Rev. Steve Hummel - 2018 Meck Award Honoree

Rev. Steve Hummel, Master of Divinity 2010, received the Allan S. Meck Award at Alumni/ae Day on May 4, 2018.

The annual award is bestowed upon Lancaster Seminary graduates of any denomination who are nominated by clergy, peers, churches, and organizations, for distinguished service in pastoral ministry. Our Alumni/ae Council's Faithfulness in Ministry Comittee reviews the nominations and selects the honoree.

Rev. Ronnette Comfort-Butler, MDiv 2008, chair of the Faithfulness in Ministry Committee in 2017-18, outlined Rev. Hummel's noteworthy achievements as noted by his nominators:

Rev. Hummel:

  • Exemplifies excellence in parish ministry in both of his calls since he graduated.
  • Has a history of creative and revitalizing leadership.
  • Established a Plus Pediatric clinic at Trinity United Church of Christ in Copley, Pa. A physician who specialized in low-income pediatrics was housed in the former parsonage. If a family didn't have Medicare, the staff would sign them up. If they didn't qualify, the church would pay for their initial visit.
  • Lead this healing ministry and saw the need for it in this town to partner with the doctor and establish the clinic.
  • Left Copley to return to his family's church, Trinity Reformed UCC in Bloomsburg, Pa.
  • Partnered with the Center for Progressive Renewal, using resources to strategically plan what mission his church can provide to the Bloomsburg community.
  • Used Cameron's Bell Curve as a starting point to get the church to recognize where they were and where they want to be in the rebuilding process.
  • As part of their mission, they looked at their town and what they may be lacking in business, with the church helping to open the business that is needed.
  • Started Community Educational classes: Low-Cost Crockpot Cooking Classes, Nicotine Awareness Classes for youth and adults, Basic First Aid/CPR classes and the list goes on.
  • Helped to reignite the ecumenical ties with the Presbyterian and Methodist churches to begin Theology on Tap at a local pub on Main Street.
  • "His heart is bringing the Kingdom of God that Christ taught about, lived and died for in our modern context."
  • Has made an impact on a conference level as well. He is the Program Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry.