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Seminary Honors Reverend Charles W. Eichman with Hus Award

Emily B. Wallace received the Bishop Edwin W. Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award

Bethlehem, Pa. March 23, 2005— Moravian Theological Seminary recently honored two alumni for their outstanding life’s work. Reverend Charles W. Eichman was presented with the 2005 John Hus Award, and Emily B. Wallace received the Bishop Edwin W. Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award. Eichman won the Hus award for his ministry to youth and leadership in local organizations and ministerial associations. Wallace was honored with the Kortz award for her work in North American and Africa.

An Easton native, Eichman graduated from Moravian College in 1948 following a break to serve in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He then went on to Moravian Theological Seminary, graduating in 1951. Eichman has led congregations in Cinnaminson, N.J.; Canadensis, Pa.; Alaska; Hope, Indiana; Nazareth, Pa.; Castleton Hill, Staten Island, N.Y.; and Coopersburg, Pa. Although he is now retired, he serves College Hill Moravian Church as visitation pastor and is frequently a supply preacher.

Eichman has been president of the Staten Island Council of Churches, Moravian Historical Society, and the Board of Managers of the Moravian Hall Square Historic District. He has served Moravian Theological Seminary as president of the Seminary Alumni Board and a trustee of the Seminary. He currently is a member of the Moravian College Alumni Board.

The John Hus Award honors “an alumnus or alumna, who, through outstanding service and loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological Seminary." Any graduate of the seminary may be nominated for the award. The honor is named for John Hus, a priest who spoke for Biblical reform in the 1400s. He believed that Biblical authority was higher than church authority. Hus was burned at the stake for his beliefs in 1415, but some of his followers went on to create the Moravian Church.

Wallace began working with small groups while she and her husband, Ned, were living abroad in Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and Swaziland. While in Africa, she used her training as a teacher of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to work with priests and lay people in the southern African Anglican Church. She also worked with groups of Peace Corps volunteers upon their arrival and departure from two year tours in Swaziland.

The Wallaces came to Bethlehem in 1992, where Emily enrolled at Moravian Theological Seminary. She earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling in 1994. She then completed the Group Leader Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction in Washington, D.C.

Wallace spent six years as a member of the board of directors and teaching staff of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, Pa. For the past eight years, she has led small groups and classes through the Lay Academy in the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Theological Seminary. She spent three years as director of The Center for Spiritual Growth at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, which she helped to create in 1999. She now ministers out of Salem Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

This is only the second Bishop Edwin W. Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award, which is awarded to a Moravian Theological Seminary alumnus or alumna in recognition of his or her achievement in the field. Kortz, who died in 2002, taught at the seminary and was also executive director of the Board of World Mission. He was mentor to many seminary students.