The Mid-South District is pleased to announce Mr. Don Israel as the 2017 Ralph Weiser Excellence in Ministry Award recipient. The award was given to Mr. Israel in a surprise presentation on Sunday, October 29 at his home congregation, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Introduced in 2016, the Ralph Weiser Excellence in Ministry Award recognizes the dedication and ministry–building work of one Mid-South District layperson. The award honors the life and work of the late Ralph Weiser, a long-time friend of the Mid-South District whose example of leadership, service and faith impacted his local Lutheran congregation and community, as well as ministries across the entire District.
Like the award’s namesake, Ralph Weiser, Mr. Israel has exemplified service to God’s Kingdom in numerous ways. Locally, he has been an instrumental leader in Our Savior Lutheran’s efforts to reach more people in the Nashville community with the Gospel, including through a church plant. At the District level, he shared his business acumen as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for nine years and has served as an example of generous support and encouragement for the IMPACT development initiative, further partnering in the ministry-building work of the Mid-South District. Through his leadership and faithful support of ministry, Mr. Don Israel—with wife, Katherine, by his side—is a layperson who continues to make a lasting impact for the Kingdom in his local community, across the Mid-South District, and with the Gospel around the world. Congratulations and many thanks to Mr. Don Israel!