Recognizing “Self”-less Servant Leadership
Central Christian College of the Bible hosted our first Servant-Leader Celebration on December 7, 2016. The Servant-Leader Celebration brought together friends from the Moberly area to highlight Central’s mission of developing servant-leaders for the church.
The event included recognition of Mr. Ron Self for his more than 40 years of servant-leadership on the Board of Directors of Central Christian College of the Bible. It was made possible by generous donations in honor of Ron Self’s service by various members of the community, church, family members, and college friends.
Lloyd Pelfrey, President Emeritus, presented a summary of Mr. Self’s contributions to the College and the community. Mr. Pelfrey commented, “The Servant-Leader Lifetime Achievement Award celebration includes a very appropriate recognition for Ron Self as a member of the board of Central Christian College of the Bible for almost 40 years, and he has served as the secretary almost the entire time.”
Mr. Pelfrey asked Ron Self to be the secretary for the board after witnessing his dedicated efficiency as the secretary of the Moberly Kiwanis Club. Mr. Self has been a member of Kiwanis for over 43 years, and he has served as the secretary for this civic club for all but the first years. The club had its meeting during the event and Ron is pictured with the members who were present.
Ron Self’s professional résumé shows that he has served in three basic areas: church, education, and the community of Moberly. In many cases these areas have overlapped, and occasionally all three are involved, such as his being on the Board of the preschool program for Timber Lake Christian Church since the preschool began.
In the field of education he received the Missouri Retired Teachers Association Distinguished Regional Retiree of the Year Award in 2013, and in September of this year the Moberly Public School Foundation gave him the Distinguished Educator Award.
Ron serves and has served in other ways in the community: as a board member of the Little Dixie Regional Library for 13 years, as an ambassador for the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, a former member of the Randolph County Red Cross Board, and part of a group named “SHINE” that helps new teachers in their first year.
“It is very evident that he has really given back to the community where he was born and where he has lived for most of his adult life,” Mr. Pelfrey concluded.
In addition to honoring Ron Self, attendees also had the opportunity to meet current and former students to hear how their lives have benefitted from the Full-Tuition Scholarship. Sallyann Belton, a sophomore student from the Marshall Islands, shared some of her experiences of helping in the Moberly community. Board Chairman Gene McCoy challenged those in attendance to consider supporting Central’s work in the community.