Union University News Office
JACKSON — Union University presented Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during Union’s alumni reception June 14 at the SBC annual meeting.
The Dodd Award is the highest denominational service award Union gives. It is named for the man who was a 1904 Union graduate, served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists pool their resources to fund their missions efforts.
The award is given to a leader within the SBC who displays excellence and leadership in Southern Baptist life, as well as friendship and commitment to Union University.
Ezell, a 1985 Union graduate, has been the NAMB president since 2010.
“God has raised Kevin up and is using him to advance the gospel by leading churches to plant churches throughout North America,” said Todd Brady, Union’s vice president for university ministries.