The Theological School Distinguished Service Award recognizes unique or exemplary leadership in the church or particular extension ministry; honors those whose service to the community and/or world is noteworthy; and to acknowledges Drew Theological School as the foundational preparation for the individual’s leadership and service.
In order to be considered for the award, a nominee must meet the following criteria:
- Be an alum of the Theological School
- Give evidence of unique or exemplary leadership in the church, with particulars which define that leadership as unique or exemplary
- Have recommendation from superiors or associates which help to define characteristics of leadership style, and attitudes and avenues of service in and to local community, and/or the world community
- Have a continuing connection to Drew through tangible support, referral of prospective students, participation in alumni events, or mentoring Drew students.
Nominations may be submitted to the Nominating Committee of the Drew Theological Alumni Association Executive Board or through the nomination form.
2013 Distinguished Service Award
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Hall (Betsey), T’84, started her fourteen year career in parish ministry serving in Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY and then moved to West Seneca Presbyterian Church in NY. Betsey is an ordained Presbyterian Minister. Her Master of Divinity degree is from Drew Theological School and she has a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Seminary. She serves on the Executive Board of the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ and Chairs the Board of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania. In 1998, Betsey was named President/CEO of Homeless Solutions, Inc. At Homeless Solutions Betsey directs the largest homeless shelter in Morris County and has developed or rehabbed 76 apartments of affordable homes for families in the Morris County area. HSI currently has developers’ agreements for another 42 apartments. In 2006, Betsey received the Community Foundation of NJ’s Exemplary Performance in Nonprofit Management Award. In 2007, she received the Abigail Allen Women’s Leadership Award from Alfred University.
In 1984 Betsey was part of a group of students, faculty and alums who sponsored a portrait series of women faculty Nelle Morton and Mildred Eakin.
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View the full list of past recipients.