On Saturday evening, the ELCIC Leadership Award was presented to Pat Lovell of the Eastern Synod.
Introduced in 2017 as a part of the ELCIC’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the award is given to an individual – rostered or lay – who demonstrates leadership and is committed to advancing the mission and ministry of the ELCIC.
“Tonight, we honour an individual whose involvement in the church truly represents what it means to be a leaderthroughout all expressions of the ELCIC,” said Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the National Bishop for Communications and Resource Generation, during the award presentation. “[Pat] is an embodied expression of God’s grace, and she is a most deserving recipient of this distinguished award.”
“Not only is Pat a great leader,” added ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, “but I think she has just about the biggest heart of anyone I know.”
Lovell is just the third recipient of the ELCIC Leadership Award. She joins recipients Don Storch (2017) and Carolyn Ethier (2019).
“I am honored and deeply humbled to receive this leadership award, for work that I sincerely enjoy and deeply care about,” said Lovell, addressing delegates as she accepted the award.
Lovell shared with delegates a quote from Maya Angelou that was a guiding principle for her, “when you are kind to others, it not only changes you, but it changes the world.”
A member of St. Philip Evangelical Lutheran Church in Etobioke, Ontario, Lovell has served the wider church with distinction in numerous ways.
She has held various roles on boards and committees at both the Synodical and National levels:
- Local Arrangements Committee Chair for the ELCIC National Convention
- Member of the Eastern Synod Committee for Theological Education and Leadership
- Member of the Eastern Synod Council
- Member of ELCIC National Church Council
- ELCIC member of the Anglican Church of Canada Council of General Synod
- Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board
- ELCIC Racial Justice Committee
Pat is also a recipient of an Eastern Synod Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to the Wider Church.