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MHC Honors Baptist Heritage Award Recipients
Mars Hill College has honored A.C. and Susie Honeycutt of Mars Hill with the Baptist Heritage Award for 2013.
The Honeycutts were two of the 17 people honored by Baptist agencies across the state, at the 13th annual Baptist Heritage Award ceremony April 23 in Greensboro. The annual Baptist Heritage Award ceremony is co-sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and the N.C. Baptist Foundation. It honors individuals and couples for their service to Baptist agencies.
Keynote speaker Michael Blackwell, president and CEO of Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. for the past 30 years, described the award recipients as those with “a light in their eyes, with an energy in their bones, and with a fervor in their spirit.”
The Honeycutts are both graduates of Mars Hill College, class of 1975, and A.C. is a trustee of the college. They were recognized for their financial support and faithful involvement with the college and community.
In 2006, the couple helped start Fields of Hope, a gardening and farming project focused on fighting hunger in western N.C. Through mobilizing volunteers, Fields of Hope has harvested 325,000 pounds of vegetables distributed to 12 area food banks. Fields of Hope is also often instrumental in providing service opportunities for Mars Hill College students to combat hunger in western North Carolina.
The Honeycutts, who are members of Mars Hill Baptist Church, have also led in efforts to distribute food, clothes and build homes in Honduras.
Interestingly, two other Mars Hill College alumni were among those honored at the Baptist Heritage Award Ceremony. Dr. Carol Guth, MHC class of 1955 and 2012 alumna of the year, was honored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for her impressive philanthropic gifts and volunteer leadership. Michael Smith, MHC class of 1988, was honored by the Biblical Recorder, for service on its board of directors, as well as denominational leadership through the churches he has pastored, as well as Carolina Baptist Association, Fruitland Baptist Institute, and the Baptist State Convention.