Rev. Richard McDonald honored

 PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University honored the Reverend Richard McDonald, pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, with the 2012 Ward W. Hibbs Ministerial Award. AB University President Richard Creehan presented the award at the West Virginia Baptist Convention on October 18 in Huntington, W.Va.

 This award is given annually by Alderson Broaddus University in memory of the ministry of the Reverend Dr. Ward W. Hibbs. This award is presented to an American Baptist minister who has made outstanding contributions to the ministry of town and country churches.

 Pastor McDonald is a graduate of Moody Bible College and Fairmont State University, and has pastored many American Baptist Churches since 1966.

 He has been pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Pruntytown, W.Va., since 1984. During these 28 years, church attendance has risen from 45 to nearly 240. The church has received over 160 members through baptism, and many by transfer of letter. To accommodate this growth, the church has built a new annex, baptismal, and remodeled its sanctuary. The church has built new parking lots, a new activity building, and Sunday school classrooms.

 The church maintains a strong community presence through funding-raising for the needy, work at the mission, nursing home services, and an AWANA outreach for the youth.

 Richard McDonald is a bi-vocational minister and is vice president of Stuart-McMunn Company of Clarksburg, W.Va., where he has worked for 46 years.