Published on April 25, 2022 by Kristen Padilla  
Hannah Attaway award
Hannah Attaway receives James Earl Massey Preaching Award

Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School recognized five Master of Divinity students with awards for outstanding achievement in various fields of study for the 2021-22 academic year.

The awards were presented during the school’s community worship service on April 19 in Hodges Chapel. 

Hannah Attaway received the James Earl Massey Student Preaching Award for excellence in preaching, which is awarded biannually. She preached a sermon entitled, “For Beauty, For Glory, Forever,” based on Revelation 21-22 during the April 19 service.

“Hannah is an exceptional student,” said Doug Webster, professor of pastoral theology and Christian preaching. “She combines diligence and devotion to Christ in everything she does. Her preaching reflects her love for God’s Word and her love for others. Her engaging collegiality is seasoned with humor, humility and hard work. She has balanced Beeson beautifully while loving her husband and children, serving her church and working on campus.”

John Kegley

John Kegley received the History and Doctrine Award in recognition of his exemplary scholarship in historical and systematic theology.

“This student has demonstrated not only great enthusiasm for the history of the church but has blessed us in our classes with wonderful insight and just a love for the church,” said Carl Beckwith, professor of history and doctrine. “It’s our great honor to recognize John Kegley as our award winner.”

Mason PhillipsMason Phillips received the William M. Todd Award for Biblical Languages in recognition for his mastery of biblical languages.

“From the time Mason entered Beeson, it was clear that he had a strong base in Greek from his undergraduate program,” said Osvaldo Padilla, professor of New Testament. “As time went by and he faced more advanced forms of Greek, he was not only up to the challenge, but he surpassed expectations. Mason is a gifted linguist, who is both curious and careful in his use of the biblical languages. Lastly, he demonstrates a keen interest in applying the original language in biblical exposition.”

Corey SavageCorey Savage received the Pastoral Ministry Award for his outstanding achievement in the study of pastoral theology and practice of Christian ministry.

“I saw this student epitomize and personify this (award),” said Robert Smith Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity. “I went to his church, and he was immediately surrounded by children, by youth, by middle agers, by senior citizens. They loved on him. I’ve watched him these years minister to people. I’ve heard from his peers how he has been a pastor to them. He is worthy of this award in word and in deed.”

Chase EdgarChase Edgar received the Most Distinguished Student Award in recognition of his outstanding and holistic achievement in scholarship, Christian spirituality and ministry involvement.

“Chase Edgar has distinguished himself as leader within the Beeson community by his example, excellence and experience in ministry,” said Michael Pasquarello, Methodist Chair of Divinity. “He also has been a teacher to others through his love of learning and desire for God.”

Beeson Dean Douglas Sweeney gave his gratitude for the student award winners.

“These students represent the best of Beeson and the kind of ministers of the gospel we seek to train,” Sweeney said. “We are proud of all our students, especially these five, for their commitment to their studies and above all their commitment to the Lord.”

Watch Attaway’s sermon and awards presentation.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.