Release Date: July 30,2018
The Love Akron Network, a broad coalition of professional clergy and Christian leaders in both the public and private sectors, is pleased to welcome Judge Carla Moore as the featured speaker for their seventh annual awards breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. This year’s event will honor women of the greater Akron area and will utilize #AkronThanksHer on social media.
Judge Moore was the first female African-American elected to the Akron Municipal Court and the Ninth District Court of Appeals. She served as a judge for 15 years on the Akron Municipal Court before her election to the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, where she served from 2005 until her retirement in February 2017. Judge Moore has been widely recognized for her many contributions to our community, most recently as the 2017 recipient of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. She was also the 2014 recipient of the Brenda Unruh Servant Award.
This event, which was attended by over 650 people last year, will highlight the good works of the Love Akron Network within our city and surrounding communities. The event will also recognize the extraordinary leadership, deep faith, and community contributions of the late and beloved Honorable Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh, with a special tribute to her life and legacy. The Brenda Unruh Servant Award was named in her honor, and this year will be given to Carla Davis in recognition of her outstanding Christian character and outreach to the Akron community.
Carla Davis is marketing and communications director for the Akron-Summit County Public Library and describes herself using Three C’s. “I Communicate, I Counsel, and I Canto (sing).” Carla is also the musical director for Rise, Sally, Rise, Inc., a workshop ministry founded by Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett that specializes in anxiety disorders in African-American women. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral clinical counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and a BA degree from The University of Akron. Carla is a board trustee at Haven of Rest Ministry, the Greater Akron Music Association (Akron Symphony Orchestra), Project GRAD Akron, Akron Press Club, and was recently appointed to the Summit County Regional Arts and Cultural District board of trustees. In addition to professional singing, she also works at a private psychological practice. Carla has shared her faith through song both nationally and abroad including places such as: Paris, France; Birmingham, England; and Cape Town and Durban, South Africa. She resides with her family in Akron.
The Fowler-Larson Allies Award will be given in recognition of the leadership and intentional, bridge-building relationship of Pastors Ronald J. Fowler and Knute Larson. This year’s recipients are Pastors Kevin Burkholder and Brandon File.
Pastors Burkholder and File Brandon and Kevin have known each other for nearly twelve years. As part of the Divine Soldiers music ministry, Brandon and his wife, Brandi, participated in leading worship for Project Shine for several years beginning in 2006. Kevin has helped lead Project Shine since its inception and their paths repeatedly crossed over several summers. In 2016 Project Shine partnered with Brandon's church to paint the congregation's 40-year-old structure. Brandon and Kevin's congregations joined for Sunday morning worship as a part of the Project Shine effort in 2016 and again in 2017. Another service is in the works for 2018. The two continue to meet together, increasing their friendship and ability to encourage each other.
Pastor Kevin Burkholder started in youth ministry at Goss Memorial Church in June of 2000. After ten years as the church's Youth Pastor, he became the senior pastor in August of 2010. Kevin has volunteered locally with First Glance since 2000 and has served in leadership of Project Shine, an Akron-based, service-focused, mission opportunity for area youth since the summer of 2002. Kevin, his wife Julie, and three children – Alexa, David, and Jocelyn – live in the Kenmore community.
Pastor Brandon File is the lead pastor of the Church of Deliverance in Christ Jesus, the ministry he grew up in and played the drums for. He went from being a minister to leading the ministry nearly sixyears ago. He is committed to preaching and teaching the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor File embraces the idea that, as his grandfather used to say, "We need each other." As such, one of his areas of focus is tearing down ethnic, cultural, and denominational barriers both inside and outside the church through the building of relationships. Brandon is married to Brandi, and they have four children – BJ, Mason, Ashlynn and Harper.
The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, with doors opening at 6:45 a.m. for networking; the breakfast buffet opens at 7 a.m. The program begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. and will last until 9a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Open seating is also available at a cost of $75 per person. Reservations will be taken until the day of the event, pending availability. To RSVP, please visit thebreakfast.loveakron.org, or call the Love Akron office at 330-384-8124.