grimsley will receive the prestigious Julia Hardeman Rhodes Award on Sunday, March 18, in recognition of her service to others.

In addition to teaching music for 32 years at Mid-Carolina High School, Grimsley has directed the children’s and youth choirs of Centennial ARP Church in Columbia for more than 30 years. She has also been instrumental in the development of Camp Joy North Carolina, a camp that ministers to those with special needs.

Dr. E. Brent Turner, Executive Director of Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Christian Education Ministries, will present Grimsley with the award at Centennial ARP Church on Sunday, March 18, in a special luncheon ceremony following the worship service.

 The award is named for Julia Hardeman Rhodes, a Georgia native, who worked passionately and tirelessly to aspire others to Christian service. The ARP Christian Education Ministries presents the award each year to a man or woman who demonstrates excellence in service and dedication to the ARP Church.

Pastor Jeremiah Thomas of Centennial ARP Church says, "Lynn's desire to love and care for the next generation is palpable. Her service to God is not measured by awards or congratulations but rather the impact she has had on children as a teacher and church member. God's work in and through Lynn is beautiful and needed."

The congregation of Centennial ARP Church invites all students, campers, parents, co-workers and friends of Lynn Grimsley to join them on March 18 for the recognition service. The worship service starts at 11 a.m. at 1413 Laurel Street in Columbia. The luncheon will immediately follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall.