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Barbara Volk is a recipient of the Council's Distinguished Service Award. Volk was a longtime member of the Council’s board, serving as a representative of Church Women United. She was board president from 2003-2005 during which time the Executive Board endorsed statements opposing the use of torture as an instrument of war as well as the Iraq War. Volk presided over the Council board’s deliberations and decision to oppose constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. She is a member of Raleigh’s Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.
The most recent Distinguished Service Award winners include Father Joe Vetter, the Rev. Charles Smith, Cy and Carolyn King, the Rev. Vernon Tyson, Dr. David Forbes, and Jimmy Creech.
“The Council gives only two awards, so those who receive them represent the highest level of service to our organization and to the people of North Carolina that we could ever expect and hope for,” said George Reed, the NCCC’s Executive Director. “Gene, Barbara and Sydnor exemplify leadership for those who believe our faith calls us to serve the least of these, to work for peace and reconciliation, and to live in a community of respect and understanding with all our sisters and brothers. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize them.”