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Ky. Baptist recognized for ‘sacrificial service' in leading disaster relief

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DENTON, Texas – Kentucky Baptist Convention's disaster relief leader received national honors Wednesday when he was recognized for a lifetime of sacrificial service.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, a humanitarian ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention, bestowed the Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Achievement Award on Coy Webb at an annual meeting in Denton, Texas.

"I am humbled to even be nominated for such an award," said Webb.

The recipient of the award is characterized as one who has provided service "above and beyond the call of duty" while helping to shape the course of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief through a lifetime of service.

Webb has served as the leader of the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief for nearly a decade, guiding the efforts of thousands of highly-trained volunteers. He has led the ministry in meeting the urgent needs of people suffering in crisis situations not only in Kentucky, but across the country and around the world.

Only one Dixon Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year.

Also recognized for outstanding service were two volunteers with Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief.

Carolyn and Jerry Gray, of Benton, Ky., were given Distinguished Service Awards related their efforts at responses in Kentucky, Louisiana, West Virginia and in assisting victims of Hurricane Matthew.

The Grays, members of Zion's Cause Baptist Church, were among six Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers to receive the award.

The Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has trained more than 7,000 volunteers since its inception to stand ready at a moment's notice to help the hurting and bring hope during a catastrophe.

The good work by both Kentucky and national disaster relief are made possible through the generous gifts given by churches and individuals to the Cooperative Program.