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Trustee Honored with Heritage Award

Martin RonRon Martin of Morganton, N.C., has flunked retirement.

“When I retired,” he shares, “I thought I had certain traits and qualities that would be beneficial for nonprofit organizations. I can’t be still.” Truer words could not be spoken.

Each year at the Baptist Heritage Awards Banquet, North Carolina Baptist entities honor people who have contributed to the individual organizations in unique ways. Mars Hill University honored Martin with its Baptist Heritage Award for 2016 at the April 26 banquet at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The annual event is co-sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and the N.C. Baptist Foundation.

Since “retirement” from Shadowline in 2003, Martin’s faith has informed his service to innumerable organizations in his community including Burke County United Way, Blue Ridge Health Care Foundation, Exploring Joara Foundation, Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, South Mountain Children’s Home and Family Service and First Baptist Church. In recognition of his commitment to his hometown, Ron was selected by the Morganton Rotary as the Man of the Year in 2010.

Western Piedmont Community College, where Martin is the former president of the Board of Directors, has benefited greatly from his tireless efforts. The same can be said of Mars Hill University. As a three-term trustee, Ron has served as chair of the Board of Trustees, a member of the campaign cabinet, and as chair of the Trusteeship Committee. In this latter role he has been the individual most instrumental in identifying, recruiting, and selecting new university trustees.

Last August Martin was awarded North Carolina’s highest civilian recognition, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Martin is far from ready to curb his busy schedule. On the contrary, his goal is “to leave here tired,” which means he will continue to impact the lives he encounters.

13 Group 2016 Heritage HonoreeOther organizations and their award recipients (along with connection to MHU, if applicable) for 2016 are:

  • Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina - Betty H. Greene
  • Baptist State Convention of North Carolina - H. Kenneth Holland
  • Biblical Recorder - Greg T. Mathis
  • Campbell University - Jack F. Coffey (Mars Hill alumnus, class of 1950)
  • Chowan University - Ray Felton
  • Gardner-Webb University - Emmett Harvey Rogers Jr.
  • Meredith College - Justus "Jud" Ammons (former Mars Hill trustee and current honorary trustee)
  • North Carolina Baptist Foundation - Jack A. and Joan D. Cooper
  • North Carolina Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission - Bobby and Betty Branson
  • North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - William C. "Bill" Warden Jr.
  • Women's Missionary Union of North Carolina - Beatrice "Bea" McRae