About the Paul B. Clark Jr. Church Music Ministry Award
The Paul B. Clark Church Music Ministry Award is presented by the Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify outstanding, courageous leadership through their commitment, influence, and contributions to the ministry through music in the local church. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (the "Summit") or the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference.
Dr. Paul B. Clark served as the Worship and Music Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board from 2000 to 2015. He was revered as a consummate minister-musician, educator, mentor, and friend. The Paul B. Clark Church Music Ministry Award will honor those who display the qualities of leadership and character that Paul exuded and serve as a lasting tribute in his memory.
Recipients of the Paul B. Clark Church Music Ministry Award must be members of a cooperating Tennessee Baptist Convention church and actively serving in the area of music and worship ministry. Nominations for consideration should be received prior to the annual Fall Retreat/Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference Officer’s Meeting. Submissions of the official Nomination Form may be presented to any officer of the conference.
Paul B. Clark Church Music Ministry Award Criteria
The following are criteria to be used for consideration of nominees for this award.
1. Nominees must be active within a local church affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
2. Nominees should exemplify good moral character and excellence within the field of church music.
3. Nominees should exhibit the qualities of a servant-leader.
4. The nominee’s ministry should clearly demonstrate evidence of his or her impact/influence in the area of church music and worship.
5. The deadline for nominations will be by the Fall Retreat of the Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference.
If you have any questions please contact Scott Shepherd, Worship and Music Specialist, TN Baptist Mission Board, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul B. Clark Church Music Ministry Award Recipients
McDonald, a lifelong resident of Knoxville until her recent move to Dandridge, has served as the accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale for 35 years.
She was the first woman ever selected as president of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference.
McDonald is also an award-winning composer but her desire is simple — “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”