Congressman Diane Black and Dr. David Black were presented the Strong and CourageousAward honoring their Christian faith and service in Sumner County, according to Dr. Charles Lea, Special Assistant to the President. The award was presented during the May 13 second annual Welch College Strong and Courageous Banquet, sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System.
In introducing the award recipients, Lea noted the many accomplishments and Christian example of this special couple. Congressman Black has helped people through her service as a registered nurse, her instruction as an educator at Vol State Community College, and her work as a state representative, state senator, and member of the United States House of Representatives.
Dr. David Black, a nationally renowned toxicologist, is the founder of Aegis Science Corporation, which he led from its formation in 1990 until September 2016. Dr. Black is well known for his collection of Bibles and historical documents linking his love of country and the Christian faith.
Approximately 250 individuals attended the sold out community event on the Welch College campus. The evening began with a special rendition of the national anthem performed by State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver. Welch College ensemble Rejoice!provided music before Congressman John Rose presented a challenge and testimony.
The ancient leader of Israel, Joshua, portrayed by Greg Wilson, also made an appearing to share with the audience. Welch President Matt Pinson shared the college’s mission as a Christian community of faith and learning. Event patrons, along with event speakers, enjoyed an opening reception hosted by President and Mrs. Pinson in the Presidents Dining Room in Celorio Hall.
Although donations continue to be received, the Strong and Courageousevent has raised over $80,000 for student scholarships at Welch.