October 13 , 2006

Samford Honors 2006 Minister, Laypersons of Year

"... The three were recognized at a luncheon held during the fall meeting of the Samford Board of Ministerial Mentors..."

Ministers of the YearSamford honored a minister and two church laypersons for their outstanding dedication and faithful service during a special ceremony Monday, Oct. 9.

Dr. Terry Cutrer, senior pastor of Mobile's Moffett Road Baptist Church, was named 2006 Alabama Baptist Minister of the Year.

Roy Anderson, a member of South Roebuck Baptist Church, Birmingham, and Ralph Derryberry, a member of First Baptist Church, Selma, were named co-winners of the 2006 Alabama Baptist Layperson of the Year award.

The three were recognized at a luncheon held during the fall meeting of the Samford Board of Ministerial Mentors. Board chair James Walters, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mobile, read citations highlighting the work of each honoree. Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland presented each with an engraved plaque.

Cutrer has been pastor of the Mobile church since 2000. He was cited for his leadership efforts that have resulted in revitalized worship services, energized ministries for all age groups, and several new initiatives for children's ministries. A missions emphasis has sponsored trips to Guatemala, Mexico and five states. During 2005-06, the church saw 39 baptisms and a total of 92 additions to the congregation.

Two new church starts, the Sonrise Baptist Church and the Forest Hill Baptist Church, have opened their doors under the leadership of the Moffett Road congregation.

Cutrer and his wife, Dale, have three children.

Anderson, a retired pharmacist, has been a member of the South Roebuck church since 1956. He has been church training director, Sunday school teacher and Royal Ambassador basketball team coach.

A church trustee and lifetime deacon, Anderson is remembered by a former Sunday school class member as "always there for us, amazingly consistent over so many years." Anderson and his wife, Ann, have three daughters.

Derryberry, a retired cotton industry executive, has been a member of the Selma church since 1939. A longtime deacon, he is now deacon emeritus. He has been a Sunday school teacher in the youth and adult divisions for 45 years, and a facilitator of discipleship training material for 43 classes.

He is a founding committee member of Selma Christian Ministries, which serves and evangelizes the community near the former Craig Air Force Base. Derryberry and his wife, Eleanor, have three sons.

Nominations for the Samford awards were solicited from Alabama Baptists statewide. The Layperson of the Year award was given for the first time this year.

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