By Suzanne Rhodes
Union University news office
JACKSON — Union University has named Jeff Palmer, founder and former CEO of Baptist Global Response, as the 2021 M.E. Dodd Award recipient, the highest denominational service award given by the university.
Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver presented Palmer with the award June 15 at First Baptist Church in Nashville during Union’s alumni and friends dinner as part of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
“Through his work as an international missionary, as the director of a global relief organization and now as a transitional pastor for a local church, Jeff’s ministry has been faithful and compassionate and has touched literally millions around the world,” said Todd Brady, vice president for university ministries at Union.
“Union University and Southern Baptists are grateful for God’s work through Jeff Palmer,” he said.
Attaining a bachelor’s degree in biology at Union and a master’s degree in agriculture at Murray State University, Palmer has used his education to serve as an International Mission Board missionary in Southeast Asia for over 20 years. In 2006, Palmer and his wife, Regina, were asked to head the formation of Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist international relief and development organization. [Read more…]