Laura Barclay, a 2008 alumna of the School of Divinity, is this year’s recipient of the Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award Pro Fide Et Humanitate. The award is given in recognition of enactment of Wake Forest University’s motto Pro Humanitate and leadership for justice, reconciliation, and compassion in the church and community.
In her work as social ministries coordinator at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-North Carolina, Laura has been a leader for the racial reconciliation ministry team, the wealth and poverty committee and a wide range of other initiatives for ministries of justice, reconciliation and compassion. She is an advocate for creating possibilities for women in ministry and is a key player in immigration awareness and advocacy work.
The Distinguished Service Award is annually awarded to faculty, alumni, and friends of the School of Divinity. It was established and funded by James M. Dunn, Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy, and his wife, Marilyn, to honor the life contributions of Bill J. Leonard as teacher, scholar, historian, and as the first dean of the School of Divinity. The award was first made in 2009 to commeorate the School’s first class of entering students and to honor Dr. Bill Leonard’s decade of service to the School.
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