So often, people think of service with dread rather than joy, as a duty rather than a privilege. We are grateful to work in an environment where the opportunity to serve is encouraged and modeled by our leader. Dr. Sanders’ community service is apparent to those of us who work with her week-in and week-out, but we’ve also discovered that it’s been noticed by at least one of our patients.
Dr. Sanders was recently nominated by our patient, Carol McCool, as a Leader in Christian Service through Milligan College’s Institute for Servant Leaders. She was selected as one of several local community members to be recognized this year, not with “an award, but an opportunity to set forth examples of those making a difference in their workplace and community through their Christian witness.”
Nominees are considered based on:
- Excellence of Christian character
- Strong Christian example through professional or vocational leadership
- Evidence of Christian leadership in the church and community
We may be biased, but we certainly agree that Dr. Sanders exemplifies these traits, both personally and professionally, and we’re pleased that her service impacts so many people and areas of her life. The New Testament admonition in 1 Peter 4:10 comes to mind on this occasion.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Dr. Sanders was recognized during a convocation service at Milligan on April 7, 2015. David Beamer, a longtime supporter of Milligan College and father of the late Todd Beamer, who was killed on Flight 93 during the September 11 terrorist attacks, was the keynote speaker.
Our office was closed the morning of the convocation service so that our team could be there in support, wholeheartedly affirming Dr. Sanders’ servant leadership in our community.