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Estep honored by Ministers’ wives

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Lynda S. Estep, a pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher and the 1990 president of the Ministers’ Wives Luncheon, was honored with the Willie Turner Dawson Award during the June 12 luncheon in San Antonio.

She is the wife of Wendell Estep, pastor of First Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Erik, and five grandchildren.

“Lynda has a heart for God,” her husband told the luncheon audience. “She is a faithful witness, exceptional wife and mother and magnificent grandmother of five. I am honored to be her husband and extremely pleased that you have selected her for this recognition.”

Lynda founded and chaired the Oklahoma Ministers’ Wives’ Retreat, co-hosted the weekly television program, “Morning Star” in Bethany, Okla., and is now the co-host of “First Love,” a television program in Columbia, S.C.

The award is presented to ministers’ wives who have made a distinct denominational contribution. It was first awarded in 1958, when it was known as the Distinguished Service Award. In 1963, Mrs. J.M. Dawson was to be the recipient; however, she died in April that year and her daughter received the award. In a business session that year, the ministers’ wives group adopted a recommendation that the award be called the Mrs. J.M. Dawson Award. In 2006, the name was changed to the Willie Turner Dawson Award.

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