Tom Shinkle, the pastor of Grand View United Methodist Church in Dubuque, was the recipient of the 2014 Harry Denman Evangelism Award for clergy.
When he arrived at Grand View UMC in 2009 approximately 150 people were engaged in the ministries of the church. Today over 400 people are active, including approximately 150 people in small groups.
He has guided the congregation to embrace their mission to “Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.” After praying for a year about God’s desire to reach “the least of these,” challenged the church to care for the great needs of a remote village in Nigeria. “I’m going to Damka. Who wants to go with me?”
He continues to cast the vision for the church to become mindful of its mission. He proposed that they spend 50% of their time, efforts, energy, and prayers focused outside the walls of the church.
Kim Maiers, Ministry Assistant at Grand View, said, “It created a big awakening for many of us.” With “a greater appreciation for our blessings,” we have been encouraged “to go outside our comfort zone and serve the world!”
The Iowa Board of Discipleship, whose ministry is supported with apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa, partners with the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism in presenting this annual award.