Moravians have valued education from the very beginning of our denomination. Having resources and knowledge in the hands of every member and making faith come alive for each one of us has been a standard we live by. There are pastors and teachers that stand out in our hearts and minds as we consider how we came to faith.
One such teacher—Beth Hayes, director of the Moravian Resource Center in the Southern Province—will be honored as the Educator of the Year 2016 this January during the annual conference for the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).
This international recognition is the highest honor given to an educator by APCE. The Moravian Church is one of five member denominations in the APCE. Beth will receive this award during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago in January.
Beth has served the Church through Christian education since 1979 when she graduated from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). Her service in the Moravian Church began in 1985.
The Educator of the Year Award recognizes Beth’s outstanding work on behalf of the Moravian Church and the APCE. In her career, Beth served on teams publishing Moravian resources for Holy Communion, family devotions, Moravian history and Moravian Godly Play curricula (see story on page X). She has worked on various ecumenical curriculum development teams including Bible Discovery, Bible Quest, and Present Word.
Beth served on the Leadership Development Team in the development and promotion of Opening Doors to Discipleship, an online learning module available to members of the denominations in the APCE and beyond. She currently curates an online resource page for ecumenical Christian education.
While serving on the Provincial Moravian Educators’ Committee in the Southern Province, she helped develop an educators’ manual to help churches employ educators and requirements for certification as associates or directors of Christian Education in the Moravian Church.
Through Beth’s leadership the Moravian Resource Center incorporated the Salem Presbytery Resource Center to become a regional ecumenical resource center housed at the Moravian Church offices in Winston-Salem funded by both denominations. Beth helps provide valuable resources and expert advice for the Moravian Church throughout both provinces in North America.
The Resource Center is open to every Sunday School teacher, educator, pastor or member of the Church. She is available to conduct educational training in both provinces. And to better serve the church, Beth set up an online borrowing system that can be found at www.moravianbcm.org .
Many educators see Beth as their lifeline to current, quality resources. It has been said, “All one has to do is describe the group requiring curriculum and what kind of event they are having for Beth to give appropriate suggestions and helpful hints!”
Congratulations to Beth Hayes as the Educator of the Year 2016!
Joyce Vance is a member of the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference and is a Director of Christian Education.