Olivet recognizes Karissa Cantrall of Cantrall as outstanding servant leader

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Karissa Cantrall, recipient of Olivet's 2013 Servant Leadership Award

BOURBONNAIS, IL (04/25/2013)(readMedia)-- Olivet Nazarene University recently presented the 2013 Dr. Mark and Renita Williams Servant Leadership Award to junior students Karissa Cantrall and Caleb Carr, recognizing them for their outstanding Christian service. Each received a cash award and donated a portion of it to a charity.

Karissa Cantrall, a social work major from Cantrall, has spent many hours serving at Spirit and Truth Christian Ministries in Kankakee, Ill. There, she has coordinated 24-hour prayer events, served on the worship team and taught Sunday school classes. Her other volunteer activities include serving as a leader for the Youth for Christ after-school Club 45 program, serving as a hospice volunteer and providing free child care for a family in need.

She has developed her own blog, highlighting the impact that Christians are making on the lives of others. After graduation, she plans to serve God and people, possibly as a foster parent, youth worker or founder of a nonprofit ministry.

Cantrall chose the Youth for Christ City Life Center in Kankakee as the charity to receive her donation.

The Servant Leadership Award Program, established by the Barney II and Moore Foundations to develop servant leaders for the next generation, is a nationwide program. It recognizes those students who have already caught the vision of leading with a servant's heart while encouraging other students to think about how they might incorporate servant leadership into their own lives. This award honors college students who faithfully serve others, either on campus or in their communities, and act on behalf of "the least of these."

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.