MCL’s Christian Leaders of the Year

By KATIE EUBANKS   Earlier this year, MCL called for nominations for our 2021 Christian Leaders of the Year. Each of our five winners has a unique story of God’s work in their lives, whether...

Charlotte Waller — Faith, family, and ‘heavenly’ tea parties

By KATIE EUBANKS          When you walk into Bill and Charlotte Waller’s house, you know you’re going to be taken care of.       That’s not because the home itself is the color of a...

Jill and David Dale — Honoring their ‘Bulldog’

By KATIE EUBANKS          Every September, 12-year-old Avery Dale picks out a birthday cake for a team of nurses at Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. The “3C nurses,” as Avery’s...

John and Helaina Damon — ‘God always provides’

By KATIE EUBANKS          You never expect somebody’s salvation story to involve a house fire.       John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions in Jackson, describes how he wound up...

Dara Evans — Truth and beauty in education

By KATIE EUBANKS          “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD,...

Bubba and Lea Holifield — Warriors By Grace

By KATIE EUBANKS   Bubba and Lea Holifield Warriors By Grace        State trooper Bubba Holifield and his wife, Lea, were in the middle of building a house when he got shot in the line of...

Johnny & Stacey Donaldson — From the farm to the board room

By KATIE EUBANKS Johnny & Stacey Donaldson From the farm to the board room There’s a painting at the Jackson headquarters of BankPlus that might take a trip down the hall by the time you read...

First Lady Elee Reeves — Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion

by KATIE EUBANKS   First Lady Elee Reeves Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion        Downtown Jackson is a beautiful place to be on a Sunday, “because of all the church...

Clay and Amanda Mansell — Spinning plates and fostering faith

By KATIE EUBANKS   Clay & Amanda Mansell Spinning plates and fostering faith      Clay Mansell has never performed in a circus, but he’s used to juggling.       From the late ’90s to the...

2021 Christian Leaders of the Future

         In summer 2008,  Belhaven University President Roger Parrott approached MCL with an idea for a Christian scholarship program. Since then, Belhaven has partnered with us each year...

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