STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) honored Pastor Joe Easley of Central UMC Worship on Sunday with a Distinguished Hoosier Award.
Pastor Joe Easley received his Distinguished Hoosier Award for his exceptional dedication to his congregations throughout his pastoral career. He has spent 42 years serving communities throughout Southern Indiana and is receiving this award upon his retirement.
“Pastor Joe is a pillar of faith in our community and his tenure of service is remarkable. He has a true passion and talent for ministry,” said Rep. McNamara.
The Distinguished Hoosier Award is one of the highest tributes given out by the State of Indiana to its citizens. It is solely granted at the discretion of the Governor to Hoosiers who have uniquely brought admiration and respect to the state through their character and accomplishments.
Rep. McNamara presented the Distinguished Hoosier Award to Pastor Joe during the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Mayor Winnecke was also present and proclaimed June 24th, Pastor Joe Easley Day. Both tributes were of great surprise to Pastor Joe.
“It can be difficult to surprise a pastor, but I am glad that we were able to pull it off,” said Rep. McNamara. “I am immensely pleased that we were able to bestow both of these tributes upon Pastor Joe. I cannot think of someone more deserving.”
Pastor Joe is a leader in the community and has spent countless hours working with organizations such as Jacobsville Community Corporation and ECHO Housing.