Harrison garners Christian Service Award


Rev. Dr. Tim HarrisonBELLEVILLE – Rev. Dr. Tim Harrison, chaplain, director of church relations and campus ministries at McKendree University, is one of three recipients of the 2013 Christian Service Award give by Christian Social Services of Illinois.

The annual award, now in its 23rd year, recognizes outstanding individuals who reflect the mission and spirit of CSS. Joining Harrison as this year’s honorees are Pete Schumacher of Trenton and Judge Milton Wharton of Belleville. The trio was honored at an April 26 dinner at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

“As a visible expression of God’s loving community and consistent with the example of Jesus Christ, Christian Social Services of Illinois provides direct services to persons of all backgrounds with social and emotional needs across the continuum of life.” Award recipients are nominated by members of the communities in which they serve and are selected by the CSS Belleville Regional Advisory Council.
Harrison, who is also a part-time instructor at McKendree, was honored for has a tremendous ability to connect with students in and out of the classroom. He helps coordinate campus events focusing on themes of peace, understanding, forgiveness and diversity and annually accompanies students on domestic and foreign mission trips, bringing aid to those who need it most.
For more than 65 years, Christian Social Services has helped create a more caring and just society by responding to the needs of children, families, and older persons throughout Southern Illinois, regardless of religious affiliation or income level. In the Belleville area, CSS provides adoption and foster care services, professional counseling to individuals, families and schools, and management of St. John Bosco Children’s Center and St. John’s Daycare and Preschool.