The T-Award recognizes Trevecca alumni who have devoted their lives to serving and ministering to others. The honor is presented to one minister and one layperson each year.
DR. LARRY DENNIS
One of six children, Dr. Larry Dennis was raised by loving, Christ-like parents in southwestern Ohio. Since 1971, he and his wife, Debbie, have pastored Nazarene churches in Ohio, Texas and Florida. Presently, Larry serves as district superintendent of the Florida District. His service as a member of the Trevecca Board of Trustees keeps him connected not only to his alma mater, but also to young people who challenge him to remain relevant. Additionally, he serves on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene, chairing the Global Missions Committee. Larry earned both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate (divinity) from Trevecca. He obtained his master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University and is also a graduate of the School of Large Church Management. In their free time, Larry and Debbie embrace their love for the outdoors through boating, camping, hiking, bicycling, and snow skiing. They have three grown sons, Matt, Ben and Andy, a daughter-in-law, Amy, and a 4-year-old grandson, Noah Banks Dennis.
Daryl Murray has over 25 years of hands-on experience working with the homeless. He has worked with feeding and shelter programs in New York City, directed the largest food bank distribution center in Middle Tennessee, and has been a youth pastor for five years. Murray is the founding director of Welcome Home Ministries, a 501(c) 3 organization established in 1992. A faith-based alcohol and drug recovery support ministry, Welcome Home Ministries owns seven Nashville facilities that house up to 57 men in various levels of recovery, from transitional housing (a six-month program) to permanent housing (sober-living apartments). Through these facilities, the ministry has touched more than 1,000 lives with hope, healing, transformation and reconciliation. In 2012, Murray received the Bank of America CEO of the Year Award through the Center for Non-Profit Management. The same year, he was also honored as the volunteer of the year by the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services. Murray sits on various Middle Tennessee committees that advocate for the homeless in the community.