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Bethlehem, Pa., March 3, 2006— Nominated by his fellow alumni, Rev. Richard L. Sides ’75 has been selected to receive the John Hus Alumni Award for his ministry as a creative and inspirational leader of the Moravian Church and community.
Initiated in 1974, the John Hus Alumni Award gives special recognition to an alumnus, who, through outstanding service, has brought distinction to the ministry and to Moravian Seminary. Sides 31-year ministry will be recognized when he is presented with the John Hus Award at the Alumni Reunion Luncheon on March 10th at the Moravian College Haupert Union Building.
As a student, Sides participated fully in Seminary life and in 1975 graduated summa cum laude and received the John David Bishop Award. In that same year, he was ordained into the Moravian ministry after accepting the call to serve as the first year-round director at Laurel Ridge, the church camp of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church. Sides played an instrumental role in facilitating the development of Laurel Ridge into a year-round camping and conference ministry through the expansion of its facilities and programming. A dynamic leader, he became an inspirational role model to campers and staff.
In that same spirit Sides served pastorates at Christ Moravian Church and Home Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 1978-1994. In addition to his pastoral duties, he led annual canoe trips to the boundary waters of Ontario, became a certified M.B.T.I. trainer, and was a much sought after retreat leader. Since 1994 Sides has served as the Executive Director of the Board of Christian Education (Southern Province), offering inspirational leadership with a staff that administers provincial youth and adult education, camping programs, stewardship formation, Gemeinshaft, and the Moravian Book and Gift Shop. He has also led numerous educational trips to the Holy Lands.
Throughout his 31-year ministry Sides has been elected to many positions of leadership and currently serves on the Provincial Elders’ Conference and as a Trustee of Salem Academy and College. He has served as a Trustee of the Seminary and as chair of the Central Board of Elders of the Salem Congregation. A community leader in Winston-Salem, he has been an active board member of the Downtown Church Center, AIDS Care Service, Crisis Control Ministry, and a volunteer with Habitat with Humanity.
Any graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary is eligible to be nominated for the John Hus Award. It is appropriately named for John Hus, one of the great leaders of the Christian Church, who is revered as a pastor, preacher, scholar and martyr for his faith. Each fall, alumni of the Seminary are invited to make nominations for the Hus Award.
Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni/ae Association is honored to present the 2006 John Hus Award to Rick Sides, an alumnus who has been a leader of his church and community and whose ministry has been distinguished and inspirational.