The 2014 Tom Hunstad Award for Excellence in Children, Youth and Family Ministry has been awarded to Peggy Hahn, Associate in Ministry, of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.
Watch the video of the presentation here.
When the Network was started, there were many all over the country who were an important part of creating the Network. And over the years, literally hundreds of people have played a part in its development. There has been energy, excitement and enthusiasm.
But it was Tom Hunstad, who called people together, cast a wide vision, and made it happen. Tom was diagnosed with, and then died from an aggressive form of cancer in 2000.
The Network Board of Directors created the Tom Hunstad Award for Excellence in Youth and Family Ministry. “The Tommy” is an honor and a thanksgiving, bestowed on someone by the Network through its board. We select someone that we want to honor and to thank for their service. It is the highest award given in the field of youth and family ministry in the ELCA.
More information on the award can be found at www.elcaymnet.org/tom
Peggy Hahn, the recipient of the 2014 Tom Hunstad award is a member, friend, and advocate of children, youth, and family ministers. For 32 years she has been a passionate champion for youth ministry, working 3 in congregations in 2 states. Peggy has served the Network as a coach to the board, a workshop leader, intensive care course teacher, and has been on the grand ballroom stage on more than one occasion.
Peggy’s enthusiasm for the gospel has been made known in this country and across the globe. She has led groups to Spanish speaking countries for over 20 years...and is still trying to learn Spanish. This person survived being hit by a motorcycle in Africa, has hiked the Inca Trail, and has been eating papoosa’s in El Salvador with dear friends for 25 years.
Her servant heart is evident to anyone who spends time with her undefined and was also demonstrated when she walked 65 miles in 3 days to raise money for the Central African Republic. She has coordinated service projects for 36,000 people at the 2009 and 2012 ELCA Youth Gatherings in New Orleans, and has been the innovator of Camp Hope Day Camp Ministries and The Disciple Project.
Peggy is the mother of 5, grandmother of 2...with 2 more coming this Spring, which prompted her to needlepoint Christmas stockings faster than a speeding bullet. She loves gardening, walking, reading and sitting on the front porch in her house in the country with her husband, Duane and a bottle of wine. She has served on synod staff for almost 14 years, and is embarking on a new journey as the Director of LEAD, which is focused on developing leaders with a deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus Christ. On behalf of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board of Directors, it is our joy and honor to present the 2014 Tom Hunstad Award to Peggy Hahn.